Finnish: The language with infinite grammar
10 facts about the Finnish Language
Origin of the language
Finnish originated in the mountains of Novgorod, which are in Russia.
History of the language
It is believed to have originated around 1500–1000 BCE.
Learning the language
It takes about 1100 hours to learn Finnish as an English speaker.
Finnish for beginners
Ten common words to start learning in Finnish:
The opposite of creativity is cynicism.
Author, educator and philosopher
A strong desire derives a person straight through the hardest rock.
Novelist and author
Youth is a time of joy and poetry. Poetry produces joy, joy poetry.
Author and social critic
Fun facts about the Finnish language
Not from the Finns
The evolution of the Finnish language did not officially come from the Finns. It is a Uralic language that originated in the rural area of Russia.
Word of magic
The first known sample of handwritten Finnish was discovered in Novgorod, Russia, during the middle of the 12th century; it was a spell.
The Finnish alphabet acquired “a” and “o” from the Swedish alphabet which pronounces “a” as "ahh." Moreover, like English, it uses Latin letters.
Fewer speakers than Finns
The number of Finnish speakers is smaller than Finland's overall population.
Heavy metal music scene
The Finnish language is considered the official language of metalheads.
One internationally recognized word
Finland developed the sauna, which has become a national cultural icon. Throughout the world, the spelling remains the same but is pronounced differently than in Finland (sow-nah).
Minimal concept of formal and informal
There is not much emphasis on formal and informal speech in the Finnish language. However, there are very few formal expressions in Finnish.
Seven main dialects
In Finland, there are seven primary dialects, each with its own sub-dialects and colloquial words.
One word can say a lot
Finns do not let their sentences drag on, which is another interesting fact about the Finnish language. Unlike in English, a single Finnish word can represent an entire phrase.
No gender pronouns
There is only a single unisex word for gender identification "hän", which can signify both "he" and "she."