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Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Finnish

Start off the year by learning how to introduce yourself properly in Finnish! Learn easily with FinnishPod101 in this four-minute video!

Table of Contents

  1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Finnish
  2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself
  3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Finnish
  4. Why FinnishPod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Finnish Introductions

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1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Finnish

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First impressions are absolutely everything! Right? No, wrong - who you are every day is much more important. But first impressions are definitely not unimportant either. Make sure to introduce yourself correctly, as it could mean the difference between getting a job offer or a polite refusal from an employer. FinnishPod101 shows you how to read, write and pronounce these self-introductions and conversation-starters like a native speaker!

But first, a tip - wait to be asked before offering personal details such as your age. Good conversation is about unspoken reciprocity, and giving too many personal details too soon can be embarrassing for your Finnish friend. Rather use phrases that encourage your friend to talk about him or herself - most people like doing that! Also, it shows you take real interest in other people.

1- Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

Hei, hauska tavata.

This phrase is an excellent way to start an introduction. It is a greeting that immediately expresses interest in the other person.

2- My name is Ella.

Nimeni on Ella.

Self-explanatory - just replace ‘Ella’ with your own name! Also, pay close attention to what your new Finnish acquaintance’s name is. Remembering it will make them feel that you are really interested in him/her as a person!

Countries

3- I’m from the Finland.

Olen kotoisin Suomesta.

Sharing something about yourself is a nice conversation starter. It shows that you’re willing to engage meaningfully with the other person. In an informal setting, you can expect the other person to respond in kind. At work, this is probably information you need to volunteer only if asked. Again, remember to replace ‘Finland’ with your own country of birth!

4- I live in Helsinki.

Asun Helsingissä.

Same as above - replace ‘Helsinki’ with your town or city of abode!

5- I’ve been learning Finnish for a year.

Olen opiskellut vuoden verran suomea.

Say this only if it’s true, obviously. And prepare to dazzle your audience! If you have indeed worked faithfully at your Finnish for a year, you should be pretty good at it! Use this phrase after your introduction - it is likely to indicate that you wish to engage in Finnish conversation.

Two people talking

6- I’m learning Finnish at FinnishPod101.com.

Opettelen suomea FinnishPod101.com-sivustolla.

This will be the best reply if anyone asks (Very impressed, of course!) where you study Finnish! Simply volunteering this information, especially in a casual conversation, could make you sound like a salesperson, and you want to avoid that. Often, an employer will want this information though, so best to memorize and have this phrase handy!

7- I’m 27 years old.

Olen 27-vuotias.

This is a line that may just get you a ‘TMI!’ look from a stranger if you volunteer it without being asked. He/she may not be willing to divulge such an intimate detail about him/herself right at the start of your acquaintance, so don’t force reciprocity. However, it’s a good phrase to know in a job interview; again, probably best only if your prospective Finnish employer asks. Also, remember to give your true age!

First encounter

8- I’m a teacher.

Olen opettaja.

You’re still offering information about yourself, which lends good momentum to keep the conversation going! Replace ‘teacher’ with your own occupation - and learn the related vocabulary with FinnishPod101!

People with different jobs

9- One of my hobbies is reading.

Yksi harrastuksistani on lukeminen.

Your hobby is another topic with lots of potential for starting a good conversation! People are often eager to talk about their hobbies, and why they like them!

10- I enjoy listening to music.

Nautin musiikin kuuntelusta.

If you’re still talking about your hobbies, this would be a good line to go with the previous one. Otherwise, wait for your conversation partner to start talking about what they enjoy doing!

2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself

Introducing yourself

A correct Finnish introduction will make a good impression upon meeting a person for the first time. Why is this first impression important? Simple - it gives an indication of who you are as a person. So, while you want to be truthful when representing yourself, you also need to be prepared to put your best foot forward!

