Friday, March 31, 2017

Birthday card in Finnish (and exciting easy Finnish news!)

Are you looking for a fun birthday card for a friend? Feel free to print this PDF, glue it on cardboard and circle what you want to express! You can also leave the card like it is and let your friend figure out what you maybe want to say.

Here's the exciting news: I cannot take any new private students right now until I've finished my writing projects, but I have a real book in easy Finnish coming out this summer! I've been simplifying Salla Simukka's Punainen kuin veri, and it's ready to be approved by Selkokeskus and printed. I've also put together a free Teachable online course, so that reading the easy Finnish young adult novel would be even more fun and effective. The book will most likely be sold on this Avain website, but I'll definitely advertise it here are well!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Unelmahommissa - Having a dream job

Do you have a friend who is always complaining about his or her job? Are you dreaming of being self-employed or starting a side business?

I just finished reading this book, and I can strongly recommend it for anyone who is interested in starting their own business or making money by writing a blog. The book is written by two Finnish ladies who are also the authors of Salamatkustaja and Lähiömutsi blogs. The book is in Finnish, but it's definitely worth a try even if you've never read an entire book in Finnish. The book is also a great gift for a friend who is in need of a change in their professional life.:)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Yki-kuntoon kahdessa viikossa

This post is inspired by a student of mine who is going to take the Yki exam in two weeks. It's only in Finnish, but since you're going to the intermediate level test, you can handle that.:) 

Seuraava Yki-testi on kahden viikon kuluttua! Tässä linkissä on sinulle treeniohjelma, jonka avulla voit opiskella tehokkaasti ja valmistautua testiin. Tulosta ohjelma ja laita se näkyvälle paikalle kotiisi ja työpaikallesi, niin muut ihmiset voivat kannustaa ja muistuttaa sinua opiskelemaan suomea.


Olla pokkaa is quite close to have some nerve. The word pokka comes from pokerinaama, a pokerface. Here are some sentences that might help you get the idea:

Finnish songs with pokka:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Kausi is usually a season or a period.
Do you now the meaning of these compound words with kausi?
  1. jääkausi
  2. kausikortti
  3. kausimaku
  4. kausituote
  5. kivikausi
  6. kuukausi
  7. lukukausi
  8. satokausi
  9. terassikausi
  10. vuorokausi
  11. välikausi

Here are the translations:

  1. jääkausi - an ice age 
  2. kausikortti - a season ticket
  3. kausimaku - a seasonal flavour
  4. kausituote - a seasonal product
  5. kivikausi - a stone age
  6. kuukausi - a month
  7. lukukausi - an academic term
  8. vuorokausi - a period of 24 hours
  9. satokausi - a harvest season
  10. terassikausi - a terrace season (whenever it's not to cold to sit outside)
  11. välikausi - a season between seasons (usually means spring or fall)

Terassikausi on alkanut.

p.s. Kausi belongs to the same group of words than uusi, so it declines kausi: kauden: kautta: kausia.  If you are a partitive lover, check out my Partitiividrilli in Memrise. If you liked this post, you might also like my Facebook page and my Instagram account.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Talking about nowhere and somewhere in Finnish

Missä? - Where?

  • Ei se ole missään. - It's not anywhere.
  • Sen on pakko olla jossain. - It has to be somewhere.

Mistä? - From where?

  • Mä en löydä sitä mistään! - I can't find it anywhere!
  • Etsi se nyt vain jostain. - Just find it from somewhere now.

Minne? Mihin? - To where?

  • Mä en laittanut sitä minnekään. - I didn't put it anywhere.
  • näin kun sä laitoit sen jonnekin / johonkin. - I saw that you put it somewhere.

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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, March 14, 2017

Talking about nothing in Finnish

Nothing is ei mikään, but of course, that's not enough. Here's ei mikään in nine different cases:

  • Mikä se oli? Ei mikään. - What was it? Nothing.
  • en tarvitse mitään. - I don't need anything.
  • Nämä farkut eivät sovi minkään paidan kanssa - These jeans don't look good with any shirt.
  • En ole käynyt missään pitkään aikaan. - I haven't been anywhere for a long time.
  • Me ei puhuttu mistään tärkeästä. - We didn't talk about anything important.
  • En halua mennä minnekään. - I don't want to go anywhere.
  • Mä en ole ollut millään sen luennolla. - I haven't attended any of his/her lectures.
  • Tämä ei maistu miltään. - This doesn't taste like anything.
  • En ilmoittautunut millekään kurssille. - I didn't sign up for any course.

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