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"Tämä on hyvä kantele."

Translation:This is a good kantele.

June 23, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thom112240

For those who are wondering, a "kantele" is a traditional Finnish string instrument.

Here's an audio sample.

Kantele


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doyourless1

I love how they tried introducing us to finland as a country and its culture AND teach the langauge


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

This reminds me of what language learning really is. It is more than spend effort in comprehending grammar rules and sounds. It's about culture and opening our minds to different worlds.


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

In Estonia we have "kannel". Pretty much the same, but variation, no less than 6 strings, usually starting from D and going up in major scale, although some start with G.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wolfenpilot687

Oh, now I want one!


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

That picture is a tradional kantele. Modern ones are bigger and might have even 40 strings.


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

Aren't those technically different instruments? I know we have the small kannel with 6-12 strings, big kannel with loads of strings to play melodies with, and chromatic kannel that has sets of chords.


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    a small kantele is a kantele with 15 or fewer strings, a kantele with 40 strings is called just "concert kantele". but they look actually like different instruments.


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

    Mmm, might be. I don't know that much about kantele ^^


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

    Very cool. It's reminiscent of the Japanese koto. :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/the3lusive

    They have something similar to this in East Africa.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sparrowhawk28

    What a lovely sound x


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

    Wow, it sounds enchanting!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vanessa.nxh

    Kiitos, this was what I came here for!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hanabi906257

    Thank you so much! That was thoughtful :3


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

    For anyone who doesn't know, the first 36 seconds of the audio sample are the Kalevala melody.


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

    oh thank you for posting, very good very nice!


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

    This is the first country that doesn't use a - tar or - thar or - zer for a string instrument. For example guitar, zither, setar, sitar, santur...


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

    Kantele is a kantele. Guitar is kitara. Viulu, sello, basso, balalaika, mandoliini, ukulele,banjo, luuttu...I don't think any of those end like that even in English. Unless I'm mistaken and you thought kantele is what the Finns call a guitar.


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

    We have "kitara" = guitar and "sitar".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AllanFranc962038

    In English, can we call it a zither, or even a 'lying down harp'?


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

    You can call it whatever you want but it's still a kantele until another word for it is added to the English dictionary. In general you don't translate names.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElainaMc1

    Dulcimer in English is similar.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RichelleLa12

    Kiitos! I'd wondered about that.


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

    I had to search on internet what is kantele. It's a music instrument and it's called kantele in English as well. So technically kantele is not a Finnish word, it's a global word; but it's a Finnish word in a sense it originated in Finland? :p


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

    Just like sauna.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chevellefan11

    Any, um...Amorphis fans around here? (° )_(° )


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mia16
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    I thought it is russian instrument called gusli. It looks the same.


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

    I love how "Kantele" is Spanish for "Sing to him/her" maybe that helps remembering :P


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tunna7

    Konevitsan kirkonkellot


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

    This seems comparable to a dulcimer.


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

    Sounds like the fretless zither I had some years ago...


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

    I have never heard the word kantele used in English. A psaltery or a zither, perhaps - but I can see a kantale is different. Beautiful sound. Cláirseach suominen atá sí, is dócha.


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

    Sounds like a meme.

    DiS iZ a GoOd KaNtElE


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bulik1978

    Kantele- a very useful word, used every day.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zahra112555

    I exactly wrote this is a good kantele but it said that's wrong. Whyyy???


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

    If you're sure you didn't make any typos, and it's saying you had an error, make sure you take a screenshot and submit it with a "Bug Report" - you can find it through the "Help" option. But, for now, here's a link:
    https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustusRobi3

    Should "this is a good harp" be accepted? Not an exact translation, but close enuf. Also, the term "harp" might be preferable to a linguistic purist (English doesn't hav a strong culture of linguistic purism, but Icelandic, and perhaps also Chinese [Mandarin] does).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.C.M.H.

    A kantele is very, very different to a harp. The kantele is similar to the Japanese koto; would you translate koto as "harp"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CynthiaMei13

    No english translation, so no fair!


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

    Not everything can be translated. Not even all words commonly used in English, like déjà vu, a capella, status quo... English is a borrower more than it is an inventer.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElainaMc1

    DUO could have listed "dulcimer-like folk instrument".

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