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Terve! Olen todella huono puhuu Suomea! - Tactical Ninja

May. 23rd, 2014

11:56 am - Terve! Olen todella huono puhuu Suomea!

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The other day I bought a novel in Finnish. There's no way I'm good enough at reading to just read it, but I do feel like I'm good enough to work it out. By the end I might be reading, right? Luckily for me, there are quite a few novels out there that are translated into easy Finnish. I've also joined a group on Facebook called "Let's Learn Finnish" where people from Finland and people like me try to have conversations in Finnish. So far I've discovered that Lord of the Rings is universally what people think of when they hear "New Zealand." Or, um, Uusi-Seelanti. Oh joy.

I have a pretty good handle on genitive declension, but that's only one of 11 noun cases so I've also got a book that includes grammar. I mean, what the fuck is abessive?

I've also graduated to audio, to practice my pronunciation. Now my vocabulary's about 300 words, I can make out enough in the Yli Uutiset Selkosuomeksi (super slow version) to get a very vague overview of what's being discussed. And last night I started with the audio lessons from MyLanguages. They are free and therefore not high quality, and the opening music sounds like a bad stage melodrama, but so what?

Dr Wheel is now being regaled with such gems as "Sinä olet täällä, minä olen täällä, mies ja nainen ovat täällä, me olemme sängyssä." He just nods, smiles and agrees. He's agreeable. ;-)

Did you know that it's now possible to buy *insert sports team here* onesies? I kid you not. I think onesies might have jumped the shark. Here's the shark they've jumped:

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From:fbhjr
Date:May 23rd, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
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That's a cool onesie!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
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I'd wear it. But I have no taste.
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From:spiral_meter
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
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how do you say "bitchin'" in Finnish?

that shark outfit is going on my Christmas list.

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From:tatjna
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
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Apparently you say it "Bitchin'"

There's probably a Finnish equivalent but I haven't learned it yet, and the literal translation is silly. ;-)
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From:dianavilliers
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
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I mean, what the fuck is abessive?

It gets under your skin and festers?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
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Heh. ;-)

As it turns out, it's the case for indicating the absence of whatever you're talking about. So in English, 'without' or '-less' would be the abessive. In Finnish you'd add a particular modification to a suffix on a noun. Then there'll be 15 different ways of doing it to make it fit with the other cases.
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From:bekitty
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
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I don't get the whole onsie thing, tbh. I've always thought they're either for kids, or for furries. The current trend for them just leaves me cold. Pun not intended. Well, mostly not intended.

The only time I've been even remotely tempted by a onsie was when someone on the Kiwiburn Farceborg group posted a link to a place that was selling sleeping bag onsies. My thought was "hey, they would be awesomely warm for running around the paddock at night!" Other than that thought, I had no inclination to buy one.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 23rd, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
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I have unitards. They are hard to pee in. Onesies would be easier.

I think the appeal is that they are warm, and easy, and animal onesise have become an acceptable alternative for those who want to wear a costume but don't have the time/resources/courage to make their own.
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From:nick_101
Date:May 23rd, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
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That's a funny looking onesie.
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From:meathiel
Date:May 23rd, 2014 07:17 am (UTC)
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I don't get the appeal of onesies ...

I hope being sängyssä is at least comfy ... ;-)
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From:c_maxx
Date:May 23rd, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Languages with that depth of complexity give me abessive-compulsive disorder!
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 24th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
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English probably has that level of complexity, just that having grown up with it we don't realise it/it seems natural to us EFL types...
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