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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 14! In this lesson you'll learn five essential words related to geography and nature. These are five geographical features commonly found in Finland. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at FinnishPod101.com
BODY
Becky: Päivi, what’s our first word?
Päivi: järvi
Becky: lake
Päivi: (slow) järvi (regular) järvi
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: järvi
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: There are tens of thousands of lakes in Finland. Most of them are quite small and shallow, and visibility in the water is typically poor, although there are some lakes that have very clear water.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Suomi on kymmenien tuhansien järvien maa.
Becky: Finland is a land of tens of thousands of lakes.
Päivi: (slow) Suomi on kymmenien tuhansien järvien maa.
Becky: Okay, what’s the next word?
Päivi: suo
Becky: bog
Päivi: (slow) suo (regular) suo
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: suo
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Bogs used to be even more common, but in the 19th and 20th centuries, they were actively drained and taken into use for agriculture or forestry. Peat is also collected from them for fuel.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Torronsuo on kansallispuiston aseman saanut suo Etelä-Suomessa.
Becky: Torronsuo is a bog in Southern Finland that has gained the status of a national park.
Päivi: (slow) Torronsuo on kansallispuiston aseman saanut suo Etelä-Suomessa.
Becky: Okay, what’s the next word?
Päivi: metsä
Becky: forest
Päivi: (slow) metsä (regular) metsä
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: metsä
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Finland is covered by forest. Cities and towns are relatively small by area, and as soon as you go outside the urban area, there is forest everywhere.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Noin 70 % Suomen pinta-alasta on metsän peitossa.
Becky: About 70% of Finland's area is covered by forest.
Päivi: (slow) Noin 70 % Suomen pinta-alasta on metsän peitossa.
Becky: Okay, what’s the next word?
Päivi: tunturi
Becky: fell
Päivi: (slow) tunturi (regular) tunturi
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: tunturi
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Finland does not have any real mountains. The best we have are the fells or moors in Lapland, and they are relatively low and round, with no steep or jagged features. They are great for hiking, especially in the autumn when the landscape takes on all the hues from yellow to red.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Tuntureiden ainoat puut ovat pieniä koivuja.
Becky: The only trees in the fells are small birch trees.
Päivi: (slow) Tuntureiden ainoat puut ovat pieniä koivuja.
Becky: Okay, what’s the last word?
Päivi: saari
Becky: island
Päivi: (slow) saari (regular) saari
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: saari
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: With a great number of lakes also come a great number of islands. In addition to the islands in the lakes, there are also beautiful archipelagos along the Finnish coast.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) "Vaarilla on saari" on suosittu lastenlaulu.
Becky: "Grandpa has an island" is a popular children's song.
Päivi: (slow) "Vaarilla on saari" on suosittu lastenlaulu.
QUIZ
Becky: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Päivi will give you the Finnish – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Päivi: järvi
[pause]Becky: lake
Päivi: suo
[pause]Becky: bog
Päivi: metsä
[pause]Becky: forest
Päivi: tunturi
[pause]Becky: fell
Päivi: saari
[pause]Becky: island

Outro

Becky: There you have it – five geographical features found in 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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What is the most interesting geographical feature in Finland for you?

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Monday at 07:55 PM
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Hei Els!


Thank you for your question!

What google translate says is really strange! haha :smile:

Grandfather in Finnish can be 'vaari', 'ukki', 'isoisä', 'pappa', 'taatto', or 'ukko', for example. I'm sure there are more words in different dialects to call grandpa.

But the first three of my examples are quite common in Finnish, so 'vaari' + the genitive suffix 'lla' = vaarilla, means the grandpa has something. For example, "vaarilla on saari" (this is a known children's song by the way!), means 'grandpa has an island'.


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Päivi

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Els
Friday at 12:46 AM
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Hei!

How does "Vaarilla" mean Grandfather?

Google translate has "counterfeit" and nothing about grandfather at all.

Just wondering. Is is sort of slang?

Paljon kiitoksia-

ELS