Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Talking about balls in Finnish

Obviously, a ball is pallo in Finnish. Here are some different balls that we have:
  1. ilmapallo
  2. jalkapallo
  3. jäätelöpallo
  4. karvapallo
  5. kuumailmapallo
  6. lumipallo
  7. maapallo
  8. oksennuspallo
  9. räkäpallo
  10. tennispallo

Kuvassa on jäätelöpalloja.
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Here are the translations:
  1. ilmapallo - a balloon
  2. jalkapallo - a football
  3. jäätelöpallo - a scoop of ice cream
  4. karvapallo - a ball of (animal) hair
  5. kuumailmapallo - a hot air balloon
  6. lumipallo - a snowball
  7. maapallo - the globe
  8. oksennuspallo - a vomit ball
  9. räkäpallo - a ball of snot
  10. tennispallo - a tennis ball

In case you are wondering, these are the Finnish words for balls as in testicles:

  • kivekset - testicles (The singular is kives. Kivi is a rock.)
  • pallit - balls (Palli is also a stool.)
  • kassit - balls (A singular kassi is just a bag. Here's a music video about kassit.) 
  • munat - balls (Muna is normally an egg. Notice, that the singular muna can also refer to a penis. If you want to be on the safe side, always say kananmuna instead of just muna.)

Oh, pallomeri is a ball pit, literally a ball sea.


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 or novels in easy Finnish.

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