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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 15 - Finnish Restaurant: Asking for the Check
Reeta: In the last lesson, we learned how to get a waiter's attention and how to order your meal and beverages at the restaurant. Once you have the beverages and entrées you ordered, you can enjoy the mouthwatering meal.
Normally, when the waiter sees that you have finished, he will come to your table and kindly ask, "Can I get you anything else?" In Finnish this is Saisiko olla jotain muuta? Let’s break that down, Saisiko olla jotain muuta. Once again,Saisiko olla jotain muuta.
Saisiko olla means "Would you like to have." You are sure to hear it from waiters in restaurants or cafés. Jotain means "something" and muuta means "else" in the accusative form.
All together, it's Saisiko olla jotain muuta?
Unless you're still hungry—very unlikely after a Finnish meal—you can say, Ei, kiitos.
It literally means, "No, thank you."
In Finland, it is customary for waiters to ask if you want coffee at the end of the meal. No doubt you'll hear Saisiko olla kahvia?
"Would you like to have a coffee?"
You can say Yksi kahvi, kiitos.
"One coffee, please."
If you are pleased with your meal and ready to leave, you should say, "The check, please." In Finnish: Saisinko laskun, kiitos.
First we have saisinko which means "Could I have." Then we have laskun. This word means "check, bill" and is in accusative. We follow this with kiitos, the word we should be familiar with by now; it means "please."
Here's the whole sentence: Saisinko laskun, kiitos.
And there you have it!
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.
“Would you like anything else?” - Saisiko olla jotain muuta?
“No, thank you.” - Ei, kiitos.
“Would you like to have a coffee?” - Saisiko olla kahvia?
“The check, please.” - Saisinko laskun, kiitos.
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!