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INTRODUCTION
John: Talking About Your Parents
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FinnishPod101.com. I'm John.
Aino: And I'm Aino!
John: This is Must-Know Finnish Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 2. In this lesson, you'll learn how to talk about your parents.
John: How can you refer to your mom or dad without sounding too old or prudish?
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Aino: mutsi
Aino: mude
Aino: fatsi
Aino: faija
John: Aino, what's our first expression?
Aino: mutsi
John: literally meaning "mother." And when it's used as a slang expression, it also means "mother."
Aino: [SLOW] mutsi [NORMAL] mutsi
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Aino: mutsi
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to refer to a mother. Be careful, this is a slang word used mostly by young people and people living in the Helsinki area. Some elderly people might feel offended. It is a loan word from Swedish.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Aino: [NORMAL] Mutsi ei tajuu mitään. [SLOW] Mutsi ei tajuu mitään.
John: "Mom doesn’t understand anything."
Aino: [NORMAL] Mutsi ei tajuu mitään.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Aino: mude
John: literally meaning "mother." And when it's used as a slang expression, it also means "mother."
Aino: [SLOW] mude [NORMAL] mude
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Aino: mude
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to refer to a mother in a different casual way than the earlier example. Be careful, this is also a slang word used mostly by young people and people living in the Helsinki area. Some elderly people might feel offended when they hear this. It is also a loan word from Swedish.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Aino: [NORMAL] Mude, anna rahaa! [SLOW] Mude, anna rahaa!
John: "Mom, gimme money!"
Aino: [NORMAL] Mude, anna rahaa!
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Aino: fatsi
John: literally meaning "father." And when it's used as a slang expression, it also means "father."
Aino: [SLOW] fatsi [NORMAL] fatsi
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Aino: fatsi
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to refer to a father. This is a slang word used mostly by young people and people living in the Helsinki area. Be careful, some elderly people might feel offended. It is a loan word from Swedish.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Aino: [NORMAL] Mitä sun fatsi tekee? [SLOW] Mitä sun fatsi tekee?
John: "What does your dad do?"
Aino: [NORMAL] Mitä sun fatsi tekee?
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Aino: faija
John: literally meaning "father." And when it's used as a slang expression, it also means "father."
Aino: [SLOW] faija [NORMAL] faija
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Aino: faija
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to refer to a father in a different casual way than the earlier example. Be careful, this is a slang word used mostly by young people and people living in the Helsinki area. Some elderly people might feel offended. It is a loan word from Swedish.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Aino: [NORMAL] Sain tän mun faijalta. [SLOW] Sain tän mun faijalta.
John: "I got this from my dad."
Aino: [NORMAL] Sain tän mun faijalta.
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: You refer to a mother in an informal situation.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Aino: mude
John: "mother"
John: You refer to a mother in another casual way in an informal situation.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Aino: mutsi
John: "mother"
John: You refer to a father in an informal situation.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Aino: faija
John: "father"
John: You refer to a father in another casual way in an informal situation.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Aino: fatsi
John: "father"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four Finnish Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at FinnishPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Aino: Hei hei!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

FinnishPod101.com
Tuesday at 12:30 PM
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Hello Corinna,


Thank you for your comment.

Yes, "iskä" is widely used instead of the formal name "isä" by the young kids. Another name you could hear is "isi". 😄

Also, some may call mother as "äiskä".


Let us know if you have any question.

Cheers,

Aarni

Team FinnishPod101.com


Corinna
Sunday at 12:47 PM
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The friend I stayed with in Helsinki has three young children (all under 10 years old); they just called her "Äiti", but they called their dad (my friend's husband) "Iskä"