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.  


Thursday, July 14, 2022

Ääntämisen työpaja - A Finnish pronunciation workshop

Here's something new that I've been working on together with my colleague Päivi Virkkunen: An online Finnish pronunciation workshop! Päivi is specialized in phonetics, so she is really, really good at teaching Finnish pronunciation. 


Time, place and price: 

  • Time: Thursday evening, September 15, from 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM Finnish time
  • Place: Zoom
  • Price: 15 €


Content of the worshop:

  • Duration (long and short vowels and consonants)
  • Finnish h (a little different depending on the other sounds around it)
  • No aspiration! (k, p, and t are just k, p and t.)
  • Finnish l (Surprisingly tricky!)
  • A sneak peek at the [ŋ]

All the example sentences will be from the easy Finnish novel Yösyöttö. I'll send you the first two chapters and a rough translation before the workshop.

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. 

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.


Sign up for the workshop: 

You can sign up by sending an email to hanna.mannikkolahti@gmail.com, and I will send you the Zoom link and the workshop material.


Tervetuloa työpajaan! Welcome to the workshop!


Sign up for the workshop:
hanna.mannikkolahti@gmail.com

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.  

Monday, June 6, 2022

Finnish word pairs that still make sense after you switch two letters

This is a fun game: Try to come up with word pairs that still make sense after you switch two vowels or consonants! 

Here's what I could think of: 

Two vowels switch places: 

  1. Kairo - koira
  2. kakku - kukka
  3. kassi - kissa 
  4. kirkko - korkki
  5. laki - lika
  6. limu - lumi
  7. paino - piano
  8. passi - pissa
  9. pelto - polte
  10. pöyristyä - pyöristyä
  11. sato - sota
  12. syvä - sävy
  13. takki - tikka
  14. takku - tukka
  15. tarve - terva
  16. vaimo - voima
  17. veri - vire


Two consonants switch places: 

  1. lammas - sammal
  2. lasi - sali
  3. lato - talo
  4. katsella - kastella
  5. There MUST be more! Please help me. :)



Here are the translations:

Two vowels switch places: 

  1. Kairo - koira = Cairo - a dog
  2. kakku - kukka = a cake - a flower
  3. kassi - kissa = a bag - a cat 
  4. kirkko - korkki = a church - a (bottle) cap, a cork
  5. laki - lika = a law - dirt
  6. limu - lumi = a soft drink - snow
  7. paino - piano = weight - a piano
  8. passi - pissa = a passport - pee
  9. pelto - polte = a field - a burn
  10. pöyristyä - pyöristyä = to be shocked - to become round
  11. sato - sota = a crop, a harvest - a war
  12. syvä - sävy - deep = a nuance, a hue
  13. takki - tikka = a jacket - a woodpecker, a dart
  14. takku - tukka = a tangle - hair
  15. tarve - terva = a need, tar
  16. vaimo - voima = a wife - power
  17. veri - vire = blood - a tone, tune


Two consonants switch places: 

  1. lammas - sammal = a lamb, moss
  2. lasi - sali = a glas, a hall
  3. lato - talo = a barn - a house
  4. katse - kaste = a look, baptism / a dip
  5. katsella - kastella = to watch, to wet

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, May 30, 2022

Finnish sentences with a consonant change (in nouns)

Here's a post with everyday sentences that have consonant change in nouns.  I will add more later (and also examples of the reverse change), but I just wanted to share this now that I have almost 30 sentences. I was fun to think about everyday words with a KPT change. :)

How many of these do you already understand?


  1. Se oli mun laukussa. (laukku)
  2. Nähdään bussipysäkillä! (pysäkki)
  3. Ostin takin. (takki)
  4. Muistitko nakit? (nakki)
  5. Ovatko kaikki paikalla? (paikka)
  6. Nähdään ensi viikolla! (viikko)
  7. Mä käyn kaupassa. (kauppa)
  8. Ota se kaapista. (kaappi.)
  9. Voitko antaa minulle kupin? (kuppi)
  10. Se on mun repussa. (reppu)
  11. Haluatko kuulla hauskan jutun? (juttu)
  12. Mä tarvitsen uuden maton. (matto)
  13. Voinko maksaa kortilla? (kortti)
  14. Olin eilen konsertissa. (konsertti)
  15. Laita se pöydälle. (pöytä)
  16. Kadulla oli paljon ihmisiä. (katu)
  17. Sinulla on hienot kengät! (kenkä)
  18. Missä kaupungissa sinä haluaisit asua? (kaupunki)
  19. Puhutaan tästä lisää ensi kerralla. (kerta)
  20. Haluatko voileivän? (voileipä)
  21. Oletko käynyt Irlannissa? (Irlanti)
  22. Mä soitan sulle tunnin kuluttua. (tunti)
  23. Mennään rannalle! (ranta)
  24. Olen löytänyt kivan asunnon. (asunto)
  25. Tässä pelissä on tyhmät säännöt. (sääntö)
  26. Nähdään illalla! (ilta)
  27. Kävele sillan yli. (silta)
  28. Varasin hammaslääkäriajan. (aika)



Käännökset - Translations 


  1. Se oli mun laukussa. (laukku) - It was in my bag.
  2. Nähdään bussipysäkillä! (pysäkki) - See you at the bus stop.
  3. Ostin takin. (takki) - I bought a jacket.
  4. Muistitko nakit? (nakki) - Did you remember the wieners?
  5. Ovatko kaikki paikalla? (paikka) - Is everybody here?
  6. Nähdään ensi viikolla! (viikko) - See you next week!
  7. Mä käyn kaupassa. (kauppa) - I'll go to the store.
  8. Ota se kaapista. (kaappi.) - Take it from the cabinet / closet. 
  9. Voitko antaa minulle kupin? (kuppi) - Can you give me a cup?
  10. Se on mun repussa. (reppu) - It was in my backpack.
  11. Haluatko kuulla hauskan jutun? (juttu)  - Do you want to hear a funny story?
  12. Mä tarvitsen uuden maton. (matto) - I need a new rug.
  13. Voinko maksaa kortilla? (kortti) - Can I pay with a card?
  14. Olin eilen konsertissa. (konsertti) - I was in a concert yesterday. 
  15. Laita se pöydälle. (pöytä) - Put it (to) on the table. 
  16. Kadulla oli paljon ihmisiä. (katu) - There were a lot of people on the street. 
  17. Sinulla on hienot kengät! (kenkä) - You have nice shoes!
  18. Missä kaupungissa sinä haluaisit asua? (kaupunki)  - In which city would you like to live?
  19. Puhutaan tästä lisää ensi kerralla. (kerta)  - Let's talk about this more next time. 
  20. Haluatko voileivän? (voileipä) - Do you want to have a sandwich?
  21. Oletko käynyt Irlannissa? (Irlanti) - Have you been to Ireland?
  22. Mä soitan sulle tunnin kuluttua. (tunti) - I'll call you after one hour. 
  23. Mennään rannalle! (ranta)  - Let's go to the beach!
  24. Olen löytänyt kivan asunnon. (asunto) - I've found a nice apartment. 
  25. Tässä pelissä on tyhmät säännöt. (sääntö) - This game has dumb rules. 
  26. Nähdään illalla! (ilta) - See you in the evening!
  27. Kävele sillan yli. (silta) - Walk across the bridge. 
  28. Varasin hammaslääkäriajan. (aika) - I booked a time for a dentist.

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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.