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"Hyvä sauna on aina suomalainen."

Translation:A good sauna is always Finnish.

June 24, 2020



It would be less passive aggressive if it was the other way around. Suomalainen sauna on aina hyvää


What's the point with the article 'a', that always seems inevident in most construction?


'Sauna' is a countable noun in English. Singular countable nouns need to be preceded by some word like 'a', 'the' 'this', etc.

Finnish doesn't really have the articles 'a' and 'the', so we have to add them as necessary when translating into English.


It can also be Russian or Estonian depending on who is in charge of heating it up.


AHAHAHAHAHA, I totally agree


how do you judge if a sauna is a good one? and is there anything obviously different about a finnish sauna?


Yes there is. If you can't throw vater on "kiuas", its not a good sauna. Or if heat is 40°C, not good. Too much steam, not good. Too dry air, not good. People not naked, not good. Too much light not good. XD ok, Finnish sauna is not always good.


My father grew up on a Finnish farm, and one of the customs of daily life there was to use the sauna. My mom must have been pretty scandalized by the routine because she told us the story multiple times: the family would "parade through the house, everyone naked, on their way to the sauna."


Anteeksi, mutta hyvä sauna on aina virolainen.


Anteeksi mutta hyvä sauna on suomalainen:)Saunat on keksitty suomessa


"The good sauna..." was marked wrong. While the construction is very formal, it is correct. (I'm a native American English speaker and a professional writer.) Regardless, there simply must be a way to tell if the article is definite or indefinite --yes? Any advice would be welcome.


I also got this one wrong. It made more sense to write a good sauna, but a moderator was explaining in another SD that the word order (syntax) defines the meaning. He said if the nouns are placed at the beginning of the sentence, they are something we have already talked about and therefore get the definite article in English. So, I wrote "the good sauna" despite my inclinations.

Please, if you are a native speaker will you explain this and give a few examples?


Most often "Se" is used when they mean The. or "Yksi" if they mean One. But sometimes it's context and this context the rest of the sentence signifies that it's an indefinite article.

"The good sauna is always Finnish" is not grammatically correct in American English either. Which sauna is "The good one" there is nothing signifying that they are discussing one specific sauna. No one would say that in English unless the name of the Sauna was "The Good Sauna" but even then, you wouldn't use "Always" because if you're speaking of a specific Sauna always doesn't work in this context. You could say "The Finnish Sauna is always good" in English. or "Suomalainen sauna on aina hyva." but that's a different sentence, in which you are specifying a sauna.

Sorry for the info-dump of an explaination. Hope it helps!


So would it be "Se hyvä sauna on...[etc.]" to be more emphatic about it being "The good sauna..."?

Actually, "The good sauna is always Finnish" is grammatically correct, just as would be "The good cook is always creative" or "The good first responder is always prepared." As I said, it's a very formal construction, but it is correct. Perhaps, as a professional (American English) writer, I'm more accepting of esoteric constructions, but saying it's incorrect is, well... incorrect.


Even with that you more often hear "A good cook..." Or "A good first responder..."


Yes, agreed, but what Dylan was saying is that it is not "grammatically incorrect" to use the definite article.

I am skeptical about JCG's statement that "se" = "the." AFAIK "se" means "it" (a pronoun). Articles don't exist in Finnish. You can begin to understand once you're fluent enough to move the words around in a sentence - syntax indicates if you'd translate with 'the' or 'a.'


Nice sksksksksks


A good sauna isn't always finnish. :-|

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