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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Finnish Season 1, Lesson 12 - Asking What Someone is Doing. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question What are you doing? in Finnish.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'What are you doing?' in Finnish.
Nico: [Normal] Mitä sinä teet?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Nico: [Normal] mitä [Slow] mitä
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you'
Nico: [Normal] sinä [Slow] sinä
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'do'
Nico: [Normal] teet [Slow] teet
Becky: Listen again to the informal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Nico: [Slow] Mitä sinä teet? [Normal] Mitä sinä teet?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'What are you doing?'
Nico: [Normal] Mitä olette tekemässä?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Nico: [Normal] mitä [Slow] mitä
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you are'
Nico: [Normal] olette [Slow] olette
Becky: Last is the word meaning '(in the process of) doing'
Nico: [Normal] tekemässä [Slow] tekemässä
Becky: Listen again to the formal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Nico: [Slow] Mitä olette tekemässä? [Normal] Mitä olette tekemässä?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I am studying.'
Nico: [Normal] Minä opiskelen.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Nico: [Normal] minä [Slow] minä
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'am studying'
Nico: [Normal] opiskelen [Slow] opiskelen
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I am studying.'
Nico: [Slow] Minä opiskelen. [Normal] Minä opiskelen.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm doing nothing special.'
Nico: [Normal] En tee mitään erityistä.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I don't'
Nico: [Normal] en [Slow] en
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'do'
Nico: [Normal] tee [Slow] tee
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'anything/nothing'
Nico: [Normal] mitään [Slow] mitään
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'special'
Nico: [Normal] erityistä [Slow] erityistä
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I'm doing nothing special.'
Nico: [Slow] En tee mitään erityistä. [Normal] En tee mitään erityistä.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Nico: The question mitä sinä teet meaning "what are you doing," can be both rude or it can be a charming way to start a conversation – it depends on the tone you say it! If you say moi, mitä sinä olet tekemässä?, ("Hi, what are you doing?"), with a friendly smile, you might just start an interesting conversation and gain a new friend!

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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What are you doing while listening to this lesson?

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Wednesday at 02:10 PM
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Hello Anh Truong Vu,


Kiitos viestistäsi. Sounds like a good method! Happy learning! 👍


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Anh Truong Vu
Wednesday at 03:55 AM
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Minä kirjoitan muistiin ja toistan vuoropuhelua

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Saturday at 12:32 PM
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Hello Tan,


Thank you for your question.

In some lessons, you can find teaching about tenses but I think this another good way to learn a bit more about tenses.

Go to our Grammar Bang site: https://www.finnishpod101.com/finnish-grammar/

Then use the search bar using keywords, such as "tense" and "tenses" After that you will find more information about these.

I hope this helps a bit.


Let us know if you have any question.

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Tan
Tuesday at 07:13 PM
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I want to learn more about the Finnish's tenses.

I've seen the diverse changes of Finnish verb and I don't know how they work.


Is there any lesson for this?


I'm an absolute beginner.


Kiitos paljon Aarni!

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Wednesday at 12:37 PM
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Hello Robert,


Thank you for posting!


Yes, it is a correct sentence. 😄

Nice to meet you! Hauska tavata!

We’re glad to have you at FinnishPod101.com!


Let us know if you have any questions.

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Robert
Saturday at 11:50 PM
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Minä opiskelen suomea 😄