First impressions are often lingering and difficult to change. In addition, it’s easier to make a negative impression than a good one, often without intending to. So, how can you make sure that your self-introduction will impress Finnish natives?

1- Research: First, research the culture! Different cultures have different social rules, and you will be halfway towards making a great first impression if you know the proper Finnish customs for self-introductions. It will also help you avoid social mistakes - sometimes, what is acceptable in one culture is insulting in another, such as making eye contact, or giving a handshake. In your culture, what is appropriate when a person introduces him or herself?

Also, be sure to distinguish between introductions in different situations, such as a formal and a social situation. There are bound to be differences in how you address people! The internet can be an important tool for this endeavor. Alternatively, you could visit your local library to search for books on this topic, or you could ask Finnish friends to explain and demonstrate their cultural habits for introductions. Honoring someone’s culture shows that you respect it, and as we know - a little respect can go a very long way in any relationship!

Someone studying

2- Study the Correct Phrases and Vocabulary: Be sure to learn Finnish phrases and vocabulary that tell people who you are, and that encourage them to engage in conversation with you. Each situation will determine how to address the person you want to introduce yourself to. Also, make sure your pronunciation is correct! It would be most valuable to have Finnish-speaking friends who can help you with this. Or read on for a quick phrase and video lesson on Finnish introductions right here at FinnishPod101!

3- Appearance: This is pretty obvious - if you want to make a good impression introducing yourself to anyone for the first time, you need to be neatly dressed and well groomed! A shabby, dirty or careless appearance and bad body odor are to be avoided at all costs; in most cultures, these will not impress!

Also, make sure to dress appropriately, not only for the occasion, but also for the culture. For instance, bare shoulders or an open-necked shirt is an acceptable gear in many Western countries. Yet, in some cultures, dressing like this could deeply offend your host. No amount of good manners and properly expressed introductions is likely to wipe out a cultural no-no! So, be sure to know how to dress, and take care with your appearance when you are about to introduce yourself to someone for the first time!

Following are some neat phrases with which you can introduce yourself in Finnish, and get a conversation started too!

3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Finnish

Good, you read and perhaps even memorized the preceding phrases to successfully introduce yourself in Finnish! Watch this short video now to get a quick lesson on Finnish grammar for these introductions, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. You will sound like a native when you can copy the presenter perfectly!


4. Why FinnishPod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Finnish Introductions

  • Culturally Focused Lessons: All our material is aimed not only to help you learn perfect Finnish, but also to introduce you to the Finnish culture! Learn here, for instance, a list of favorite Finnish foods. Alternatively, listen to these audio lessons on Finnish culture! Studying through us could be very valuable before visiting Finland for any purpose.
  • Accurate and Correct Pronunciation & Inflection: Our hosts and voice actors are native Finnish speakers of the best quality! It is important for us that you speak Finnish correctly to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings and miscommunications. If you practice and can copy these presenters well, you will sound just like Finnish natives and your introduction will be easily understood!
  • State-of-the-Art Lesson Formats and Methods: Efficacy in learning is our highest priority. You will have access to learning tools that were carefully developed by learning specialists over more than a decade! We use only well-researched, proven lesson formats and teaching methods to ensure fast, accurate, fun and easy learning! Millions of happy subscribers can’t be wrong! Create a lifetime account with FinnishPod101 for free access to many learning tools that are updated every week.
  • Learn to Read and Write in Finnish: We don’t only teach you to speak, you can also learn to read and write in Finnish! This way you can express your Finnish introduction in more than one way and be thoroughly prepared.
  • A Learning Plan that Suits your Pocket: FinnishPod101 takes pride in making learning not only easy and fun, but also affordable. Opening a lifetime account for free will offer you a free seven-day trial, after which you can join with an option that suits your needs and means. Learning Finnish has never been easier or more affordable! Even choosing only the ‘Basic’ option will give you access to everything you need to learn Finnish effectively, like thousands of audio and video lessons! However, if you need to learn Finnish fast, the Premium and Premium Plus options will be good to consider, as both offer a vast number of extra tools to ensure efficient learning. This way you can be sure that you will reach your learning goal easily!

