Duo goes to Finland
Duo has visited many beautiful and wonderful places. If you wish to follow the adventures of our owlish friend, go to the Duo goes Series Directory. The Finnish trophy is by widle.
Finland is in Northern Europe. She is situated between Sweden, Norway and Russia. Finland is one of the Nordic Countries. Unlike Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic, however, Finnish is not a Germanic language. In fact, Finnish is not even an Indo-European language. Instead, it is a part of the Finno-Ugric language group like Estonian and Hungarian. Finland has two official languages Finnish and Swedish. Sami-languages spoken in Northern Finland have a semi-official status.
First, Duo arrived in Helsinki (Helsingfors in Swedish), the capital of Finland. He landed on the Senaatintori (Senate Square) to admire the Helsingin tuomiokirkko (Helsinki Cathedral). The statue in front of the cathedral depicts Alexander II of Russia. It is the only statue of a Russian Emperor situated outside the borders of Russia. Finland, Duo learnt, was a part of Russia before becoming independent in 1917.
Then Duo continued to the neighbouring city of Porvoo (Borgå in Swedish). There he flew around the picturesque Old Town and ate Brunberg chocolate.
Then Duo was off to Tampere (Tammerfors in Swedish). Duo is a bit of an art-fan and flew straight to Tampereen tuomiokirkko (Tampere Cathedral) to admire the symbolist works of Hugo Simberg. Duo was particularly impressed by the Haavoittunut enkeli (The Wounded Angel) even though it made him cry a bit.
Next, Duo flew to Lake Saimaa. Of the 160 000 lakes of Finland, Lake Saimaa is the largest. He went there not just to admire the views but also to meet a friend. Nestori is saimaannorppa, that is a Saimaa ringed seal. Saimaannorppa is one of the few fresh-water seals in the world and there are less than 400 of them.
By Lake Saimaa, Duo found a Finnish sauna! What would a trip to Finland be like without a visit to a sauna! It was a very quiet and purifying experience Duo thought afterwards.
After saying goodbye to Nestori, Duo flew to North Karelia to visit Koli National Park. When he looked down at Lake Pielinen, he listened to Finlandia by Jean Sibelius. You can listen to it too right here.
Then Duo continued to Savonia to visit the city of Kuopio and its famous market place. There he ate strawberries sweetened by the midnight sun wondering how people can sleep when the sun does not set. Then he bought a kalakukko and ate it while taking a boat ride on Lake Kallavesi.
To finish off his summer tour, Duo flew to Ranua to visit Ranua Zoo's arctic animals. There were polar bears, arctic foxes and wolverines there, but Duo's favourite was Milla the Yoga Bear.
Next winter, Duo returned to Finland to visit Lappi (Lapland). Here he is just about to embark on a reindeer ride!
He finally landed in Rovaniemi and booked himself a glass igloo so that he could watch the Northern Lights from his bed.
The next day he visited the Santa's village and waited patiently for his turn so that he could tell the bearded fellow what he wants for Christmas.
And what did Duo want for Christmas? One of these! :)
Hello. I hope you are still receiving notifications, because... drum roll ...Finnish is in the Incubator! :o
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! Okay, so today is not April fool's Day, so, wait what, I can't really believe this! O.o
But what if it was an April fool's joke and they just somehow forgot to take the course down? thinks
Sure, you can have the first one. I'll take it nice and steady and wait for Christmas. :)
Like salty liquorice. It is something of an acquired taste. Some hate it, some people cannot get enough of it. :)
I visited Denmark four years ago, and at first I hated liquorice, but after two weeks, I started liking it:)
I really like them, but after 50g or so I need a glass of milk to let my tongue and stomach recover.
Kiitos for posting this. The music video of Finlandia was wonderful as were all the pictures of the sites in Finland. I wish that Duolingo would create a Finnish course so that I could write my comments to you in Finnish! :)
TLFMF!! Can we have Finnish on Duolingo already? I bet there are a couple Finns on here that are qualified to make a course!
After I hear a recording of someone saying it once to prove that it can be said. :-D
Grrrrrr.... Growling because I can't go to Finland anytime soon! Everyone should definitely listen to Finlandia. I don't care if you've listened to it before. Do it again. :-)
Kiitos! A very nice post. Made me remember all those wonderful trips I had to Finland... :)))
Brilliant. I would love to see Finnish on Duolingo! That would be wonderful.
I loved this article on the beauty of Helsinki's architecture by the Finland artist, Kimmo Metsäranta! http://www.fubiz.net/2016/06/17/the-pastel-beauty-of-helsinkis-architecture/
This was a very nice tour! I think I've missed most of the "Duo goes to" stories and I haven't visited this thread before. I must bookmark!
PS. great to see that you eat salty liquorice in Finland too.
This is beyond beautiful. Thanks a lot for this little tour. I enjoyed it thoroughly; i shall keep visiting this until I can take a real tour of Finland.
Also, it is indeed quite sad that there's no Finnish on Duo yet. After finishing German I wanted to start Finnish. I had to settle for Swedish.