Saturday, August 22, 2015

How to use the Finnish word 'sopia'

Sopia is one of those verbs with several meanings. The four important forms are sopia, sovin, sovin and sopinut

Sentences with sopia: 

  1. Se sopii minulle.  
  2. Se ei sovi minulle. 
  3. Sopiiko tämä sinulle? 
  4. Sopiiko, että jutellaan tästä myöhemmin? 
  5. Tämä paita ei sovi minulle enää. 
  6. Tuo väri sopii sinulle tosi hyvin. 
  7. Te sovitte toisillenne. 
  8. Voidaanko sopia siitä huomenna?
  9. Sovitaanko, että et tee sitä enää koskaan ?


  1. Se sopii minulle.  - That's fine with me.
  2. Se ei sovi minulle.  - That doesn't fit my schedule.
  3. Sopiiko tämä sinulle? - Is this ok with you?
  4. Sopiiko, että jutellaan tästä myöhemmin? - Is it ok if we'll talk about this later? 
  5. Tämä paita ei sovi minulle enää. - This shirt doesn't fit me anymore.
  6. Tuo väri sopii sinulle tosi hyvin. - That colour looks really good on you.
  7. Te sovitte toisillenne. - You make a good match.
  8. Voidaanko sopia siitä huomenna? - Can we settle it tomorrow?
  9. Sovitaanko, että et tee sitä enää koskaan ? - Shall we agree that you'll never  that again?

Finnish proverbs with sopia: 

  • Sopii kuin nenä päähän. - Fits like a nose in a head.
  • Sopii kuin nyrkki silmään. - Fits like a fist in the eye.
  • Sopii kuin sialle otsatukka! - Fits like bangs on a pig!
  • More Finnish proverbs

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Maija said...

Hi dear Hanna,
Could you please mention some samples of writing for yki testi?
Your blog is soooo useful
Kiiiiiiitos :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for yet another useful lesson!

I'm wondering if you could clearify how the proverbs are used in practice, especially the second and third. As I'm sure most people prefer not getting a fist in their eye, I would like to know if this is said in contexts where you really mean that it fits, e.g. when a suit looks perfect on someone, or if it is said satirically when bad things happen, or maybe when someone gets punished for his ill-doings.