Wednesday, January 22, 2014

mielellään - mieluummin - mieluiten

How to say that you prefer something in Finnish? Or do something rather than something else? Here are some useful expressions with mielellään, mieluummin and mieluiten. All those forms origin from mieli. I think.

mielellään


The forms with possessive suffixes are mielelläni, mielelläsi, mielellään, mielellämme, mielellänne and mielellään.
  • Käyn mieluummin suihkussa aamulla kuin illallla. - I'd rather take a shower in the morning than in the evening. 
  • Menen mieluummin naisten vuorolla saunaan. - I'd rather go to the sauna when it's ladies' turn.
  • Istun mieluiten alalauteella. - I prefer sitting on the lower bench.
  • Tästä lähtien käyn mieluiten saunassa yksin. - From now on, I prefer taking a sauna alone. 

Other possible form is mieluimmin, but mieluiten is used more in spoken language.

4 comments:

  1. This is such a wonderful blog for folks like me learning Finnish. If you can manage, please keep it up! As someone who has been blogging on a regular basis for six years, I know how hard that is.

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  2. Thanks for the feedback! I also use this blog to support my teaching, so I should be keeping it up - unless I manage to reach the end of Finnish! :)

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    1. Luckly Finnish is "un-finished" :) Love your blog!

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  3. Consider mieleinen, mieluumpi and mieluisin when thinking about the words.

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