Greetings from 100-year old Finland!
Greetings from Finland! The lovely Maiden of Finland celebrates today 100 years of independence. To stay true to the international spirit of Duolingo, here she is as interpreted by a Japanese artist.
Here are some video messages from all over the globe. Including a hello from Tom Hanks, who has clearly never heard of pesäpallo! :P
What would YOU give The Finn Maiden as a birthday present? :)
Well, there are quite a few dialects of Finland Swedish, but the “standard” pronunciation is quite different from the variant taught by Duo in four ways. 1. The intonation has been greatly influenced by Finnish, so there are not as many pitch changes in Finland Swedish. 2. The whistling and hissing fricatives of Sweden Swedish (/ɧ/ as in sjok and /ɕ/ as in kjol) are less common. Instead, a sound that is closer to the first sound in the English word shake is used in some cases and in others every letter is pronounced separately. 3. Retroflexion is rare. rt, rd, rl, rn and rs are usually pronounced as two sounds and not as one as in Sweden Swedish. 4. There are fewer silent letters. For instance, djur is pronounced with d, ljus with l, hjul with h and rolig with g. (There are also small differences on the pronunciation of vowel sounds, but you are going to have to ask someone else about that!)
Here is a fairly good summary of the differences in the vocabularies. A Swedish speaking Finn understands the Sweden Swedish equivalents but not necessarily vice versa.
Congratulations Finland and many happy returns! And here is a link with 100 reasons to visit Finland https://www.buzzfeed.com/tabathaleggett/finland-is-100-years-old-today-so-here-are-100-reasons-to?utm_term=.hpmxyXnG5X#.ulx8xd5jyd
I'm just going to put the resources here since my discussion was deleted:
https://www.mondlylanguages.com (NOTE: Not entirely free)
https://ai.glossika.com (NOTE: Not free)
http://www.lingbe.com (Chat with native speakers of Finnish)
http://www.worddive.com/en/learn-finnish#courses (NOTE: Not free)
I hope these help! :)