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Intro

Becky: Hi everyone, I’m Becky.
Päivi: And I’m Päivi!
Becky: And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Finnish Vocabulary, Lesson 11! In this lesson you'll learn five essential words related to society and culture. These are five well-known Finnish historical figures. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at FinnishPod101.com
BODY
Becky: Päivi, who's our first person?
Päivi: Mikael Agricola
Becky: Mikael Agricola
Päivi: (slow) Mikael Agricola (regular) Mikael Agricola
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Mikael Agricola
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Mikael Agricola is considered the father of the written Finnish language. He was born in the early 16th century, and until then, all official matters had been handled either in Swedish or Latin.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Mikael Agricolan ensimmäinen kirja oli ABC-kirja.
Becky: Mikael Agricola's first book was the “ABC Book.”
Päivi: (slow) Mikael Agricolan ensimmäinen kirja oli ABC-kirja.
Becky: Okay, who's the next person?
Päivi: Johan Vilhelm Snellman
Becky: Johan Vilhelm Snellman
Päivi: (slow) Johan Vilhelm Snellman (regular) Johan Vilhelm Snellman
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Johan Vilhelm Snellman
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Snellman was an important philosopher, newspaperman, and statesman in the 19th century. He had a significant impact on the rising status of the Finnish language over Swedish and on Finland getting its own currency in place of the Russian ruble.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Snellmanin äidinkieli oli ruotsi, mutta hän opetteli suomen kielen.
Becky: Snellman's mother tongue was Swedish, but he learned Finnish.
Päivi: (slow) Snellmanin äidinkieli oli ruotsi, mutta hän opetteli suomen kielen.
Becky: Okay, who's the next person?
Päivi: Aurora Karamzin
Becky: Aurora Karamzina
Päivi: (slow) Aurora Karamzin (regular) Aurora Karamzin
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Aurora Karamzin
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Aurora Karamzina was an influential philanthropist in 19th-century Helsinki. She founded schools and orphanages, as well as the Deaconess Institution of Helsinki.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Ennen naimisiin menoaan Aurora Karamzin oli Venäjän keisarinnan hovineitinä.
Becky: Before she got married, Aurora Karamzina was a lady-in-waiting to the Russian Empress.
Päivi: (slow) Ennen naimisiin menoaan Aurora Karamzin oli Venäjän keisarinnan hovineitinä.
Becky: Okay, who's the next person?
Päivi: Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
Becky: Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
Päivi: (slow) Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (regular) Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Mannerheim was an officer in the Imperial Russian Army, and after Finland declared independence, he became a prominent military leader in the Finnish Army. He was the commander-in-chief during World War II and the president of Finland for a short period after the war.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Helsingin keskustassa on Mannerheimin ratsastajapatsas.
Becky: In the center of Helsinki, there is a statue of Mannerheim riding his horse.
Päivi: (slow) Helsingin keskustassa on Mannerheimin ratsastajapatsas.
Becky: Okay, who's the last person?
Päivi: Urho Kaleva Kekkonen
Becky: Urho Kaleva Kekkonen
Päivi: (slow) Urho Kaleva Kekkonen (regular) Urho Kaleva Kekkonen
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Urho Kaleva Kekkonen
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Kekkonen was one of the most influential 20th century politicians in Finland. He served two terms as prime minister and was the president of Finland for 26 years.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Kekkonen säilytti puolueettomuuden Neuvostoliiton ja lännen välissä.
Becky: Kekkonen maintained neutrality between the Soviet Union and the West.
Päivi: (slow) Kekkonen säilytti puolueettomuuden Neuvostoliiton ja lännen välissä.
QUIZ
Becky: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the names you just learned? Päivi will give you the Finnish – please repeat it out loud! Are you ready?
Päivi: Mikael Agricola
[pause]Becky: Mikael Agricola
Päivi: Johan Vilhelm Snellman
[pause]Becky: Johan Vilhelm Snellman
Päivi: Aurora Karamzin
[pause]Becky: Aurora Karamzina
Päivi: Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
[pause]Becky: Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
Päivi: Urho Kaleva Kekkonen
[pause]Becky: Urho Kaleva Kekkonen

Outro

Becky: There you have it – five historical figures from Finland! We have more vocab lists available at FinnishPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Päivi: Hei hei!

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FinnishPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Do you know any other famous Finnish historical figures?

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Thursday at 12:31 pm
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Hello Elena,

Thank you for the input!


In this case, "Ennen naimisiin menoaan Aurora Karamzin oli Venäjän keisarinnan hovineitinä." It means "before getting married, Aurora Karamzin was Empress's maid of honour"

Another example: "Ennen kouluun menoaan, hän tarkisti läksynsä vielä kerran" "Before going to school, he checked his homework once again."

So, "Ennen menoaan" means in these cases, before getting or before going (his/her).


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Let us know if you have any questions.

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Elena
Wednesday at 2:44 am
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Hi Aarni,


The question was apparently based on this very lesson, specifically on the sentence "Ennen naimisiin menoaan Aurora Karamzin oli Venäjän keisarinnan hovineitinä."


My best, albeit wild, guess is that it's a noun "meno" in the partitive case, hence "menoa", equipped with the shortened form of the possessive suffix "an", hence "menoaan".

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Hi Christine,

Thank you for your question.


This is very difficult word indeed, so please put it into a certain sentence, for me to understand it better.

It could mean " mennä menojaan" which means something similar as "doing his/her way" or persons outcomes/costs, so, I can't find any suitable infinitive form for this word.

I hope this helps you a bit.


If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you.

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Christine
Thursday at 12:18 am
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Hei!


Minulla on pieni kysymys. Mikä on 'menoaan'in infinitiivi? Yritin etsiä sen sanakirjassa, mutta en löytänyt mitään. Kiitos etukäteen! (I have a small question. What is the infinitive of menoaan? I tried looking it up in the dictionary, but didn't find anything. Thanks in advance!)


Myös, tiedän Sibeliusta ja Akseli Galen-Kallelasta. Olivat hämmästyttäviä taiteilijoita.