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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Finnish Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invitation, in Finnish.
Body
Becky: Here's how to say 'No, thank you.' in Finnish.
Nico: [Normal] Ei kiitos.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no'
Nico: [Normal] ei [Slow] ei
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'thank you'
Nico: [Normal] kiitos [Slow] kiitos
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Nico: [Slow] Ei kiitos. [Normal] Ei kiitos.
Becky: Ok, now let's take a look at the way to say 'Thank you, but I can't go.'
Nico: [Normal] Kiitos, mutta en pääse.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'thank you'
Nico: [Normal] kiitos [Slow] kiitos
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'but'
Nico: [Normal] mutta [Slow] mutta
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I can't'
Nico: [Normal] en [Slow] en
Becky: Last is the word literally meaning 'get to'
Nico: [Normal] pääse [Slow] pääse
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Thank you, but I can't go.'
Nico: [Slow] Kiitos, mutta en pääse. [Normal] Kiitos, mutta en pääse.
Becky: Next up is the way to say 'Unfortunately, I have other plans.'
Nico: [Normal] Valitettavasti minulla on muita suunnitelmia.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'unfortunately'
Nico: [Normal] valitettavasti [Slow] valitettavasti
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I have'
Nico: [Normal] minulla on [Slow] minulla on
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'other'
Nico: [Normal] muita [Slow] muita
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'plans'
Nico: [Normal] suunnitelmia [Slow] suunnitelmia
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Unfortunately, I have other plans.'
Nico: [Slow] Valitettavasti minulla on muita suunnitelmia. [Normal] Valitettavasti minulla on muita suunnitelmia.
Becky: Finally, here is a way to say 'Unfortunately, I can't make it.'
Nico: [Normal] Valitettavasti en ehdi.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'unfortunately'
Nico: [Normal] valitettavasti [Slow] valitettavasti
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I can't'
Nico: [Normal] en [Slow] en
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'make it'
Nico: [Normal] ehdi [Slow] ehdi
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Unfortunately, I can't make it.'
Nico: [Slow] Valitettavasti en ehdi. [Normal] Valitettavasti en ehdi.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Nico: When you refuse an invite, it's always good to say thank you, which is kiitos, for the invite in any case. If you only say ei kiitos, 'no thanks', you may sound a little bit rude! You should also explain a bit about why you can't make it.

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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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

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Monday at 12:16 PM
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Hello Mark,


Thank you for your posting.

Well said, Mark! Just a tiny mistake there.

Kiitos! Valitettavasti en ehdi. Minulla on muita suunnitelmia.

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Mark
Thursday at 11:52 PM
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Kiitos! Valitettavastii en ehdi. Olen muita suunnitelmia.