Friday, April 28, 2017

Easy Finnish ebook for schoolkid's parents

I've never re-posted anything before in this blog, but I felt that this is a good time to remind you about my ebook in easy Finnish. I wrote it about a year ago, and after that, I've been simplifying four novels and a collection of Aku Ankka cartoons. They should all be published later this year, and you'll be the first ones to hear about it!

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.

I decided that anyone can download and read the book, but it would also be really nice if  people paid something, let's say 8 € (or even more if you are a super fan of my blog!).

You can pay through PayPal or put money directly to my bank account. 
My account number is FI45 2043 1800 0098 65 and the BIC code is NDEA FIHH. 
The price includes the 24 % VAT, and of course, I'll pay the normal taxes after that.

Kiitos! :)

Please share this with your friends who might be interested in the book!

You can also suggest new topics for easy Finnish e-books. I kind of have a feeling that people would like to have something about writing in Finnish. What do you think about that?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


Vastaan is a handy postposition. I'd say that these two are the most common uses. For more examples, check out Kielitoimiston sanakirja.


  • Mulla ei ole mitään sua vastaan.  - I have nothing against you.
  • Onko sulla jotain tätä vastaan? - Do you have something against this?
  • Suomi pelaa tänä iltana Ruotsia vastaan. - Finland will play against Sweden tonight.

To the direction facing the other person:

  • voin tulla asemalle vastaan. - I can come and meet you at the station.
  • kävelen sua vastaan.  - I'll walk up to meet you.
  • Kiva kun olit asemalla vastassa. - It was nice that you were waiting for me at the station..

Notice that there's also vasta, but that's another thing.
Here's a nice song about vastaanChisu: Tuu mua vastaan

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sentence starters in Finnish

Whenever you have to say or write your opinion, these phrases might come in handy:

  • Olen sitä mieltä, että... - I'm of that opinion that...
  • Olen varma, että... - I'm sure that...
  • Ajattelen, että... - I think that...
  • Luulen, että...  - I think that... (but I'm not sure!)
  • Olen kuullut, että... - I've heard that...
  • Olen lukenut, että... - I've read that...
  • Olen huomannut, että.. - I've noticed that...
  • Olen kerran nähnyt, kuinka... - I've once seen how...
  • Olen aina miettinyt, miksi... - I've always wondered why...
  • On mahdollista, että... - It's possible that...
  • Voin olla väärässä, mutta... - I may be wrong, but...

Always useful to review:


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.