Monday, February 23, 2015


I don't usually offer my Finnish teaching services to strangers on the street, but every time I hear someone saying normaalisesti, I wish I could do something to let them know that it should actually be normaalisti. 

It is understandable that it's so easy to say normaalisesti, because many adjectives end with nen:

  • tavallinen - usual, normal
  • yleinen - common
  • erityinen - special
  • erikoinen - special, strange

The adverbs go like this:

  • tavallisesti - usually, normally
  • yleisesti - commonly (Notice that usually is yleensä.)
  • erityisesti - specially
  • erikoisesti - in a strange way

However, normal in Finnish is just normaali. There is no such word as normaalinen, and therefore there cannot be an adverb normaalisesti. Siinä kaikki. :)


About the author of this blog:  

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish or novels in easy Finnish.

1 comment:

Constantino said...

Se oli tavallisesti minun vikasi. Kiitos, nyt sanon normaalisti ))