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Jessi: Hello, and welcome to Finnish Survival Phrases, brought to you by FinnishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Finland. You'll be surprised at how far a little Finnish will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by FinnishPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Finnish Survival Phrases lesson 1 - how to say thank you in Finnish.
Reeta: Hello! My name is Reeta. And I'd be your Finnish teacher and culture guide throughout this introductory course.
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! Finland is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be teaching you a simple phrase that is bound to come in handy throughout your trip to Finland. I can't stress this enough, a little a bit of language can go a long way!
In Finnish, "Thank you" is kiitos. Let’s break it down, kiitos. Once more, kiitos.
You can emphasize kiitos by adding paljon, which means, literally, "a lot." You could say kiitos paljon, which would be equivalent to "Thanks a lot," a more polite expression than just kiitos. Kiitos paljon. Let’s break it down, Kiitos paljon. Once more, Kiitos paljon.
In Finnish, there are other ways to express one's gratitude but they are all variations of kiitos, which is a noun, and the adverb paljon, which can make the construction more polite to mean, "Thank you very much."
There will be occasions where you will really want to show your appreciation and politeness. On these occasions, you can use the adverb paljon and kiitoksia, which is a plural and partitive case of the noun kiitos. So, "Many thanks" in Finnish is Paljon kiitoksia. Let’s break it down, Paljon kiitoksia. Once more, Paljon kiitoksia.
The first word paljon ("a lot") is used to make the phrase more polite. This is followed by kiitoksia, which literally means something like "thanks." Paljon kiitoksia.
Ok, to close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so Onnea! which means “Good luck!” in Finnish.
"Thank you" - kiitos
"Thank a lot" - Kiitos paljon
“Many thanks” - Paljon kiitoksia
Jessi: Alright! That's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by FinnishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!