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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 20 - Finnish Money - An Introduction
Reeta: Finland's currency is the euro. At the time of writing, the exchange rate is roughly 1 EUR to 1.4 USD. Denominations include coins for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros, as well as bills for 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. 1- and 2-cent coins are not in use in Finland, but prices do display cents. This means that when the thing you're buying costs 1,22 euros, you only pay 1,20. So prices that don't end in a five are rounded up or down automatically. This makes Finnish money easier to handle.
Let's try to say prices in Finnish—it won't be too difficult. Let's start with 12 EUR: kaksitoista euroa.
If you go up to hundreds or thousands, things don't get much more complicated.
We've already learned that a hundred in Finnish is sata. So 230 is kaksisataakolmekymmentä.
When you go above 100, the noun sata is always in the partitive case: sataa. To put sata in the partitive case, just add the letter a at the end: sataa.
So 200 is kaksisataa, three hundred is kolmesataa, etc.
A thousand in Finnish is tuhat.
For 2000 or more of something, the noun tuhat takes its partitive case: tuhatta.
So 2000 would be kaksi tuhatta.
Now for a slightly more complicated number, 5320: viisituhattakolmesataakaksikymmentä. Let’s break it down, viisituhattakolmesataakaksikymmentä. Once more, viisituhattakolmesataakaksikymmentä.
Since Finnish prices come rarely in whole euros but more often in cents, such as 1.35, we'll need to learn to say those too. In Finnish 1.35 euros is yksi ja kolmekymmentäviisi euroa.
The point, or rather comma, is often read as ja, meaning "and."
If the amount is anything higher than 1 euro, the noun euro takes its partitive case: euroa.
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.
“1,35 euros.” - yksi ja kolmekymmentäviisi euroa.
“12 euros.” - kaksitoista euroa.
“230 euros.” - kaksisataakolmekymmentä euroa.
“5320 euros.” - viisituhattakolmesataakaksikymmentä euroa.
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!