Basic Conversation in Finnish

Basic Conversation in Finnish 2017-11-27T08:14:16+00:00

Now let’s learn some basic Finnish conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Finnish.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Finnish“.

Basic Finnish words & phrases: conversations

Basic conversation

EnglishFinnishPronunciation
(Audio)
yes
kyllä
no
ei
please / you’re welcome [Sg]
saisinko
ole hyvä

please / you’re welcome [Pl]
saisimmeko
olkaa hyvät

you’re very welcome [Sg]
ole hyvä
you’re very welcome [Pl]
olkaa hyvät
thank you [Sg]
kiitos
thank you [Pl]
kiitokset
thank you very much [Sg]
kiitos paljon
kiitos erittäin paljon

thank you very much [Pl]
kiitokset teille
kiitokset erittäin paljon

thanks [Sg]
kiitos
kiitti

thanks [Pl]
kiitokset
Excuse me!
Anteeksi!

Communication

EnglishFinnishPronunciation
(Audio)
I understand. [Sg]
Ymmärrän.
I understand. [Pl]
Ymmärrämme.
I don’t understand. [Sg]
En ymmärrä.
I don’t understand. [Pl]
Emme ymmärrä.
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?
Hei? Anteeksi?
What does that mean? [Sg]
Mitä se tarkoittaa?
What does that mean? [Pl]
Mitä ne tarkoittavat?
I don’t know. [Sg]
En tiedä.
I don’t know. [Pl]
Emme tiedä.
I don’t speak Polish. [Sg]
En puhu puolaa.
I don’t speak Polish. [Pl]
Emme puhu puolaa.
I speak a little Polish. [Sg]
Puhun vähän puolaa.
I speak a little Polish. [Pl]
Puhumme vähän puolaa.
Do you speak English? (informal) [Sg]
Puhutko englantia?
Do you speak English? (informal) [Pl]
Puhutteko englantia?
Do you speak English? (formal) [Sg]
Puhutko englantia?
Do you speak English? (formal) [Pl]
Puhutteko englantia?
Yes, I do speak English. [Sg]
Kyllä, puhun englantia.
Yes, I do speak English. [Pl]
Kyllä, puhumme englantia.
No, I don’t speak English. [Sg]
Ei, en puhu englantia.
No, I don’t speak English. [Pl]
Ei, emme puhu englantia.

Making acquaintances

EnglishFinnishPronunciation
(Audio)
Please talk more slowly! [Sg]
Voisitko puhua hitaammin?
Please talk more slowly! [Pl]
Voisitteko puhua hitaammin?
Nice to meet you! [Sg]
Hauska tavata!
Mukava tavata!

Nice to meet you! [Pl]
Hauska tavata teitä!
How are you? [Sg]
Kuinka voit?
Mitä kuuluu?

How are you? [Pl]
Kuinka voitte?
Good, thank you!
Hyvin, kiitos!
Hyvää, kiitos!

I’m well, thanks! [Sg]
Voin hyvin, kiitos!
I’m well, thanks! [Pl]
Voimme hyvin, kiitos!
Not bad, thanks! [Sg]
Ei huonommin, kiitos!
Ei huonosti, kiitos!

Not bad, thanks! [Pl]
Ei meillä huonommin, kiitos!
very bad [Sg]
todella huonosti
erittäin huonosti

very bad [Pl]

erittäin huonot

What’s your name? [Sg]
Mikä sinun nimesi on?
What’s your name? [Pl]
Mitkä teidän nimenne ovat?
My name is [...]. [Sg]
Minun nimeni on […].
My name is [...]. [Pl]
Meidän nimemme ovat […].
What’s your first name? [Sg]
Mikä sinun etunimesi on?
What’s your first name? [Pl]
Mitkä teidän etunimenne ovat?
My first name is [...] [Sg]
Minun etunimeni on […].
My first name is [...] [Pl]

Meidän etunimemme ovat […].
How old are you? [Sg]
Kuinka vanha olet?
How old are you? [Pl]
Kuinka vanha olette?
I’m [...] years old. [Sg]
Olen […] vuotta vanha.
I’m [...] years old. [Pl]
Olemme […] vuotta.
What are your hobbies? [Sg]
Mitä harrastat?
What are your hobbies? [Pl]
Mitä harrastatte?
What do you like doing? [Sg]
Mitä tykkäät tehdä?
What do you like doing? [Pl]
Mitä tykkäätte tehdä?
What are you doing (at the moment)? [Sg]
Mitä teet (tällä hetkellä)?
What are you doing (at the moment)? [Pl]
Mitä teette (tällä hetkellä)?
Where do you live? [Sg]
Missä asut?
Where do you live? [Pl]
Missä asutte?
I live in [...]. [Sg]
Asun […].
I live in [...]. [Pl]
Asumme […].
I’m from England [Sg]
Olen Englannista.
I’m from England [Pl]
Olemme Englannista.
I’m English [Sg]
Olen englantilainen.
I’m English [Pl]
Olemme englantilaisia.

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