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Tiina: Hi everyone, A here, and welcome to FinnishPod101.com. This is Basic Bootcamp Lesson 1: Self Introduction: Basic Greetings in Finnish. This is the first in a five-part series that will help you ease your way into Finnish.
Reeta: Hei, minun nimeni on B. Olen B! Now, the idea of a bootcamp calls to mind sweating and toil. But our bootcamp is different!
Tiina: Yes, you won’t have to sweat, we promise.
Reeta: We’ll go over all the basics that will really help you understand Finnish in a fast and easy way.
Tiina: And we’ll have fun doing it!
Reeta: Yes, and we won’t blow any whistles at you or scream at you to do two-hundred pushups…though that might work too. We’ll see how it goes.
Lesson Details
Reeta: Okay, so in this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself and ask someone their name!
Tiina: Now, what could be more basic than this? I promise you, you will have this conversation no fewer than two hundred times in your first month in Finland.
Reeta: Hmm, or maybe more
Tiina: This conversation is between strangers.
Reeta: The language they are using is polite, because they don’t know each other, but it is not overly formal.
Tiina: Let’s listen to the conversation.
Reeta: Hei, Minun nimeni on Mikko, mikä sinun nimesi on?
Tiina: Hei Mikko, minun nimeni on Mari.
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.
Tiina: Kiitos samoin.
Tiina: Let’s hear it slowly now.
Reeta: Nyt kuunnellaan sama hitaasti.
Reeta: Hei, Minun nimeni on Mikko, mikä sinun nimesi on?
Tiina: Hei Mikko, minun nimeni on Mari.
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.
Tiina: Kiitos samoin.
Tiina: And now with the translation.
Reeta: Ja nyt käännös.
Reeta: Hei, Minun nimeni on Mikko, mikä sinun nimesi on?
Reeta: Hello. My name is Mikko. What’s your name?
Tiina: Hei Mikko, minun nimeni on Mari.
Tiina: Hello Mikko. My name is Mari.
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.
Reeta: Nice to meet you.
Tiina: Kiitos samoin.
Tiina: Me too.
Banter - Same as the cultural insight (12 lines)
Tiina: So B, what do people in Finland do when they first meet? Like, is there any sort of custom?
Reeta: For the first time, it’s enough for men and women to shake hands while introducing themselves.
Tiina: I would say that shaking hands is a must in Finland.
Reeta: Yes, but once you become friendlier with Finns, we hug and tap each other on the shoulders.
Tiina: Oh really, men as well hug each other.
Reeta: Oh, that’s a good question. Actually, close female friends are not afraid to be emotional in Finland, but men tend to stick to the hand shaking. And when meeting the first time, even for women it is better stick to the handshakes and smiles.
Tiina: And in a business situation?
Reeta: Again, a handshake is your best bet.
Tiina: Sounds easy to me! Okay, let’s take a closer look into these self-introductions.
Reeta: We’ll start with the vocabulary words for this lesson.
Vocabulary: Take these words from the Vocabulary table in the write up.
Tiina: Okay, first we have:
Reeta: Hei
Tiina: Hello.
Reeta: Hei (slow, breakdown speed)
Reeta: Hei
Tiina: And next?
Reeta: Minun
Tiina: My
Reeta: Minun (slow, breakdown speed)
Reeta: Minun
Tiina: Next?
Reeta: nimeni
Tiina: my name
Reeta: nimeni(slow, breakdown speed)
Reeta: nimeni
Tiina: And next?
Reeta: on
Tiina: is
Reeta: on (slow)
Tiina: on
Tiina: And next?
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.
Tiina: Nice to meet you
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.(slow, breakdown speed)
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.
Tiina: Next we have?
Reeta: Minun nimeni on
Tiina: My name is
Reeta: Minun nimeni on (slow, breakdown speed)
Reeta: Minun nimeni on
Tiina: And finally?
Reeta: Kiitos samoin.
Tiina: Thanks, you too
Reeta: Kiitos samoin. (slow, breakdown speed)
Reeta: Kiitos samoin.
Vocabulary Usage (25-26 lines)
Tiina: Okay, so our first word here is "hello".
Reeta: Hei.
Tiina: Wait a minute. Don’t we also have “Moi”
Reeta: Yes, you’re right. Moi is also Norwegian and it is more like “hey,” and a bit more familiar, so sounds a little bit aqcward here.
Tiina: I see, it’s more often used to greet people you already know well.
Reeta: Hei (10 second pause). Hei.
Tiina: Great. In the conversation, we also heard Hauska tutustua.
Reeta: Yes, Hauska tutustua means something along the lines of "Pleasant to meet you."
