Päiva, viikko, kuukasi ja vuodenaika

This time we decided to learn the days of the week, the months and the seasons, so we met in Café Europa for a drink.

I had the idea of making cards with the names of the days, months and seasons both in Hungarian and in Finnish, so that we can pair them and see how they look in both languages.

We started with the days:

Monday:  hétfő –  maantai
Tuesday: kedd – tiistai
Wednesday: szerda – keskiviikko
Thursday: csütörtök – torstai
Friday: péntek – perjantai
Saturday: szombat – lauantai
Sunday: vasárnap – sunnantai

We also talked about the meaning of the words used, if there’s any, or the origins in some cases. In Hungarian the word ‘hétfő’ literally means the beginning of the week, while ‘vasárnap’ comes from ‘vásárnap’, which means market day, since the big markets are held on this day in Hungary. As for the Finnish days, ‘maantai’ means day of the moon, ‘keskiviikko’ is the middle of the week, and ‘lauantai’ comes from a Swedish word meaning taking a bath.

Then we paired the seasons:

Winter: tél – talvi
Spring: tavasz – kevät
Summer: nyár – kesä
Autumn: ősz – syksy

After that we collected the months, in case of which we discussed that the Hungarian ones are quite similar to the English, while the Finnish ones are absolutely different. The names in Finnish always refer to the activities or the nature of the given month, such as ‘lokakuu’, which means watery snow or mud, describing October perfectly. Also in ‘joulukuu’, which is December, ‘joulu’ means Christmas, thus it’s time for celebration.

In the end, we organized the months according to which season do they belong to.

After this meeting, we agreed on the fact that even if our languages are said to be in the same language family, they seem to have very few things in common, since these are basic words in our everyday lives and they are totally different.

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