Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Practicing listening with your Finnish friends

Are you still in the situation where your friends switch to English when you're around? Change that now!  I'm using friend in my examples, but it could also be your colleague, spouse, mother-in-law or even a child, if you happen to have bilingual children.

  • Ask your friend to talk about something simple in Finnish so that you can just relax and focus on listening. You don't have to ask anything, and she won't ask anything either. You can decide a time beforehand so that you'll both know when it's over and you can do something else. If you want, write down what you hear. You can also record your friend if it's ok for her. 

  • Ask your friend which Finnish podcast, radio programme, tv show or artist she likes. Listen to it together and ask her to talk about it. 


  • Ask your friend to read her own book aloud for you. You might not understand much, but you'll understand something, and your friend is happy because she gets to read her book. She might also be interested in talking about the topic with you in Finnish.

  • If you notice that your friend switches to English, just say something like this: Ei tarvitse vaihtaa kieltä mun takia. Puhu vaan suomea. Mä kysyn, jos en ymmärrä jotain. That means No need to change the language because of me. Go ahead and speak Finnish. I'll ask if I don't understand something.


You can also practice listening while waiting for a bus. :)

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Studying in a folk high school in Finland

Right now is the time when most Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences and vocational schools are sending letters of acceptance to their new students. In case you didn't get accepted to where you wanted to go, you can still apply for a student position in an adult education college or a folk high school, which is kansanopisto in Finnish.

There are folk high schools almost all over the country, but most of them are in small towns. You can often live on the campus, which means that you can practice Finnish and get to know the people you study with! You can use this search page to find out what and where you could study.

The teaching is either in Finnish or in Swedish, but your Finnish doesn't have to be perfect for you to apply. Some schools even offer Finnish courses for immigrants.




Folk high schools in Finland. http://www.kansanopistot.fi/


Erään opiskelijan kokemuksia kansanopistosta:
Experiences of a folk high school student:

Olen kasvanut Amerikassa, muutin aikuisena Suomeen ja kävin kansanopistoa lukuvuoden 2016 - 2017 (pääaineena musiikki). Kansanopisto oli minulle ikimuistoinen kokemus - musiikkitaitoni kehittyivät, kielitaitoni kehittyi ja tutustuin kivoihin tyyppeihin.
I grew up in the US and moved to Finland as an adult, and I went to kansanopisto last year (2016 - 2017) to study music. It was an unforgettable experience - my music skills and language skills both developed and I met some really great people.


Silloin kun hain opistoon, erityisesti puhumistaitoni olivat heikot - sain kuitenkin opiskelupaikan, eli ei ole pakollista puhua täydellisesti, mutta menestyäkseen opinnoissa kannattaa ainakin ymmärtää puhetta ja osata antaa lyhyitä vastauksia sekä henkilökohtaisiin että omaa osaamisalaa koskeviin kysymyksiin.

When I applied to the opisto, my speaking skills particularly were weak - I managed to get into the school anyway, since it’s not necessary to speak perfectly, but if you want to succeed there you should understand speech well and be able to give at least brief answers to personal or study-related questions.

Se oli hyvin intensiivistä - koulutus sinänsä oli intensiivinen ja uusi kieli lisäsi vielä enemmän haasteita. Tuntui joskus siltä, että kävin kahta kurssia samanaikaisesti. Mutta se oli hyödyllinen valmistautumisvaihe seuraavaan koulutusasteeseen, ja suosittelen sitä niille, jotka aikovat hakea suomenkielisiin yliopistoihin, AMK:hin tai konservatorioihin, mutta eivät puhu vielä “yliopistotasolla”.

It was quite intensive - the course itself was intensive and doing it in a new language added even more challenge. It was a bit like doing two courses simultaneously. But it was a tremendously useful preparation stage for the next stage in my education, and I’d recommend it to anyone who intends to apply to a Finnish-language course at university, UAS or conservatory, but doesn’t quite speak at a university level.

Opiston opettajat voivat selittää mm. Suomen koulutusjärjestelmän omalaatuisuuksia ja auttaa sinua löytämään omalle tasollesi sopivan yliopiston/konservatorion, valmistella seuraavan vuoden hakemuksia, jne.
The teachers there can also explain the education system’s quirks and help you find the right course for you, prepare for the next year’s applications, etc.


Oletko sinä opiskellut kansanopistossa Suomessa? Kerro kokemuksistasi kommenteissa!

Have you studied in a folk high school in Finland? Please share your experience in the comments!


