Finnish Gender

Welcome to the fifth Finnish lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Finnish to help you practice your daily phrases.

man
man Audio
mies
woman
woman Audio
nainen
husband
husband Audio
mies
wife
wife Audio
vaimo
boy
boy Audio
poika
girl
girl Audio
tyttö
father
father Audio
isä
mother
mother Audio
äiti

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Finnish
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
poikani on opiskelija Audio
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
hänen tyttärensä on opiskelija Audio
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
hänellä on pitkä veli Audio
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
hänellä on pitkä sisko Audio
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
hänen veljensä ovat nuoria Audio
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
hänen sisarensa ovat nuoria Audio

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son
son Audio
poika
daughter
daughter Audio
tytär
brother
brother Audio
veli
sister
sister Audio
sisko
grandfather
grandfather Audio
isoisä
grandmother
grandmother Audio
isoäiti
child
child Audio
lapsi
children
children Audio
lapset

Expressions in Finnish

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Finnish, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

English
Finnish
What do you mean?
mitä tarkoitat? Audio
I don't understand
en ymmärrä Audio
I don't know
en tiedä Audio
What is that called in Finnish?
miksi tätä kutsutaan suomeksi? Audio
What is this?
mikä tämä on? Audio
What does that word mean in English?
mitä tämä sana tarkoittaa englanniksi? Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
anteeksi Audio

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Finnish. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Finnish Plural   Finnish Plural

Finnish Numbers   Finnish Numbers



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