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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Finnish Season 1, Lesson 10 - Asking How Much Something Costs. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how much something costs in Finnish.
Body
Becky: Here's how to ask 'How much does this cost?' in Finnish.
Nico: [Normal] Miten paljon tämä maksaa?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Nico: [Normal] miten [Slow] miten
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'much'
Nico: [Normal] paljon [Slow] paljon
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'this'
Nico: [Normal] tämä [Slow] tämä
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'costs'
Nico: [Normal] maksaa [Slow] maksaa
Becky: Listen again to the question meaning 'How much does this cost?'
Nico: [Slow] Miten paljon tämä maksaa? [Normal] Miten paljon tämä maksaa?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the way to ask, 'How much does this cost?'
Nico: [Normal] Mitä tämä maksaa?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Nico: [Normal] mitä [Slow] mitä
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'this'
Nico: [Normal] tämä [Slow] tämä
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'costs'
Nico: [Normal] maksaa [Slow] maksaa
Becky: Listen again to the question meaning 'How much does this cost?'
Nico: [Slow] Mitä tämä maksaa? [Normal] Mitä tämä maksaa?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'OK, I'll take it.'
Nico: [Normal] Ok, minä otan sen.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'ok'
Nico: [Normal] ok [Slow] ok
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Nico: [Normal] minä [Slow] minä
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I take'
Nico: [Normal] otan [Slow] otan
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'it'
Nico: [Normal] sen [Slow] sen
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'OK, I'll take it.'
Nico: [Slow] Ok, minä otan sen. [Normal] Ok, minä otan sen.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'No, thanks. It's too expensive.'
Nico: [Normal] Ei kiitos. Se on liian kallis.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no thank you'
Nico: [Normal] ei kiitos [Slow] ei kiitos
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Nico: [Normal] se [Slow] se
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'is'
Nico: [Normal] on [Slow] on
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'too'
Nico: [Normal] liian [Slow] liian
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'expensive'
Nico: [Normal] kallis [Slow] kallis
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'No, thanks. It's too expensive.'
Nico: [Slow] Ei kiitos. Se on liian kallis. [Normal] Ei kiitos. Se on liian kallis.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Nico: Normally, at Finnish stores, the price for each item will be shown. However, if you’re not sure of the price, you can always ask. It's not customary to bargain for prices unless you’re at a flea market or buying something from a market square.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Nico: Hei hei!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice asking prices here!

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Tuesday at 12:14 PM
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Hello Anouk,


Thank you for your question and greetings to Holland. 😄

What is the difference between; a) miten paljon tämä maksaa? and b) mitä tämä maksaa?

Is A informal and B formal?

Both are a bit kind of common language and very commonly used and correct that way.

b) could also be "paljonko tämä maksaa?" The official version of this question would be as "kuinka paljon tämä maksaa?"


Let us know if you have any question.

Cheers,

Aarni

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Anouk
Friday at 06:11 PM
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Terve, olen Anouk. Olen alankomaista.


I might have missed it, but what is the difference between; a) miten paljon tämä maksaa? and b) mitä tämä maksaa?

Is A informal and B formal?


Kiitos paljon, Anouk