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Really Itty Bitty Finnish Lessons

IB Finnish Nouns 6-10

Here is the sequence for reviewing nouns, now that you’ve encountered all the vocabulary:

Lesson 6: NC 2,6,7,8
Lesson 7: NC 3,4,5
Lesson 8: PC 6,7 NC 9
Lesson 9: PC 7, NC 3,4,5
Lesson 10: PC 1-10, NC 1-10

Run through the cycle from time to time to remember what you’ve learned.

IB Finnish Nouns Five

PC 3
Ole hyvä (o-lay hew-va) - Please
Kiitos (key-toss) - Thanks

PC 7
Haluaisin... (hol-why-sin) - I would like...
Missä... on? (mees-sa... ohn) - Where is...?

NC 1,2,9
Card 1
Huoneen (hwoh-nayn) - Room
Kylpyhuone (kewl-pew-hwoh-neh) - Bathroom

Card 2
Valintamyymälä (va-lin-tah-moo-ma-la) - Supermarket
Kahvila (kah-vee-lah) – Café

Card 9
Lääkäri (lack-airy) – Doctor
Lack a reason for feeling ill? See the doctor.
Poliisi (po-lee-see) – Police

IB Finnish Nouns Four

Haluaisin... (hol-why-sin) - I would like...
Missä... on? (mees-sa... ohn) - Where is...?

NC 6,7,8
Card 6
Apteekkiin (ap-tay-keen) – Pharmacy (Apothecary)
Kirjakauppaan (kir-ya-kowp-pahn) – bookstore

Card 7
Uimaranalle (wee-mah-rah-nal-leh) – Beach
We may run along the beach.
Ravintola (rah-vin-toe-lah) – Restaurant
Go to the ravintola for ravioli.

Card 8
Rautatiesasema (routa-tee-eh-sa-say-mah) - Train station
Lentoasema (len-toe-ah-say-mah) – Airport
Think of –asema as meaning “station” and this will be easier.

IB Finnish Nouns Three

PC 7
Haluaisin... (hol-why-sin) - I would like...
Missä... on? (mees-sa... ohn) - Where is...?

NC 3,4,5
Card 3
(Sooda)vettä - (Soda) water
Kahvia (kah-vee-ah) - Coffee

Card 4
Teetä (tay-ta) - Tea
Jääteetä (yeah-tay-ta) - Iced tea

Card 5
Maidon kanssa (my-don kahn-sah) - With milk
Sokerin kansaa (so-car-in kahn-sah) - With sugar
kansaa = with

IB Finnish Nouns Two

PC 7
Haluaisin... (hol-why-sin) - I would like...
Missä... on? (mees-sa... ohn) - Where is...?

NC 3,4
Card 3
(Sooda)vettä - (Soda) water
Kahvia (kah-vee-ah) – Coffee
Both of these are pretty easy.

Card 4
Teetä (tay-ta) – Tea
tea on the teeter-totter
Jääteetä (yeah-tay-ta) - Iced tea
yeah! Iced tea!

IB Finnish Nouns One

Because you have already been working through the Prase Course, you’re aware of how this works. For the noun course, we’ll abbreviate things a little bit – just the words and clues for new words.

PC (Phrase Card) 7
Haluaisin... (hol-why-sin) - I would like...
Missä... on? (mees-sa... ohn) - Where is...?

NC 1,2
Card 1
Huoneen (hwoh-nayn) – Room
When the sun is waning, you need a huoneen to sleep in.
Kylpyhuone (kewl-pew-hwoh-neh) – Bathroom
-huone, like huoneen, so kylpy-huone is bath-room

Card 2
Valintamymälä (va-lin-tah-moo-ma-la) – Supermarket
There’s value in the valintamymälä.
Kahvila (kah-vee-lah) – Café
Go to the kahvila to get some kahvia.

Itty Bitty Finnish Lesson 7-10

You’ve now encountered all the drill cards for the Phrase Lessons. In the next few lessons, you’re just going to cycle through them in a different arrangement, just too make sure you remember.

Lesson 7: PC 1,8,9,10
Lesson 8: PC 3,4,5
Lesson 9: PC 3,6,7
Lesson 10: 1-10

Cycle through this sequence or the whole course again as many times as necessary until you recognize all the items easily. Then move on to the Noun Lessons if you didn’t start after Lesson 5 of this course.

Itty Bitty Finnish Lesson Six

Today, we review PC 8,9 and learn PC 10

Card 8
Minun nimeni on... (mee-noon nee-may-nee ohn) - My name is...
Mikä sinun nimesi on? (mee-ka see-noon nee-may-see ohn) - What's your name?

Card 9
Hauska tavata (house-kah tah-vah-tah) - Pleased to meet you.
Puhutko englantia? (poo-hoot-koh eng-lahn-tya) - Do you know English?

