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Finns and finnish January 14, 2010

Posted by Juhani in Finns.

Finns are often said to be very quiet and that’s mostly true. Finns don’t usually speak to strangers so that’s why we may be silent. But if you start talking to a finn I’m sure he won’t hesitate to talk with you. We’re a bit shy and we want some privacy. If you need something to break the ice you can try to speak finnish. But if you see that the one your talking to is not interested in talking right now you shouldn’t push him/her to it.

In finland it’s polite to be quiet while the other one is talking. It’s also pretty rude to interrupt someone while he’s speaking. The small talk in Finland is more like sneers or some small “oh” and “okay” to show that you’re listening. But rarely a full sentence.

The finnish itself may be hard to learn because it modifies and inflects the forms of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, numerals and verbs, depending on their roles in the sentence. For ex. if you say “to our cars” a finn says “autoillemme”. So one word may contain pretty much info. And the pronunciation is compeletely different from english. If you want to learn pronounce it properly you can ask a finn to teach you.

Here’s couple of finns;Duudsonit, The Dudesons. Their famous for hurting themselves. They may not be the best example of finns.

This is a finnish tv show. My personal fauvorite. There’s english subtitles, so you can maybe learn some finnish.



1. Ms Leino - February 2, 2010

Contents: Excellent
I’m glad you chose people instead of ducks as your topic 🙂 You have a lot of insight when it comes to analyzing the way Finns communicate with one another. Your style of writing is ingenious and you take your topic seriously. The part about Finnish linguistics was unbelievably academic… You will go all the way, P.h.D Juhani 🙂

Media / appearance: Excellent
You picked amusing videos and provided captions for anyone who might not be familiar with Finnish culture. Very stylish!

Grammar: Excellent
– your = sinun, you’re = sinä olet, their = heidän, they’re = he ovat
– here ARE a couple of Finns, there ARE English subtitles
– Finnish, Finns ALWAYS capitalized!

2. Natalia - January 25, 2010

In my opinion your description is interesting. Structure is clear and comprehensible. Senses are used much but not too much. Your story is written in your own style. Your style can read easily. Your subject is chosen very good because it is attractive read. I’m agree with you about Finns and Finnish language. You wrote that Finns are a bit shy and want some privacy. That detail is the best because some people think wrong that Finns don’t want strike up a conversation and that they are unsociable.

Your videos about Dudesons and Finnish TV show are fine. But I think Dudesons are not really good example about Finns. And they don’t match to your subject. But you used videos that are allowed to use.

In text I saw little mistake. Finns and Finnish are written with a big capital letter. But your text is very good and this mistake is not important.

3. Nikunen - January 20, 2010

That’s an nice blog! But I agree with Rosa that Dudesons don’t present Finns in general. And I think that you should capitalize some words out of your text like finns. But anyway good job, mate!

4. Juhani - January 18, 2010

You’re absolutely right. Dudesons aren’t the best example of finns, but their sense of humour is as finnish as it can be(well, to a certain point).

5. Rosa Piirinen - January 18, 2010

I dont really think the Dudesons presents Finns in general. But maybe a little about their humour, yes.

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