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Finnish for English Speakers (FI-->EN) Weekly Sentence Challenge 12/12!

Terve! To those (like me) who are anticipating the release of the FI-->EN course, every Tuesday, I will be releasing a sentence translation challenge to spark some more interest in the language. If you are interested in the progress of the FI-->EN course, check out my weekly updates every Wednesday.

Rules (for those who wish to follow them):

  1. DO NOT USE A TRANSLATOR!

  2. If you do not know what a word means, ask in the comment section below

  3. Post your answer in the comments below

  4. Those who get it right will get a shoutout on the next Weekly Sentence Challenge post. There will be a top translator list that will be updated weekly!


Translate: Rakastan todella joulua! Tiesitkö, että Joulupukki asuu Suomessa?


December 13, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ictram

I know the first sentence at least, finally those Finnish classes I took pay off! The second one is a bit more difficult. I think I know the last three words, but don't recognize "tiesitkö" (it's a yes/no question, that's where my knowledge ends) and "että".

If I had to guess, the sentence means: "I really love Christmass! Did you know that [?] Santa lives in Finland?"

EDIT: By the way, I completely forgot to say it in the original message but I really like this idea! Looking forward to your next posts Crazy Finn :p


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCrazyFinn

And we have a winner!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

Okay, this proves my Finnish is much worse than even I thought.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCrazyFinn

Haha, hey, you can do it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Anna.Sofia-

That is a great idea! I am really beginner in Finnish. But I think that "Rakastan" is related to love and "Suomessa" with... Finland or Finnish ...

I will wait for the correct translation :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCrazyFinn

Suomi + ssa = Suomessa, a.k.a "In Finland"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/widle

I don't really want to be on any lists, so I'll just watch the discussion. :) Thanks for doing something though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCrazyFinn

I won't put you on it if you don't want!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.Multilinguality

I know Hei, Heippa, and know the words kuu (one?) and hyvaa, but not what they mean.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/widle

Kuu is moon (or "month" in month names). Hyvä (or hyvää when in greetings) means "good".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

The "moon/month" relationship seems to be really common in languages. In Circassian it's мазэ (maze), in Quechua killa, in Abkhaz амза (amza). Odd.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alokhmutov

Not that odd, if you think about how people used to count months before they had atomic clocks. ;)

In Russian month is месяц, as you might already know, and the moon is луна. Another word for the moon is месяц, its definition being 'a lunar disc or its part', and is mostly used to refer to a crescent.

In German it's Monat, originating from Mond, "Moon"

Herkunft: zu Mond, nach der germanischen Zeitbestimmung des Monats nach den Mondphasen


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCrazyFinn

Hey, at least you know something!

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