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Useful Words & Phrases in Finnish (Suomi)

Finnish for Travelers

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Part of the series The Scandinavian Languages

First, the pronunciation of Finnish phrases:

Finnish (Suomi) has regular pronunciation without many exceptions. Usually, Finnish words are pronounced just like they are spelled. Keep these differences between Finnish and English vowels in mind when pronouncing Finnish phrases:

A: pronounced like the u in "cup"
Ä: sounds close to the a in "hat"
E: pronounced like e in "hen"
I: sounds like i in "tip"
Y: close to the u in the British pronunciation of "you" with tight lips
Ö: pronounced like the u in "fur" with tight lips


Finnish/Suomi Greetings & Small Talk

Hello: Hei.

Goodbye: Näkemiin.

Yes: Kyllä.

No: Ei.

Thank you: Kiitos.

You are welcome: Ei kestä.

Excuse me: Anteeksi.

My name is ...: Nimeni on ...

Nice to meet you: Hauska tavata.


Finnish/Suomi Travel Phrases

Hotel: Hotelli

Room: Huone

Reservation: Varaus

Do you have any vacancies today?: Onko täksi illaksi vielä tilaa?

I'm sorry, I don't speak Finnish: Anteeksi, en puhu suomea.

No vacancies: Ei ole tilaa.

Passport: Passi

Airport: Lentokenttä

Train station: Rautatieasema

Bus station: Bussiasema

Where is ...?: Missä on ...?

Ticket: Lippu

1 ticket to ... : Yksi lippu ...

Train: Juna

Bus: Bussi

Subway: Metro


Finnish/Suomi Numbers & Days

1: yksi, 2: kaksi, 3: kolme, 4: neljä, 5: viisi, 6: kuusi, 7: seitsemän, 8: kahdeksan, 9: yhdeksän, 10: kymmenen

Monday: maanantai, Tuesday: tiistai, Wednesday: keskiviikko, Thursday: torstai, Friday: perjantai, Saturday: lauantai, Sunday: sunnuntai

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