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INTRODUCTION
Michael: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FinnishPod101.com. This is Beginner Season 1 Lesson 5 - Finding Your Way to a Famous Finnish Restaurant. Michael here.
Nico: Hei. I'm Nico.
Michael: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and give directions to a location. The conversation takes place at a hotel in Helsinki.
Nico: It's between Heikki and the hotel concierge.
Michael: The speakers are in a customer service situation, so they’ll be using formal Finnish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Heikki: Iltaa!
Hotel Concierge: Iltaa! Miten voin olla avuksi?
Heikki: Haluaisimme vaimoni kanssa mennä tähän kalaravintolaan. Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme perille?
Hotel Concierge: Osaan toki. Oletteko autolla liikkeellä?
Heikki: Valitettavasti emme ole. Pääseekö sinne julkisilla kulkuvälineillä?
Hotel Concierge: Pääsee kyllä. Raitiovaunulla pääsette kätevimmin perille.
Heikki: Hienoa!
Hotel Concierge: Ottakaa raitiovaunu numero kuusi hotellin edestä, keskustan suuntaan. Jääkää pois ylioppilastalon pysäkillä. Ravintola on punatiilisen rakennuksen vasemmalla puolella. Soitanko teille ravintolaan varauksen?
Heikki: Se olisi hienoa. Kiitos oikein paljon!
Michael: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Heikki: Iltaa!
Hotel Concierge: Iltaa! Miten voin olla avuksi?
Heikki: Haluaisimme vaimoni kanssa mennä tähän kalaravintolaan. Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme perille?
Hotel Concierge: Osaan toki. Oletteko autolla liikkeellä?
Heikki: Valitettavasti emme ole. Pääseekö sinne julkisilla kulkuvälineillä?
Hotel Concierge: Pääsee kyllä. Raitiovaunulla pääsette kätevimmin perille.
Heikki: Hienoa!
Hotel Concierge: Ottakaa raitiovaunu numero kuusi hotellin edestä, keskustan suuntaan. Jääkää pois ylioppilastalon pysäkillä. Ravintola on punatiilisen rakennuksen vasemmalla puolella. Soitanko teille ravintolaan varauksen?
Heikki: Se olisi hienoa. Kiitos oikein paljon!
Michael: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Heikki: Good evening!
Hotel Concierge: Good evening! How may I help you?
Heikki: I would like to go with my wife to this fish restaurant. Could you tell us how to get there?
Hotel Concierge: Sure, I can tell you the route. Do you have a car?
Heikki: Unfortunately we don’t. Can we get there with public transportation?
Hotel Concierge: Oh, yes you can. You can get there quite conveniently by tram.
Heikki: Great!
Hotel Concierge: Take tram number six from in front of the hotel, heading towards the city center. Get off at the Student House stop. The restaurant is on the left side of a red brick building. Shall I call the restaurant to make a reservation for you?
Heikki: That would be great. Thank you very much!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Michael: Nico, can you tell us something about Finnish public transport?
Nico: Public transport is fairly popular in Finland, especially in bigger cities.
Michael: What if you live in the countryside?
Nico: In rural areas you may need your own car so you can get around easily. Helsinki is the only city in Finland that has trams and subways. It’s not a huge system though, because the subway only has two lines, and they even share most of the route!
Michael: Are there any special means of transport you don’t usually see in other countries?
Nico: In some cities small ferries are also used as public transport. For example, in Helsinki you can take a ferry to the popular Suomenlinna sea fortress.
Michael: What’s the Finnish word for “ticket”?
Nico: Ah yes, that’s good to know. It’s matkalippu.
VOCAB LIST
Michael: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is..
Nico: neuvoa [natural native speed]
Michael: to advise
Nico: neuvoa [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: neuvoa [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: löytää [natural native speed]
Michael: to find
Nico: löytää[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: löytää [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: perille [natural native speed]
