10.10.10 – There’s no other language like Finnish. It’s one of the hardest parts for most foreigners trying to make it in this country and I am no exception. Finnish is a phonetic language so each letter has only one sound. It can be difficult mastering the o’s from the y’s (the oh’s from the oo’s). The rules or syntax isn’t exactly overwhelming either. Verb conjugation falls into one of five types and then there are a few special cases. It’s not hard to figure out what to do with a verb as long as you know how it’s spelled (like it sounds!) and then based on the last couple of letters, you apply the rule.
it’s just so frig’n different. It’s not like any other language I’m familiar with. Because about 10% of the population is Swedish speaking Finns, all public signs are printed in Finnish and Swedish. When you ride the tram, the stops are listed in Finnish, then it switches to Swedish, and then back to Finnish, and on. The Swedish words I can usually guess what they mean, maybe it’s because I studied German in college? But the Finnish is just plain odd.
Thank god almost everyone speaks English or I would be screwed.
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