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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 37 - Finnish Hotel - Checking In
Reeta: In Finland, you'll find many hotels, guesthouses and hostels. In this lesson, we'll help you check in! Let's jump right into the lesson!
In Finland, when you get to a hotel and you want to check in, there are two possible phrases you can use. If you have already booked the room and you want to say, "I have a reservation under the name..." in Finnish, it is
Minulla on varaus nimellä… Let’s break it down, Minulla on varaus nimellä. Once more, Minulla on varaus nimellä.
The first words, minulla on, mean "I have."
Next we have the noun varaus, which means "reservation."
Then we have nimellä which means "under the name," and at the end you insert your name.
All together, we have: Minulla on varaus nimellä...
This means, "I have a reservation under the name of ..."
If you have not booked the room yet, the phrase "I would like a room" in Finnish is:
Haluaisin yhden huoneen. Let’s break it down, Haluaisin yhden huoneen. Once more, Haluaisin yhden huoneen.
The first word, haluaisin, means "I would like."
Then we have yhden, meaning "one" in accusative form, and finally huoneen, which means "room" in accusative form. Yhden huoneen.
All together: Haluaisin yhden huoneen. "I would like one room."
You will most likely be asked, "Your name, please." In Finnish, this is Saisinko nimenne, kiitos. Let’s break it down, Saisinko nimenne, kiitos. Once more, Saisinko nimenne, kiitos.
The first word, saisinko, means "May I?" or "Could I get?", which we have already learned in previous lessons.
Then you have nimenne, which is a formal "your name."
At the end we have kiitos, "please."
Saisinko nimenne, kiitos. "Could I get your name, please?"
Remember, this phrase is only used in highly official circumstances, so don't try to start a conversation with this line in Finnish. People will think you're the police.
You might also be asked, "Can you spell it?" In Finnish, this is:
Voisitteko tavata sen, kiitos? Let’s break it down, Voisitteko tavata sen, kiitos. Once more, Voisitteko tavata sen, kiitos.
The first word, voisitteko, means "Could you?" in formal Finnish.
The next word, tavata, means "to spell."
At the end is sen, which is se ("it") in accusative form.
We could stop at this point, but they'll probably add kiitos, which by now we all know means "please."
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.
“I have a reservation under the name...” - Minulla on varaus nimellä…
“I would like a room.” - Haluaisin yhden huoneen.
“Your name, please.” - Saisinko nimenne, kiitos.
“Can you spell it?” - Voisitteko tavata sen?
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 spending your holidays in the countryside or in the big city?

Corinna
Sunday at 04:14 AM
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Hei taas Päivi!


Okay :grin: I'll remember that (Hopefully)!

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Moi Corinna!


The verb 'tavata' actually has two meanings! :wink:

In English, it's either "to meet" or "to spell".

'Tutustua' actually means "to get to know something".

So for example, the well known greetings in Finnish, have a slightly different meaning if you translate them to English literally:

'Hauska tavata', "Nice to meet you"

'Hauska tutustua', "Nice to get to know you".

Because of the slight difference, you should use 'hauska tutustua' only when you meet someone for the first time. You can use 'hauska tavata' anytime you like, also when you're meeting relatives or friends, for example.


Also note, that 'hauska tavata', can also mean "it's fun/nice to spell", if you're talking about spelling words :wink:


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Corinna
Friday at 02:51 PM
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Country :smile: Or a smaller town.


How is "tavata" used in the sense "to meet"? How is it different from "tutustua"?