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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!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi FinnishPod101.com Listeners! Thank you for joining us at FinnishPod101.com. Why are you learning Finnish? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Sunday at 08:22 AM
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Hello Shannon,


Thank you for your question.

Is "ei mitään" as a way to say "You're welcome / It's nothing?"

No, it is not quite correct in this form. If you use the suffix -pa/-pä ending, then it is correct as Finnish people use often suffixes to give an extra nuance to the general meaning of the sentence.

So, the correct and commonly used sentences in saying "ole hyvä" are the following:

Eipä kestä!

Eipä mitään!

Hope this helps a bit! 😄


Let us know if you have any question.

Cheers,

Aarni

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Shannon
Friday at 10:27 AM
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I previously learned "ei mitään" as a way to say "You're welcome / It's nothing." Is this also correct?

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Tuesday at 07:08 AM
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Hei Sam,


Kiitos paljon for your kind feedback! 😉 We are very happy to have you here studying with us. If you ever have any questions, please let us know!


Kind regards,

Levente

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Sam
Sunday at 06:24 AM
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Hi, this is my first comment, but it seems to be going well so far and this site has been really useful. As for using Finnish keys (I'm in the UK using a laptop) I'm going to get a cheap usb keyboard off ebay I think (you can pick them up for about 10/15 pounds). In the meantime I'm using the Finnish Lexicool toolbar, as you can easily drag the characters quickly off it into where they need to be. I won't link it on here (as I don't want to spam links or anything), but it's easy enough to search online and it's free.


Anyway, kiitos paljon,


Sam :)

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Hei Abigail,


That's fantastic!! 😄 I hope you will see soon the beautiful Finland with your own eyes. And maybe, who knows, also work there one day! Good luck! Let us know if you have any questions along the way.


Kind regards,

Levente

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Abigail
Thursday at 02:48 PM
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I'm learning Finland because I want to go for an exchange year. I just need to get a job once I'm old enough, put most of the money into the bank for savings and then I can use of then!

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Tuesday at 11:41 AM
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Hello Bret,


Thank you for your comment.

Well, basically you are correct with your opinion but sometimes, especially when it comes to these kinds of phrases, one can't translate these so religiously. It just does not work that way. "You're” and "welcome" means strictly translated in Finnish "olet tervetullut" but you very seldom can hear Finnish people saying so and therefore it is not acceptable to teach it that wrong way. So that's why it is very commonly translated and approved as "ole hyvä". The same thing goes with many other languages. Hope this helps.


Let us know if you have any question.

Cheers,

Aarni

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Bret
Saturday at 07:28 AM
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It says that Ole Hyva means "you're welcome" but that It literally means, "be good." I think what they mean to say is that Ole Hyva is an acceptable response to Thank you, but that's not spelled out in the lesson. Then they say Olkaa Hyvat also means "you're welcome," but it's just the formal way of saying "be good." What are the Finnish words for "you're” and "welcome"? They said they would teach me how to say you're welcome, what they actually did is teach me some ways to respond when someone says thank you. NOT THE SAME. Also, I spend a lot of time looking up what they mean by things like "set phrases" and "second person imperative of the verb to-be" which if it was ever taught to me, I forgot decades ago. They say them fast, as if everyone knows what they mean.

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Thursday at 07:14 PM
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Hei Rachael,


Kiitos paljon for your great question. Yes, it will affect the results of the tests as the spelling is incorrect. However, you have several workarounds, for instance, you can download a Finnish virtual keyboard to your PC or learn the character combinations to write ö and ä characters. For example you can get the character ä by pressing Alt button and 0228. Similarly, to write ö, you can press Alt and 0246. 😉


Kind regards,

Levente

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Rachael
Tuesday at 06:24 AM
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I am not able to type the letters with the two dots above them. Will this affect the written tests?


Paljon kiitos,

Rachael