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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.
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.
Tiina: “Please look”…
Reeta: Katso, ole hyvä. Kat-so, o-le hy-vä. Katso, ole hyvä.
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.
Tiina: “Please read”.
Reeta: Lue, ole hyvä. Lu-e, o-le hy-vä. Lue ole hyvä.
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.
Tiina: “Please write”.
Reeta: Kirjoita, ole hyvä. Kir-joi-ta, o-le hy-vä. Kirjoita, ole hyvä.
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.
Tiina: “Do you understand?”.
Reeta: Ymmärrätkö? Ym-mär-rät-kö? Ymmärrätkö?
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!