Seems to me that, more than learning about memes or whether they are important in Finnish culture, this sentence is about learning/reinforcing Finnish language construction and how you can put "..ssa" or "ssä" at the end of random words to build phrases and ideas.
Hi Varaloba, your explanation fits in well with the DL sentence! Wikipedia gives: A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a culture and often carries symbolic meaning representing a particular phenomenon or theme. My comment: humour can help some things to spread but other memes can spread quite insidiously, in my opinion. Memes are also compared to genes as being part of the structure of our thinking and communication. Like others, I had some trouble with the DL sentence.
"In the meme is a Japanese dog" is a grammatical sentence in English.
Most people nowadays would prefer to reword this to "In the meme, there's a Japanese dog", or "There's a Japanese dog in the meme", but the dummy subject "there" is not strictly necessary.
One version of the Frog King, or Frog Prince, shows such a sentence without "there": "and under an old lime-tree was a well." And from another tale: "in the castle was a great hall paved with marble".
Well, I am American, and speak and write English. There are many ways to state this. "There is a Japanese dog in the meme" is technically correct, but sounds weird. "This is a meme of a Japanese dog" or "This is a Japanese dog meme" would be more commonly used. We would consider the Japanese dog IS the meme, not IN the meme.
Is the word 'meme' seriously an important word for someone who is trying to learn a language. Just as I was amused that one of the first words we were taught was 'undulate' ... a really important word to be able to communicate with my grandchildren. Seriously though, I am loving this app. After many attempts I feel as if I am at last understanding how to construct sentences.
Don't you mean undulaatti? It means parakeet, which is a pet. What if your grandkids want to get a parakeet, what word are you going to use to talk about it?
Meme and parakeet and many other words are just there to show you how you can use different suffixes and sentence structures to express certain things. In this case, it's about -ssa/-ssä. When you learn the structure, you can easily replace meme, parakeet, etc. with whatever word.
Sorry if I sound angry or rude, I'm not a native speaker and sometimes I sound like that. Good luck with your learning! :)
Hi aphity, I am having some trouble with your statement that memes are funny, as also implied in the Finnish sentence. It would appear that the meaning of word -meme- for you (and others) has shifted to -a memorable video clip-. This is outside the traditional definition, just a more recent development (distortion) of the meaning of this word.
Thanks a lot for your additional comment below, illexsquid. Some things may be hard to believe but thus it is! Despite spending too many hours on-line! I sure have seen funny video clips, (though I don't chase them) but I never noticed they were called memes or promoted as such.
Thanks for responding, Illexsquid. I believe I left open the reality that languages are subject to continuous changes in the meaning of words. At times just fashion, at times fairly permanent. Not being in the social media, this was the first time I encountered this (ab)use of -meme-. Perhaps you never saw the word used in its original sense. I don't understand the last part of your comment -your understanding will fail, and all your base are indeed belong to us.- It sounds fairly negative.
"All your base" is a rather old meme. For reference, yes, I was familiar with "meme" when it was used just to mean a concept spreading through society, and its current usage is not dissimilar, although less precise and maybe more sarcastic. However, this usage of "meme" is so extremely widespread, and has been for so many years, that it's hard to understand how anyone who uses English has never ever encountered it.