Saturday, December 31, 2016

10 most popular blog posts

It's the last day of the year, so here's some blog statistics:

These are my most viewed posts:

  1. YKI test (31000 pageviews!)
  2. Material for teaching yourself Finnish
  3. 100 very common Finnish words
  4. Last minute Yki tips
  5. Minulla on
  6. Having sex in Finnish
  7. A guide for a schoolkid's parents in easy Finnish (If you have kids who go to school in Finland, please check out my guide book if you haven't already done so. Writing this was a good practice for me, and I will actually have two real books in easy Finnish  published next year!)
  8. Finnish words that mean something else in other language
  9. 36 verbs you should maybe know
  10. What to wear in winter in Finland

I get most readers from these countries:

  1. Suomi - Finland
  2. Yhdysvallat - United States
  3. Venäjä - Russia
  4. Ranska - France
  5. United Kingdom - Yhdistynyt Kuningaskunta / Iso-Britannia ja Pohjois-Irlanti
  6. Saksa - Germany
  7. Ukraina - Ukraine
  8. Puola - Poland
  9. Ruotsi - Sweden
  10. Kanada - Canada

Kiitos kaikille lukijoille ja hyvää uutta vuotta 2017! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Very common mistakes in Finnish

Have you ever tried to say Minä työn? You are not alone!

Here's a small post about very common mistakes that almost everybody has made or will make at some point. Feel free to leave a comment, if you have something to add to this list.

1. Ya is not a Finnish word. And is spelled ja. (Ya is Spanish and means jo - already.)

2. Työdä is not a word. (At least not yet!)

3. Kotoisin is not a verb. The expression to be (originally) from somewhere always requires the verb olla in front of it. Like in Minä olen kotoisin Seinäjoelta. - I'm originally from Seinäjoki, I grew up in Seinäjoki.

4. Takaisin is also not a verb. It just means back, and it's used in expressions like Milloin sä tuut takaisin? - When will you come back? and Katso, kuka on tullut takaisin. - Look who's back. 

5. Say kirjoittaa, not kirjoa, unless you are embroidering.

6. Matka is a trip and matkustaa is to travel, so don't say minä matkan. (A post about traveling coming soon!)

7. It's normaalisti, not normaalisesti.

 Minä olen kirjoittanut nämä selkokirjat!


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. Click here to see all my courses.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


...and other similar words. Do you know the meaning of these ones?

  1. valmis
  2. valmiihko
  3. valmistaa (valmistan, valmistin, valmistanut)
  4. valmistua (valmistun, valmistuin, valmistunut)
  5. valmistautua (valmistaudun, valmistauduin, valmistautunut)
  6. valmistella (valmistelen, valmistelin, valmistellut)
  7. valmistujaiset
  8. valmentaa (valmennan, valmensin, valmentanut)
  9. valmentaja
  10. valmennuskurssi

Here are some random sentences for you to learn:

  1. Olen valmis! - I'm ready!
  2. Tämä teksti on valmiihko. - This text is almost ready.
  3. Mikä firma tämän on valmistanut? - Which company made this?
  4. Minä vuonna sinä valmistuit? - Which year did you graduate?
  5. Oletko valmistautunut huomiseen? - Have you prepared (yourself) for tomorrow?
  6. Minun täytyy valmistella juhlia. - I have to prepare the party.
  7. Millainen kakku sun valmistujaisissa oli? - What kind of a cake did you have in your graduation party?
  8. Kuka teitä valmentaa? - Who is coaching you?
  9. Meillä on uusi valmentaja. - We have a new coach.
  10. Oletko osallistunut valmennuskurssille? - Have you attended a preparation course?

Monday, December 19, 2016

When something is broken in Finnish

Here's list of things to say when something doesn't work the way it is supposed to. (The clumsy sentences in the parenthesis are to demonstrate the exact translation of the expression.)

  • Se ei mene päälle. - It doesn't turn on.
  • Se vuotaa vettä. - It's leaking water.
  • Siihen ei tule valoa.  - There's no light. (Into it won't come any light.)
  • Siihen ei tule virtaa.  - There's no electricity. (Into it won't come any electricity.)
  • Siitä ei kuulu mitään. - It doesn't make any sound. (From it cannot be heard anything.)
  • Siitä kuuluu omituista ääntä. - It makes a strange sound. (From it comes a strange sound.)
  • Tästä on ehkä irronnut jokin pala. - This is maybe missing a piece. (A piece might have detached from this.)
  • Se ei vain toimi. - It just doesn't work.

p.s. Notice that Finnish has its own way of talking about people working.


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. Click here to see all my courses.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Talking about Christmas in Finnish

Here are some useful Christmas sentences:

  • Mitä sä teet / te teette jouluna? - What will you do on Christmas?
  • Mitä sä haluat joululahjaksi? - What do you want for a Christmas present?
  • Aiotko lähettää joulukortteja? - Are you going to send Christmas cards? 
  • Kuinka monta yötä me ollaan täällä? - How many nights will we stay in here?
  • Kuka on tänä vuonna joulupukkina? - Who's the Santa this year?
  • Kuka tekee laatikot? - Who will prepare the casseroles?

The names of the days:

  • aatonaatto - The day before Christmas Eve (23.12.)
  • jouluaatto - Christmas Eve (24.12.)
  • joulupäivä - Christmas Day (25.12.)
  • tapaninpäivä - Boxing Day (26.12.)
  • välipäivät - the days between Christmas and New Year's Eve 
  • uudenvuodenaatto - New Year's Eve (31.12.)
  • uudenvuodenpäivä - New Year's Day (1.1.)

Lahjaideoita - Gift ideas:

Here's a great poster by Kielitohtori. If you are sending Christmas greetings in Finnish, pay attention to the letter cases!