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israelrt
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Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by israelrt » Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:47 pm

Could anyone suggest any good internet forums used by Finnish people ?
I am want to read some of the posts there to try and improve my very limited Finnish.
I do not expect to understand very much, but that is why the goddess gave us Google Translate...



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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by Beep_Boop » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:29 pm

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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by israelrt » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:37 am

Paljon kiitoksia avustanne!
Thank you very much for your help!

(If it means something different, my poor Finnish and the malice of the Google daemon is to blame. :D)


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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by Oombongo » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:36 am

alastonsuomi.com
apina.biz
ylilauta.org

There you'll learn real Finnish with slangs and puhekieli :mrgreen:
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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by Jukka Aho » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:07 am

Not a forum but Uusi Suomi (an online news medium which was founded on the ruins of a now-defunct print newspaper by the same name) runs a popular and lively Finnish blogging service with two main subject areas:

1. Uusi Suomi — Puheenvuoro

Puheenvuoro is a blogging platform for opinions on current affairs and politics. Bloggers are encouraged to name their political affiliation or political leaning in their public profile (there’s a field for that), and many do.

If there’s breaking news concerning national or international politics or a hotly-debated current-affairs issue, you’ll be sure to find some commentary and opinion pieces about it on Puheenvuoro. The editors (Uusi Suomi is also a traditional online news medium) regularly pick some of the most interesting new entries and place them in the “carousel” running at the top of the page.

The quality of the blog entries will of course vary wildly from one writer to the next. Some of the regular writers are more informed and insightful with their thoughts and conclusions, some less so, some have their way with words, some not.

Puheenvuoro is frequented both by ordinary citizens and many Finnish municipal council members, MPs, and MEPs. Even ministers have published their (sort-of-unfiltered) personal thoughts on the platform from time to time.

Regardless of the status of the writer, the writings are all intermingled and shown in a chronological order by default — there’s no special treatment or separate category for the “celebs”. But a nationally well-known politician might of course get their blog entry more easily noticed by the editors.

In addition to the “carousel” thing, if a recent blog entry is deemed interesting enough by the editors, Uusi Suomi will often publish a separate news story about it, providing a summary and some quotes, and linking back to the original entry. This is more likely especially if the writer imparts some previously-unknown background information about a hotly-debated news story or makes an interesting claim or suggestion which seems to have political relevance and which has initiated a lot of discussion.

If you want a sneak peek into how Finns think about various topical current affairs matters, or how diverse the opinions are and where the dividing lines lie, Puheenvuoro is not a bad starting place, or will at least give you some rough idea.

2. Uusi Suomi — Vapaavuoro

A lighter facet of the same platform. Vapaavuoro is for the more “relaxed” topics and observations — those concerning everyday life, hobbies and interests, culture, entertainment etc.

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Real names are enforced in both, and an account is required for commentary.

Interesting entries tend to gather relatively many comments and discussion from other bloggers sharing the same platform. (The comments are often interesting on their own right.)

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As for the words themselves:

Puheenvuoro means literally “(your) turn to speak”. It is a term that is (also) used when describing “getting the floor” or “an opportunity to speak” in formal meetings. You could think of the meaning as “the opportunity to speak which you were granted, or took, or which was yours to begin with (by the rules of the meeting, if we’re talking about a formal meeting)”. It can also refer to a particular speech or talk (your opinion or observation; your take on the matters; a piece of your mind) you gave when such opportunity presented itself.

Hän sai kokouksen puheenjohtajalta puheenvuoron.
Hänen puheenvuoronsa oli hyvin koskettava/liikuttava.
Hän käytti puheenvuoronsa YK:ssa lasten oikeuksien puolustamiseen.

So either “an opportunity to speak” — or literally your turn to speak, if such opportunities are handed out in rotation — or the speech you gave while utilizing or seizing the opportunity, regardless of whether you were formally granted a permission to speak or not.

