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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 40 - Finnish Post Office Part II
Reeta: In this lesson we're going to work on getting your package one step closer to its intended destination. In the previous lesson, we discussed the phrase "I would like to send this package to Italy," which was
Haluaisin lähettää tämän paketin Italiaan.
Again, the location is interchangeable.
When sending a package, though, you will probably have to explain what's inside it. In Finnish, "What's in the package?" is
Mitä paketissa on sisällä? Let’s break it down, Mitä paketissa on sisällä. Once more, Mitä paketissa on sisällä.
The first word, mitä, means "what."
Next, we have the word paketissa, "in the package."
Then we have on, the verb "is."
Finally, we have sisällä, the Finnish word for "inside."
All together, it's Mitä paketissa on sisällä?
"What's inside the package?"
If you want to be sure to name all the things you are sending correctly, English is perfectly acceptable.
Another way they can ask you "What's in the package?" is
Mitä paketti sisältää?
"What does the package contain?" Let’s break it down, Mitä paketti sisältää. Once more, Mitä paketti sisältää.
The first word, mitä, means "what."
Then you have paketti ("package").
Finally, you have sisältää, "contains."
All together, we have Mitä paketti sisältää?
"What does the package contain?"
Please remember that even in Finland as in many other countries, there are some rules for things you can and cannot send. You can learn about this by visiting the Finnish post website at www.posti.fi.
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 would like to send this package to Italy.” - Haluaisin lähettää tämän paketin Italiaan.
“What's in the package?” - Mitä paketissa on sisällä?
“What does the package contain?” - Mitä paketti sisältää?
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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What Finnish souvenirs would you send to your friends or family?