Tuesday, December 10, 2019

When do Finns say jees, jes and jess?

Yes is kyllä or joo. However, in colloquial Finnish, you can hear Finns saying jes, jess and jees. What's going on with that? This is how I would explain it, but I'm also expecting to get some comments. Please share your experiences! :)

Say jess when you are really happy.

  • Opettaja on sairas. - Jess! - The teacher is sick. Yess!

Jes can be almost any reaction.

  • Mä otan teetä. - Jes. - I'll take tea. - Jes. 
  • (Maksan) - Jes. (I'm paying.) - Jes.

I've heard people saying jes in situations where I could also hear ole hyvä or kiitos. Sometimes people use it instead of selvä to point out that they have understood something. You can also say jes while inhaling.

Kind of surprisingly, jees is good or great.

  • Se oli ihan jees elokuva. - The movie was quite good. (Read more about ihan.)
  • Se on tosi jees. - It's a great thing.

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Tommy Quist said...

I hear a fair bit of "jeps" here too...

Random Finnish Lesson said...

Joo! Say "jeps" if "jes" is too formal.:)