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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 38 - Finnish Hotel - I'd Like More of This, Please
Reeta: In this lesson, we'll introduce you to some more useful phrases for hotels and the like. The first phrase is "What time is checkout?" In Finnish, this is
Mihin aikaan meidän täytyy jättää huone? Let’s break it down, Mihin aikaan meidän täytyy jättää huone. Once more, Mihin aikaan meidän täytyy jättää huone.
The first two words, mihin aikaan, mean "at what time" in English.
Then you have meidän, which means "ours," but together with täytyy it means "we must."
After that you have jättää, which is " to leave."
Following that, we have huone. This means "room."
All together: Mihin aikaan meidän täytyy jättää huone?
"What time do we have to leave the room?"
Now let's imagine there is something you need, and you want to ask for it.
Let's try to ask, "Can I have some soap?" This is
Saisinko saippuaa? Let’s break it down, Saisinko saippuaa. Once more, Saisinko saippuaa.
The first word, saisinko, means "Could I get?"
The noun saippuaa, "soap," is in the partitive case, which is the correct form to use when an uncountable noun is an object in the sentence.
Saisinko saippuaa?
If we were using just a piece of soap, the noun could be saippuan, in its accusative form. The accusative is usually marked by -n at the end of the word. Next, we'll give you a list of words you can use, already in the accusative or partitive case. Just put them in our previous sentence and they'll all work just fine.
"Towel" is (pyyhe). In our structure, it becomes pyyhkeen.
"Toothbrush" is (hammasharja) In our structure, it becomes hammasharjan.
"Toothpaste" is (hammastahna). In our structure, it becomes hammastahnaa.
"Shampoo" is (shampoo). In our structure, it becomes shampoota.
"Soap" is (saippua). In our structure, it becomes saippuaa (used if asking for liquid soap), or saippuan (used if asking for a piece of soap).
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.
“What time is checkout?” - Mihin aikaan meidän täytyy jättää huone?
“Can I have some soap?” - Saisinko saippuaa.
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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Are you going planning to stay in a hotel on your trip?