Whatever your needs are for learning Finnish, make sure to do it through FinnishPod101, and you will never have to google: “How do I introduce myself in Finnish” again!

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How to Say I Love You in Finnish - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Finnish could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Finnish partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At FinnishPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Finnish lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Finnish dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Finnish Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Finnish Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Finnish Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Finnish love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Finnish word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Finnish date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Finnish Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Haluaisitko mennä ulos syömään kanssani?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Finnish is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Oletko vapaa tänä viikonloppuna?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Haluaisitko hengailla kanssani?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Mihin aikaan tapaisimme huomenna?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Missä tapaisimme?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Näytät hyvältä.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Olet niin söpö.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Mitä mieltä olet tästä paikasta?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Finnish language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Voinko tavata sinut uudelleen?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Mentäisiinkö jonnekin muualle?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Tiedän hyvän paikan.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Ajan sinut kotiin.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Se oli hieno ilta.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Milloin voin nähdä sinut uudestaan?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Soitan sinulle.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Finnish phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Finnish below!

Date Ideas in Finnish

museum

  • museo

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • kynttiläillallinen

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • mennä eläintarhaan

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • mennä pitkälle kävelylle

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • mennä oopperaan

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • mennä merimaailmaan

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • kävellä rannalla

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • pitää piknik

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • laittaa ateria yhdessä

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • illastaa ja katsoa elokuva

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Finnish

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Finnish - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Finnish Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Finnish yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Finnish? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Finnish love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Finnish

I love you.

  • Rakastan sinua.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Finnish carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Merkitset minulle niin paljon.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Olisitko minun ystävänpäivän rakas?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Olet niin kaunis.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Finnish, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Ajattelen sinua enemmän kuin ystävänä.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Finnish dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Sata sydäntä ei ole tarpeeksi kuljettamaan kaikki rakkauteni sinulle.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Rakkaus on vain rakkautta. Sitä ei voi koskaan selittää.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Olet niin komea.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Finnish love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Olen ihastunut sinuun.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Saat minut haluamaan olla parempi mies.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Finnish girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Olkoon kaikki mitä teet tehtävä rakastuneena.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Olet päivänsäteeni, rakkaani.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Sanat eivät riitä kuvaamaan rakkauttani sinua kohtaan.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Meidät oli tarkoitettu yhteen.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Jos ajattelit jotakuta lukiessasi tätä, olet varmasti rakastunut.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Finnish Quotes about Love

Finnish Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Finnish lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Finnish that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Finnish Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Finnish lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Finnish custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Finnish Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Meidän täytyy puhua.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Kyse ei ole sinusta. Vaan minusta.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Finnish lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • En vain ole valmis tällaiseen suhteeseen.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Ollaan vain ystäviä.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Finnish, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Minusta tuntuu, että tarvitsemme tauon.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Ansaitset parempaa.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Meidän pitäisi tapailla muita ihmisiä.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • Tarvitsen tilaa.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Mielestäni etenemme liian nopeasti.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Minun täytyy keskittyä uraani.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • En ole tarpeeksi hyvä sinulle.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • En vain rakasta sinua enää.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Emme vain ole sopivat toisillemme.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Se on parempi niin.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Olemme kasvaneet erilleen.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Finnish faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. FinnishPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Finnish language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Finnish Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Finnish speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    FinnishPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Finnish, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Finnish even faster.

    2- Having your Finnish romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Finnish language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Finnish lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Finnish partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why FinnishPod101 helps you learn Finnish Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Finnish is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at FinnishPod101 is translated into both English and Finnish. So, while your partner can help you learn Finnish faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Finnish Culture
    At FinnishPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Finland. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Finnish partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Finnish Phrases
    You now have access to FinnishPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Finnish soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    How To Say ‘Hello’ in Finnish, and Other Finnish Greetings!

