Monday, March 20, 2023

Reading the easy Finnish novel 'Yösyöttö' in May

Haluaisitko lukea Yösyöttö-selkokirjan yhdessä muiden lukijoiden kanssa?
Tervetuloa hiljaiselle kurssilleni toukokuussa!

Would you like to read the easy Finnish novel Yösyöttö with other readers?
Sign up for my silent course in May!


Kuinka se toimii? - How does it work?


  • Luemme selkokirjan kuukauden aikana. - We'll read one easy Finnish novel in one month. 
  • Tapaamme Google Docs -asiakirjassa 30 minuutin ajan kaksi kertaa viikossa seitsemältä aamulla. - We'll meet on Google Docs twice a week for 30 minutes at a time. At 7.00 in the morning. (Finnish time, UTC+2)
  • Emme näe tai kuule toisiamme. (Viimeisellä kerralla on mahdollisuus osallistua videopuheluun, mutta ei ole pakko.) - We won't see or hear each other. (There will be a Google Meet option during the last meeting, but you can ignore it if you want to.)
  • Keskustelemme kirjoittamalla. -  We'll communicate through writing.
  • Voit lukea muistiinpanoja ja keskusteluita milloin vain. - You can read the notes and conversations any time you want.
  • Voit olla niin aktiivinen tai passiivinen kuin haluat. Voit myös olla täysin anonyymi.  - You can be as active or as passive as you want, and you can be completely anonymous, if you want to.
  • Kurssi maksaa 25 €. The course fee is 25 €.


Romaani - The novel


Luemme Eve Hietamiehen Yösyöttö-romaanin selkokielisen version. - We'll read Yösyöttö by Eve Hietamies, simplified by me.

  • Tässä on kirjan laskeutumissivu. Sivulla on muun muassa linkki sanastoon, tehtäviin ja lukunäytteeseen.  - Here's my landing page for the book with vocabulary, questions and sample pages: https://www.privatefinnishlessons.com/yosyotto


Kurssin aikataulu ja mitä pitää lukea ennen tapaamisia. - Course schedule and what to read before the meetings


  1. Perjantai 5.5. luvut 1–5 (Lue näyte kirjasta. Read the sample pages here.)
  2. Tiistai 9.5. luvut 6–10
  3. Perjantai 12.5. luvut 11–15
  4. Tiistai 16.5. luvut 16–20
  5. Perjantai 19.5. luvut 21–25
  6. Tiistai 23.5. luvut 26–30
  7. Tiistai 30.5. luvut 35–40

Ilmoittaudu kurssille - Sign up for the course

  • Ilmoittaudu kurssille lähettämällä minulle sähköpostia. Lähetän siten myöhemmin laskun ja linkin kurssin asiakirjaan. Sähköpostiosoitteeni on hanna.mannikkolahti@gmail.com. Kurssi maksaa 25 €.
  • Sign up by emailing me at hanna.mannikkolahti@gmail.com. I will then send you the invoice and a link to our Google document closer to the course. The price of the course is 25 €.



Yösyöttö by Eve Hietamies,
Simplified by me.


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, March 6, 2023

A Finnish pronunciation workshop with Päivi Virkkunen

Come practice Finnish pronunciation with me and my colleague Päivi Virkkunen! Päivi is specialized in phonetics, so she is really good at teaching Finnish pronunciation. We had this workshop twice last fall, and now we'll have it again, but a little bit longer.


Time, place and price: 



Content of the worshop:


  • The vowels y,ö and ä
  • Finnish h (a little different depending on the other sounds around it)
  • Finnish l (surprisingly tricky)
  • The ŋ sound (hiding in nk and ng!)
  • No aspiration! (k, p, and t are just k, p and t.)
  • Duration (long and short vowels and consonants)

How does it work?


