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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 46 - How Do You Eat This Finnish Food?
Reeta: In Finland there are many delicious dishes! We've already covered how to order them, but now it's time to learn how to eat them! That is not always so obvious. In this lesson, we'll learn how to ask, "How do you eat this?"
In Finnish, "How do you eat this?" is
Miten tätä syödään? Let’s break it down, Miten tätä syödään. Once more, Miten tätä syödään.
The first word, miten, means "how."
Then we have tätä, which means "of this." This is the partitive case of tämä, which we already know means "this."
Then you have syödään, which means "eat" in present passive form.
Literally this means "How is this eaten?". While most Finnish dishes are quite straightforward, home cooking can get you more complicated dishes. Use this question when in doubt:
Miten tätä syödään?
Finnish cuisine is known for being often very creamy or buttery. While it's usually not as heavy as fried food, for example, it can come as a shock to the unprepared.
The question "Is this heavy?" in Finnish is
Onko tämä raskasta ruokaa? Let’s break it down, Onko tämä raskasta ruokaa. Once more, Onko tämä raskasta ruokaa.
The first word, onko, means "Is?" as a question.
Next we have tämä, which means "this."
Then we have raskasta, which in English is "heavy." This word is the partitive case of raskas, "heavy."
At the end we have ruokaa, which means "food" in the partitive case.
All together, it becomes Onko tämä raskasta ruokaa?
"Is this food heavy?"
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.
“How do you eat this?” - Miten tätä syödään?
“Is this a heavy food?” - Onko tämä raskasta ruokaa?
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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