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Yesterday I wrote down all the different forms of some verbs, nouns, pronouns and adjectives in the finnish language that I could think of. I'm impressed how complicated my language actually is! I hadn't learned very much at school yet before we moved to Norway.

 

Verbs

Here are all the different forms of to be in english: be, is, am, are, was, were and been. That's all I can think of. To be is olla in finnish, and here are the different forms of to be in finnish!

The ending on the 'original' word is also different for each individual verb!

 

olla ......(to be)

on ...................(is)

oli ...................(was)

ollut ................(been)

olen ................(I am)

olet .................(you are)

olemme ...........(we are)

olette ..............(you are)

olevat ..............(they are)

olin .................(I was)

olit ..................(you were)

olimme ............(we were)

olitte ................(you were)

olivat ...............(they were)

olleet ...............(have been)

olisin ................(I would be)

olisit .................(you would be)

olisi ..................(it would be)

olisimme ...........(we would be)

olisitte ...............(you would be)

olisivat ..............(they would be)

olenpa ..............(I am so _)

oletpa ...............(you are so _)

onpa .................(it is so _)

olemmepa ..........(we are so _)

olettepa .............(you are so _)

olevatpa ............(they are so _)

olinpa ................(I was so _)

olitpa .................(you were so_)

olipa ..................(it was so _)

olimmepa ...........(we were so _)

olittepa ...............(you were so _)

olivatpa ...............(they were so _)

olenko ................(am I(?))

oletko .................(were you(?))

onko ...................(is it(?))

olemmeko ...........(are we(?))

oletteko ...............(are you(?))

olevatko...............(are they(?))

olinko ..................(was I(?))

olitko ...................(were you(?))

oliko ....................(was it(?))

olimmeko .............(were we(?))

olitteko .................(were you(?))

olivatko ................(were they(?))

olemaan ...............(going to be/being)

olisinko .................(would I be(?))

olisitko ..................(would you be(?))

olisiko ...................(would it be(?))

olisemmeko ...........(would we be(?))

olisetteko ...............(would you be(?))

olisevatko ..............(would they be(?))

olemalla ................(by being _)

ollakkaan ...............((it can't) be after all)

olematta ................(be without _)

olenkin ..................((yes) I am)

oletkin ...................((yes) you are)

onkin .....................((yes) it is)

olemmekin .............((yes) we are)

olettekin.................((yes) you are)

olevatkin ................((yes) they are)

olinkin ....................((yes) I was

olitkin .....................((yes) you were

olikin .....................((yes) it was)

olimmekin ..............((yes) we were)

olittekin .................((yes) you were)

olivatkin ................((yes) they were)

 

To demonstrate that the endings on other verbs are dirrerent, here are all the same forms of to go:

Mennä, menee, meni, mennyt, menen, menet, menemme, menette, menevät, menin, menit, menimme, menitte, menivät, menisin, menisit, menisi, menisimme, menisitte, menisivät, menenpä, menetpä, meneepä, menemmepä, menettepä, menevätpä, meninpä, menitpä, menipä, menimmepä, menittepä, menivätpä, menenkö, menetkö, meneekö, menemmekö, menettekö, menivätkö, menemään, menisinkö, menisitkö, menisikö, menisimmekö, menisittekö, menisivätkö, menemällä, mennäkkään, menemättä, menenkin, menetkin, meneekin, menemmekin, menettekin, menevätkin, menisinkin, menisitkin, menisikin, menisimmekin, menisittekin, menisivätkin.

 

This is just how verbs are. I'll come back with nouns later, unless this is all just crap Norwegian is nothing like this at all, it's more like english...

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Yesterday I wrote down all the different forms of some verbs, nouns, pronouns and adjectives in the finnish language that I could think of. I'm impressed how complicated my language actually is! I hadn't learned very much at school yet before we moved to Norway.

 

Verbs

Here are all the different forms of to be in english: be, is, am, are, was, were and been. That's all I can think of. To be is olla in finnish, and here are the different forms of to be in finnish!

The ending on the 'original' word is also different for each individual verb!

