Perhaps you’re heading to Finland this year… or maybe you just want to impress your friends a little at the camp. Whatever the case, it never hurts to brush up on your Finnish, and what better way to start than with some summer vacation related phrases?
Perhaps you’re heading to Finland this year… or maybe you just want to impress your friends a little at the camp. Whatever the case, it never hurts to brush up on your Finnish, and what better way to start than with some summer vacation related words and phrases?
Just so you know, I’m far from the ideal candidate to teach anyone, and I’ll probably be corrected for the next week by native Finns, but this is the Finnish I learned growing up and what I am going to share with you today. Of course, this is for me to learn too, so feel free to correct me and I’ll do what I can to update it.
You should see play buttons for each word which tell you how to pronounce them. If you don’t, try it out on a computer later if you’re on a mobile device, or perhaps a different browser. So what the hey, let’s begin:mökki
cabin / cottageAjamme mökille.
We’re driving to the cottage. You do a shorter k when saying it this way.kaunis ulkona Se on kaunis ulkona!
It’s beautiful/lovely outside!ilma Nyt on kaunis ilma.
Now it’s lovely weather.järvi
Go jump in the lake!myrsky
A storm is coming.Voi etta!
Oh no! This can’t be happening!aurinko Aurinko paistaa.
The sun is shining.
paistaa can also mean fry, and can be used in the context of, for example, frying an egg.Paista kananmuna.
kuu Kuu on noussut.
The moon has risen. Say the s a little smoother and shorter than the example voice, though. Nousut.ovi Pa ovi kiinni!
It should be “paa” actually; this is slang and may not be used in mainstream Finnish so it doesn’t know what I’m talking about and misprounces it. It’s a slightly longer “ahh” sound than in the example, so it should be spoken less abruptly. Paa ovi kiinni!
Shut the door! You would want to say it if someone’s letting the mosquitoes in at night.Pane ovi lukkoon.
Pane is the proper form of “paa”. It means put. Pane ovi lukkoon means Lock the door, more literally “put the door locked”. Maybe there’s a psychopath out there… or a clever bear.ikkuna Avaa ikkuna!
Open the window! Maybe someone farted.sauna
Now you have an audio cue to show your internet friends how it should be said.Pitäs mennä saunaan.
I must go to sauna. Say it in a manner like you just can’t take waiting anymore.Mene hakemaan vettä saunalle.
Go fetch water for the sauna.kamiina
Light up the stove.löyly Nyt pitää ottaa löylyä.
Now we must take steam.
lyö or lyödä
A bundle of young birch switches, used for hitting oneself in the back during löyly.Lyö vihdan kanssa.
Hit with the vihta!kalja
beer!Juomme kaljaa. Juomme kaljaa.
Let’s drink some beer. It’s worth saying twice.juoppo
Just be careful not to become one of these.
That’s all for today!
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