Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Here's a post about words that begin with ero. Usually ero means a difference, distinction or a divorce.

  • Mitä eroa on sanoilla tai ja vai? - What's the difference between tai and vai?
  • Etsi viisi eroa. - Find five differences.
  • Haluan eron. - I want a divorce.

Erota is to divorce or to separate. (Here's an informative link about divorcing in Finland, and here's a song that you can sing to your ex in a Finnish karaoke.)

Erottaa is for example to fire and to tell apart.

If you are confused by the similarity of these two verbs, you might enjoy my post about transitive and intransitive verbs.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Communication verbs

Here's a small post about verbs that express some kind of spoken communication between people. First, test how many words you already know:

  1. ehdottaa
  2. houkutella
  3. huutaa
  4. jutella
  5. kehua
  6. kertoa
  7. kieltää
  8. kiittää
  9. korjata
  10. kuiskata
  11. kysyä
  12. liioitella
  13. lohduttaa
  14. muistuttaa
  15. mutista
  16. neuvoa
  17. myöntää
  18. paljastaa
  19. puhua
  20. pyytää anteeksi
  21. sanoa
  22. selittää 
  23. suositella
  24. tiedustella
  25. tunnustaa
  26. valehdella
  27. valittaa
  28. varoittaa
  29. vastata 
  30. väittää
  31. vähätellä
  32. ärsyttää

Here are the translations:

  1. ehdottaa - to suggest
  2. houkutella - to persuade, to talk into
  3. huutaa - to yell
  4. jutella - to talk, to chat
  5. kehua - to praise
  6. kertoa - to tell
  7. kieltää - to deny, to forbid
  8. kiittää - to thank
  9. korjata - to correct
  10. kuiskata - to whisper
  11. kysyä - to ask
  12. liioitella - to exaggerate
  13. lohduttaa - to comfort
  14. muistuttaa - to remind
  15. mutista - to mumble, to mutter
  16. myöntää - to admit
  17. neuvoa - to advice
  18. paljastaa - to reveal
  19. puhua -  to speak
  20. pyytää anteeksi - to apologize
  21. sanoa - to say
  22. selittää - to explain
  23. suositella - to recommend
  24. tiedustella - to inquire
  25. tunnustaa - to confess
  26. valehdella - to lie
  27. valittaa - to complain
  28. varoittaa - to warn
  29. vastata - to answer
  30. väittää - to insist, to claim
  31. vähätellä - to belittle
  32. ärsyttää - to exasperate

If you like lists, here are some other posts that you might enjoy:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Learning Finnish with Nightwish fans

I know that many foreigners start to learn Finnish because of the Finnish metal bands.  Nightwish is definitely the most famous one of them, and Yle just released a documentary made by Nightwish fans. If you haven't seen it yet, now is a good time, and you can also learn Finnish by reading the subtitles. (My favourite character is the man showing the pictures from his trip to Kitee.)

Monday, August 22, 2016

How to say that you don't really like someone

Sometimes you might want to tell (the other people) that you don't really like someone.
This is how the it's said in official Finnish:

This is how it's often said in spoken language: 

Here are some expressions that don't sound so harsh but have the same idea:

  • No.. en tunne häntä kovin hyvin. - Well.. I don't know him/her so well.
  • Emme ole kovin läheisissä väleissä. - We're not on very close terms.
  • Emme tule toimeen kovin hyvin. - We don't get along very well. 
  • Meidän kemiamme eivät oikein kohdanneet. - There was no chemisty. (Our chemistry didn't really meet.)
  • Meidän sukset menivät vähän ristiin. - I crossed swords with him / her. (Our skis got a bit crossed)

Here are the same expressions in spoken language: 

  • Me ei olla kovin läheisissä väleissä. 
  • Mä en tunne sitä kovin hyvin. 
  • Me ei tulla toimeen kovin hyvin.
  • Meidän kemiat ei oikeen kohdannu. 
  • Meidän sukset meni vähän ristiin. 

If this was too negative, you might feel happier after these posts:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How to impress Finnish audience

I don't know how many artists and bands actively study Finnish before their concert tour, but here's a small post for those who want to say something in Finnish and impress their audience.

The concert is probably in the evening, so you can start off by yelling Hyvää iltaa + whatever city you are performing at. That means Good evening. You can check the pronunciation in http://fi.forvo.com/.

Haloo Helsingin Elli. Kuva: Dušan C.


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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Eating out in Helsinki

I just spent a super fun weekend in Helsinki meeting up with friends and students. Here are some nice places to eat out in Helsinki:

Oh, if you know someone whose child just started going to school in Finland, please tell them about my e-book A guide for a schoolkid's parents in Easy Finnish. Kiitos!


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.

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