1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Finnish
  4. >
  5. "Teacher, is Korean a big lan…

"Teacher, is Korean a big language?"

Translation:Opettaja, onko korea iso kieli?

June 28, 2020

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/haleebot2000

I was also surprised that "suuri kieli" was counted as incorrect. I am pretty certain there were other sentences where the Finnish provided used "suuri kieli" and not "iso kieli". One more vote to count either as correct!


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

I am not an English native speaker, but describing a language as big or small sounds weird. Is this correct in Finnish?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dylan600886

My understanding --from other comments on Duolingo-- is that "big" or "small" is colloquially used to describe the population of those who speak it.

But I hope a native speaker joins the conversation to give a more certain answer.


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

Yes, that's right, although it also has to do with how important a language is internationally. If it's an official/national language in several countries, it's used in trade etc., a language could be described as "suuri", whereas if it's a very regional language and there aren't a lot of speakers, it'd be considered a "pieni" kieli. But in practice these concepts do not always make much sense, since the point is usually to emphasise how Finnish is a "pieni kieli" and languages such as English and French are "suuria kieliä". :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alicia50486

Can both "suuri" and "iso" be used to describe that a language is "big"? Are "suuri" and "iso" interchangeable?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna839191

They are! Duolingo might not yet accept both words, but remember to report, so they can add more alternatives


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian507644

I understand the need to practice our vocabulary, but languages are not big or small. No one would never say that.


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

In what sense is a language large or small? Is it the number of words, the number of native speakers, the amount of literature written in it or something else?

Learn Finnish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.