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Learn some basic Finnish before you go!

Hello = Hyvää huomenta (good morning)

The phrases

Sounds like...

 Hello
 Hyvää huomenta (good morning) hoo-vah hw-oh-mentah
 Hyvää päivää (good afternoon) hoo-vah pah-ee-vah

 

 How are you?
 Mitä kuuluu? mi-tah cuuh-luuh?

 

 Reply to ‘How are you?’
 Hyvää kiits, entä teille? (this is the formal version for people you don’t know) hoo-vah keeh-eets, en-tah deh-il-leh?

 

 What is your name?
 Mikä sinun nimesi on? mee-kah sin-uhn ni-me-ssi own?

 

 My name is...
 Minun nimeni on... Mee-nun nee-me-nee own

 

 I’m from the United Kingdom
 Olen kotoisn Yhdistynyt kuningaskunta sta Oh-lehn kotoy-is-in oo-disht-enet kooning-askuntah stah

 

 Good night
 Hyvää yötä hoo-vah yeuh-tah

 

 Goodbye
Näkemiin Nah-keh-meh-iin

 

 How do you say ... in Finnish?
 Miten sanotaan ... suomeksi? Meet-ehn sah-no-tahn ... su-oh-mek-si

 

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
 Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta hoo-vah yo-loo-ah yah oh-ney-lish-ta ooh-tah vw-oh-tta

 

I hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a few basic Finnish phrases. They’re a little bit harder than English so don’t expect to be a fluent speaker! I look forward to seeing you very soon in Lapland!