Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Here's a post about words that start with ero. Usually ero means a difference, distinction or a divorce.

  • Mitä eroa on sanoilla tai ja vai? - What's the difference between tai and vai?
  • Etsi viisi eroa. - Find five differences.
  • Haluan eron. - I want a divorce.

Erota is to divorce or to separate. (Here's an informative link about divorcing in Finland, and here's a song that you can sing to your ex in a Finnish karaoke.)

Erottaa is for example to fire and to tell apart.

If you are confused by the similarity of these two verbs, you might enjoy my post about transitive and intransitive verbs.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Communication verbs

Here's a small post about verbs that express some kind of spoken communication between people. First, test how many words you already know:

  1. ehdottaa
  2. huutaa
  3. jutella
  4. kehua
  5. kertoa
  6. kieltää
  7. korjata
  8. kuiskata
  9. kysyä
  10. liioitella
  11. lohduttaa
  12. muistuttaa
  13. neuvoa
  14. myöntää
  15. paljastaa
  16. puhua
  17. pyytää anteeksi
  18. sanoa
  19. selittää 
  20. suositella
  21. tiedustella
  22. tunnustaa
  23. valehdella
  24. valittaa
  25. varoittaa
  26. vastata 
  27. väittää
  28. vähätellä
  29. ärsyttää

Here are the translations:

  1. ehdottaa - to suggest
  2. huutaa - to yell
  3. jutella - to talk, to chat
  4. kehua - to praise
  5. kertoa - to tell
  6. kieltää - to deny, to forbid
  7. korjata - to correct
  8. kuiskata - to whisper
  9. kysyä - to ask
  10. liioitella - to exaggerate
  11. lohduttaa - to comfort
  12. muistuttaa - to remind
  13. myöntää - to admit
  14. neuvoa - to advice
  15. paljastaa - to reveal
  16. puhua -  to speak
  17. pyytää anteeksi - to apologize
  18. sanoa - to say
  19. selittää - to explain
  20. suositella - to recommend
  21. tiedustella - to inquire
  22. tunnustaa - to confess
  23. valehdella - to lie
  24. valittaa - to complain
  25. varoittaa - to warn
  26. vastata - to answer
  27. väittää - to insist, to claim
  28. vähätellä - to belittle
  29. ärsyttää - to exasperate

If you like lists, here are some other posts that you might enjoy:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Learning Finnish with Nightwish fans

I know that many foreigners start to learn Finnish because of the Finnish metal bands.  Nightwish is definitely the most famous one of them, and Yle just released a documentary made by Nightwish fans. If you haven't seen it yet, now is a good time, and you can also learn Finnish by reading the subtitles. (My favourite character is the man showing the pictures from his trip to Kitee.)

Monday, August 22, 2016

How to say that you don't really like someone

Sometimes you might want to tell (the other people) that you don't really like someone.
This is how the it's said in official Finnish:

This is how it's often said in spoken language: 

Here are some expressions that don't sound so harsh but have the same idea:

  • No.. en tunne häntä kovin hyvin. - Well.. I don't know him/her so well.
  • Emme ole kovin läheisissä väleissä. - We're not on very close terms.
  • Emme tule toimeen kovin hyvin. - We don't get along very well. 
  • Meidän kemiamme eivät oikein kohdanneet. - There was no chemisty. (Our chemistry didn't really meet.)
  • Meidän sukset menivät vähän ristiin. - I crossed swords with him / her. (Our skis got a bit crossed)

Here are the same expressions in spoken language: 

  • Me ei olla kovin läheisissä väleissä. 
  • Mä en tunne sitä kovin hyvin. 
  • Me ei tulla toimeen kovin hyvin.
  • Meidän kemiat ei oikeen kohdannu. 
  • Meidän sukset meni vähän ristiin. 

If this was too negative, you might feel happier after these posts: