Are wizard and shaman really important words to learn early on?
If you are into RPG definetly
But for real tho, it's probably a cultural thing, just like the "viking" part, it's nice to understand a bit about the culture of the language we are learning :)
this is just my hot take but yes
And the most important, kantele
Yes they are.
Is this a Finnish word we‘ve loaned into English?
Or have Finns also borrowed it from somewhere else?
It's originally neither from English nor Finnish: https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/shaman
It's a loan in Finnish as well.
This would help you (etymology) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism
The etymology/history section on wiki's shamanism entry is worth a read ^^
I have just did and because of that I had to start the lesson over! :(
Am I correct in guessing that Finnish has no "sh" sound and that is the reason why this word is pronounced without it?
Wikipedia says this (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_phonology): "...Other foreign fricatives are not. š or sh [ʃ] appears only in non-native words, sometimes pronounced [s]..." so I'm guessing you can but it's not a big deal if you don't.
Can we also write it as šamaani?
In general, yes. On Duolingo... you can always try if it works. :)
Would this word not be pronounced with a "š" still?