Michael: there
Nico: perille[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: perille [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: päästä [natural native speed]
Michael: to get, to reach
Nico: päästä [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: päästä [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: julkiset kulkuvälineet [natural native speed]
Michael: public transportation
Nico: julkiset kulkuvälineet [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: julkiset kulkuvälineet [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: raitiovaunu [natural native speed]
Michael: tram
Nico: raitiovaunu [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: raitiovaunu [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: pysäkki [natural native speed]
Michael: stop
Nico: pysäkki [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: pysäkki [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: jäädä pois [natural native speed]
Michael: to get off
Nico: jäädä pois [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: jäädä pois [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: vasemmalla puolella [natural native speed]
Michael: on the left side
Nico: vasemmalla puolella [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: vasemmalla puolella [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have..
Nico: varaus [natural native speed]
Michael: reservation
Nico: varaus [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nico: varaus [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Michael: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..
Nico: kalaravintola
Michael: meaning "fish restaurant" or “seafood restaurant.”
Nico: It’s made up of two words- kala, meaning "fish," and ravintola, meaning "restaurant.”
Michael: You can also replace the word "fish" with other words to talk about different types of restaurants. What if we want to talk about a vegetarian restaurant?
Nico: You would make the first part kasvis meaning "vegetable." You can also use pihvi meaning "steak," for a steakhouse, or pitsa meaning "pizza," for a pizzeria.
Michael: Can you give us an example using “fish restaurant”?
Nico: Sure. For example, you can say.. Japanissa on todella hyviä kalaravintoloita.
Michael: ..which means "There are really good fish restaurants in Japan." Okay, what's the next phrase?
Nico: julkinen kulkuväline
Michael: literally, this means "public means of transport"
Nico: This phrase is made up of two parts- julkinen, meaning "public," and kulkuväline, meaning "means of transport."
Michael:This word refers to all kinds of transport that are available for the public, including buses, trains, subways, trams, and ferries. It’s most commonly used in fairly formal situations. Nico, can you tell us the names of the most common means of transportation?
Nico:In Finland, the most common means of public transport are the bussi or linja-auto, which both mean“bus,” and the juna, “train.” As I said before, subways, or metro, and trams, or raitiovaunu, exist only in Helsinki.
Michael: What about the ferries you mentioned?
Nico: They’re called lautta.
Michael: Can you give us an example talking about public transportation?
Nico: Sure. For example, you can say.. Julkisten kulkuvälineiden lakko alkaa huomenna.
Michael: .. which means "The public transport strike starts tomorrow." Okay, what's the next word?
Nico: raitiovaunu
Michael: which means "tram."
Nico: It’s made out of two words- raitio, which refers to tramway or tram lines, and vaunu, which means "carriage."
Michael: So it means a carriage or a car that goes along the tram lines. Are there other words for tram?
Nico:Yes, that word is slightly formal and the trams have many nicknames which have become a part of daily speech. For example, you may hear Finns say ratikka, spora, or raitsikka when they’re talking about trams.
Michael: Can you give us an example using this word?
Nico: Sure. For example, you can say.. Matkustan mieluummin raitiovaunulla kuin bussilla.
Michael: .. which means "I prefer travelling by tram rather than bus." Okay, now onto the grammar.

