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"I am a boy."

Translation:Minä olen poika.

June 29, 2020



Fun fact: in Swedish, the translation of a boy is en pojke—of which is ultimately derived from Finnish poika. If you have taken the Swedish course before, this word may have been familiar to you. :)


Yes! :-) There are about a gazillion Swedish loan words in Finnish, and this one very common Finnish loan word in Swedish. (Plus a couple of others: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategori:Finska_l%C3%A5nord)

I think the usual word for boy in Swedish before this one was (the still existing but now pretty old fashioned) gosse, which is a loan word from French...


Is the English word "boy" somehow etymologically related to "poika"? They sound similar.


So what is the difference between “Olen poika” and “Minä olen poika”?

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