(Trying to) Learn Finnish with Sulkasiipi, Part 2

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This charming little video attempts to teach me a few simple phrases in Finnish, so I thought you’d also enjoy it [1:27].


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0 Responses to (Trying to) Learn Finnish with Sulkasiipi, Part 2

  1. Jusu says:

    Argh. They are blithely ignoring a crucial point of grammar in the phrase “I live in …”; in the Finnish language the role of the preposition “in” is taken by a suffix “-ssa”/”-ssä”. Thus: “I live in Syracusa” — “Minä asun Syracusassa
    Every time there is a preposition in an English phrase (and quite often when there isn’t), there will be a suffix in the Finnish equivalent.

  2. Pierce R. Butler says:

    Your notorious Scibling PZ Myers has already provided a Finnish video covering 90% of routine conversational matter.

  3. weird! why would he do that? is PZ traveling to finland, too?

  4. Pierce R. Butler says:

    is PZ traveling to finland, too?
    Nah, the winters are too warm for his taste.
    Besides, that disrespectful headline would make it even hotter for him there…

  5. Bob O'H says:

    Not really, Pierce. They’d just stare at him, look miserable, and sing about it later.