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Gearing up for the summer in Finland

Here's my top 10 summer must-haves wherever I go:

  1. Aurinkovoide - Sunscreen lotion
  2. Hyttysmyrkky - Mosquito repellent
  3. Etono-puikko - A lotion stick for bug bites. You can get it in the pharmacy.
  4. Sadetakki ja -housut - A rain coat and rain pants
  5. Kumisaappaat - Rubber boots (Ok, not all the time, but make sure you have a pair!)
  6. Sadesuoja repulle - A rain cover for your backpack
  7. Villasukat - Wool socks
  8. Liput - The tickets (Finland is FULL of festivals and concerts in the summer!)
  9. Pyyhe - A towel
  10. Vara-akku - An extra battery charger

Also, make sure you have the answer to these questions and your summer will be great.:)





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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Watching nature shows in Finnish

Are you looking for something rather easy, relaxing and definitely good quality to watch and read in calm and clear Finnish? While learning about the world and seeing cute animals? Try Avara luonto! If the Finnish text is not there automatically, bring your browser to the lower right corner and you'll see the TXT icon.


Pingviinejä


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MS in Finnish

Every day seems to be some sort of a theme day, and today is Maailman MS-päiväWorld MS day. The abbreviation MS comes from multippeliskleroosi, but for obvious reasons, people usually just say MS-tauti. In Finnish, you can also say pesäkekovettumatauti, but it's not really usedTauti means a disease, which makes the condition sound really awful, which it doesn't have to be if you're lucky, have a good medication, a relaxed job, and time to exercise.

Hyvää MS-päivää! -  Have a nice MS day!



Kind of related: Pharmacy shopping in Finnish
p.s. Huomenna on Sano jotain kivaa -päivä.  - Tomorrow is Say Something Nice Day.

Friday, May 26, 2017

niin - näin - noin - nain

Just a small post for the weekend about words that are very similar to each other. Do you know the difference between niin, nain, näin and noin?

I have a separate posts about these two:


Näin is like this, so, and I saw:

  • Tee näin. - Do like this.
  • Ai se on näin kallis! - Oh it's so expensive! (Whatever you're talking about is kind of close to you.)
  • Minä näin sinut eilen. - I saw you yesterday.

Noin is like that or so, and it is used what you can point at something.

  • Ei noin! - Not like that!
  • Ai se on noin kallis. - Oh it's so expensive. 

Related posts and links:

Monday, May 22, 2017

20 Finnish proverbs

Do you know the meaning of these proverbs?
Scroll down for the clumsy translations.:)

  1. Sitä saa mitä tilaa. 
  2. Ei savua ilman tulta.
  3. Aika parantaa haavat.
  4. Ei haukkuva koira pure.  
  5. Ei kukko käskien laula. 
  6. Jos se ei tapa, se vahvistaa.
  7. Kolmas kerta toden sanoo.
  8. Aikainen lintu nappaa madon.
  9. Suutarin lapsilla ei ole kenkiä.
  10. Ryhmässä tyhmyys tiivistyy. 
  11. Kauneus on katsojan silmässä. 
  12. Kukaan ei ole seppä syntyessään.
  13. Kenen leipää syöt, sen lauluja laulat. 
  14. Ei kannata mennä merta edemmäs kalaan.
  15. Kun kissa on poissa, hiiret tanssivat pöydillä
  16. Kun on lusikalla annettu, ei voi kauhalla vaatia.
  17. Ei se ole hullu, joka pyytäävaan se, joka maksaa. 
  18. Joka viimeksi nauraa, se parhaiten nauraa. 
  19. Parempi myöhään kuin ei milloinkaan.
  20. Loppu hyvinkaikki hyvin. 

Eläimiä - Animals: 

  • hiiri - a mouse
  • lintu - a bird
  • mato - a worm
  • kissa - a cat
  • koira - a dog
  • kukko - a rooster

