Thursday, June 30, 2016

The importance of [r]

Rolling the Finnish [r] is tricky for many language learners, and also for Finnish kids. Many kids end up visiting a speech therapist if they don't learn the [r] by themselves before they are six years old. The [r] is often replaced by [l] which might cause some confusion and giggling.

How many of these words do you know?

  1. hiiri / hiili
  2. karkki / kalkki
  3. karju / kalju
  4. marja / malja
  5. murkku / mulkku
  6. muuri / muuli
  7. ori / oli
  8. purkka / pulkka
  9. rakastua / lakastua
  10. rokki / lokki
  11. suora / suola

Here are the translations:

  1. hiiri / hiili - a mouse / charcoal
  2. karkki / kalkki - a candy / calcium, lime
  3. karju / kalju - a boar, a hog / bald
  4. marja / malja - a berry / a bowl
  5. murkku / mulkku - an ant (spoken language for muurahainen) / a dick
  6. muuri / muuli - a stonewall / a mule
  7. ori / oli - a stallion / (he) was
  8. purkka / pulkka - a chewing gum / a sled
  9. rakastua / lakastua - to fall in love / to wither, to fade
  10. rokki / lokki - rock music / a seagull
  11. suora / suola - straight / salt


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. Here you can take a look at my available group courses and all my simple Finnish novels. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A guide for a schoolkid's parents in easy Finnish

Minä olen kirjoittanut kirjan! - I have written a book!

Being a big fan of SelkouutisetSelkosanomat and other things written in easy Finnish, I wanted to try writing selkokieli myself. My e-book is called Opas koululaisen vanhemmille, A guide for a schoolkid's parents, and it's all in relatively easy and simple Finnish.

Friday, June 3, 2016


If you like and follow all things Finnish, I'm sure you've heard of Löyly. Here's how to book a two-hour sauna turn for you and your friends. The phone number is +358 9 6128 6550.

The 2-hour sauna turn costs 19 euros. Unlike in a regular Finnish sauna, everybody must wear a swimsuit, because the idea is that men and woman will be saunaing together. (And if men and women were taking saunas separately and everyone was naked, the cooling terrace would be full of naked Finnish men scaring all the tourist away.) Apparently, you can bring dogs to the terrace.

Löyly will give you pyyhe (a towel) and pefletti (the thing that you sit on so that you won't burn your pakarat.) The showers will have shampoo, but no hoitoaine (conditioner).

More about Löyly:

Please leave a comment, if you've already been to Löyly! You can also recommend other public saunas in Helsinki area. Here's an older post about sauna that you might also enjoy.