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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 28 - Taking a Taxi in Finland
Reeta: In this lesson, we'll cover a phrase we use to get you to your destination when riding in a taxi. We'll look at the most basic way to express this. To do this, we'll use Kauppatori, which is a "central market place in Helsinki." Let's go over what to say to the taxi driver to get there.
In Finnish, "To Kauppatori, please" is Kauppatorille, kiitos. Let’s break it down, Kauppatorille, kiitos. Once more, Kauppatorille, kiitos. The word for "to" in Finnish is attached to the end of the noun, -lle.
This is the most basic way of expressing where you would like to go and actually even the easiest one. However, speaking the local language is one of the most fun things you can do in your travels. So challenge yourself by using a different option!
You can also say, "I would like to go to Kauppatori," which in Finnish is Haluaisin mennä Kauppatorille. Let’s break it down, Haluaisin mennä Kauppatorille.
Let's look at the components. The first word, haluaisin means, "I would like." Haluaisin. This is followed by mennä ("to go"), and finally with the place where you want to go, so in this case, Kauppatorille. All together, we have Haluaisin mennä Kauppatorille.
One more helpful phrase when taking a taxi is, "Here is fine." (Tässä on hyvä.) This phrase will allow you to get out of the taxi whenever and wherever you want. Tässä is, as we know, "here," in Finnish. Note that there is no question mark after this sentence. After this, we have on, which is, "is." The last word in the expression is hyvä, or "good." As usual, it's a good idea to add "thank you" at the end of this sentence, in Finnish: kiitos.
Another useful phrase you could practice when riding in a taxi is Voinko maksaa luottokortilla? This means, "Can I pay with a credit card?" Usually credit cards are accepted as well in taxis in Finland, but it is better to ask before you jump into the taxi. Voinko maksaa luottokortilla? Let’s break it down, Voinko maksaa luottokortilla? Once more, Voinko maksaa luottokortilla.
The first word Voinko means, "Can I," after, we have a verb maksaa, which means, "to pay," and at the end, luottokortilla ("with a credit card").
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.
“To Kauppatori, please.” - Kauppatorille, kiitos.
“I would like to go to Kauppatori.” - Haluaisin mennä Kauppatorille.
“Here is fine.” - Tässä on hyvä.
“Can I pay with a credit card? ” - Voinko maksaa luottokortilla?
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!