Saturday, August 22, 2015


Sopia is one of those verbs with several meanings. The four important forms are sopia, sovin, sovin and sopinut. Notice that the positive present and past are almost the same, and remember the consonant gradation!

Here are some common uses of sopia:

  • Se sopii minulle.  - That's fine with me.
  • Se ei sovi minulle.  - That doesn't fit my schedule.
  • Sopiiko tämä sinulle? - Is this ok with you?
  • Sopiiko, että jutellaan tästä myöhemmin? - Is it ok if we'll talk about this later? 
  • Tämä paita ei sovi minulle enää. - This shirt doesn't fit me anymore.
  • Tuo väri sopii sinulle tosi hyvin. - That colour looks really good on you.
  • Te sovitte toisillenne. - You make a good match.
  • Voidaanko sopia siitä huomenna? - Can we settle it tomorrow?
  • Sovitaanko, että et tee sitä enää koskaan ? - Shall we agree that you'll never  that again?

..and here are some Finnish proverbs with sopia:

  • Sopii kuin nenä päähän. - Fits like a nose in a head.
  • Sopii kuin nyrkki silmään. - Fits like a fist in the eye.
  • Sopii kuin sialle otsatukka! - Fits like bangs on a pig!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

How to ask Finns to speak easier Finnish

This post is kind of similar to my post How to make Finns speak Finnish, not English. A friend of mine wanted to know how to make Finns speak easier Finnish. Here's what we came up with:

  • Anteeksi, mutta voisitko sanoa sen uudelleen suomeksi? - I'm sorry, but could you say it again in Finnish?
  • Voisitko puhua vähän hitaammin? - Could you speak a bit more slowly?
  • Odota vähän. - Wait a little while. 
  • Anteeksi, en ymmärtänyt. - Sorry, but I didn't understand.
  • Mikä se ensimmäinen kysymys oli? - What was the first question?
  • Voitko sanoa viimeisen lauseen uudelleen? - Can you say the last sentence again?
  • Minä en ymmärrä, mitä verenpaine tarkoittaa. Voitko selittää sen minulle? - I don't understand what blood pressure means. Can you explain it to me?
  • Voisitko kääntää tämän minulle? - Could you translate this for me?
  • Kuinka sanotaan suomeksi I wonder? - How do you say I wonder in Finnish?
  • Anteeksi, mutta mä en ihan ymmärtänyt. - I'm sorry, but I didn't quite understand. 

Check out this excellent post from Fluent in 3 months: How to convince natives to speak to you in their language.

10 vinkkiä selkokielellä puhumiseen. 10 tips for speaking easy Finnish. Print this and bring it to work.


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.