Spoken Finnish

The third meeting with Bryan was in TAMK Y-campus. And this time it was my turn to teach some Finnish to Bryan. He is taking Finnish lessons in TAMK like many other exchange students are doing, so we needed to think what to cover during our lessons. And the first thing that came to mind was that Finnish spoken language is very different from written language that is taught in official classes.

We went through some basics like

Minä olen = mä oon (I am)

Sinä olet = sä oot (You are)

Hän on = se on (He/She is where actually most Finns use word “it” instead of formal “hän”)

And so on…

We also had some vocabulary considering Tampere like

Manse = nickname for Tampere that is a short version of Manchester as Tampere is viewed or at least was viewed the city of working class like Manchester in England

Hakamettä = Hakametsä, the name of icehall in Tampere

And then I told him something about two ice hockey teams in Tampere. It is very very important sport here. And btw, today will start the finals of Finnish national hockey league and Tappara from Tampere will be playing! So find yourself a nice pub to watch a game and cheer for Tappara!

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