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INTRODUCTION
Gina: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Finnish learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Gina: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question What's your name? In Finnish this is
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on?
Gina: The first word in the question is
Jarmo: Mikä
Gina: meaning what in English.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) Mikä
Gina: Listen again and repeat.
Jarmo: Mikä
{Pause}
Gina: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Jarmo: sinun
Gina: meaning your.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) sinun
Gina: Now repeat.
Jarmo: sinun
{Pause}
Gina: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun
{pause}
Gina: And after that
Jarmo: nimesi
Gina: meaning your name.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) nimesi
Gina: Now repeat.
Jarmo: nimesi
{Pause}
Gina: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi
{pause}
Gina: Next is
Jarmo: on
Gina: meaning is.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) on
Gina: Now repeat.
Jarmo: on
{Pause}
Gina: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on
{pause}
Gina: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question What's your name??
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Mikko.
Gina: ""My name is Mikko.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Jarmo: (Slow) Minun nimeni on Mikko.
{pause}
Gina: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Jarmo: minun
Gina: means my.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) minun
Gina: Now repeat
Jarmo: minun
{Pause}
Gina: And next
Jarmo: nimeni
Gina: meaning my name.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) nimeni
Gina: Now repeat.
Jarmo: nimeni
{Pause}
Gina: And next
Jarmo: on
Gina: meaning is.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) on
Gina: Now repeat.
Jarmo: on
{Pause}
Gina: And next
Jarmo: Mikko
Gina: meaning Mikko.
Jarmo: (Slow, by syllable) Mikko
Gina: Now repeat.
Jarmo: Mikko
{Pause}
Gina: Listen to the speaker say, My name is Mikko., and then repeat.
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Mikko.
{pause}
Gina: To expand on the pattern, replace Mikko with Simone.
Jarmo: Simone
Gina: Simone
Jarmo: (slow) Simone (regular) Simone
Gina: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Simone
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Simone.
Gina: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace Mikko. Say My name is Simone.
{pause}
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Simone.
Gina: To use a different phrase, replace Simone with Maria.
Jarmo: Maria
Gina: Maria
Jarmo: (slow) Maria (regular) Maria
Gina: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Maria
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Maria.
Gina: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Simone. Say My name is Maria.
{pause}
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Maria.
Gina: To expand on the pattern, replace Maria with Katja.
Jarmo: Katja
Gina: Katja
Jarmo: (slow) Katja (regular) Katja
Gina: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Katja
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Katja.
Gina: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Maria. Say My name is Katja.
{pause}
Jarmo: Minun nimeni on Katja.
QUIZ
Gina: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting Finland and someone asks you your name. Your name is Mikko. Respond to the question.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on? (five seconds) Minun nimeni on Mikko.
Gina: Now, your name is Simone Respond to the question.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on? (five seconds) Minun nimeni on Simone.
Gina: Imagine your name is Maria. . Answer the speaker's question.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on? (five seconds) Minun nimeni on Maria.
Gina: Imagine your name is Katja. Respond to the question.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on? (five seconds) Minun nimeni on Katja.
Gina: You want to learn that person's name. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on?
Gina: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Jarmo: Mikä sinun nimesi on?
[pause]

Outro

Gina: This is the end of Lesson 1

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Please give your answer to the question below!

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Tuesday at 12:15 PM
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Hello Bret,


Thank you for your comment.

Yes, we can say it like this in Finnish. One can't just implement the English language strictly to some other language. It doesn't work that way, unfortunately.

it is very much correct to say "mikä sinun nimesi on" Finnish or "minun nimeni on" In the Finnish language you can and will add personal conjugation and leave "sinun" in front of it but you can leave it out but also.

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Bret
Saturday at 08:21 AM
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If sinun means "your" and nimesi means "your name" why are we saying "your" twice in the phrase. Mika sinun nimesi on? Aren't we saying "what is your your name?


Same question for minun nimeni... Aren't we saying "my my name"?

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Madza Ednir
Thursday at 06:05 AM
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Well, after 3 lessons I already know how to introduce myself: - "MINUN nimeni on Madza "; How to ask what is the other's name : "Mikä SINUN nimesi on " . I know how to say _ Nice to meet you: "Hauska tutustua" , how to say thank you: "Kiitos " and "You are welcome: "Ole Hyvä" (informal) or "Olkaa Hyvä". I have already a vocabulary of around 10 words in Finnnish : 1 Kiitos ( thanks ) 2 Paljon ( Much); 3 Minun ( my); 4Sinun ( your) , 5Nimeni ( my name ) .6 Nimesi ( Your name ) ; 7 Mikkä (What); 8-Ole (be); 9- Hyvä (good) ; 10- Ei - No


Kiitos paljon ! Kiitoksia !

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Hello Cosima,


Thank you for your question. In Finnish, both types of sentences can be used freely and both are correct. Using the word "sinun" sounds more personal though. Finnish people use this long-form bit more often. Hope this helps.


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Cosima
Saturday at 05:31 PM
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Hi,

Why is sinun or minun needed when you already have nimesi or nimeni which is already 'your' or' my name'?

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Hello josh,


Thank you for your question.

When the subject can be defined, concrete or something countable, you mostly use mikä.

When the subject is undefined or uncountable, you use mitä. for example, you want to know what material something is made of or what’s inside something, food, for example. Also, when just asking what someone is doing or how someone is, you use mitä. "Mitä kuuluu?" or "mitä teet?"

I hope this helps a bit.


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josh
Thursday at 08:48 AM
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I thought 'what' translates to 'mita' in Finnish, not 'mika'? or is it different when you are using it in certain sentences?

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