Sunday, 26 February 2012
Underthtanding Finnith Kidth
In theory, it should be easy, as their vocabulary and their sentences are relatively simple. The problem however is their pronunciation.
I remember being informed in no uncertain terms by a confident 2 year old that the Finnish word for "cat" was "kitta". I believed her – after all the young lady was a native speaker. Only much later did I find out that she couldn't pronounce the letter "s" and that in fact the word for cat is "kissa".
The letter "s" does seem to be a challenge for some Finnish kids. A colleague of mine once told me a story about his young daughter, in which her difficulty with the letter "s" took a completely new dimension.
My colleague, who lives in the suburbs of Helsinki had taken his young daughter to the "big" city. The little girl was clearly in awe of the large buildings there. As my colleague pushed his daughter through the city in her pushchair, she pointed at every single big house ("iso talo" in Finnish), and at the top of her voice she announced: "ilotalo, ilotalo, ilotalo..."
And that story, ladies and gentlemen, is how came to learn the Finnish word for brothel.
Posted by Telefinn at 16:30