Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hyvä päivä - A collection of short stories in easy Finnish

Would you like to read a book in easy Finnish but don't know where to start? Tuija Takala's Hyvä päivä is a perfect choice for a first book to read! It has 28 short stories, of which most are only 2 or 3 pages long. You can read the stories in any order. I got the book from its publisher Opike You can borrow the book from a library or order directly from Opike.





After Hyvä päivä, I'd recommend you to try Toppatakin alla on sydän.

Have you read Hyvä päivä or other books in easy Finnish? 
Please leave a comment!

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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.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com
Voit myös seurata YouTube-kanavaani ja Podcast-kanavaani.

Friday, February 14, 2020

YouTube playlist about books in easy Finnish

This is just a short post to remind my readers about the YouTube playlist that I've put together. The idea is to have short and informative videos about easy Finnish novels. My next books will hopefully be Tarhapäivä (a sequel to Yösyöttö), a collection of Aku Ankka comics and a history of Finnish language in easy Finnish.



Another thing that you might like is my easy Finnish podcast channel. Feel free to suggest topics and guests! :)




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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.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com
Voit myös seurata YouTube-kanavaani ja Podcast-kanavaani.


Generic sentence in Finnish

Generic sentences are formed with a so called nollapersoona, which is basically a third person singular verb form without a pronoun. The most common verbs used in this structure are voida and saada. You can translate the sentences using for example one, you or I, or the verbs to be possible or to be allowed.


Saada


  • Saako tämän jakaa? - Is it OK to share this?
  • Saako tässä istua? - Is it OK to it here?
  • Täällä ei saa polttaa. - You cannot smoke here.
  • Täällä ei saa ottaa kuvia. - You cannot take pictures here.
  • Sitä ei saa kertoa kenellekään. - You cannot tell it to anyone.

Voida


  • Voiko tähän jättää laukut? - Is it OK to leave the bags here?
  • Voiko täällä uida? - Is is possible to swim here?
  • Konserteissa voi tavata uusia ihmisiä. - You can meet new people at concerts.

Pitää or täytyä + another verb


  • Mitä tähän pitää kirjoittaa? - What are you supposed to write here?
  • Mihin tämä pitää laittaa? - Where do I have to put this?
  • Kenelle tämä pitää antaa? - To whom do I have to give this?
  • Tämä täytyy laittaa roskiin.  - This has to be put into the garbage. 
  • Nuo täytyy korjata. - Those have to be fixed. 
  • Jostain pitää aloittaa. - You have to start from somewhere.

Lue lisää: 




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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.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com
Voit myös seurata YouTube-kanavaani ja Podcast-kanavaani.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Confusing spoken language expressions

These words are perfectly good standard Finnish, but they also mean something else in colloquial Finnish. Do you know the two meanings? And do you know more words like this? Please leave a comment and I'll update this post.

  1. kylmä
  2. musta
  3. mäki


  1. kylmä - cold / kyllä minä = indeed I
  2. musta - black / minusta = in my opinion
  3. mäki - a hill / minäkin = me too

Here are sentences with both expressions:

  1. Kylmä luulen, että siellä on tänään kylmä.  - Indeed I think that it's cold out there today.
  2. Musta musta sopii mulle. - I think that the colour black looks good on me. 
  3. Mäki tiiän, missä se mäki on. - I know too where the hill is. 

Lue lisää: 


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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.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com
Voit myös seurata YouTube-kanavaani ja Podcast-kanavaani.