Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How to say you're sorry in Finnish

I already have an old post about the word anteeksi, but here's what to say if you want to express symphathy and understanding. 

  • Mä oon todella pahoillani. -  I'm very sorry.
  • Otan osaa (suruusi). - I take part in your sorrow. My condolences. (Only if someone has died.)
  • Sinulla on varmasti vaikeaa. - You must be having a hard time. 
  • Sinusta tuntuu varmasti pahalta. - You must be feeling bad. 
  • Onpa kurja juttu. - Such a sad /miserable thing.
  • Kuinka sinä voit? - How are you feeling / managing?
  • Anteeksi että häiritsen, mutta haluaisin vain tietää, onko kaikki kunnossa.  - Sorry that I'm disturbing, but I'd just like to know if everything is ok. 
  • Kuinka mä voisin auttaa? - How could I help?
  • Pärjäätkö yksin? - Are you going to be ok by yourself?
  • Haluatko seuraa? - Do you want some company?
  • Sano, jos mä voin tehdä jotain. - Please say if I can do something. 
  • Sano, jos voin auttaa jotenkin. - Please say if I can help somehow. 

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My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. You can contact me through You can subscribe to this blog from the right-hand banner. 

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