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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 2 - Say You're Welcome in Finnish
Reeta: In this lesson, we'll continue to learn more phrases that will help you with basic etiquette. Finns are very hospitable. They use phrases of gratitude quite often. Even though you may not get the chance to use ole hyvä (the phrase for "You're welcome") during your trip to Finland, there's a very good chance you'll hear it. So let's have a closer look at it!
In Finnish, "You're welcome" is Ole hyvä. Let’s break it down, Ole hyvä. Once more, Ole hyvä. Literally this means, "Be good." Here, the ole is an imperative form of the verb olla ("to be"). Ole hyvä.
You can also respond to someone who has thanked you by using eipä kestä. This means, "It's nothing," Eipä kestä. Let’s break it down, Eipä kestä. Once more, Eipä kestä.
You might hear sometimes olkaa hyvä or olkaa hyvät. Olkaa hyvä is a politer form of ole hyvä, used for one person, often for elderly people. Let’s break it down, Olkaa hyvä. Once more, Olkaa hyvä. Its plural form olkaa hyvät is used when talking to more than one person. Let’s break down this plural form, olkaa hyvät. Once more, olkaa hyvät.
Hyvä means "good," and its plural is hyvät. Olkaa is a second person plural of an imperative form of the verb olla, "to be."
Remember, eipä kestä means, "It's nothing," and olkaa hyvä means, "You're very welcome."
Of the expressions we have seen, please keep in mind that we can use ole hyvä, and eipä kestä in any situation, formal or informal, while olkaa hyvä and olkaa hyvät tend to show up in more formal occasions.
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.
"You're welcome" - Ole hyvä
"It's nothing" - Eipä kestä
“You're very welcome” - Olkaa hyvä
“You're all very welcome” - Olkaa hyvät
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!