Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Here's a post about words that begin 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. houkutella
  3. huutaa
  4. jutella
  5. kehua
  6. kertoa
  7. kieltää
  8. korjata
  9. kuiskata
  10. kysyä
  11. liioitella
  12. lohduttaa
  13. muistuttaa
  14. mutista
  15. neuvoa
  16. myöntää
  17. paljastaa
  18. puhua
  19. pyytää anteeksi
  20. sanoa
  21. selittää 
  22. suositella
  23. tiedustella
  24. tunnustaa
  25. valehdella
  26. valittaa
  27. varoittaa
  28. vastata 
  29. väittää
  30. vähätellä
  31. ärsyttää

Here are the translations:

  1. ehdottaa - to suggest
  2. houkutella - to persuade, to talk into
  3. huutaa - to yell
  4. jutella - to talk, to chat
  5. kehua - to praise
  6. kertoa - to tell
  7. kieltää - to deny, to forbid
  8. korjata - to correct
  9. kuiskata - to whisper
  10. kysyä - to ask
  11. liioitella - to exaggerate
  12. lohduttaa - to comfort
  13. muistuttaa - to remind
  14. mutista - to mumble, to mutter
  15. myöntää - to admit
  16. neuvoa - to advice
  17. paljastaa - to reveal
  18. puhua -  to speak
  19. pyytää anteeksi - to apologize
  20. sanoa - to say
  21. selittää - to explain
  22. suositella - to recommend
  23. tiedustella - to inquire
  24. tunnustaa - to confess
  25. valehdella - to lie
  26. valittaa - to complain
  27. varoittaa - to warn
  28. vastata - to answer
  29. väittää - to insist, to claim
  30. vähätellä - to belittle
  31. 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:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How to impress Finnish audience

I don't know how many artists and bands actively study Finnish before their concert tour, but here's a small post for those who want to say something in Finnish and impress their audience.

The concert is probably in the evening, so you can start off by yelling Hyvää iltaa + whatever city you are performing at. That means Good evening. You can check the pronunciation in http://fi.forvo.com/.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Eating out in Helsinki

I just spent a super fun weekend in Helsinki meeting up with friends and students. Here are some nice places to eat out in Helsinki:

Oh, if you know someone whose child just started going to school in Finland, please tell them about my e-book A guide for a schoolkid's parents in Easy Finnish. Kiitos!

p.s. How do you pronounce your name? Say it like me is a cool app to teach your friends and colleagues how your name is pronounced. All you need is a Twitter account and you can add your name in one minute.