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Suomen suot - Finnish bogs

Yes! Suomen suot. Excellent topic. In our class, we're interested in all sorts of aspects of Finland, but I'm sure none of us ever expected to find ourselves studying this subject. And it's a major subject if you think about it; it's only natural that a low lying country with all those lakes will naturally also have a wide variety of wetlands. I think it came about because Neil had just been telling us about a typically stressful encounter with Finland's summer insect life. Insects which thrive thanks to all those wetlands.

Anyway, Sami found us an interesting short video all about the different sorts of wetland on the YLE site, and here's the link - Suomen eri suotyypit. As you can see, although we have all sorts of words for boggy places in English, Finnish has even more. In my usual lazy way, I tried the text on that page on Google Translate. In my defence, Google Translate has really improved in dealing with Finnish since the early days; but on this occasi…

Joulun sanahaku - a Christmas wordsearch

That's right - here's an Advent wordsearch for you to have a go at, because you're surely not busy at all in the lead up to Christmas. 25 words to find! All helpfully listed underneath. One thing: the theme is the Finnish Christmas, so the words are all Finnish ones. As well as trying to complete the puzzle, why not look up some of the words if you don't know them, and learn more about Christmas in Finland?
Sorry - anteeksi - it's not interactive, so you may want to print it out. And maybe click on it to enlarge it on your screen.

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Three handy dictionaries

Here's a look at three specialist dictionaries. Although we definitely don't want to urge anybody into unnecessary spending, one or two of them might be perfect for some students. To back up what was said in our earlier post about buying books for study; if you only buy one book, get a good pocket dictionary. If a second; get a big dictionary. If a third, get a grammar. After that, well, I personally would recommend a verb book. Ja niin edelleen. And so on. However, after checking out a variety of textbooks spotted in bookshops in Finland, and squandering money on a few of them, I've actually found myself making use of these three dictionaries, and I think it's worth drawing a student's attention to them.

Oikeeta suomee Suomen puhekieli sanakirja (Vesa Jarva, Timo Nurmi 2009 Gummerus) is devoted to puhekieli, ie. spoken Finnish. It's definitely worth considering, or maybe another book doing the same job - I haven't seen one, but there must be others. Spoken…