    How to Say Hello in Finnish

    So, you’re heading for Finland to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

    However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Finnish, greeting someone correctly in Finnish could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Finnish greetings before you embark on your journey. Finnish greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Finnish in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at FinnishPod101.

    The focus of this lesson is greetings in Finnish

    Topic 1: How to say “Hello”

    Sentence from the lesson:

    Hei
    “Hello (Informal)”

    Hei means “Hi” or “Hello.” We can use this greeting with friends or relatives, but also with people we don’t know.
    The formal way of greeting people is Hyvää päivää! Literally, hyvää päivää means “Good day.” As a rule of thumb we can use hyvää päivää only during the daytime—from noon until early evening.
    During the evening we say: Hyvää iltaa! Ilta is Finnish for “evening,” so hyvää iltaa means “good evening.” Hyvää päivää and hyvää iltaa are used when we meet someone, but when we leave we don’t say these greetings again.
    For Example:

    Hyvää päivää!
    “Good day (formal)”

    Topic 2: How to say “Good-bye”

    Sentence from the lesson:

    Hei hei
    “Good-bye (informal)”

    When leaving a formal occasion, Finnish people say: Näkemiin. In Finnish we have an expression meaning “See you soon” that can be considered both formal and informal: Nähdään pian!

    Language Tip!

    In formal situations, Finnish people commonly greet each other by shaking hands. However, if we meet someone we are very friendly with, we hug each other. Don’t be afraid to do it with your Finnish friends—it’s normal!

    2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Finnish

    Finnish Greetings

    Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at FinnishPod101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Finnish greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

    Here is our Finnish greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

    1- Good morning.

    Hyvää huomenta.

    ‘Good morning’ in Finnish is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

    2- Good evening

    Hyvää iltaa.

    This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

    3- How are you?

    Miten voit?

    Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

    4- How have you been?

    Miten voit?

    This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

    5- What’s up?

    Miten menee?

    An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

    6- Long time no see.

    Pitkästä aikaa.

    This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

    7- Hey!

    Hei!

    This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

    Saying Hello

    8- Good afternoon.

    Hyvää iltapäivää

    ‘Good afternoon’ in Finnish is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

    9- How’s it going?

    Miten menee?

    This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

    10- It’s nice to see you again.

    On mukava nähdä taas.

    This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Finnish.

    11- How’s everything?

    Mitä kuuluu?

    This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

    12- How’s your day?

    Miten päiväsi sujuu?

    Ask this when you’re speaking to your Finnish friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

    13- Yo!

    Yo!

    Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

    14- Hello!

    Hei!

    Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Finnish greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at FinnishPod101!

    15- It’s nice to meet you.

    Mukava tavata sinut.

    When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Finnish

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Finnish!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Finnish Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can FinnishPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Finnish - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Finnish? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Finnish words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - vitsailla
    2. funny - hauska
    3. lie - valehdella
    4. surprise - yllättää
    5. prankster - keppostelija
    6. prank - kepponen
    7. sneaky - ovela
    8. play a joke - höynäyttää
    9. humor - huumori
    10. fool - hölmö
    11. deceptive - petollinen
    12. April 1st - aprillipäivä

    2. Finnish Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Finnish Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Finnish to prank your favorite Finnish friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Finnish in 1 month.
      • Opin suomen kielen yhdessä kuukaudessa.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Kaikki tunnit on tänään peruttu.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Olen pahoillani, mutta rikoin juuri suosikkisilmälasisi.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Joku törmäsi autoosi juuri.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Olen menossa naimisiin.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Voitit vapaalipun.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Näin autosi hinattavan pois.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Rakennuksen edessä jaetaan ilmaisia lahjakortteja.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • Komea mies odottaa sinua ulkona.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • Kaunis nainen pyysi minua antamaan tämän puhelinnumeron sinulle.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Voitko tulla alakertaan? Minulla on jotain erityistä sinulle
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Kiitos rakkauskirjeestäsi tänä aamuna. En olisi koskaan voinut arvata tunteitasi.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Finnish, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can FinnishPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Finland, or if you work for any Finnish company, knowing the above Finnish prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Finnish words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    3 Reasons Why Successful Students Learn Finnish In the Car

    Not only is it possible to learn Finnish in your car, there are 3 great benefits that will help you master the language faster and with less effort.