Vapaavuoro — literally “a free period” — can mean many different things. In sports and exercise, it usually refers to some scheduled period when a sports facility is not booked for any particular group or directed activity but people can come and exercise on their own terms. In connection with shift work, it is your off time in the rotating shift schedule — any particular shift during which you’re free to get some rest or mind your own business.
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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by israelrt » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:45 am

Thank you!
That was extremely interesting and very useful!


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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by Jukka Aho » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:42 pm

There’s also Muusikoiden.net — a website for hobbyist or performing musicians and active music listeners — and its discussion forum. (Registration form can be found here.)
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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by lumenF » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:56 pm

Thought I'd bump this thread in case anyone had other ideas, including facebook groups and chat services (though I doubt I'd be able to keep up in a real-time chat in Finnish just yet).

If it helps, I have interest in...
japanese culture (including, but not especially, anime)
russian culture
nordic culture
literature and poetry of all kinds
movies (favorite Finnish one was "Mother of Mine" eli "Äideistä parhain")
finnish pop (haloo helsinki and jenni vartiainen especially)
finnish food
education and politics
nature, including environment conservation
pets, especially cats


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Re: Any good internet forums used by Finnish people

Post by Kössi K » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:13 pm

Hi there

A lot of magazines, associations, groups, sports, hobbies, vocations/jobs, diseases etc. have dedicated forums for them. The easiest way to find them is just to search for your preferred topic + keskustelu or keskustelupalsta. Usually a lot of these specialized forums are not easily found in any generic lists of forums, sadly.

A few forum links, for lumenF, and anyone else interested in similar subjects:
-pets:
Lemmikkipalstat has a lot of different sections, and even several sections for cats, and various dog / dog breed related ones, and Päivän Peili portion for random stuff.
I haven't been there in a while but still seems very active. Often some advice and help available if running into pet-related problems, has Kirpputori etc.
http://www.lemmikkipalstat.net/cgi-bin/ ... timate.cgi

- movies:
Leffatykki. The website had all sorts of info about movies; from reviews to tv guides, and chat forums. Bonus: there's a header bar on that site that has links to other sites, featuring movies, music, gaming, concerts, etc. (Episodi, Inferno, Mikseri, Rumba, Saundi, Tilt...)
[urlhttp://www.leffatykki.com/keskustelu][/url]

-science:
https://www.tiede.fi/keskustelu
- Forum by the Tiede (Science) magazine, all kinds of sections about science, scientific news, history, tidbits, etc. A lot of proper language but naturally mixed in with slang and dialects, serious and sensible writers with something actually worthwhile to read.. and their opposites, as is common for any forum.

And since ylilauta and suomi24 were mentioned already earlier, in the same line of forum conversation quality as those two: sometimes-surprisingly-interesting-viewpoints-or-advice, but just as much weird and horrid trash to read. And often truly, seriously angry trolls and other people, for an absolute genuine touch of the other side of Finns:
www.vauva.fi - look for Keskustelu.

Despite it's name being 'baby.fi', the "Aihe vapaa" forum section offers everything some poor soul could think of. You'll often find random links from Iltalehti/Iltasanomat sites' articles pointing there, representing some OMG factor in the "general public's" opinions on subject x, y, or ö.
Just had to add a word of warning. The similarities to suomi24 and its contributors, are often apparent - as there is no need to register for blurting out anything and everything, some people seem to have no self-censorship (although apparently some text censoring exists).

And for those who don't know, suomi24 has been cutely nicknamed also suoli24 by Finns... (referring to a colon or bowels, as many replier's writing does resemble a bowel movement :D . Sorry not sorry.) So, approach with caution - these forums (namely suomi24, vauva's Aihe vapaa and certain sections of ylilauta) can occasionally be entertaining, but often tend to just be 'too much', even when reading with a pinch of salt.
Joha mie sanoi, vaikken mittää virkkant.


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