  • Päivi and I will first model the pronunciation and explain how it's done, and then the students can practice with their microphones off. After that, you can ask questions, and then we'll move on to the next topic.
  • The example sentences will be from the easy Finnish novels Yösyöttö,  Juurihoito and Ei kertonut katuvansa.
  • We will speak Finnish, but the slides are in Finnish and in English. 
  • If you want, you can be completely silent and anonymous during the workshop, but you can also have your camera and microphone on and participate in the conversation.

Tervetuloa työpajaan! Welcome to the workshop!



Useful links:



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, February 1, 2023

How to use the Finnish word 'ilta'

Here's a little post about ilta, an evening, and consonant change.

These four cases have a strong grade: 


  • nominative: Se oli kiva ilta. - It was a nice evening.
  • partitive: En halua ajatella sitä iltaa. - I don't want to think about that night.
  • illative: Opiskelin iltaan asti. - I studied until evening.
  • essive: Tänä iltana se tapahtuu! - Tonight it will happen!


All the other cases have a weak grade: 


  • genitive: Muistan sen illan. - I remember that night.
  • inessive: Luin koko kirjan yhdessä illassa. - I read the whole book in one night.
  • elative: Illasta tuli tosi mukava. - The evening turned out really nice. 
  • adessive:  Nähdään illalla! - See you in the evening!
  • ablative:  Se kuulostaa kivalta illalta. - It sounds like a nice evening.
  • allative: Kurssi on jaettu kolmelle illalle  - The course is divided for three nights.
  • translative: Osta huomisillaksi limsaa. - Buy some pop/soda for tomorrow night. 


Lue lisää: 




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, January 24, 2023

A new course: Read 'Ei kertonut katuvansa' in easy Finnish

Here's something that I've wanted to try out for a while:

  • A Finnish course where we only read and write
  • A course that is early in the morning
  • A course where we'll read a novel in easy Finnish


    How does it work?


    • We'll read one easy Finnish novel in one month. 
    • We'll meet on Google Docs twice a week for 30 minutes at a time. At 7.00 in the morning. (Finnish time, UTC+2)
    • We'll never see or hear each other. (Ok, I will organize a video chat afterwards, but you don't have to come if you don't want to.)
    • We'll communicate through writing.
    • You can come and go as you want to, and you can read the notes and conversations afterwards, if you miss a class.
    • You can be as active or as passive as you want, and you can be completely anonymous, if you want to. 
    • Katso video, jolla kerron kurssista suomeksi: https://youtu.be/hiGc34D2c5E 

    The novel


    We'll read Ei kertonut katuvansa by Tommi Kinnunen. 


    Course schedule and what to read before the meetings


    1. Friday 3.3. chapters 1–5 (Read the sample pages here.)
    2. Tuesday 7.3. chapters 6–10
    3. Friday 10.3. chapters 11–15
    4. Tuesday 14.3.chapters 16–20
    5. Friday 17.3. chapters 21–25
    6. Tuesday 21.3. chapters 26–30
    7. Tuesday 28.3. chapters 30–35
    8. Friday 31.3. chapters 35–40

    Sign up by emailing me at hanna.mannikkolahti@gmail.com. I will then send you the invoice and a link to our Google document closer to the course. The price of the course is 25 €.





    Löysin kirjani
     Helsingin keskustan Akateemisesta kirjakaupasta!



    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, January 6, 2023

    Finnish teaching channels on YouTube

    There are so many great YouTube channels that teach you Finnish! These are my favourite ones at the moment: 


    Learn Finnish with Finking Cap


    EasyFinnish

    • Language learning videos and daily vlogs in Finnish. Also grammar and vocabulary videos in English.


    Nauti kuuntelusta - Enjoy listening


    Finnished


    Learn Finnish 

    • Learn spoken Finnish in a natural and relaxing way while the author paints or draws something beautiful. Subtitles in Finnish and in English.


    Suomea suomeksi - Finnish in Finnish


    Satu Lahtonen

    • Finnish for beginners in Finnish. Very relaxed pace.


    Napaketku suomi

    • Finnish grammar explained in Finnish.

    Ope Jori

    • Finnish grammar explained in Finnish.


    Gimara Oy




    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.