    With everyone so pressed for time these days, it might seem like a daydream to believe that you could learn Finnish in your car—but it’s not! Thanks to a wide range of new technologies and resources, learning a language in your car is easier than ever. Not only is it easy to learn a language while driving, there are actually a number of benefits, especially if the lessons are part of a structured learning program like FinnishPod101. Here are three specific benefits to learning Finnish or any other new language in your car.

    3 reasons why successful students learn finnish in the car

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    1. Transform Downtime into Progress

    How much time do you spend commuting to and from work? Learning a language in your car transforms your commute time into tangible progress towards your dream. So instead of being stressed over how much time you are “wasting” on errands and daily commutes, you can decompress and have some fun while you learn Finnish in your car!

    2. Daily Exposure Leads to Passive Learning

    Practice makes perfect and learning a new language is no different. The daily exposure you get when you learn Finnish while driving helps improve listening comprehension, pronunciation, and of course helps build vocabulary and improve grammar. Don’t worry: You don’t need to memorize everything as you listen in Finnish while driving. Just having continuous exposure to a foreign language helps you improve your vocabulary, learn faster, and ultimately retain more through passive learning.


    3. Learning While Driving is Fun

    Learning a new language does require a serious commitment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! When you learn Finnish in your car, you get to take some time away from the PC or smartphone and immerse yourself in the language instead of just “studying” it.

    Plus, there are a number of “fun” activities that you can do and still learn in your car, such as:
    - Singing Along with Finnish Songs
    - Playing Word Games or Trivia
    - Just Listening Along and Seeing How Much You Can Pick Up and Understand

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    Yes, you can learn a language while driving and have loads of fun doing it. Now let’s take a look at some specific things you can listen to while driving to help you learn a new language.

    BONUS: 3 Ways to Learn Finnish in Your Car

    -Listen to Podcasts: Typically designed to focus on one topic or lesson, podcasts are a great way to learn a language while driving. Unfortunately, podcasts are rarely at the same listening/comprehension level as the language learner so listeners may not get their full value. But at FinnishPod101, our podcasts are created for every skill level so you don’t waste any time on material that isn’t relevant or suited to your exact needs.

    -Sing Along to Finnish Songs: Remember, just immersing yourself in a language can create passive learning and improve your pronunciation. Plus, with FinnishPod101, you can sing along and memorize the lyrics, and then look the words up and add them to your personal dictionary.

    -Playing Word Games or Trivia: There are audio games available online that you can download to any media device and listen to on your commute. Although we recommend this option for more advanced users, games are a fun and productive way to learn Finnish in your car because they require listening and comprehension skills.

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    You won’t recognize or understand every word you hear in a Finnish song, podcast, or game—but that’s ok. The daily repetition and immersion in the language leads to passive learning that gradually increases your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. And the greater your foundation in grammar and vocabulary, the more you’ll understand and learn from the audio lessons, podcasts, or whatever you listen to while learning Finnish in your car.

    Yes, you can learn Finnish while driving because it leads to passive learning via daily immersion in the language. Although you may not understand all or even most of what you hear at first, the exposure helps improve pronunciation, vocabulary, and even grammar over time. Learning a language while driving also helps transform your commute into exciting “exotic adventures” that secretly teach you Finnish in the process. Podcasts, songs, and even games can all help you learn Finnish in your car while eliminating the “boring commute” in the process!

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