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"Haluan juoda kahvia Roomassa."

Translation:I want to drink coffee in Rome.

July 15, 2020



How would this sentence be different if it was "I want to drink a coffee in Rome?"

  • 1982

In the sense of "I want to drink one coffee in Rome" it would be Haluan juoda kahvin Roomassa. In its essence it's the same as haluan juoda kupin kahvia Roomassa (a cup of coffee).


What is Romania in finnish?

  • 1982

Romania is Romania :)


A question about usage - we're learning haluta as "I want..." but is there a reason it can't be translated to "I'd like..."? In English in general usage you could interchange those forms, even though "I'd like" is more polite and grammatically different. Is there a similar sense of difference in usage and politeness between "haluta" and forms we haven't learnt in this course yet? Basically, is "I'd like..." an acceptable translation for "haluta" or is it too different here?

  • 1982

I think the course authors might have been thinking about the distinction between conditional and normal forms in this exercise:

"I'd like to drink coffee in Rome" would be translated as haluaisin juoda kahvia roomassa.

That explained: Finnish too has the conditional form which is also used as the politeness form. Conditional bears the signature component -isi- somewhere in the rear-middle of the word. So, for example, haluan becomes haluaisin and it's the most accurate translation for "I would like (to)" – and IMO that's an important distinction.

On one hand, of course, this kind of hard division is quite artificial in real life where context matters the most (and your translation would be just fine), but on the other, Duo doesn't give us too much possibilities to teach that distinction here on this platform. Just my two cents, though.


I just want to add later in the course Duo is teaching haluaisin as you explained in your answer, so that was a handy early introduction, thank you.

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