Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to use the Finnish words 'kun', 'milloin' and 'koska'

I've noticed that many learners get a bit confused with kun and milloin. Hopefully this post is helpful.

Kun is  the conjunction when.

Milloin is the question word when.

  • Milloin sä menet Tampereelle? - When are you going to Tampere?

Its synonym is koska.

  • Koska te tulette takaisin? - When will you (plural) come back?

Kind of confusingly, koska also means because.

  • Soitin sinulle, koska haluaisin jutella yhdestä tärkeästä asiasta. - I called you, because I would like to talk about an important thing. 

Notice that kun can also mean than. It is the spoken language version of kuin.

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Tommy Quist said...

What I find annoying is the habit to abbreviate "kun" to "ku", which wouldn't be so bad if "kuin" was not then double abbreviated to also become "ku", which I've heard done.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure it's doubly abbreviated?

Nick O. said...

Mulla on ajatus, mikset sä tehdää myös podcasti tästä postista? Minusta kieli opi on oppinut helpompi kun kuntelen siihen :)

Random Finnish Lesson / Hanna Männikkölahti said...

Joo, olen mä vähän suunnitellut sitäkin.:)