Sunday, September 11, 2022

Reading Yösyöttö, Tarhapäivä and Hammaskeiju together

Eve Hietamies' Hammaskeiju will be December's book of the month in Easy Finnish book club on Facebook. It means that I will post questions and hope that as many readers as possible will participate in the conversation. 

You can read Hammaskeiju on its own, but it might be more interesting if you have read Yösyöttö and Tarhapäivä before that. I'm here for you, so you don't have to read them alone! :)

I will have my own little lukupiiri on my Facebook page. We'll read Yösyöttö in October and Tarhapäivä in November. You can get the books from a Finnish library or order them online. Tervetuloa mukaan!




Yösyöttö, Tarhapäivä and Hammaskeiju in easy Finnish. 
I'm currently working on simplifying Numeroruuhka.



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.   


Saturday, September 3, 2022

How to say 'just in case' in Finnish

Just in case is either varalta or suosiolla, depending on the situation. 


Varalta = Just in case, in a neutral way.


  • Ostin varalta kaksi pulloa viiniä - I bought two bottles of wine, just in case. 
  • Ota varalta sateenvarjo mukaan. - Take an umbrella with you, just in in case (it rains). 
  • Otin kopioita siltä varalta, että joku unohti kirjansa kotiin. - I took copies in case someone forgot their book at home. 
  • Notice that in some dialects, people say varulta or varuilta.


'Suosiolla' has this idea that things could or will go badly. When you say 'suosiolla', you have kind of given up. 


  • Ostin suosiolla kaksi pulloa viiniä -  I bought two bottles of wine. Just in case, but I know that people will drink wine, and if I don't have enough, they'll be upset.
  • Otan suosiolla sateenvarjon mukaan. - I'll take an umbrella with me because I'm sure that it will rain. 
  • Siirretäänkö kokous suosiolla ensi viikolle? - Shall we postpone the meeting to the next week as it seems quite obvious that most people won't be able to come this week?



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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.  


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Talking about receipts and recipes in Finnish

... and other words that I often say wrong in English. :)

  • A receipt is kuitti. 
  • A recipe is resepti or ruokaohje.
  • A prescription is also resepti, or officially lääkemääräys.
  • A subscription is lehtitilaus. 
  • A contraction is supistus. 
  • Construction is rakentaminen.
  • A structure is rakenne.


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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, August 19, 2022

Commenting on social media posts in Finnish

Here's something simple and nice that you can write when commenting on other people's social media pictures and posts. Translations after the picture. 


  1. Ihana kuva!
  2. Hieno video!
  3. Näyttää hauskalta!
  4. Olisinpa ollut tuolla!
  5. Hauskaa ja turvallista matkaa!
  6. Terveisiä tutuille!
  7. Kuulostaa hyvältä. 
  8. Hieno suunnitelma!
  9. Kiitos vinkistä! Pitääpä tutustua. 
  10. Kiitos seurasta! Toivottavasti nähdään taas pian!


Käännökset - Translations: 


  1. Ihana kuva! - Lovely picture!
  2. Hieno video! - Nice / Fancy / Great video!
  3. Näyttää hauskalta! - Looks fun!
  4. Olisinpa ollut tuolla! - I wish I had been there!
  5. Hauskaa ja turvallista matkaa! - Have a fun and safe trip!
  6. Terveisiä tutuille! - Say hi to the people that I know!
  7. Kuulostaa hyvältä. - Sounds good. 
  8. Hieno suunnitelma! - Great plan!
  9. Kiitos vinkistä! Pitääpä tutustua.  - Thanks for the tip. I'll have to take a look at that. 
  10. Kiitos seurasta! Toivottavasti nähdään taas pian. - Thanks for the company! I hope to see you soon again.

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If you want to say something more complicated that doesn't make much sense, check out this hilarious Jargonaattori.

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, July 15, 2022

Learning Finnish with music

Learn Finnish by listening to music, reading the song lyrics and singing! Here are some useful links: 


My Finnish songs playlist on Spotify


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.