Finnish is hands down the coolest language ever!

Let’s get it straight up front. Finnish is NOT the hardest language in the world. It may be different from your mother tongue and it may take some time to get used to it but it isn’t any more difficult than any other foreign language. It’s actually pretty logical and once you’ve learnt the basics, it gets easier. And it also is quite possibly the coolest language ever!

First of all, how cool is it that you can keep on adding different endings to create new words? You start with one word, add a new ending to change the meaning/case/tense/person, and you end up with a completely new word. How can you get from the word järki (reason) to epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänköhänkään (I wonder if it is possible, even with his unreflectional attention to antiunorganizationalize)?

Did you know that Finnish is the language with the longest single-word palindrome? A palindrome is a word, a phrase, or a number that reads the same backward and forward. Finnish has actually two:

  • saippuakivikauppias (soap stone dealer)
  • solutomaattimittaamotulos (the result from a cell measurement laboratory for tomatoes)

Finnish has plenty of interesting phrases and words. Take this one for instance:

  • Kokoo koko kokko kokoon. Koko kokkoko kokoon? Koko kokko kokoon.

These are actual sentences (although chances are you’ll never hear a real conversation like that – unless it’s said by a Finn who’s trying to convince you Finnish is the coolest language ever). It means: Put together the whole bonfire. The whole bonfire together? The whole bonfire together.

Also Finnish grammar is pretty unusual. Did you know that Finnish has no gender? You cannot distinguish whether a word is feminine, masculine, neutral, or of any other gender. The same applies to the word hän which means both ’he’ and ’she’. Although a Finn would most likely say se, which means ’it’, to make it even easier. And last but certainly not least, Finnish has no future. Tense. There’s no grammar structure that indicates the future. You need to specify the future aspect of your sentence by using certain words (tomorrow, later, in the future). Or you can remain mysterious and count on your conversation partner to understand what you mean.

Pretty cool eh? Finnish is sure fun to learn with all these little bits that make it so unique. Why don’t you give it a try, too? Check our open and private courses or read a student’s story

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