 

olla ......(to be)

on ...................(is)

oli ...................(was)

ollut ................(been)

olen ................(I am)

olet .................(you are)

olemme ...........(we are)

olette ..............(you are)

olevat ..............(they are)

olin .................(I was)

olit ..................(you were)

olimme ............(we were)

olitte ................(you were)

olivat ...............(they were)

olleet ...............(have been)

olisin ................(I would be)

olisit .................(you would be)

olisi ..................(it would be)

olisimme ...........(we would be)

olisitte ...............(you would be)

olisivat ..............(they would be)

olenpa ..............(I am so _)

oletpa ...............(you are so _)

onpa .................(it is so _)

olemmepa ..........(we are so _)

olettepa .............(you are so _)

olevatpa ............(they are so _)

olinpa ................(I was so _)

olitpa .................(you were so_)

olipa ..................(it was so _)

olimmepa ...........(we were so _)

olittepa ...............(you were so _)

olivatpa ...............(they were so _)

olenko ................(am I(?))

oletko .................(were you(?))

onko ...................(is it(?))

olemmeko ...........(are we(?))

oletteko ...............(are you(?))

olevatko...............(are they(?))

olinko ..................(was I(?))

olitko ...................(were you(?))

oliko ....................(was it(?))

olimmeko .............(were we(?))

olitteko .................(were you(?))

olivatko ................(were they(?))

olemaan ...............(going to be/being)

olisinko .................(would I be(?))

olisitko ..................(would you be(?))

olisiko ...................(would it be(?))

olisemmeko ...........(would we be(?))

olisetteko ...............(would you be(?))

olisevatko ..............(would they be(?))

olemalla ................(by being _)

ollakkaan ...............((it can't) be after all)

olematta ................(be without _)

olenkin ..................((yes) I am)

oletkin ...................((yes) you are)

onkin .....................((yes) it is)

olemmekin .............((yes) we are)

olettekin.................((yes) you are)

olevatkin ................((yes) they are)

olinkin ....................((yes) I was

olitkin .....................((yes) you were

olikin .....................((yes) it was)

olimmekin ..............((yes) we were)

olittekin .................((yes) you were)

olivatkin ................((yes) they were)

 

To demonstrate that the endings on other verbs are dirrerent, here are all the same forms of to go:

Mennä, menee, meni, mennyt, menen, menet, menemme, menette, menevät, menin, menit, menimme, menitte, menivät, menisin, menisit, menisi, menisimme, menisitte, menisivät, menenpä, menetpä, meneepä, menemmepä, menettepä, menevätpä, meninpä, menitpä, menipä, menimmepä, menittepä, menivätpä, menenkö, menetkö, meneekö, menemmekö, menettekö, menivätkö, menemään, menisinkö, menisitkö, menisikö, menisimmekö, menisittekö, menisivätkö, menemällä, mennäkkään, menemättä, menenkin, menetkin, meneekin, menemmekin, menettekin, menevätkin, menisinkin, menisitkin, menisikin, menisimmekin, menisittekin, menisivätkin.

 

This is just how verbs are. I'll come back with nouns later, unless this is all just crap Norwegian is nothing like this at all, it's more like english...

 

I was thinking about learning Finnish (my grandpa speaks it, and my mom does genealogy/some of our history is finnish) but this seems really complicated... crud! I think I'll stick with Spanish.

 

-Amanda "Yo hablo muy pequito Espanol' V.

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Wow, and here I thought I'd be able to get away with "Donde esta El Power Park?"

 

Actually Spain is a popular holiday destination so some 'common' Finns should understand that...

.. but, I would still rather ask in English, which really everyone understands (atleast a little), except for some older people. If they don't understand English then you could ask in Swedish, German, and then in Spanish, lol.

 

Anyway, I have to agree that Finnish is indeed very complicated, and quite unique, (Estonian is a bit like Finnish, shares some words etc. Hungarian is somehow related to Finnish), but still, most of the verbs (like ncf nicely presented) are really difficult to learn, for a foreigner.

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I would seriously consider going to your local Borders or Barnes and Noble and check out the book "Finnish For Dummies" It's an excellent resource but it is 94,128 pages thick. It comes with it's own crane however, that will move it to the check-out line for you. Hope that helps!!!

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Finnish is rated as the most difficult language to learn for non-speakers. I heard it was diffiucult, but wow! I thought Chinese was difficult with its tonal system, but Finnish is simply crazy with all of those cases/situations.

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