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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 35 - Learn to Write in Finnish without Lifting a Pen
Reeta: In the previous lesson, we covered how to ask, "How do you say this in Finnish?" Miten tämä sanotaan suomeksi. Do you remember? Today, because we don't want you to be caught off guard in any kind of situation in Finland, we are going to introduce you to a new phrase that is very helpful when you want someone to write something down for you. So let's start this lesson.
In Finnish, "Can you write it down, please?" is: Voisitko kirjoittaa sen ylös? Let’s break it down, Voisitko kirjoittaa sen ylös. Once more, Voisitko kirjoittaa sen ylös. The first word, voisitko, means "Could you?" Next we have kirjoittaa, which in Finnish is "write." Sen is se ("it") in the accusative form. Last we have ylös, which literally means "up."
Next, we have another way to express the same meaning: Voitko kirjoittaa sen minulle ylös? "Can you write it down for me?' Let’s break it down, Voitko kirjoittaa sen minulle ylös. Once more, Voitko kirjoittaa sen minulle ylös. The only extra thing in this sentence is the word minulle, which means "for me." Of course, you can add kiitos at the end of this phrase to be more polite.
Once you have the written words, you may find that you have no idea how to pronounce them. In Finnish, "How do you pronounce this?" is: Miten tämä lausutaan? Let’s break it down, Miten tämä lausutaan. Once more, Miten tämä lausutaan. The first word, miten, means "how." You should all be familiar with this by now. Next we have tämä, which means "this" as we have seen before. Finally, you have lausutaan ("is pronounced").
It might happen that people are not carrying a piece of paper or a pen. So before asking: Voitko kirjoittaa sen ylös?, try asking: Onko sinulla paperia ja kynää? "Do you have paper and a pencil?" Let’s break it down, Onko sinulla paperia ja kynää. Once more, Onko sinulla paperia ja kynää. The first word, onko, means "Is there?" or "Do you have?"; we've already seen this. Then you have sinulla, which in English is "on you."
As usual, before asking about someone else's stationery supplies, it's a good idea to say "excuse me": anteeksi.
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.
“Could you write it down, please?” - Voisitko kirjoittaa sen ylös?
“Can you write it down for me, please?” - Voitko kirjoittaa sen minulle ylös?
“How do you pronounce this?” - Miten tämä lausutaan?
“Do you have paper and a pencil?” - Onko sinulla paperia ja kynää?
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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What Finnish words would you write down to never forget?

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Sunday at 07:31 PM
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Hei Ivana!


You are absolutely correct in it that "ylös" means 'up' in English.

However, the expression used in this lesson, 'to write something down', is in Finnish "kirjoittaa jotakin ylös".

So it is just a cultural difference - in Finland we write or mark something "up", while in English-speaking countries they write/mark something "down".


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Ivana
Tuesday at 10:09 PM
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hi,


in the dictionary it says: ylos is up: The sample sentences, but it is written down.

Up is correctly, right?

Corinna
Wednesday at 02:17 PM
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Hei taas Päivi!


Joo, nauroin kun näin sen (I laughed when I saw it) :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Niin totta! :laughing:

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Tuesday at 11:15 PM
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Haha, yes Corinna, I think I've seen that too! :smile:


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Corinna
Thursday at 02:37 PM
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Hei Päivi!


Joo! You Finns like your long compound words! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: And we English speakers like words that are pronounced/ written the same with but have different meanings :laughing: (I found a funny cartoon that compared declensions (A dog, the dog, two dogs, etc.) in English, German, Finnish and Swedish. It's called "Why I never learned Finnish" on 9Gag)

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Wednesday at 08:47 PM
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...and there are so many long words in Finnish, aren't there! :flushed:


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Corinna
Tuesday at 03:05 PM
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Whoops, I meant that comment for another lesson :laughing: haha


I'd write down the long ones, or ones that sound similar to each other :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Corinna
Tuesday at 03:03 PM
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Muuten, kiitos :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Thursday at 04:41 PM
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Hi Emely!


Thank you for your sweet comment!

I hope you will enjoy studying Finnish with us :innocent:


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Emely
Friday at 05:54 PM
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