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Welcome to FinnishPod101.com’s “Suomea kolmessa minuutissa”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Finnish.
Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Hauska tutustua. Hi, I'm Paula. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Finnish expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Finnish. So let's get started!
We'll first see how Finnish people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Hauska tutustua. Hi, I’m Paula. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Hauska tutustua.
Let's go through this:
Start by saying Hei, minun nimeni on... then, say your name. Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Finally, say Hauska tutustua.
Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Hauska tutustua.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech.
Hyvää päivää. Minun nimeni on Paula Laamanen. Hauska tutustua. Good day, my name is Paula Laamanen. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Hyvää päivää. Minun nimeni on Paula Laamanen. Hauska tutustua.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a close look at these together.
Hei has been substituted with the formal greeting hyvää päivää, Finnish for "good day."
Minun nimeni on Paula has not been changed. In both cases, minun nimeni on means "my name is". However, during a formal self introduction, we also say our last name, so I said Paula Laamanen. Here, you would say your full name.
Finally, hauska tutustua is the same for both. This phrase means “nice to meet you.”
One more time:
The informal way to introduce yourself in Finnish is Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Hauska tutustua.
You can make it more formal by saying
Hyvää päivää. Minun nimeni on Paula Laamanen, Hauska tutustua.
Now it’s time for Paula’s Points.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands and use hauska tutustua after saying your name. If you’re concerned about politeness, even hei is polite enough in the Finnish business world.
In fact, if you speak too formally, people will think you sound unnatural. In Finland, simple is best!
That's it for this lesson! Do you know how we say “thank you” in Finnish? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next Suomea kolmessa minuutissa lesson. Nähdään pian!

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FinnishPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Try introducing yourself in Finnish!

Tuesday at 9:45 pm
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Hi Maria,

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You can adjust the video speed by clicking on the ‘1x’ button next to the volume control icon (you can choose either 0.75x or 0.5x to slow it down).

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Maria
Tuesday at 9:33 pm
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Hi Paula is speaking to fast. Many of these sounds are so different for English speakers. It took a while for me to learn the introduction  ”Minun nimeni on” it sounds like one long word when she says it.I had to break it up into syllables to say it which does not sound as nice. It sounds beautiful when she says it but my mouth doesn’t work that fast. Also the lipsync is off.
I do like it, and I appreciate your trying to teach but it will take me some time to make it sound flowing.
Thank you again

Sveta
Sunday at 7:01 pm
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Moi Päivi! Kiitos vastauksesta!

Wednesday at 8:35 pm
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Hei Svetlana!
Kiitos kivasta kommentista ja samoin, hauska tutustua! 😄

Päivi
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Sveta
Tuesday at 6:42 pm
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Hei! Minun nimeni on Svetlana. Hauska tutustua ja kiitos paljon tästä tunnista!

Kathleen Hughes
Wednesday at 2:58 am
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1. I’m so confused. I’m an absolute beginner.Where do I start? Finnish101, Bootcamp, 3 minutes, survival? The greetings modules are different enough to have me confused.

2. I think it would be good if each lesson contained a review of the previous one to provide continuity for those who need reinforcement (old people with short term memory problems.

Friday at 10:44 pm
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Hei Osamah!
Hauska tutustua! 😄
Thank you, kiitos, for your lovely comment! Nice to hear you are enjoying our videos.

Parhain terveisin, Best Wishes,
Päivi
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Osamah Ammer
Monday at 12:57 am
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Hei,minun Nimeni on Osamah
Hauska Tutustua !😳😎
so happy im was so comfuse to learn finish
nice videos even my english not so much good
but i understand also i upgrade my account
so happy to be here kittos paljon

Friday at 6:26 pm
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Hei Remi!
Hauska tutustua! 😄

Parhain terveisin, Best wishes,
Päivi
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Remi
Thursday at 4:29 am
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Moi, minun nimeni on Remi, hauska tutustua!