Finnish tidbits

A few random but interesting facts about Finnish:

In Finnish, the words for ‘miracle’ and ‘human being’ differ only in their grammatical ending (ihme/ihminen).

The word for ‘raspberry’ (vadelma) is very similar to the general word for ‘fruit’ (hedelmä).

‘Stranger’ and ‘guest’ are the same word in Finnish (vieras).

The word maailma, meaning ‘world’, is made up of the words for ‘ground’ (maa) and ‘air’ (ilma).

Finnish is one of the few languages that has its own native word for ‘telephone’ (puhelin).


2 Responses to “Finnish tidbits”

  1. 12 August, 2008 at 9:26 am

    i wonder if they consider all strangers guests or if they consider all guests strangers. Although, given the human/miracle one, I think it’s the former.

  2. 2 KK
    24 August, 2008 at 9:36 am

    In estonian language we have the same pair – maailm 🙂 with same meaning.
    There are many similarities btw estonian and finnish languages but it can be also that one word in finnish (pulma – difficulty) means something different in estonian (pulm – wedding party).

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