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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 11 - Finnish Restaurant: How Many People?
Reeta: There is a wide variety of Finnish dishes and your job as a visitor is to try as many different foods as possible! However, before you start eating, you have to get to the table! In this lesson, we'll cover getting to the table in a restaurant.
When entering a restaurant in Finland, you will be greeted with Hyvää päivää, which means "Good day," or Hyvää iltaa, which means"Good evening."
When you enter a restaurant, or ravintola in Finnish, you'll usually be seated by a waiter or waitress. Often you will be asked the question "How many people in your party?," so practicing it will come in handy at some point. "How many people are you?" in Finnish is Kuinka monta teitä on? Let’s break it down, Kuinka monta teitä on. Once more, Kuinka monta teitä on.
The first two words, kuinka monta, mean "How many?" After this comes teitä, which in Finnish means "you" in the partitive case. Kuinka monta teitä on?
Now let's go over how to answer.
In Finnish, you would respond by telling the waiter or waitress Meitä on kolme, which in English means "We are three." Let’s break it down, Meitä on kolme. Once more, Meitä on kolme.
Let's take a look at some of the numbers you might need here, from two to five:
kaksi, kolme, neljä, viisi.
If you are just one person, the proper answer is "I am alone," which in Finnish is Olen yksin. Let’s break it down, Olen yksin. Once more, Olen yksin.
The first word, olen, means "I am." The second word, yksin, means "alone."
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.
“How many people are you?” - Kuinka monta teitä on?
“We're three.” - Meitä on kolme.
“We're four people.” - Meitä on neljä.
“I am alone.” - Olen yksin.
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!