I often get asked about which Finnish vocabulary is really important to learn, and Finnish pronouns are about as important as they get.
How come? Because we use pronouns everywhere in every language!
Wondering what a pronoun is? I asked Google, and Google said:
pronoun ˈprəʊnaʊn/ noun
- a word that can function as a noun phrase used by itself and that refers either to the participants in the discourse (e.g. I, you ) or to someone or something mentioned elsewhere in the discourse (e.g. she, it, this ).
In plain-speak, pronouns are words like ‘I, you, he, she, it, we, they’ aka. words that often come before a verb, and that help us avoid having to say people’s names or the same word over and over again. Even if you don’t realize it, you use pronouns in every language you speak all day long!
Still not impressed?
Here’s an example of sentence from a world without pronouns:
“Alicia is coming to work today. Alicia is very nice. I like Alicia. I met Alicia last year at a party.”
Now let’s try that again in the awesome world where pronouns exist (REAL LIFE!):
“Alicia is coming to work today. She’s very nice and I like her. I met her last year at a party.”
Yay for pronouns! They help us be more concise and sound less robotic.
Watch the video above or click here.
In this video, you’ll learn:
- the 8 Finnish pronouns
- the spoken variations you’re likely to hear
- which of the pronouns are sometimes left out altogether
- and a few tips for how to remember these pronouns.
You can download the Finnish Pronouns right here (right click + save as):
In case you’re wondering…
I’ve decided to test out a couple of short, practical Finnish lessons in video format, with my own unique spin on the material. If you enjoy these videos (this is the first of its kind), find them helpful and want to see more, please leave me a comment below to let me know! You can even make requests for future videos 🙂
Stay tuned for the next video of this kind on Finnish verb endings!