Card 10
Mitä kuuluu? (mee-ta coo-loo) - How are you?
Are you cool, mistah? – Mitä kuuluu?
Kiitos hyvää (key-toss hew-vaa) - Thank you, fine.
Key-toss, Hoover = Thanks, good

Itty Bitty Finnish Lesson Five

Today, you need to PC 1 and learn PC 8,9:

Card 1
Hei (hey) - Hi
Näkemiin (nack-ay-mean) - Bye

Card 8
Minun nimeni on... (mee-noon nee-may-nee ohn) - My name is...
Mikä sinun nimesi on? (mee-ka see-noon nee-may-see ohn) - What's your name?

Remember that “on” means “is.” Now compare:
minun nimeni on… - My name is…
sinun nimesi on… - Your name is…
Mikä (what) sinun nimesi on? What your name is?


Card 9
Hauska tavata (house-kah tah-vah-tah) - Pleased to meet you.
Hi, I’m Oscar de Water – Pleased to meet you!
Puhutko englantia? (poo-hoot-koh eng-lahn-tya) - Do you know English?
This is a tricky one. If you see something in the word, use it. Suggestion: boo-hoo…

Itty Bitty Finnish Lesson Four

Card 4
Katso! (cot-so) - Look!
Kuule! (cool-eh) - Listen!

Card 5
Tule! (too-leh) - Come!
Varovasti! (vahr-oh-vah-stee) -
Careful!

Card 6
Mikä tämä on? (mee-ka ta-ma ohn) - What is this?
mikä = what; tämä = this; on = is: What this is? Mikä tämä on?
Paljonko se maksaa? (pal-yonko say mahk-saah) - How much does it cost?
Hey, pal – you – what’s i’ make, sir? (paljonko = “how much”)

Card 7
Haluaisin... (hol-why-sin) - I would like...
Your favorite postmodern playwright is giving a command performance for you. You tell him: “I would like the hallway scene – haluaisin.”
Missä... on? (mees-sa... ohn) - Where is...?
The theater is missing! Missä the theater on?

Itty Bitty Finnish Lesson Three

Itty Bitty Finnish – Lesson Three

Today, you’re reviewing PC 2,4 and learning PC 5:

Card 2
Kylla (kewl-uh) - Yes
Ei (eye) – No

Card 4
Katso! (cot-so) - Look!
Kuule! (cool-eh) - Listen!

Card 5
Tule! (too-leh) - Come!
We’ve come to lay your carpet.
Varovasti! (vahr-oh-vah-stee) -
Careful!
Careful crossing! It’s far too vast, see? Varovasti!

Itty Bitty Finnish Lesson Two

Today you’ll be reviewing Phrase Cards 1,3 and learning PC 4:

Card 1
Hei (hey) - Hi
Näkemiin (nack-ay-mean) – Bye

Card 3
Ole hyvä (o-lay hew-va) - Please
Kiitos (key-toss) - Thanks

Card 4
Katso! (cot-so) - Look!
That cat so fat! Look!
Kuule! (cool-eh) - Listen!
Did you listen to what I said? Cool, eh? (Don’t confuse with kylla – yes.)

Itty Bitty Finnish Lesson One

Today you’ll be learning the words on Phrase Cards 1,2,3. Take the cards (make them now, if you haven’t), go through them now and be sure to look at them whenever you get a spare moment. To help you remember, here they are, each with a memory prompt:

Card 1
Hei (hey) – Hi
“Hey” for “Hi” should be easy to remember.
Näkemiin (nack-ay-mean) – Bye
Imagine a man who’s got a mean knack for saying “bye.” His knack i’ mean for saying “bye.”

Card 2
Kylla (kewl-uh) – Yes
Said the Valley Girl, “The boss said “Yes” to my raise. Kewl, uh?”
Ei (ay) – No
There’s no way, ei?

Card 3
Ole hyvä (o-lay hew-va) – Please
Facing down the charging vacuum cleaner, the matador said, “Ole, Hoover, please be gentle.” (I didn’t promise good memory prompts, just memory prompts.)
Kiitos (key-toss) – Thanks
“Need a key? I’ll toss it to you.” Thanks for the key-toss.

Really Itty Bitty Finnish - Noun Cards

Card 1
Huoneen (hwoh-nayn) - Room
Kylpyhuone (kewl-pew-hwoh-neh) - Bathroom

Card 2
Valintamyymälä (va-lin-tah-moo-ma-la) - Supermarket
Kahvila (kah-vee-lah) - Café

Card 3
(Sooda)vettä - (Soda) water
Kahvia (kah-vee-ah) - Coffee

Card 4
Teetä (tay-ta) - Tea
Jääteetä (yeah-tay-ta) - Iced tea

Card 5
Maidon kanssa (my-don kahn-sah) - With milk
Sokerin kansaa (so-car-in kahn-sah) - With sugar

Card 6
Apteekkiin (ap-tay-keen) - Pharmacy
Kirjakauppaan (kir-ya-kowp-pahn) - bookstore

