How to answer the question ‘Puhutko suomea?’ (Do you speak Finnish?)

This is probably the most important question you will come across when learning Finnish:

“Puhutko suomea?” = Do you speak Finnish?

How you answer will determine how others see you and which learning opportunities come your way.

In this video, I’ll share:

  • why you want to avoid uttering the phrase ‘en puhu suomea’ at all costs
  • a few more phrases you need to learn if you’ll be answering ‘KYLLÄ, PUHUN SUOMEA’
  • the #1 mistake you want to avoid when answering ‘KYLLÄ PUHUN SUOMEA’

And finally, there’s a challenge at the end for you to take on!

Now you can accept the challenge in the comments below, and report back with your experiences – maybe you’ve already made the switch and have a story to share. Either way, I’d love to hear from you!


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Hi! I’m Irina.

I’m a multibelonger to Finland, Canada and Romania, without ONE language or culture to call my own – I have several. My intention is to be present where I am and find inner peace and harmony where ever life takes me. I’m embracing the gems of the ongoing cultural and linguistic transition which is my life and hope to inspire others interested in doing the same. Click here to find out more!

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