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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Must-Know Finnish Social Media Phrases Season 1, Lesson 22 - At a Birthday Party.
Becky: Hi, everyone, I'm Becky.
Nico: And I'm Nico.
Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in Finnish about birthday greetings. Anne goes to her birthday party, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:
Nico: Yllätyssynttärit! Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
Becky: Meaning - "A surprise birthday party! Thank you all, you lovelies!" Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
Anne: Yllätyssynttärit! Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
(clicking sound)
Ellen: Voi miten ihanaa! Hyvää syntymäpäivää!
Venla: Paljon onnea vielä, kaunotar!
Juha: Sinä vain kaunistut vuosi vuodelta!
Elias: Ällöttävää. Onneksi ei tarvinnut osallistua.
Becky: Listen again with the English translation.
(clicking sound)
Anne: Yllätyssynttärit! Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
Becky: "A surprise birthday party! Thank you all, you lovelies!"
(clicking sound)
Ellen: Voi miten ihanaa! Hyvää syntymäpäivää!
Becky: "Oh how wonderful! Happy Birthday!"
Venla: Paljon onnea vielä, kaunotar!
Becky: "Congratulations again, beauty!"
Juha: Sinä vain kaunistut vuosi vuodelta!
Becky: "You are just becoming more beautiful year by year!"
Elias: Ällöttävää. Onneksi ei tarvinnut osallistua.
Becky: "Yucky. Fortunately I didn't have to participate."
POST
Becky: Listen again to Anne's post.
Nico: Yllätyssynttärit! Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
Becky: "A surprise birthday party! Thank you all you lovelies!"
Nico: (SLOW) Yllätyssynttärit! Kiitos kaikki ihanat! (Regular) Yllätyssynttärit! Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
Becky: Let's break this down. First is an expression meaning "A surprise birthday party!"
Nico: Yllätyssynttärit!
Becky: This word is a combination of two words: "surprise" and "birthday party." You can combine the first part, "surprise," with other nouns to create a word that describes something being unexpected. Listen again - "A surprise birthday party!" is...
Nico: (SLOW) Yllätyssynttärit! (REGULAR) Yllätyssynttärit!
Becky: Then comes the phrase - "Thank you all, you lovelies!"
Nico: Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
Becky: Young Finnish people especially, and females in particular, address their friends with numerous names of endearment. The last word of this phrase is one of those. In this case, an adjective, "lovely," has become a noun. Listen again - "Thank you all, you lovelies!" is...
Nico: (SLOW) Kiitos kaikki ihanat! (REGULAR) Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
Becky: Altogether, "A surprise birthday party! Thank you all, you lovelies!"
Nico: Yllätyssynttärit! Kiitos kaikki ihanat!
COMMENTS
Becky: In response, Anne's friends leave some comments.
Becky: Her neighbor, Ellen, uses an expression meaning - "Oh how wonderful! Happy Birthday!"
Nico: (SLOW) Voi miten ihanaa! Hyvää syntymäpäivää! (REGULAR) Voi miten ihanaa! Hyvää syntymäpäivää!
[Pause]
Nico: Voi miten ihanaa! Hyvää syntymäpäivää!
Becky: Use this expression to show you're feeling warmhearted.
Becky: Her high school friend, Venla, uses an expression meaning - "Congratulations again, beauty!"
Nico: (SLOW) Paljon onnea vielä, kaunotar! (REGULAR) Paljon onnea vielä, kaunotar!
[Pause]
Nico: Paljon onnea vielä, kaunotar!
Becky: Use this expression to be congratulatory.
Becky: Her husband, Juha, uses an expression meaning - "You are just becoming more beautiful year by year!"
Nico: (SLOW) Sinä vain kaunistut vuosi vuodelta! (REGULAR) Sinä vain kaunistut vuosi vuodelta!
[Pause]
Nico: Sinä vain kaunistut vuosi vuodelta!
Becky: Use this expression to show you're feeling loving.
Becky: Her nephew, Elias, uses an expression meaning - "Yucky. Fortunately I didn't have to participate."
Nico: (SLOW) Ällöttävää. Onneksi ei tarvinnut osallistua. (REGULAR) Ällöttävää. Onneksi ei tarvinnut osallistua.
[Pause]
Nico: Ällöttävää. Onneksi ei tarvinnut osallistua.
Becky: Use this expression to show you're feeling cynical.

Outro

Becky: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time!
Nico: Hei hei!

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If a friend posted something about birthday greetings which phrase would you use?