Past Tense

Finnish Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Finnish. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Finnish

Past Finnish Audio
I saw youNäin sinut
I wrote with a penKirjoitin kynällä
You loved applesSinä rakastit omenoita
You gave moneySinä annoit rahaa
You played tennisSinä pelasit tennistä
He read (past tense) a bookHän luki kirjaa
He understood meHän ymmärsi minua
She had a catHänellä oli kissa
She knew my friendHän tunsi ystäväni
We wanted to learnMe halusimme oppia
We thought Spanish is easyMe luulimme että espanja on helppoa
You (plural) worked hereTe työskentelitte täällä
You (plural) spoke FrenchTe puhuitte ranskaa
They drove a carHe ajoivat autoa
They smiledHe hymyilivät


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List of Colors in Finnish

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Finnish

Colors Finnish Audio
Dark colortumma väri
Light colorvaalea väri


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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

English Finnish Audio
Black is his favorite colorMusta on hänen lempivärinsä
I have black hairhiukseni ovat mustat
Red is not his favorite colorpunainen ei ole hänen lempivärinsä
She drives a yellow carHän ajaa keltaista autoa
The sky is bluetaivas on sininen
Your cat is whitekissasi on valkoinen
I enjoyed myself very muchMinulla oli oikein mukavaa
I agree with youOlen samaa mieltä
Are you sure?Oletko varma?
Be careful!Ole varovainen!
Would you like to go for a walk?Haluaisitko lähteä kävelylle?

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Finnish about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Finnish Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Finnish homepage.

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