FSI Conversational Finnish

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Pursuivant
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Re: FSI Conversational Finnish

Post by Pursuivant » Sat May 09, 2009 11:58 am

it is devised for USmilitary or diplomatic personnel to learn Finnish,
Onko kylässä kommunisteja?
Jos ette ole kiltisti niskaan tulee napalmia.


"By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes."

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Re: FSI Conversational Finnish

Post by Tuonelan Joutsen » Sat May 09, 2009 6:35 pm

Best explanation of consonant gradation ever! :lol:
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Re: FSI Conversational Finnish

Post by Bavarian » Sun May 10, 2009 9:49 pm

Pursuivant wrote:
it is devised for USmilitary or diplomatic personnel to learn Finnish,
Onko kylässä kommunisteja?
Jos ette ole kiltisti niskaan tulee napalmia.
When I studied in what's now St. Petersburg, I picked up a Russian/Finnish phrasebook, since the program involved flying in and out of Helsinki and taking the Helsinki-Pietari train. The book, having been written in Soviet times, includes some wonderful phrases, especially in the "socio-political life" section, such as:

Onko Suomessa esillä kansallisuuskysymys*? or
Mikä merkitys on Paasikiven-Kekkosen linjalla Suomen ulkopolitiikassa?

If you need a dictionary to look up those questions, you sure as hell aren't going to understand the answers! :lol:

*For those who don't know Russian, "kansallisuuskysymys" is the translation of "народный вопрос" or "national question", which in the USSR referred to how to keep the non-Russian minorities a part of the Soviet Union. And try explaining the Paasikivi-Kekkonen line to any Westerner....


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Re: FSI Conversational Finnish

Post by Pursuivant » Mon May 11, 2009 2:32 am

Oh theres a fun old USSR era 1930's ABC-book making the rounds.

Kolhoosissa on syttynyt tulipalo.
Tuholaiset ovat sen sytyttäneet.
Tulipalo sammutetaan.
Tuholaiset ammutaan.
"By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes."


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