Monday, April 25, 2016

Asking for recommendations when ordering in Finnish

I just spent a lovely weekend in Stockholm with my friends. I don't think I ordered anything without first asking the opinion of the person working in the café, bar or a restaurant. I know, it sounds super annoying, but I was just really excited to be able to practice my Swedish! Here's how to be an indecisive tourist in Finnish:

  • Mitä sinä suosittelisit? - What would you recommend?
  • Mikä näistä on suosituin? - Which one of these (individual portions) is the most popular? 
  • Mikä tee on kaikkein suosituinta? - Which tea is the most popular?
  • Mikä on sun mielestä teidän paras jälkiruoka? - In your opinion, what's your best dessert?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Being confused in Finnish

Here are some expressions to use when things are not so clear:

  • Anteeksi, mä olen vähän sekaisin. - I'm sorry, I'm a bit confused. 
  • Tämä on tosi sekava juttu. - This is a really confusing story / thing.
  • Mitä sä olet juonut? Sä olet ihan sekaisin! - What have you drunk? You're messed up.
  • Olipa erikoinen kysymys. Mä olen vähän hämmentynyt. - What a strange question that was. I'm a bit baffled. 
  • Nyt mä oon ihan pihalla! - Now I have no idea of what's going on! (pihalla = outside)
  • menen sekaisin, jos sä puhut samaan aikaan kun mä soitan. - I get screwed up if you speak at the same time that I'm playing. 

Feel free to share your confused examples (and translations) in the comments! :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Here are some sentences with the word lapsi, a child: 
  1. Kenen lapsi tuo on? - Who's child is that?
  2. Voinko ottaa sinne lapsen mukaan? - Can I take (my) child along there?
  3. Meillä on kaksi lasta. - We have two children. 
  4. Meidän lapsella on tosi kiva opettaja. - Our child has a really nice teacher. 
  5. Anteeksi, putosiko tämä sinun lapselta? - Excuse me, did your child drop this?
  6. Mitä mä voisin ostaa teidän lapselle? - What could I buy for your child?
  7. Olin lapsena tosi ujo. - I was really shy when I was a child. 
  8. Missä lapset ovat? - Where are the kids?
  9. Voisitko mennä lasten kanssa jonnekin? - Could you please go somewhere with the kids?
  10. Onko teillä lapsia? - Do you have children?
  11. Mitä harrastuksia teidän lapsilla on? - Which hobbies do your kids have?
  12. Tämä on lapsilta kielletty! - This is forbidden for children!
  13. Toitko lapsille jotain? - Did you bring something to the children?
  14. Tykkäätkö lapsista? - Do you like children?

p.s. If you are going to have children, you could check out my post Giving birth in Finnish!


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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Top 10 countries and posts

Here are some blog statistics, if you are curious to know who else is reading this blog. These are the countries with most pageviews since August 2012:
Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers


These are the most popular posts: 

Nov 11, 2012, 19 comments
Nov 3, 2012, 23 comments
Feb 28, 2014, 7 comments
Aug 21, 2013, 6 comments
Nov 19, 2012, 4 comments
Sep 20, 2012, 1 comment
Dec 10, 2012, 9 comments
Aug 15, 2012, 6 comments
Jun 24, 2013, 9 comments

Monday, April 4, 2016

A new summer course in Finnish

Are you looking for a little bit different Finnish course this summer? From July 20 to July 24, to be more exact?  My good friend Saija is organizing a four-day course in well-being, yoga and hiking in the wilderness of the Hossa hiking area in Kainuu. She is also a Finnish teacher, so everything will be in Finnish, and I'm sure she'll gladly discuss Finnish grammar when she's not teaching yoga. The program is very flexible, and nobody is forced to do anything.

Here's a link to more information about the course, and here's the Facebook page of the course.

I'll be attending the course with my children (who will not not disturb the yoga people, I promise), and we'll probably just focus on swimming and playing outside.  Hope to see you there, too!