Wednesday, November 16, 2022

How to share in Finnish (jakaa)

The verb is jakaa, also when you are sharing the screen, which is either ruutu or näyttö.  I've heard some Finns using sharettaa or even sheerata, but please, just use jakaa. :)


Present conjugation of jakaa: 

(Notice the colloquial Finnish with hän, me and te.)

  • Minä jaan
  • Sinä jaat 
  • Hän jakaa / Se jakaa
  • Me jaamme / Me jaetaan
  • Te jaatte
  • He jakavat / Ne jakaa 


Past tense conjugation of jakaa: 


  • Minä jaoin
  • Sinä jaoit 
  • Hän jakoi / Se jakoi
  • Me jaoimme / Me jaettiin
  • Te jaoitte
  • He jakoivat / Ne jakoi




Useful sentences when sharing the screen in Finnish:


  • Mä jaan teille mun ruudun. - I'll share my screen with you. 
  • Voitko antaa mulle ruudunjako-oikeuden?  - Can you give me the screen share permission?
  • Voitko jakaa sun näytön? - Can you share your screen?
  • Voit lopettaa näytön jakamisen.  - You can stop sharing the screen.


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About the author of Random Finnish Lesson: 

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please read more in www.linktr.ee/hannamannikkolahti and follow this blog, if you want to be the first one to know when I post something new. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Finnish words with 'toimi' in the beginning

I'm sure you've heard of 'toimisto', but here are some other Finnish words with 'toimi' in the beginning: 

  1. toimeenpano
  2. toimeentulo
  3. toimeksiantaja
  4. toimelias
  5. toimenkuva
  6. toimenpide
  7. toimeton
  8. toimi
  9. toimitila
  10. toimia
  11. toiminnallinen
  12. toiminta
  13. toimipaikka
  14. toimisto
  15. toimittaa
  16. toimittaja
  17. toimitus
  18. toimitusjohtaja 
  19. tulla toimeen


  1. toimeenpano - implementation, putting into effect
  2. toimeentulo - income
  3. toimeksiantaja - en employer, a client, a customer
  4. toimelias - energetic, active
  5. toimenkuva - a job description
  6. toimenpide - a procedure, an operation 
  7. toimeton - idle, inactive
  8. toimi - a position, a job
  9. toimitila - business premises
  10. toimia - to work, to function 
  11. toiminnallinen - functional
  12. toiminta - an activity, an action
  13. toimipaikka - a place of business
  14. toimisto - an office
  15. toimittaa - to deliver
  16. toimitus -  delivery, editorial staff
  17. toimitusjohtaja - a chief executive officer
  18. toimittaja -  a deliverer, a supplier, a journalist
  19. tulla toimeen - to get along, to earn a living

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About the author of Random Finnish Lesson: 

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please read more in www.linktr.ee/hannamannikkolahti and follow this blog, if you want to be the first one to know when I post something new.  

Friday, November 4, 2022

An intensive day course in Finnish, 7.1.2023 in Helsinki

Here's something that Mari Nikonen and I have been planning for a while: an intensive Saturday course in Helsinki. 

Basic information about the course


  • Time: Saturday 7.1.2023 from 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Level: B1B2 (intermediate) 

  • Group size: 6 students

  • Venue: Botta, Museokatu 10, Helsinki

  • Teachers: Mari Nikonen and Hanna Männikkölahti


Price (including VAT 24 %)


  • Early bird price 360 €, when you sign up before 8.12.2022

  • Regular price 420 € 


The course includes 


  • A full day of Finnish instruction and speaking Finnish (See the program below)

  • Personal feedback on your work during the day 

  • Study materials 

  • Morning coffee and a light Finnish style breakfast (bread, cheese, cold cuts and fruit)

  • A three course lunch at restaurant Manala

  • Afternoon coffee served with a sweet pastry

  • A short Zoom session (15 minutes) with the teachers before the course 


About the instruction


  • Speaking and writing themes will be tailored according to the students’ needs and wishes

  • Some grammar explanations will be in English for speed and clarity, but otherwise the aim is to spend all day speaking Finnish


Preliminary program


  • 10.0010.30 Morning coffee and introductions
  • 10.3011.15 Pronunciation and speaking practice 
  • 11.1512.00 Spoken language grammar. Tools and strategies for understanding everyday conversations in Finnish. 
  • 12.0012.30 Writing practice
  • 13.0014.00 Lunch in Finnish at restaurant Manala (in the same building)
  • 14.0014.45 Vocabulary and grammar session, tailored according to the students’ needs and questions
  • 14.4515.30 Conversation practice 
  • 15.3016.00 Afternoon coffee with a sweet pastry
  • 16.0016.45 Novels and non-fiction books in easy Finnish, reading and discussing
  • 16.4517.30 Personal feedback for your writing (15 minutes per student. Meanwhile, the others will continue with the previous exercise.)  
  • 17.3018.00 Discussing self-study materials and planning your future studies


Registration period


  •  3.11.202221.12.2022 in Mari's online shop

  • If you’d like an invoice or would prefer to pay in installments, contact Mari at mari@askafinnishteacher.com

  • We will contact you after you have signed up and set up a Zoom meeting with you


Cancellation policy


  • You can cancel your registration for any reason until 22.12.2022, in which case we will provide you with a full refund

  • You will also be fully refunded if you need to cancel at any time because of an illness or other emergency



Mari and me posing in front of the entrance of Botta.
Lue kurssista suomeksi täältä. 



About the author of Random Finnish Lesson: 

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please read more in www.linktr.ee/hannamannikkolahti and follow this blog, if you want to be the first one to know when I post something new.

How to talk about getting things done in Finnish

Here'a a fun little bit of grammar: use the verb 'saada' and ttu-participle in partitive to express that you managed to do something or got something done. 


  1. Sain tämän tehtyä. 
  2. Saitteko puhuttua asiasta? 
  3. En saanut sanottua sanaakaan.
  4. Sain vihdoin ostettua uuden talvitakin.
  5. Sain vihdoinkin luettua tämän kirjan. 
  6. Oletteko saaneet mitään tehtyä?


Käännökset - Translations

  1. Sain tämän tehtyä. - I managed to get this done.  
  2. Saitteko puhuttua asiasta? - Did you manage to talk about the matter?
  3. En saanut sanottua sanaakaan. - I couldn't say even a word.
  4. Sain vihdoin ostettua uuden talvitakin. - I finally managed to buy a new winter jacket. 
  5. Sain vihdoinkin luettua tämän kirjan.  - I finally managed to read this book.
  6. Oletteko saaneet mitään tehtyä? - Have you managed to get anything done?

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About the author of Random Finnish Lesson: 

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please read more in www.linktr.ee/hannamannikkolahti and follow this blog, if you want to be the first one to know when I post something new.  

Monday, October 31, 2022

An intensive Finnish weekend in London

Here's something super exciting: I'll be joining my colleague Hanna Drummond in her intensive Finnish course at the Finnish church in London! For me, this is the first time in London, but Hanna has taught on this course many times. 



About the author of Random Finnish Lesson: 

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please read more in www.linktr.ee/hannamannikkolahti and follow this blog, if you want to be the first one to know when I post something new.