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Begin Finnish out loud now: 20 phrases

By Peter Marten, October 2013

Photo: Elina Sirparanta/Visit Finland
Learning Finnish language, café, Helsinki, FinlandAfter you jump-start your Finnish skills using our phrase list, you can sit in a Helsinki café like this one and ask “Saisinko kupin kahvia?” (Could I have a cup of coffee, please?). (The café in the photo is Tamminiemen Kahvila.)

So you want to learn Finnish? Start here and now! Jump right in with our audio list of 20 useful phrases. Learn one each day, or see how many you can master in one sitting.

Finnish (listen)
Hyvää päivää Hyvää päivää (literally: Good day) How do you do?/Hello
Mitä kuuluu? Mita kuuluu? How are you?
Hei! Hei! Hi!
Tervetuloa Tervetuloa Welcome
Hauska tavata Hauska tavata Nice to meet you!
Hyvää huomenta Hyvää huomenta Good morning
Hyvää iltaa Hyvää iltaa Good evening
Hyvää yötä Hyvää yötä Good night
Kaunis ilma tänään Kaunis ilma tänään Nice weather today
Anteeksi Anteeksi Excuse me/Sorry
Näkemiin Näkemiin Goodbye
Anteeksi, en puhu suomea Anteeksi, en puhu suomea Sorry, I don’t speak Finnish
Puhutteko englantia? Puhutteko englantia? Do you speak English?
Saisinko ruokalistan? Saisinko ruokalistan? Could I have the menu, please?
Saisinko viinilistan? Saisinko viinilistan? Could I have the winelist, please?
Paljonko tämä maksaa? Paljonko tämä maksaa? How much does this cost?
Saisinko yhden oluen? Saisinko yhden oluen? Could I have a beer, please?
Saisinko kupin kahvia? Saisinko kupin kahvia? Could I have a cup of coffee, please?
Saanko laskun? Saanko laskun? Can I have the bill, please?
Kiitos Kiitos Thank you

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