Monday, December 3, 2012

How to use the Finnish verbs 'kysyä' and 'pyytää'

Sometimes I check the search keywords in order to find out how people have ended up reading my blog. Here's a post for the person who searched for pyytää. In short, kysyä is to ask a question and pyytää is to ask for something, to request.

  • Kysyitkö jotain? - Did you ask something?
  • En kehtaa kysyä. - I don't dare to ask, it's too embarrassing.
  • Minä kysyn Annalta, voiko hän auttaa. - I'll ask Anna if she can help. 

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Anonymous said...

Very useful - thanks

Anonymous said...

I love this blog:)
I had been wondering what the difference between these two words were.

Kiitos paljon

Elena said...

I think the English equivalent of pyytää might be to request. We typically don't use that verb in everyday speech, but keeping it in mind helps me to grasp the difference between pyytää and kysyä.