Saturday, October 14, 2017

What to watch in Yle Areena

It's been a while since I recommended tv shows to watch in Finnish.

Here are three Yle Areena shows that are also available abroad:


If you are watching Yle Areena in Finland, you have to check out Sohvaperunat. Finnish people watching tv together with their friends and family. What could be better entertainment? :)

Sohvaperunat. Sohva = a sofa / a couch, Peruna = a potato

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Choosing the perfect easy Finnish book

Would you like to read a book in easy Finnish, but you don't know which book would be good for you right now? Here's a handy flowchart that I just created:



You can take a look at the sample pages in Selkokeskus website. Booky.fi is another good online bookstore, and they also ship abroad.

Related posts:



Selkokirjoja. Books in easy Finnish.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Finnish words with a lot of ö's

It's time for a fun list!

Do you know the meaning of this ö-words?

  1. dödö
  2. hölmö
  3. Höpö höpö!
  4. kökkö
  5. löllö
  6. mömmö
  7. mörkö
  8. nössö
  9. pöllö
  10. pönttö
  11. pöpö
  12. söpö
  13. tönö

Here are the translations:

  1. dödö - a colloquial word for deodorantti
  2. hölmö - a fool
  3. Höpö höpö! - Just kidding!
  4. kökkö - bad or tasteless as in kökköenglanti or kökkö elokuva
  5. löllö - wobbly as in löllö käsivarsi, a wobbly arm
  6. mömmö - goo as in Mitä tämä vihreä mömmö on? What's this green goo?
  7. mörkö - a boogeyman, or this scary Moomin character
  8. nössö - a wimp, a sissy
  9. pöllö - an owl
  10. pönttö - a toilet bowl, a large can, or a dumb person
  11. pöpö - a children's word for bakteeri
  12. söpö - cute
  13. tönö - a shack
Söpö pöllö.

Here are some other lists on this blog:


p.s. Check out my simplification of a Finnish novel!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

nämä - nuo - ne

Who doesn't love Finnish demonstrative pronouns? I already have posts about the singular demonstrative pronouns:


This post is about the plural demonstrative pronouns nämä, nuo and ne - these, those and they.

Here's a little table with nämä, nuo and ne in nominative, partitive, genitive and local cases. I've noticed that very often students use nuo when they should use ne


nämä
nuo
ne
näitä
noita
niitä
näiden
noiden
niiden
näissä
noissa
niissä
näistä
noista
niistä
näihin
noihin
niihin
näillä
noilla
niillä
näiltä
noilta
niiltä
näille
noille
niille


Nämä - These

  • Keneltä sä sait nämä? - From whom did you get these?
  • Mitä sä teet näillä? - What do you do with these?
  • Mitä sä laitat näihin? - What will you put into these?

Nuo - Those (that you can point at)

  • Mitä noissa laatikoissa on? - What's in those boxes?
  • Mä en kestä noita! - I cannot stand those guys.
  • Mä käyn sanomassa noille, että me tullaan pian. - I'm going to go and tell those guys that we're coming soon.

Ne - They, the, them or those (that you cannot see right now, or that are close to the person you are talking to) In colloquial Finnish, we often say ne instead of he.

  • juttelin niiden kanssa eilen. - I spoke with them yesterday. 
  • Kysytään niiltä! - Let's ask them!
  • Mitä sä teet niille vanhoille sukille? - What will you do to those/the old socks?