Nice to meet you 🙂 Let me introduce myself!
I am 18 years old. I am from Tokorozawa, Saitama. I was born and raised in Saitama. I want to live in Tokyo… 😀
I am a student of the department of English language and literature, and I will study linguistics as my academic major.
I like to listen to music, to sing and to dance! But I am not good at doing those 😥 When I was a junior high school student, I belonged to a tennis club because I wanted to play some sports. I played doubles and I was a baseline player. When I was a high school student, I was in the school’s rock band because I wanted to play the guitar.
By the way, can you read the title of this blog? It is Finnish!
The Finnish word “Hauska tutustua” means “Nice to meet you” in English.
If you pronounce “ハウスカ トゥトゥストゥア” in Katatana, the person you talk to may understand what you say. 😀
Our group is in charge of investigating “North”, and I chose Finland.
1. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Finnish and Swedish are official languages in Finland. This was established in 1919.
Most Finns (93.4%) speak a Finnish. 5.9% of Finns speak Swedish.
Sami people use Sami language. The status of them improved in 1970’s.
In 1999, Sami language was acknowledged as the second official language, and this was written in their constitution clearly.
2. ABOUT FINLAND
Do you know where Finland is?
Finland is one of North European nations. It takes about 10 hours to Helsinki, the capital of Finland from Tokyo, that of Japan by plane. It’s so far, isn’t it!?
Next, do you know the flag of Finland?
It is the flag of Finland. The flag of Finland (Finnish: Suomen lippu, Swedish: Finlands flagga), also called siniristilippu (“Blue Cross Flag”), dates from the beginning of the 20th century.
・There is a lot of elderly people in Finland. Finland is an old society as Japan.
The taxes in Finland are quite high, but Finland is one of countries advanced welfare systems instead.
・Finland is famous for Santa Claus’s country!
There is Santa Claus’ Village in Finland. If you write to Santa Claus in Santa Claus’ Village, he will respond to a letter!
・Moomin is one of famous characters in many countries. He and his family live in Moomin Valley (“Muumin Dalen” in Finnish) in Finland.
・There is Marimekko.
Marimekko is a Finnish home furnishings, textiles, and fashion company based in Helsinki. It is particularly noted for its brightly colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women’s garments and in home furnishings.
3. WHEN FINNS GREET
Finns kiss on the cheek or the lips when they greet.
⇒Hyvää päivää (polite way of speaking) (ヒュヴァー パイヴァー)
⇒Hei/Terve (colloquial style) (ヘイ/テルヴェ)
⇒Moi (broken expression) (モイ)
Good morning. おはよう(ございます)。
⇒(Hyvää) huomenta. ((ヒュヴァー) フオメンタ)
Good evening. こんばんは。
⇒(Hyvää) iltaa. ((ヒュヴァー) イルター)
Good night. おやすみなさい。
⇒(Hyvää) yötä. ((ヒュヴァー) ウュオタ)
(＋)WHEN YOU COMMUNICATE WITH FINNS
Don’t Interrupt a Conversation!
Don’t Compare Finland to Other Countries!
4. COMMON NAME IN FINLAND
In Finland, there are many people of the name including “~nen”.
Virtanen and Korhonen are to common name in Finland as Suzuki and Sato are to that in Japan.
I know just a little bit about Finland, so I cannot introduce all of the charm 😥
There is a lot of charm in Finland! You must go there~ 😀
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