Thursday, August 10, 2017

Words that I don't use

Here's a list of words that I just heard in a radio show. I understand all of them, but I don't think that I would ever use them in my normal speech. I'm a 39 years old woman who has lived in Jyväskylä for the past 20 years, and before that I lived in Seinäjoki, so I don't really speak like the twenty-something young adults from Helsinki. (It's totally OK if someone else does! :)) Do you know what these words mean?

  1. duuni
  2. digata
  3. faija
  4. fiilis
  5. hima
  6. jengi
  7. leveli
  8. mutsi
  9. rela
  10. spessu

Here are the explanations and translations:

  1. duuni = työ - a work
  2. digata = kannustaa, tykätä jostain - to dig
  3. faija = isä - dad
  4. fiilis = tunnelma - a feeling
  5. hima = koti - a home
  6. jengi = ihmiset - the gang, the people
  7. leveli = taso - a level
  8. mutsi = äiti - mom
  9. rela = rento - relaxed
  10. spessu = erikoinen, erityinen - special

If I have no clue what people are saying, I check the words from Urbaani sanakirja. If you are interested in the slang that many people use in Helsinki, you might like Stadin slangi ry page. If you like to listen to podcasts, theses are the ones that I like:

Yle Puhe on paras radiokanava!

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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 or novels in easy Finnish. 

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Guillermo Ferrero Ferri said...

I think in Helsinki those words are used quite often

Random Finnish Lesson said...

I know! It wasn't the first time that I heard them either. :) It's kind of funny how some words just don't feel natural. However, I would probably easily say things like "Mä menin duunista himaan" if I lived in Helsinki for a year or two.:)