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Tiina: Hi everyone, welcome back to FinnishPod101.com's All About series. This is lesson 12: Top 5 Finnish Classroom Phrases. I'm Tiina!
Reeta: And I'm Reeta, and in this lesson, you will learn the Top 5 phrases you'll hear in a classroom.
Tiina: These are phrases that a teacher would use often. You’ll get a head start if you know these phrases! Without further ado, let’s listen to the first phrase.
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Tiina: “Please repeat after me”.
Reeta: Toista perässäni.Tois-ta pe-räs-sä-ni.Toista perässäni.
Tiina: So, when you’re in a classroom, hopefully you’ll be doing a lot of speaking.
Reeta: The teacher will probably make you say or repeat many words and phrases, right?
Tiina: Right, so first we’ll introduce the phrase “Please repeat after me”.
Reeta: For this one, we say Toista perässäni.Tois-ta pe-räs-sä-ni.Toista perässäni. It literally means, “repeat after me.”
Tiina: So a teacher might say a word or something and then say toista perässäni. Can you say that phrase again?
Reeta: Toista perässäni.
Tiina: Toista perässäni. Please repeat it.
Let’s listen to the next phrase.
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Tiina: “Please look”…
Reeta: Katso, ole hyvä. Kat-so, o-le hy-vä. Katso, ole hyvä.
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Tiina: Can we hear it again?
Reeta: Katso, ole hyvä.
Tiina: You can also put a noun after the verb katsoa (or katso), which means “to look”, of this phrase to indicate what you want the person to look at. 
Reeta: Right. Katso tussitaulua, ole hyvä.
Tiina: "Please look at the whiteboard." The next phrase is another request.
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Tiina: “Please read”.
Reeta: Lue, ole hyvä. Lu-e, o-le hy-vä. Lue ole hyvä.
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Tiina: If the teacher wants you to practice reading some word, phrases, or a passage, you can expect to hear this. Lue, ole hyvä.
Reeta: OK. Can you guess the meaning? Lue kirjaa, ole hyvä.
Tiina: Kirja is book. So…"Please read your book."
Reeta: Right. Lue kirjaa, ole hyvä. "Please read your book."
Tiina: What if the teacher wants you to write something? What will they say?
Reeta: That would be our next phrase.
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Tiina: “Please write”.
Reeta: Kirjoita, ole hyvä. Kir-joi-ta, o-le hy-vä. Kirjoita, ole hyvä.
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Tiina: : You may have noticed all of the expressions up to now have ole hyvä in the end. Remember that in a classroom setting, when you hear this at the end, the speaker is asking you to do something.
Tiina: The next phrase we’ll introduce is a question.
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Tiina: “Do you understand?”.
Reeta: Ymmärrätkö? Ym-mär-rät-kö? Ymmärrätkö?
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Tiina: Teachers want to make sure that their students are keeping up with everything, so they’ll often ask if everyone understands, right?
Reeta: Right. Ymmärrätkö? Do you understand? ymmärtää is a verb that means “to understand.”
Tiina: So, literally “do you understand?” This can be used only for the second person singular.
Reeta: You might also hear: onko selvä?
Tiina: This literally means “is it clear?” or “did you understand?”
Reeta: This one is used pretty often as well.
Tiina: In a classroom, it can be used to confirm whether or not someone understands something. Can we hear that phrase again?
Reeta: Onko selvä?
Tiina: "Is everything OK?" So let’s recap what we learned in this lesson. Can we hear all of those phrases again one more time?
Reeta: No problem.
Tiina: “Please repeat.”
Reeta: Toista, ole hyvä.
Tiina: “Please look.”
Reeta: Katso, ole hyvä.
Tiina: “Please read.”
Reeta: Lue, ole hyvä.
Tiina: “Please write it.”
Reeta: Kirjoita, ole hyvä.
Tiina: “Do you understand?”
Reeta: Ymmärrätkö?
Tiina: There you have it, all 5 phrases for the classroom! See you in our next All About lesson!
Reeta: Hei hei, bye everyone!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Which phrase do you use the most? Tell us in Finnish!

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Monday at 06:44 PM
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Hei Iliana!


Yes, that's correct :smile:


'Toista perässäni ole hyvä' = "Please repeat after me."

The verb 'toistaa' is "to repeat", 'perässäni' is "after me" and 'ole hyvä' in this context means "please".


Päivi

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Iliana
Thursday at 03:39 AM
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Hei!


Is it correct to say: Toista perässäni ole hyvä?

I understand it means: Please, repeat after me.


Kiitos!

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Monday at 07:54 PM
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Hi Stefano!


Thank you for your question!

Almost perfect! Just change the 'o' at the end to 'ö' and that's it!

Ymmärrätkö? ;)


Best Wishes,


Päivi

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Stefano
Friday at 06:13 AM
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Hei!

How is the correct spelling of ''do you understand?", is it ymmärrätko?


Thanks for the great lesson! :smile:

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Tuesday at 05:26 PM
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Hi Anja!


Thank you for your question and sorry to answer it so late!


"Toista perässäni" means "(please) repeat after me". The word 'toistaa' means 'to repeat', and 'perässäni' means 'after me'.

"Toista ole hyvä" means "please repeat".


Well spotted! If you have any more questions, just let us know and we'll be happy to answer.


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Anja
Sunday at 04:45 AM
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Hei, at the beginning of the audio it says the 1. phrase is "Toista peräsäni" (don't know if the spelling is correct but that is what it sounds like) but the 1. phrase in the Lesson Notes is "Toista ole hyvä". What is the difference.

Kiitos

Anja