September 23, 2006
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One thing leads to another and now I’m drinking beer at a bar in Helsinki.
Lord of Lochaber and performer of computer wizardry by day. Father of two, wordsmith, and casual gamer by night.
you should have told me in advance so I could tell you all about the best bars and saunas in helsinki. I have been there a couple of times you know. hehe…
September 24, 2006 — 13:07:16
Yes, we were told the legend of a Swede named Klas. They even sing songs about you over here.
September 24, 2006 — 18:08:14
I thought beers like Foster’s would be called Fosteeriliïppäällaa or something similar, over there. Maybe I’m just prejudiced.
September 25, 2006 — 21:11:27
You’re sort of right, actually, they do all kinds of strange stuff to proper nouns.
September 26, 2006 — 21:53:40
The reason for this is that the Finnish language do not have a single preposition. instead they have something like 16 cases (norwegian: kasus).
Haloatku norlalainen makkaraa?
= Would you like to taste my norwegian sausage?
same meaning in 1/3 of the words. impressive, eh?
September 27, 2006 — 09:47:30
I had a follow-up to that comment that was so dirty, I would have had to delete my own comments after posting it.
September 27, 2006 — 10:40:43
As a Finn, I’d like to do some corrections.
Firstly, we do have not only prepositions but POSTpositions too.
‘Would you like to taste my norwegian sausage’ would be in finnish ‘haluaisitko maistaa norjalaista makkaraani’.
September 23, 2007 — 13:00:33
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