Headed to Finland?! Learn the most useful Finnish words and phrases for travelers!
Finnish is in the Uralic language family, which means that unless you speak some Estonian or Hungarian (and even if you do), Finnish is unlike any other language you've ever heard. This video (my very first!) will introduce you to this wonderful little language and help you learn some basic Finnish words and phrases. While most Finns speak English even better than I do, learning a few useful Finnish words will still make it a little easier to get around. And as a bonus: Finns seem incredibly proud of how notoriously difficult their language is so everyone will be impressed at your awesome language skills!
P.S. While the vocab list included in this video is really more than enough for the average traveler, if you're moving to Finland and want to take a Finnish language course, I highly recommend the University of Helsinki's Finnish for Foreigners course. If you're interested in studying on your own, we used the book Suomen Mestari.
What do you think of Finnish? I think it sounds so cute and bubbly! Are there any other useful Finnish words you'd like to learn? Any questions about what it was like to learn — and try to speak — Finnish during my time in Finland?