Lesson focus

Michael: In this lesson you’ll learn how to ask and give directions. In the dialogue Heikki and his wife were trying to find their way to a fish restaurant, and they asked for advice from the hotel concierge.
Nico:When you are asking for directions or how to find a location, you can ask Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme perille?
Michael: Which means “Can you tell us how to get here?
Nico: You can also ask Tiedättekö miten pääsemme plus the name of the location.
Michael: “Do you know how to get to...?” and the place.
Nico: Or you can ask Tiedättekö, missä on...? and the name of the place.
Michael: This means “Do you know where,” [the place name] “is?” Can you give us an example?
Nico: Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme postiin?
Michael: “Can you tell us how to get to the post office?”
Nico: Here’s another. Tiedättekö miten pääsemme satamaan?
Michael: “Do you know how to get to the harbor?”
Nico: When you’re giving directions, you use the imperative form, but this doesn’t mean that the sentence sounds commanding or rude. In the lesson the hotel concierge gave Heikki and his wife good directions. Ottakaa raitiovaunu numero kuusi hotellin edestä, keskustan suuntaan.
Michael: “Take tram number six from in front of the hotel, heading towards the city center.” Let’s hear some common directions.
Nico: Firstly, Aja alas , Aja ylös
Michael:"Drive down" or"drive up"
Nico:Mene suoraan / Mene ohi
Michael:"Go straight" or "past"
Nico: Käänny vasemmalle / Käänny oikealle
Michael:"Turn left" or "Turn right"
Nico:Mene ulos…
Michael:"Take the ... exit"
Nico:Vasemmalla puolellasi / Oikealla puolellasi
Michael: "On your left” or “on your right" Listeners, you’ll find a complete list in the lesson notes. Remember, you can also use your hands and point in the right direction. If you ask somebody, try repeating the directions the person says so that you know for sure that you understand.
Nico: And if somebody asks you, you might have to repeat the directions to clarify.
Michael: Good to know! Can you give us a complete example? Listeners, do you understand where this place is?
Nico: Menkää suoraan alas tätä katua kunnes näette liikennevalot. Kääntykää oikealle pääkadulle ja kävelkää suoraan alas puistoa kohti. Posti on vasemmalla puolella, kirjaston vieressä.
Michael: Ok. Let’s break it down.
Nico: Menkää suoraan alas tätä katua kunnes näette liikennevalot.
Michael: “Go straight down this street until you see the lights.”
Nico: Kääntykää oikealle pääkadulle ja kävelkää suoraan alas puistoa kohti.
Michael: “Make a right onto the main street and walk straight down toward the park.”
Nico:Posti on vasemmalla puolella, kirjaston vieressä.
Michael:The post office is next to the library on the left side."

Outro

Michael: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Nico: Hei hei.

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Are ferries common as a public means of transportation in your country?

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Friday at 04:11 PM
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Hello Izabela,


Thank you for your informational comment! Good to know that Tampere has those trams as well. 👍


Let us know if you have any questions.

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Izabela
Wednesday at 10:43 PM
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Hallo,

you have to add new information- not only Helsinki has trams but also Tampere is about starting its own tramway!

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Sunday at 11:51 AM
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Hello Tam,


Thank you for your question. I would choose the following sentences.

- Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme sinne?

- Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme sen? This one is OK.

- Osaatteko neuvoa, miten pääsemme perille?

Hope this helps a bit. 😄


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Tam
Thursday at 12:22 AM
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Hi. I have a question about "perille", in "Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme perille?".

Is it okay to say

- Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme siellä?

- Osaatteko neuvoa, miten löydämme sen?

- Osaatteko neuvoa, miten tulemme perille?


Thank you !

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Wednesday at 08:57 AM
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Hello Zuzana,


Thank you for your question.

"Haluaisimme mennä vaimoni kanssa" is correct as this sentence is in conditional, polite form, using phrases like “I would like” and “Could you”. meaning in English "would like to go..." The conditional’s marker is -isi-.



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Zuzana
Sunday at 06:09 PM
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Hei kaikki,


haluaisin kysyä, miksi se on "haluaisimme mennä vaimoni kanssa". Eisiko se olla "haluasimme mennä vaimoniN kanssa"?


Kiitos!

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Sunday at 04:14 PM
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Hello Hyobin,


Thank you for your question. You will use these -kää / kaa ending when you are, for example giving instructions to the group of people or singular, unknown person the polite way. It is called imperative plural form. Hope this helps a little.


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Hyobin
Tuesday at 07:58 PM
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Hei!


I'm just wondering where the -kaa/kää ending came from. :)

e.g. Jääkää pois... / Ottakaa raitiovaunu...

Do we use these endings to give instructions?


Kiitos!

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Thursday at 10:49 AM
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Hello Chang,


Thank you for your question.

Why PÄÄSEEKÖ has double E?

This word is in the third person/party verb form. Verbs are a class of words that are to express actions, processes and conditions. In Finnish, there are six types of verbs. Mostly 3: rd party form verb ending is +e but not always. For example Päästä, pääsee, Kulkea, kulkee etc. Here this word is also is in a question form, so, you have to add another ending -ko/-kö. As this space is limited to answer this kind of grammar question, please contact your own teacher for more information, thank you.


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Chang
Sunday at 01:12 AM
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HI, could you explain that why Pääseekö sinne julkisilla kulkuvälineillä?, PÄÄSEEKÖ has double E? Thank you very much.