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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 3 - Getting What You Want Using Finnish
Reeta: This phrase will help you take matters into your own hands! In this lesson, we'll take a look at the word "Please," which will be very important when you need to ask for something.
In Finnish, "Please" is kiitos. Let’s break it down, kiitos. Once more, kiitos. You might remember from the earlier lesson that kiitos means "thank you" as well in Finnish.
Let's take a closer look at kiitos. The easiest way to use this word is by pointing at something and saying, Tämä, kiitos ("This one, please"), or Tuo, kiitos ("That one, please").
Please remember that in Finland it is a little rude to point at people. But pointing at things, especially when you are trying to buy something at the market or when it helps to illustrate your point, is perfectly okay. Just make sure you use kiitos ("thank you") when the object is handed to you.
Another translation of "please" could be the phrase ole hyvä. You might remember that this means "You're welcome," "Here you go," or "There you go" as well. We use this phrase to ask someone to do something for us and it is usually followed by a verb. Let’s break it down, ole hyvä.
Here's an example: Ojentaisitko sen minulle, ole hyvä ("Please hand it to me"). In this type of phrase the verb is in conditional form. Here's another example that you may hear at the airport: Avaisitko sen, ole hyvä. ("Please open it"). All of these sentences with the phrase ole hyvä are polite and formal.
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.
“Please.” - Kiitos.
“Please... (followed by a verb)” - Ole hyvä.
“This please.” - Tämä, kiitos.
“That please.” - Tuo, 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!