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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 26 - Riding the Finnish Train: Part Two
Reeta: In the previous lesson, we covered how to get on the subway. In Finland, a convenient way to travel over long distances is taking a "train," in Finnish, juna. The train service is about the same price as the coach service and often very convenient for the punctuality. This is a nice way to travel in Finland, especially if you want to see a bit of the countryside between cities and not just the other side of a motorway.
You have to ask for tickets for the juna ("train") at the ticket office and you can accomplish this by asking, Yksi junalippu ...-n. and then your destination. Now of course, we need a destination. So let's use the city of Jyväskylä this time. So how do you ask for a ticket to Jyväskylä?
"One train ticket to Jyväskylä" in Finnish is Yksi junalippu Jyväskylään, kiitos. Let’s break it down, Yksi junalippu Jyväskylään, kiitos. Once more, Yksi junalippu Jyväskylään, kiitos.
Let's now imagine that you are traveling not on your own but with someone else, so you need to ask for two or more tickets.
"Two rain tickets to Jyväskylä, please." in Finnish is Kaksi junalippua Jyväskylään, kiitos. As you can see, it's very easy to understand. In place of yksi lippu ("one ticket"), you have the number kaksi ("two") and lippua instead of lippu.
If you use these exact words, they are either going to assume you want one-way tickets or ask you if you want a "return ticket," which in Finnish is paluu. The usual question the person behind the window asks is, Meno vai meno-paluu? The literal translation would be, "One way or go and return?" Let's go through the words here: meno is "one way," vai is "or," and meno-paluu is "there." The reply can be pelkkä meno, or meno-paluu.
If you want to avoid questions and get a return ticket right away, just put the word meno-paluu in front of junalippu in the previous sentence. Like this: Kaksi meno-paluu junalippua Jyväskylään, kiitos. See how easy it was?
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.
“Two train tickets to Jyväskylä, please.” - Kaksi junalippua Jyväskylään, kiitos.
“One way, or go and return?” - Meno vai meno-paluu?
“Two return tickets to Jyväskylä.” - Kaksi meno-paluu junalippua Jyväskylään, 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!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Do you prefer travelling by train or bus?

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Monday at 10:52 AM
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Hi Tan,


Thank you for your question.

Can I use "tai", instead of "vai"?

The word "vai" is used mainly in question sentences. For example; Kummasta tykkäät enemmän, kalasta vai lihasta? (Which one you prefer more, fish or meat)

Hope this helps a bit. 😄


Let us know if you have any question.

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Tan
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Hi,


Can I use "tai", instead of "vai"?


Thank you.

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Tuesday at 06:14 PM
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Hello Luca P. Gentile,


Thank you for your posting. Kiitos kommentistasi.

"Juna on paras matkustuspalvelu muoto."

Minäkin pidän junasta enemmän. 😄


Let us know if you have any question.

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Luca P. Gentile
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Juna on parasta matkustaan palvelu :-)

Corinna
Sunday at 04:12 AM
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Moi taas Päivi :smile:


Oh, I see :grin: Makes sense! And easy to remember :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Moi Corinna!


Yes, for example when you are representing options, where you or someone else has to choose from.

'Otatko kahvia vai teetä?', "Will you have coffee or tea?" (using the 'vai' kind of shows an assumption, that the other person "has to" take either coffee or tea, so there are no other options)

'Otatko kahvia tai teetä?', "Will you have coffee or tea?" (in this option, the person posing the question is merely offering the other person coffee or tea - s/he could refuse, or ask for something else too)


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Corinna
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Hei Päivi!


Thought so :grin: And it changes to "vai" in certain cases?

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Hi Corinna!


Yes, 'tai' means "or"! :thumbsup:


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Corinna
Tuesday at 02:02 PM
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"Tai" also means "or", right?

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Hei Constance!


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