Card 7
Uimaranalle (wee-mah-rah-nal-leh) - Beach
Ravintola (rah-vin-toe-lah) - Restaurant

Card 8
Rautatiesasema (routa-tee-eh-sa-say-mah) - Train station
Lentoasema (len-toe-ah-say-mah) - Airport

Card 9
Lääkäri (lack-airy) - Doctor
Poliisi (po-lee-see) – Police

Really Itty Bitty Finnish - Phrase Cards

Itty Bitty Finnish Vocabulary - Phrases

Card 1
Hei (hey) - Hi
Näkemiin (nack-ay-mean) - Bye

Card 2
Kylla (kewl-uh) - Yes
Ei (eye) - No

Card 3
Ole hyvä (o-lay hew-va) - Please
Kiitos (key-toss) - Thanks

Card 4
Katso! (cot-so) - Look!
Kuule! (cool-eh) - Listen!

Card 5
Tule! (too-leh) - Come!
Varovasti! (vahr-oh-vah-stee) -
Careful!

Card 6
Mikä tämä on? (mee-ka ta-ma ohn) - What is this?
Paljonko se maksaa? (pal-yonko say mahk-saah) - How much does it cost?

Card 7
Haluaisin... (hol-why-sin) - I would like...
Missä... on? (mees-sa... ohn) - Where is...?

Card 8
Minun nimeni on... (mee-noon nee-may-nee ohn) - My name is...
Mikä sinun nimesi on? (mee-ka see-noon nee-may-see ohn) - What's your name?

Card 9
Hauska tavata (house-kah tah-vah-tah) - Pleased to meet you.
Puhutko englantia? (poo-hoot-koh eng-lahn-tya) - Do you know English?

Card 10
Mitä kuuluu? (mee-ta coo-loo) - How are you?
Kiitos hyvää (key-toss hew-vaa) - Thank you, fine.

Really Itty Bitty Finnish Course Introduction

Finnish is a language very different from English. For this reason, I have put decided to do a Really Itty Bitty Course for it to make your memorizing work minimal.

An alternative name for this course might be "Broken Finnish" in ten to twenty days. If you're going to become fluent in Finnish, you need a course like the Routledge program - and a lot of patience.

At the end of this very Itty Bitty Course, you'll be far from fluent, but you'll have a few words carefully chosen to help you meet your most basic communications needs in Finland or feel a little less intimidated before undertaking a more rigorous program of study.

Really Itty Bitty Course - Noun Lesson Intro

Before you start the noun section, you should be on at least lesson four (lesson three for Swahili) of the phrase lessons. This is because you'll be making use of card 7 (card 5 for Swahili) from the phrase lessons in order to make coherent questions with the nouns.

Learning nouns on their own can be useful. You can point. Or you can specify them in a questioning tone of voice. But it's better to be able to pair them with a phrase like "I'd like" or "Where is". This will make the language feel more natural to you, so you'll learn better.

Note that in many languages, the precise forms of a noun vary depending on how it's used in the sentence. I've tried to select the forms most likely to be used with the sentences you'll be forming. But it won't always work out this way. If somebody looks momentarily confused, then corrects your phrasing, don't worry about it. For the moment, you'll have gotten your point across, and later on you'll start to figure out patterns on your own. In this case, incorrect language is the stepping stone to correct language, whereas not opening your mouth till you're sure of eloquence will guarantee that you never open your mouth.

In the Phrase lessons, you were largely given complete sentences or thoughts. In the noun section, it's up to you. Use your questions from card 7 to make up your own complete phrases and you'll be on your way from parroting to actually speaking the language.

Really Itty Bitty Course - Phrase Lesson Intro

This section of the Really Itty Bitty Course will teach you a few basic phrases for indicating your most basic needs and for showing that you're making a good faith effort to communicate. Remember to be gracious in using them if you hope for your hosts to be gracious in trying to understand. In so doing, they will help you learn more and build on the small foundation this course offers.

There are, of course, very good - but also, very expensive - courses that will do a lot of the work for you. But in my experience, the more work you do for yourself and the more you figure out on your own, the more your learning sticks with you. Among the best ways to learn is in making flashcards. Even if you never look at them again, the act of making them establishes connections in terms of sight and touch. If you take the trouble to pronounce what you're writing, you will have experienced each word or phrase in three different sensory modes. In a word, make the flashcards. Better still, carry them around with you according to the directions once you have done so.

Using your flashcards
Over the course of five days, you will encounter all twenty words and phrases in this section. After doing each day's lessons, select the appropriate flashcards. Then, each time you encounter an appropriate situation (greeting someone, asking directions, etc), think about the appropriate phrase in your new language. If you can't remember, consult your flashcards.

After the first five days, you will not have any new material, but there is a sequence for working through the flashcards again. Following this sequence should maximize your retention of the items you have learned.