Monday, February 16, 2015

Words that are both Finnish and English

Read these English words aloud.

  • me
  • he
  • no
  • on
  • sun
  • tee
  • tie
  • into
  • home
  • some
  • oven
  • pure
  • sure
  • made
  • side
  • alas
  • lava
  • vain
  • teen
  • join
  • vein
  • villa
  • helmet

Then read them in Finnish, because they're normal Finnish words, too!

  • me - we
  • he - they
  • no - well
  • on - is 
  • sun - your, yours
  • tee - tea
  • tie - a road, a street
  • into - enthusiasm
  • home - mold
  • some - social media
  • oven - door's (genitive of ovi)
  • pure - bite (imperative of purra)
  • sure - mourn (imperative of surra)
  • made - a burbot
  • side - a bandage, gauze, sanitary pad
  • alas - (to) down
  • lava - stage,  platform
  • vain - only
  • teen - I do, I make (also the genitive of tee)
  • join - I drunk (past tense of juoda in 1st person singular)
  • vein - I took (past tense of viedä in 1st person singular)
  • villa - wool
  • helmet - pearls

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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.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, there's that stupid poem, which works (for a given value of "works") in Finnish and is also a collection of English words...

Hanna said...

Mikä runo? ☺

Veikko Suvanto said...

One poem I know of is the following (it dates from the '50s and I believe was written as a parody of T. S. Eliot and other "modernists" – I think the author used the pseudonym "T. S. Eliö"):

Sun on helmet
sun on villas.
Talon join.
Ah, sure Hamlet.
Miss lie into sun?
Miss on ties?
Maiden pimento tie.
Vale helmet vain sullen vein.

Hanna said...

Vau, kiitos. Silmiin sattuu. Pitääpä poimia tuosta lisää sanoja listaan.

Veikko Suvanto said...

"Tee" ei näytä myöskään olevan vielä listalla :)

Anonymous said...

Just saw this one: some
Jos tänä päivänä aikoo menestyä politiikassa, on pakko olla somessa.

Hanna said...

Nyt on! :)

Anonymous said...

How about lava?

Anonymous said...

Or alas?

Hanna said...

Totta! Kiitos! :)

Anonymous said...

Also teen! I don't know what the rules of this game are, but if names count: Ellen, Eli and Tale. If puhekieli counts: rupee

Anonymous said...

Had a quick look at the dictionary and found these: aura, hame. Also vale which was already mentioned in the poem above. :)