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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 25! In this lesson you'll learn five essential words related to fine arts. These are five popular Finnish writers. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at FinnishPod101.com
BODY
Becky: Päivi, who's our first person?
Päivi: Aleksis Kivi
Becky: Aleksis Kivi
Päivi: (slow) Aleksis Kivi (regular) Aleksis Kivi
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Aleksis Kivi
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Born in 1834, Aleksis Kivi was the first Finnish writer to actually write in Finnish. Before him, Finnish writers such as Runeberg and Topelius had been writing in Swedish. His best-known novel is The Seven Brothers, and his best-known play is Nummisuutarit, which is still regularly staged today.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Aleksis Kiveä ei arvostettu hänen elinaikanaan.
Becky: Aleksis Kivi was not appreciated during his lifetime.
Päivi: (slow) Aleksis Kiveä ei arvostettu hänen elinaikanaan.
Becky: Okay, who's the next person?
Päivi: Minna Canth
Becky: Minna Canth
Päivi: (slow) Minna Canth (regular) Minna Canth
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Minna Canth
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Minna Canth, born in 1844, received a better education than was common for girls at that time. She became one of the most important writers of the late 19th century and the first Finnish-speaking woman to write regularly in a newspaper. She advocated girls' rights to an education.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Minna Canth oli feministi.
Becky: Minna Canth was a feminist.
Päivi: (slow) Minna Canth oli feministi.
Becky: Okay, who's the next person?
Päivi: Väinö Linna
Becky: Väinö Linna
Päivi: (slow) Väinö Linna (regular) Väinö Linna
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Väinö Linna
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Väinö Linna was among the most influential writers of the 20th century. His novel The Unknown Soldier, is regularly read at schools. It depicts the life and destinies of a group of men in World War II.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Tuntemattomassa sotilaassa Väinö Linna käyttää taitavasti murteita.
Becky: In "The Unknown Soldier," Väinö Linna uses regional dialects skillfully.
Päivi: (slow) Tuntemattomassa sotilaassa Väinö Linna käyttää taitavasti murteita.
Becky: Okay, who's the next person?
Päivi: Laila Hirvisaari
Becky: Laila Hirvisaari
Päivi: (slow) Laila Hirvisaari (regular) Laila Hirvisaari
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Laila Hirvisaari
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Laila Hirvisaari, also known as Laila Hietamies, is one of Finland's best-selling authors. She has written more than 40 novels and a number of plays and short stories over 40 years.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Laila Hirvisaaren kirjoja on myyty yli neljä miljoonaa kappaletta.
Becky: Laila Hirvisaari's books have sold more than four million copies.
Päivi: (slow) Laila Hirvisaaren kirjoja on myyty yli neljä miljoonaa kappaletta.
Becky: Okay, who's the last person?
Päivi: Sofi Oksanen
Becky: Sofi Oksanen
Päivi: (slow) Sofi Oksanen (regular) Sofi Oksanen
Becky: Listeners, please repeat:
Päivi: Sofi Oksanen
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Sofi Oksanen is one of the top young Finnish authors. Her novel Purge has received many awards, and her novels are international bestsellers.
Becky: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this name.
Päivi: (normal) Sofi Oksanen on suorapuheinen ja ottaa asioihin kantaa.
Becky: Sofi Oksanen is outspoken and takes a stand on issues.
Päivi: (slow) Sofi Oksanen on suorapuheinen ja ottaa asioihin kantaa.
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: Aleksis Kivi
[pause]Becky: Aleksis Kivi
Päivi: Minna Canth
[pause]Becky: Minna Canth
Päivi: Väinö Linna
[pause]Becky: Väinö Linna
Päivi: Laila Hirvisaari
[pause]Becky: Laila Hirvisaari
Päivi: Sofi Oksanen
[pause]Becky: Sofi Oksanen

Outro

Becky: There you have it – five writers from Finland! We have more vocab lists available at FinnishPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone. See you in the next series.
Päivi: Hei hei!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Have you read the works of any Finnish writer?

Corinna
Thursday at 01:21 PM
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Moi Päivi :smile:


Joo, sinun pitaisi! Elokuva on erilainen kuin romaani, mutta molemmat ovat kovin hyvää :smile: Romaani on kuin sarjakuvalehti.

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Thursday at 03:22 AM
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Moi Corinna!


Kyllä, tarkoitin Edgar Allan Poen runoa!

Minun täytyy etsiä tuo romaani, minkä mainitsit! :smile:


(Yes, I meant the poem by Edgar Allan Poe!

I must look up that novel, you mentioned!)


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Corinna
Tuesday at 03:26 PM
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Moi Päivi!


Oh, you mean the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe? Kyllä, rakastan sitä myös! Se oli itse asiassa julkaistu samana päiväna kuin syntymäpäiväni :sunglasses: Different year, though, obivously :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I actually meant a graphic novel called "The Crow" by James O'Barr :grin: :wink:


Ah, interesting! Kiitos! :wink:

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Tuesday at 04:12 AM
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Moi Corinna!


Do you mean 'The Crow' by Edgar Allan-Poe? If so, I like that too! :smile:

By the way, "crow" is 'korppi' in Finnish.


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Corinna
Wednesday at 02:03 PM
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Hei Päivi! :smile:


Haha, I don't mind the more grim stories :grin: My favourite novel is a ghost story, and I really like "The Crow" book too.

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Tuesday at 11:41 PM
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Good choices, Corinna! :thumbsup:

Not easy-reading though,as the tales in them are quite grim, but definitely interesting, quality books!


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Corinna
Saturday at 02:41 PM
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En, mutta haluan lukea "Tuntematon Sotilas" kun teidän enemmän suomen. Ja ehkä "Purge" ja "Kalevala" :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I have read the English translations of some Swedish books, though.