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Thread poster: Marion Rooijmans

Marion Rooijmans
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Jul 7, 2008

I will be going to Finland for four weeks this summer. I would love to be able to say things like Thank you and Goodmorning in Finnish, and although my Lonely Planet has a chapter about the Finnish language, I'm not too sure if I understand the pronunciation. Does anyone know of a website with audio files, a sort of 'talking dictionary', where you can hear how words should be pronunciated?

Thanks and have a lovely summer!


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Spencer Allman
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:50
Finnish to English
Vital vocab Jul 7, 2008

Thank you is kiitos pronounced KEYTOSS (Eenglish pron.)stress on KEY

Cheers when drinking is kiipis (KEYPISS)stress on KEY

Good Morning is huomenta stress on HU

Kaunis is beautiful, nice (COWNISS) stress on COW

For good night don't bother just say good night - almost everyone speaks


best Spencer

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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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You Tube suddenly becomes useful... Jul 8, 2008

Here is a link to pronouncing the FINNISH numbers, and then on the right-hand side you can see more links to other things related to Finnish pronunciation;

And this site swears that pronunciation will be the least of your worries...

Minä en osaa suomea hyvin, by the way....

Good luck, what an interesting language

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Tatiana Grzegorzewska  Identity Verified
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You might find... Jul 8, 2008

...this link with Finnish survival phrases useful as well

Good luck,

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Marion Rooijmans
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Thanks Jul 9, 2008

Spencer, thank you for you explanation. John and Tatiana, thank you for the links. Your replies are very helpful.

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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And remember the accent Jul 11, 2008

The stress is always on the first syllable: HELsinki, not helSINki.
If you know German you could read my stuff about Finnish:

Cheers - Kippis

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