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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 50 - Explaining Symptoms in Finnish
Reeta: Once you are in the pharmacy, you will need to explain how you feel in order to let the pharmacist give you the right medicines. In this lesson, we'll work on explaining symptoms so you can get the proper treatment and any medicine you may need.
Let's try to make a list of all the possible things you might need.
In Finnish, "cold medicine" is flunssalääke.
"Could I have cold medicine, please" in Finnish is
Saisinko flunssalääkettä, kiitos. Let’s break it down by syllable,Saisinko flunssalääkettä, kiitos.
The first word saisinko means, "Could I have." Then you have flunssalääkettä, which we can divide in two words: the first one flunssa means, "cold," and the second word lääke (here in the accusative lääkettä) means "medicine." At the end we have kiitos, and this one we know already. Let’s break it down by syllable,Saisinko flunssalääkettä, kiitos.
Let's see how to explain your symptoms.
In Finnish, "I have a headache" is
Minulla on päänsärkyä. Let’s break it down, Minulla on päänsärkyä. Now let’s hear it once again, Minulla on päänsärkyä.
The first words minulla on mean, "I have." Next, we have päänsärkyä, which means, "headache" in the partitive case. All together, we have Minulla on päänsärkyä. Literally, this means, "I have some headache." In this case we translate it as "I have a headache."
A different way to say you are in pain, for example your stomach, is
Minulla on vatsa kipeä. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time, Minulla on vatsa kipeä.
This is a very straightforward sentence. Minulla on, which we saw previously, means "I have." Vatsa means, "stomach," and kipeä means "sick." The only thing that changes is the phrase vatsa kipeä ("stomach aches"). This sentence is easy to use for other aches too, just changing the word vatsa with another body part.
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.
“A cold medicine, please.” - Saisinko flunssalääkettä, kiitos.
“I have a headache.” - Minulla on päänsärkyä.
“I have a stomachache.” - Minulla on vatsa kipeä.
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!