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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.
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
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!


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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Welcome to Finnish Survival Phrases!

Tuesday at 4:40 am
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Hi Vittoria,

Great to have you here!

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Tuesday at 2:23 am
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Thanks a lot I like it , I think I will help me very much.


Tuesday at 1:21 pm
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Hi Misha,

Thank you for posting. I'm sure this time you'll learn Finnish and I hope you'll make it to Lapland soon.

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Tuesday at 12:57 pm
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Being 3 times in Finland many years ago (still I did not make it to Lapland yet), I wished that I could have learned this language before. But, it is never to late to do it. I am glad that I am taking this course. The organization of this course online is very interesting and easier to learn.

Kiitos paljon,

Saturday at 8:45 am
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Hi Mabel,

Thank you for studying with us.

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Friday at 10:55 pm
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I am learning Finnish so that I can better communicate with my Finnish friends, I'm glad this website exists.

Sunday at 7:25 pm
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Hi Mark,

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Mark Kluukeri
Sunday at 2:51 pm
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Hyvää päivä, ja kiitos paljon. My father didn't teach me any Finnish until I was 19, when we first visited our cousins in Suomi, and even then it was only a few basic words. He also taught me how to pronounce Finnish words properly. Now at 56, I need to learn the language so I can puhut to my isä, as he has forgotten most of the language now that he has dementia. It will also be good to talk with my cousins and friends in Finland, without having to resort to Google Translate, which often leaves me very confused.

Once again, kiitos paljon.

Friday at 2:11 am
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Hi Brane,

Thank you for commenting! We are glad that you enjoyed the lesson!

It's great that you're studying Finnish to speak with your colleagues :)

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Brane VanDora
Friday at 1:00 am
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Kiitos for this lesson! I have some Finnish colleagues and I want to give them the respect they deserve when working internationally! Kiitos again ^_^