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Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Hi everybody! I’m Paula.
Welcome to FinnishPod101.com’s “Suomea kolmessa minuutissa”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Finnish.
In the last lesson, we learned the numbers from one to ten. Do you still remember? Let’s go through them once more!
yksi, kaksi, kolme, neljä, viisi, kuusi, seitsemän, kahdeksan, yhdeksän, kymmenen!
And now let’s continue from eleven.
[slowly] yksitoista.
[slowly] kaksitoista.
[slowly] kolmetoista.
[slowly] neljätoista.
[slowly] viisitoista.
[slowly] kuusitoista.
[slowly] seitsemäntoista.
[slowly] kahdeksantoista.
[slowly] yhdeksäntoista.
Okay, now repeat after me. I'll say the numbers and give you time to repeat each one.
11. yksitoista
12. kaksitoista
13. kolmetoista
14. neljätoista
15. viisitoista
16. kuusitoista
17. seitsemäntoista
18. kahdeksantoista
19. yhdeksäntoista
These numbers might seem long and difficult, but the pattern is actually very simple. Just take any of the numbers you learned in the previous lesson, and add -toista. Couldn’t be much easier, right?
For 20 and the other tens, it’s just as simple. Take a number and add ‘-kymmentä’, from the word ‘kymmenen’, which means “ten”. Let’s go through them.
20 kaksikymmentä
30 kolmekymmentä
40 neljäkymmentä
50 viisikymmentä
60 kuusikymmentä
70 seitsemänkymmentä
80 kahdeksankymmentä
90 yhdeksänkymmentä
And lastly...
100 sata
All these numbers follow the same pattern, so you don’t have to worry about irregularities. The only downside is that the numbers tend to get quite long, but once you get the hang of it, it will cause no problem at all!
The last thing to learn in this lesson is how to form compound numbers above twenty. This is also super easy!
Take the tens and simply add the numbers you learned in the previous lesson.
Let’s try it out.
How would you say “thirty-eight” in Finnish? Let’s take it step-by-step. "thirty" is kolmekymmentä, and then add "eight", kahdeksan.
kolmekymmentäkahdeksan! It’s as simple as that!
Let’s try another one, like "seventy-two."
First, take "seventy", ‘seitsemänkymmentä’, and then add "two", ‘kaksi-’ to get ‘seitsemänkymmentäkaksi!’
Now it’s time for Paula’s Points.
When you want to count beyond one hundred, you can use the same basic pattern. Just add the word sata, “hundred”, in front of the tens.
For example, 164 - “one hundred and sixty-four”
(slowly) Satakuusikymmentäneljä
Now you can count in Finnish! Next time when you have trouble sleeping, try counting sheep in Finnish, and see how far you can get!
In the next lesson, we’ll learn how to make practical use of the numbers you have just learned. How would you like to go on a shopping trip in Finland? We’ll get to practice the numbers by talking about prices in the next Suomea kolmessa minuutissa lesson.
Nähdään pian!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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How high can you count in Finnish?

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Wednesday at 12:09 PM
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Hello Maged,

Thank you for posting.

Yes, It is perfectly written! Good work! ?

Let us know if you have any question.



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maged noaman
Sunday at 10:25 PM
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yhdeksänsataakahdeksankymmentäseitsemän 987

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Monday at 07:45 PM
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Hei Natasha!

There are a couple of ways you can say "until hundred";

"sataan asti" - 'until (one) hundred'

or "sataan saakka" - 'until (one) hundred'

or simply "osaan laskea sataan" - 'I can count until (one) hundred'

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Wednesday at 04:45 AM
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Kyntää sata (I am not sure it's correct, what I meant is 'till hundred'...)



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Friday at 01:09 AM
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Ole hyvä, Halabja_898! :wink:

Best Wishes, parhain terveisin,


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Thursday at 02:41 AM
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Tuesday at 02:49 PM
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Hei Päivi!

Haha, hyvä ajatus! Ehkä minun pitäisi tehdä tuon. :wink:

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Tuesday at 03:45 AM
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Moi Corinna!

I'm sure they are! Even to us Finns sometimes! :grin:

But if you learn a good foundation of the basics first, then it will be easier to start picking up and learning all the different modifications. You could for example 'collect' them to a separate notebook or something..or maybe you already do! :wink:

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Wednesday at 01:17 AM
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Moi Päivi!

Okay, good to know! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: All the word changes are still slightly confusing. :grin: haha.

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Tuesday at 10:34 PM
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Moi Corinna!

Haha, hieno juttu! That's great! :smile:

Voit sanoa esimerkiksi, "viiteenkymmeneen saakka", 'until fifty'.

(You can say for example, "viiteenkymmeneen saakka", 'until fifty')


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