Here are the translations:
  1. Sitä saa mitä tilaa. - You get what (it) you order.
  2. Ei savua ilman tulta. - No smoke without fire. 
  3. Aika parantaa haavat. - Time heals the wounds.
  4. Ei haukkuva koira pure.  - A barking dog doesn't bite.
  5. Ei kukko käskien laula.  - A rooster doesn't sing when told so.
  6. Jos se ei tapa, se vahvistaa. - If it doesn't kill, it makes stronger. 
  7. Kolmas kerta toden sanoo. - The third time says the truth.
  8. Aikainen lintu nappaa madon. - An early bird catches the worm.
  9. Suutarin lapsilla ei ole kenkiä. - Shoemaker's children don't have shoes. 
  10. Ryhmässä tyhmyys tiivistyy.  - Stupidity condenses in a group.
  11. Kauneus on katsojan silmässä.  - Beauty is in the eye of a beholder.
  12. Kukaan ei ole seppä syntyessään. - Nobody is a blacksmith when they're born.
  13. Kenen leipää syöt, sen lauluja laulat.  - You sing the songs of the person whose bread you're eating.
  14. Ei kannata mennä merta edemmäs kalaan. - There's no point in going to catch fish further than the sea.
  15. Kun kissa on poissa, hiiret tanssivat pöydillä.  - When the cat is gone, the mice dance on the tables.
  16. Kun on lusikalla annettu, ei voi kauhalla vaatia.  - If (someone) has been given (intelligence) with a spoon, you cannot expect (him to give back) with a ladle. 
  17. Ei se ole hullu, joka pyytäävaan se, joka maksaa.  - The crazy person is not the one who asks but the one who pays.
  18. Joka viimeksi nauraa, se parhaiten nauraa. - The one who laughs the last laughs the hardest. 
  19. Parempi myöhään kuin ei milloinkaan. - Better late than never.
  20. Loppu hyvinkaikki hyvin. - The end is well, all is well.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Funny things to read in Finnish

Here's a small post about funny things in Finnish. If these links are still too difficult, you could try out the YouTube channel Learn Finnish with Comedy.


If you like to read funny short stories, you might like these ones:





p.s. Mikä on sinun mielestäsi paras suomalainen komediaelokuva?
What is your favourite Finnish comedy movie?



Monday, May 15, 2017

Signing up for swimming lessons and language classes (for kids)

Over the years, I have learned so many things from my private students. For example, I know a lot more about inbound marketingcat cafés and medicine than I did five years ago. Whenever I have a question about this blog or my website or anything related to internet and applications, I can ask Omid, and he has an answer to everything. One student has also affected the life of my kids, as a couple of years ago I signed them up for swimming lessons after talking so much about swimming during the Finnish tutoring. And that is the main topic of this post.:)

So, if you want to start a new hobby in the fall, now is the time to act. Usually those who have already participated in the groups get to sign up first. If there are any places left, they are given to the new swimmers (or dancers etc, depending on the hobby), and that's why it's very important to sign up as soon as the registration period starts.

Google the name of your city and uimakoulut. Notice that some Finnish towns also offer rantauimakoulut, swimming lessons in a local lake, but the water is very likely very cold until the middle of July, so I wouldn't really recommend those to anyone unless you want to wear märkäpuku (a wet suit). 

Another thing that you might be interested is oman äidinkielen opetus, mother tongue / native language classes for bilingual and multilingual kids.  Again, google the name of your town and oman äidinkielen opetus. Usually the classes are held once a week for 90 minutes, between 14.00 and 18.00.

Related posts:


Sunday, May 14, 2017

How to say "with" in Finnish

The English with can be either kanssa, mukana or luona in Finnish:

  • olin sen kanssa koko päivän. - I spent the whole day with her. (Kanssa is actually very often kans or kaa in colloquial Finnish. If you want to speak super correct Finnish, say Vietin hänen kanssaan koko päivän.)
  • Onko sinulla passi mukana? - Do you have the passport with you? 
  • Aina kun mä olen Helsingissä, mä asun Minnan luona. - Whenever I'm in Helsinki, I'm staying with Minna. 

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Now I'm curious to hear how you would say the same sentences in other languages. Please leave a comment in your mother tongue! :)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jo-words

What's the thing with all the words with jo? is a question I hear a lot from my students. Some of the jo-words are nice and never change:


These are some common nouns, adjectives and verbs that also start with jo:

  • jojo - a yoyo
  • johtaja - a manager
  • johto - a chord
  • jokainen - everyone
  • joki  - a river
  • jonkinlainen - some kind
  • joulu - christmas
  • joustava - flexible
  • jossitella - to hypothesize
  • joutua - to be forced somewhere

..and then we have joku, jokin and joka. Sorry about them. I'd say that the best way to practice is to read and listen to something that you like and pay attention to the jo-words. Learn expressions that are useful for you and don't worry about the crazy ones like joiksikuiksi. If you like to study with a text book, for example Suomen mestari 2 has exercises on joku and jokin.

