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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 2! In this lesson, you'll learn five essential words related to five common Finnish foods. We’ve hand-picked these words for you! You can find a complete list of vocabulary at FinnishPod101.com. Let’s get started!
BODY
Becky: Päivi, what’s our first word?
Päivi: Ruisleipä.
Becky: Rye bread
Päivi: (slow) Ruisleipä. (regular) Ruisleipä.
Becky: Listeners, please repeat after Päivi.
Päivi: Ruisleipä.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky:
Rye bread is an iconic staple in Finland that many Finns miss when they go to countries where bread is made primarily from wheat. Finnish rye bread is dark brown with a strong rye flavor.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Ruisleipä on herkullista voin kanssa.
Becky: Rye bread is delicious with butter.
Päivi: (slow) Ruisleipä on herkullista voin kanssa.
Becky: Okay, what’s the next word?
Päivi: Karjalanpiirakka.
Becky: Karelian pasty
Päivi: (slow) Karjalanpiirakka. (regular) Karjalanpiirakka.
Becky: Listeners, please repeat the word.
Päivi: Karjalanpiirakka.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky:
Karelian pasties have a thin rye crust with a filling of rice, barley, or potatoes, and they’re served with egg butter, a mixture of butter and chopped hard-boiled eggs. These days, the rice filling is the most common, although rice is a relatively new arrival in Finland.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Karjalanpiirakat ja munavoi ovat erinomainen iltapala.
Becky: Karelian pasties with egg butter are a great evening snack.
Päivi: (slow) Karjalanpiirakat ja munavoi ovat erinomainen iltapala.
Becky: Okay, what’s our next word?
Päivi: Poronkäristys.
Becky: Sautéed reindeer
Päivi: (slow) Poronkäristys. (regular) Poronkäristys.
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Poronkäristys.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky:
Sautéed reindeer is a Lapland dish made of very thin strips of reindeer meat. The strips are first fried in butter or reindeer fat, and then water is added. It’s usually served with mashed potatoes and lingonberries.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Poronkäristystä on helppo tehdä kotona.
Becky: Sautéed reindeer is easy to make at home.
Päivi: (slow) Poronkäristystä on helppo tehdä kotona.
Becky: Okay, what’s the next word?
Päivi: Karjalanpaisti.
Becky: Karelian stew
Päivi: (slow) Karjalanpaisti. (regular) Karjalanpaisti.
Becky: Listeners, please repeat after Päivi.
Päivi: Karjalanpaisti.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky:
Karelian stew is made of bite-sized pieces of beef and pork, and sometimes lamb. The pieces are placed into a casserole dish with carrots, onions, black pepper, and salt. Water is added to cover the meat, and the dish is baked at a low temperature for several hours.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Karjalanpaisti saa olla uunissa ainakin kolme tuntia.
Becky: Karelian stew should be in the oven for at least three hours.
Päivi: (slow) Karjalanpaisti saa olla uunissa ainakin kolme tuntia.
Becky: Okay, what’s the last word?
Päivi: Hernekeitto.
Becky: Pea soup
Päivi: (slow) Hernekeitto. (regular) Hernekeitto.
Becky: Listeners, please repeat our last word.
Päivi: Hernekeitto.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky:
Finnish pea soup is made of dried green peas and usually contains pork, although you will often see vegetarian versions. Many Finns add mustard or chopped onion to the soup and eat it with a pancake and jam for dessert.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Päivi: (normal) Torstai on perinteinen hernekeittopäivä.
Becky: Thursday is the traditional pea soup day.
Päivi: (slow) Torstai on perinteinen hernekeittopäivä.
QUIZ
Becky: Okay, listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Päivi will give you the Finnish word. Please say the English translation out loud! Are you ready?
Päivi: Ruisleipä.
[pause]Becky: Rye bread
Päivi: Karjalanpiirakka.
[pause]Becky: Karelian pasty
Päivi: Poronkäristys.
[pause]Becky: Sautéed reindeer
Päivi: Karjalanpaisti.
[pause]Becky: Karelian stew
Päivi: Hernekeitto.
[pause]Becky: Pea soup

Outro

Becky: There you have it—five delicious foods from Finland! We have more vocabulary lists available at FinnishPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks for joining us, and we’ll see you next time!
Päivi: Hei hei!

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FinnishPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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What else do you know about Finnish cuisine?

Corinna
Saturday at 12:26 am
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Moi taas Päivi :smile:


Haha, so you don't like it? I'm not sure if I would. I'd try it, though :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Minun äidini pidää sauerkraut. Bleh!

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Friday at 6:53 pm
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That's right, Corinna! :smile:


My mother is the only person who likes to eat Mämmi...


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Corinna
Friday at 1:31 am
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Hei Päivi :smile:


So I guess it's not tradition in your family :wink: haha.

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Thursday at 5:44 pm
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Thank you for the comment Corinna!


Oh yes! Mämmi is a delicacy, eaten especially during Easter time.

And lipeäkala is eaten during Christmas. It's a tradition in some families, but I have a feeling it's becoming more rare! For example I have never tasted it! :open_mouth:


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Corinna
Monday at 1:24 pm
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I also realized that I've been using "kanssa" in the wrong places in sentences :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Corinna
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I've heard of mämmi. And lutefisk :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Lutefisk is "Lipeäkala" in Finnish, right? I don't think that's something I'd like much from what I've heard :grin: