Present Tense

Finnish Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Finnish. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Finnish Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Finnish, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Finnish

Present Finnish Audio
I see youNäen sinut
I write with a penKirjoitan kynällä
You love applesSinä rakastat omenoita
You give moneySinä annat rahaa
You play tennisSinä pelaat tennistä
He reads a bookHän lukee kirjaa
He understands meHän ymmärtää minua
She has a catHänellä on kissa
She knows my friendHän tuntee ystäväni
We want to learnMe haluamme oppia
We think Spanish is easyMe luulemme että espanja on helppoa
You (plural) work hereTe työskentelette täällä
You (plural) speak FrenchTe puhutte ranskaa
They drive a carHe ajavat autoa
They smileHe hymyilevät


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Finnish

Heart attacksydänkohtaus
Help meauta minua
Stomach achevatsakipu


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Daily Conversation in Finnish

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Finnish Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Finnish

Are you okay?Oletko kunnossa?
Call a doctor!Soittakaa lääkäri paikalle!
Call the ambulance!Soittakaa ambulanssi!
Call the police!soita poliisille
Calm down!Rauhoitu!
I feel sickVoin huonosti
It hurts hereTänne / tähän sattuu
It's urgent!Tämä on hätätapaus!
Where is the closest pharmacy?Missä on lähin apteekki?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Näytät kauniilta!
You have a beautiful nameSinulla on kaunis nimi
This is my wifeTämä on vaimoni
This is my husbandTämä on mieheni

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Finnish about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Finnish Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Finnish homepage.

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