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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 45 - Do You Have an English Guide in Finland?
Reeta: In this lesson we'll introduce you to crucial phrase for you travelers who are interested in learning more about the tourist attractions you're going to visit. Learning about the history and the cultural significance of places you visit can be just as rewarding as seeing them. So now we'll cover "Do you have an English information guide?".
In Finnish, "Do you have an English information guide?" is
Onko teillä englanninkielistä opastetta? Let’s break it down, Onko teillä englanninkielistä opastetta.
The first two words, onko teillä, mean "Do you have?".
This is followed by englanninkielistä, which means "English language."
The last word, opastetta, means "guide or information" in the accusative.
All together, we have Onko teillä englanninkielistä opastetta?
This sentence can refer to a guide, or just a pamphlet at the entrance of the museum.
To ask for a guide in a different language, we can just replace the word for "English" with the word for any other language and it works just fine. Let's try "French" in Finnish. "Do you have a French information guide?" is
Onko teillä ranskankielistä opastetta?
The only thing that changes is the language you are looking for. In this case it's ranskankielistä
The first word, ranskan, is the genitive of Ranska, "France."
Together with the next word, kielistä (which is kielinen in the nominative), it means "the French language."
Let's try now with a Japanese guide! It's not so unlikely to find an information guide in Japanese because Finland is very popular among Japanese tourists all year round.
"Do you have a Japanese information guide?" is
Onko teillä japaninkielistä opastetta?
Piece of cake!
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.
“Do you have an English information guide?” - Onko teillä englannin kielistä opastetta?
“Do you have a French information guide?” - Onko teillä ranskan kielistä opastetta?
“Do you have a Japanese information guide?” - Onko teillä japanin kielistä opastetta?
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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Getting the English and Finnish version is also a great way to compare and contrast and learn a bit more about Finnish!

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Friday at 06:58 PM
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Hello K,


Thank you for your feedback.

Yes, you are very much correct. “opastetta” is not the accusative form. It is the partitive form.

Thank you for pointing this out, so we can correct this mistake! Our apologies for this issue.


Let us know if you have any question.

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K
Thursday at 09:01 AM
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The person says “opastetta” is in the accusative, but it is not. There seems to be many similar mistakes in other lessons, too.

Corinna
Tuesday at 02:40 PM
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Hei Päivi!


Haha, it is for me, anyway :laughing:

Aw, kiitos! :smile: :heart:

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Tuesday at 04:17 AM
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Well, they say that the partitive is the most difficult thing to learn in Finnish, so it's no wonder it confuses you sometimes, Corinna! You are already very good in Finnish, so take your time with the partitive. :smile:


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Corinna
Wednesday at 02:25 PM
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Moi Päivi!


Yes, that's what I meant :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I think the 's' in some words (like "kielistä") confuses me a little bit and makes me think it's a different ending instead of the partitive :grin:

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Tuesday at 11:24 PM
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Moi Corinna!


Do you mean for example, in this case, the difference of 'englannin kielinen' and 'englannin kielistä' (both "English", lit."in the language of England")?


When asking (requesting) for something, it's better to use the partitive form, I.e. the -a / -ä , -ta / -tä , -tta / -ttä endings. So for example:


'Tuo kirja on englannin kielinen'. - "That book is (written in) English."

'Onko teillä englannin kielistä kirjaa?' - "Do you have an English book? / Do you have a book written in English?"


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Corinna
Thursday at 02:47 PM
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I'm still not sure on when to change the -inen ending to/ add the -sta/-stä ending. Especially with verbs. It's probably really easy, though :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Hello u,


Thank you for your feedback. We are always working on improving our materials and your opinion is highly valuable!


If you have any questions, please let us know!


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Laura

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u
Friday at 03:15 AM
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The lessons are pretty good however, I noticed that some pronunciations are not quite correct. For example, to the question (how is it) "millaista se on?", the answer (it is good) Se on hyvää, not Se on hyvaa.


The distinction is that in hyvää, the "ä" sound is like in the word apple. In the lesson example, you are pronouncing the "a" sound as in amoeba.


Otherwise, good lesson.