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"a girl and a boy"

Translation:tyttö ja poika

June 30, 2020

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

''poika'' is like Swedish ''pojke'' in this sense. Did Finnish adopt this word? If so, why? and what was the original Finnish word for 'boy'?


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

The Swedes actually loaned the word from Finnish! Many Finno-Ugric languages have similar words for "boy" or "son" (for example "poeg" in Estonian).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanLa259151

Could this possibly be the origin of the English word "boy"? They sound very similar, but I guess this may just be coincidence!


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

It's probably just coincidence. The origins of "boy" can be traced back to the Proto-Germanic word "bōjô", while "poika" originates from Proto-Finnic.


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

Poeg has also been borrowed to southern swedish as "påg" which also means boy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/as-a-deer

To my Hungarian ears "tyttö ja poika sound so so cute.

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