Tiina: Of course, in this situation, the speaker is “delighted” to meet the other person. And so here it has the sense of the English expression “Nice to meet you.” But let’s break down this phrase a bit.
Reeta: Hauska means "pleasant, or fun."
Tiina: And the second word...
Reeta: tutustua
Tiina: Means “to meet or to get acquainted with .” so altogether it is...
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.
Tiina: Listeners, listen and repeat:
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.(10 seconds) Hauska tutustua.
Tiina: Now that you said that, naturally, I can’t help but want to respond, Kiitos samoin, which means "Thank you, same to you." Can we break that down?
Reeta: Kiitos means thank you, and samoin means “as well, or similarly”.
Tiina: Ok so let’s hear it again at least, slowly?
Reeta: Kiitos samoin.
Listeners, listen and repeats
Kiitos samoin. (ten seconds) Kiitos samoin.
Tiina: Now that wasn't so difficult, was it? Hope everyone isn’t getting too overheated in the boot camp. Maybe it’s time for some push-ups
Reeta: I think I could use some; I’m getting a little out of shape. But for now let’s move on to the grammar section.
Grammar Section (40-41 Lines)
Reeta: Now, let’s take a look at this lesson’s grammar point.
Tiina: What if your companion is, for some reason, hesitant to introduce themselves?
Reeta: Well, it’s okay to become a little aggressive in your desire to get to know them.
Tiina: Yes, just go ahead and ask their name yourself!
Reeta: Mikä sinun nimesi on? This is how your question should sound.
Tiina: Literally, it means "What is your name?"
Reeta: "Mikä"
Tiina: Means "What," Let’s hear it one time again slowly.
Reeta: "Mikä"
Tiina: And one time again fast. Listeners, repeat after, B.
Reeta: "Mikä"
Tiina: Next
Reeta: "sinun"
Tiina: Means "your." Let’s hear it slowly please.
Reeta: "Sinun"
Tiina: And fast again. Listeners, repeat after, B.
Reeta: "Sinun"
Tiina: Next,
Reeta: nimesi
Tiina: Means “your name.” Let’s hear it slowly one more time.
Reeta: nimesi
And one more time fast.
Reeta: nimesi
Tiina: And the last?
Reeta: on
Tiina: And it means “is”, right. Let’s hear that one more time.
Reeta: on
So all together the question is:
Reeta: Mikä sinun nimesi on?
Tiina: Listeners, listen to the phrase, and repeat it out loud.
Mikä sinun nimesi on?{pause} Mikä sinun nimesi on?
Tiina: Not too hard for our first boot camp lesson, huh!
Reeta: No, it isn’t. And if you just use this little bit of Finnish, you will already have gone a long way to impressing anyone you might meet in Finland.
Tiina: That’s right. There’s no better way to signal your interest and respect for the culture than to try to speak a little bit of the language, even if you only know the basics.
Reeta: That’s right. To recap, let’s try a short dialogue. Imagine your name is Mari. Try to answer the question out loud with the phrase we learned in this lesson.
Reeta: Mikä sinun nimesi on? {pause} Minun nimeni on Mari.
Tiina: Great! Now what if someone says to you:
Reeta: Hauska tutustua.
Tiina: What do you say?
Reeta: {pause} Kiitos samoin.
Tiina: Great! Now what do you say if you want to learn someone’s name?
Reeta: {pause} Mikä sinun nimesi on?
Tiina: Here! The first step is made!
Reeta: Well done!
Tiina: That’s it for this lesson.
Reeta: Thanks for listening. Hei hei (in Finnish)
Tiina: See you!

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Everyone, try introducing yourself in Finnish!

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Hei, team!


Ole hyvä, could you please tell me why each day I have to reset my password?😳

Kiitos Paljon,

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Hi Sergii,


Thank you for posting, it's lovely to have you here! Hauska tutustua! :)

Keep up the good work with your Finnish! If you ever have any questions, please let us know.


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Hey, Minun nimeni on Sergii. Hauska tavata 😎

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Hauska tutustua ja kiitos kommentistasi! 😄


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Hei, minun nimeni on Leena. Hauska tutustua. 🙂

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Wish all of the lessons have whole dialog audio like this. Very convenient.

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Hello Joel,


Thank you for your introduction and question.

Hauska tutustua, Joel!

"Hei hei" is more often used as saying bye. "Hei" is a good word for greetings.


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Hello Joel,


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