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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 43 - Renting a Vehicle in Finland
Reeta: In this lesson, we'll introduce you to a phrase that will help you get to the places you need to be! In some places, trains and subways are the way to travel, but it's also very useful to know how to rent a car, scooter, or bicycle.
In Finnish, "I would like to rent a car" is
Haluaisin vuokrata auton. Let’s break it down, Haluaisin vuokrata auton. Once more, Haluaisin vuokrata auton.
The first word, haluaisin, is a word we've already covered in some previous lessons; it means "I would like."
Next, we have vuokrata, which in English is "to rent" in the infinitive.
The last word in the sentence is auton, which is "car" in the accusative form.
The whole sentence again: Haluaisin vuokrata auton.
"Motorbike" in Finnish is moottoripyörä, but again, we need the accusative, moottoripyörän. Let's use it in our sentence now:
Haluaisin vuokrata moottoripyörän.
Renting a scooter is not as popular as in some Mediterranean countries, but you might want to try that too:
Haluaisin vuokrata skootterin.
Again, we only have one new word: skootteri, or "scooter", in the accusative. Haluaisin vuokrata skootterin.
Finally, why not rent a bike as well?
Haluaisin vuokrata polkupyörän.
Polkupyörän means "bike" in the accusative.
If you're renting something, it's also important to know when you must return it! Therefore, we're giving you a phrase you can use to make sure you return it on time.
In Finnish, "When must I return it?" is
Milloin minun täytyy palauttaa se?
The first word, milloin, means "when."
Next we have minun täytyy, which in English is "I must."
This we have seen before, and as you might remember, the first word is genitive "my" and the second word, täytyy, stays the same no matter what the subject.
Then we have palauttaa, which literally means "to return."
All together, we have Milloin minun täytyy palauttaa se? Literally, this means "When must I return it?"
Finally, you may want to return it at a different location. In Finnish "Can I return it somewhere else?" is
Voinko palauttaa sen jonnekin muualle?
Voinko means "Can I?"
We've already seen the second word, palauttaa; it means "to return."
Next we have sen, which means "it", in the accusative.
At the end, we have jonnekin muualle, which together mean "to somewhere else."
The entire sentence again: Voinko palauttaa sen jonnekin muualle?
The answer should be a big yes and the name of the location.
If you're unlucky, they'll say Ei, ette voi, which literally means "No, you cannot."
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 rent a car.” - Haluaisin vuokrata auton.
“I would like to rent a scooter.” - Haluaisin vuokrata skootterin.
“I would like to rent a motorbike.” - Haluaisin vuokrata moottoripyörän.
“I would like to rent a bike.” - Haluaisin vuokrata polkupyörän.
“When must I return it?” - Milloin minun täytyy palauttaa se?
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!