Joku, jokin and joka in eleven cases, singular and plural:  

JOKU
(singular)
JOTKUT
(plural)
JOKIN
(singular)
JOTKIN
(plural)
JOKA
(singular)
JOTKA
(plural)
jonka
joidenkuiden
jonkin
joidenkin
jonka
joiden
jota
joitakuita
jotakin
joitakin
jota
joita
jossakussa
joissakuissa
jossakin
joissakin
jossa
joissa
jostakusta
joistakuista
jostakin
joistakin
josta
joista
johonkuhun
joihinkuihin
johonkin
joihinkin
johon
joihin
jollakulla
joillakuilla
jollakin
joillakin
jolla
joilla
joltakulta
joiltakuilta
joltakin
joiltakin
jolta
joilta
jollekulle
joillekuille
jollekin
joillekin
jolle
joille
jonakuna
joinakuina
jonakin
joinakin
jona
joina
joksikuksi
joiksikuiksi
joksikin
joiksikin
joksi
joiksi

There are also some alternative forms, so do check Wikisanakirja, if you want to know more.

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p.s. Do you have school-aged kids? Check out my e-book for parents!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Two good radio shows + Norppalive

Here are two radio shows that I would really like to recommend for you:


Both shows are quite easy to listen because the hosts are really good and friendly, and they have only one guest at a time. Click Näytä lisää - Show more on the bottom of the page to see more episodes and guests such as Antti Tuisku or Maija Vilkkumaa. If normal radio is still too fast for you, you could try out my easy Finnish podcasts. If you are looking for something to read, check out my post What to read in easy Finnish.

p.s. Here's something super Finnish to watch: Norppalive! It's a live video about the exciting life of a Saimaa ringed seal. If you notice that people are posting Norppa kivellä! on social media, they're talking about this seal on this rock.

Hyvää viikonloppua! If you have a radio show that you like a lot, please share it in the comments.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring in Finland

I'm sure that most of you have already seen this video, but now there's also one with English subtitles:


(Yay, this was the first time I embedded a video from Facebook to my blog. Se oli helppoa!)

Here's my top 5 things to wear (or at least have ready for use) ALL YEAR ROUND in Finland:

  1. pipo -  a beanie / a winter hat
  2. villasukat - wool socks
  3. pitkät kalsarit - long underwear 
  4. kauluri - a neckwarmer
  5. toppahousut - quilted pants / thick outside pants

Also kind of related:


Friday, April 28, 2017

Easy Finnish ebook for schoolkid's parents

I've never re-posted anything before in this blog, but I felt that this is a good time to remind you about my ebook in easy Finnish. I wrote it about a year ago, and after that, I've been simplifying four novels and a collection of Aku Ankka cartoons. They should all be published later this year, and you'll be the first ones to hear about it!

Being a big fan of SelkouutisetSelkosanomat and other things written in easy Finnish, I wanted to try writing selkokieli myself. My e-book is called Opas koululaisen vanhemmille, A guide for a schoolkid's parents, and it's all in relatively easy and simple Finnish.



I decided that anyone can download and read the book, but it would also be really nice if  people paid something, let's say 8 € (or even more if you are a super fan of my blog!).

You can pay through PayPal or put money directly to my bank account. 
My account number is FI45 2043 1800 0098 65 and the BIC code is NDEA FIHH. 
The price includes the 24 % VAT, and of course, I'll pay the normal taxes after that.

Kiitos! :)



Please share this with your friends who might be interested in the book!

You can also suggest new topics for easy Finnish e-books. I kind of have a feeling that people would like to have something about writing in Finnish. What do you think about that?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vastaan

Vastaan is a handy postposition. I'd say that these two are the most common uses. For more examples, check out Kielitoimiston sanakirja.

Against:

  • Mulla ei ole mitään sua vastaan.  - I have nothing against you.
  • Onko sulla jotain tätä vastaan? - Do you have something against this?
  • Suomi pelaa tänä iltana Ruotsia vastaan. - Finland will play against Sweden tonight.

To the direction facing the other person:

  • voin tulla asemalle vastaan. - I can come and meet you at the station.
  • kävelen sua vastaan.  - I'll walk up to meet you.
  • Kiva kun olit asemalla vastassa. - It was nice that you were waiting for me at the station..

Notice that there's also vasta, but that's another thing.
Here's a nice song about vastaanChisu: Tuu mua vastaan

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sentence starters in Finnish

Whenever you have to say or write your opinion, these phrases might come in handy:

  • Olen sitä mieltä, että... - I'm of that opinion that...
  • Olen varma, että... - I'm sure that...
  • Ajattelen, että... - I think that...
  • Luulen, että...  - I think that... (but I'm not sure!)
  • Olen kuullut, että... - I've heard that...
  • Olen lukenut, että... - I've read that...
  • Olen huomannut, että.. - I've noticed that...
  • Olen kerran nähnyt, kuinka... - I've once seen how...
  • Olen aina miettinyt, miksi... - I've always wondered why...
  • On mahdollista, että... - It's possible that...
  • Voin olla väärässä, mutta... - I may be wrong, but...

Always useful to review: