Perhaps, I will continue to tell interesting facts about the Finnish language!
- In Finnish, there are eight sides of the world, and not four, as in Russian or English. For the northeast, northwest, southwest and southeast there are words (not compound, as we have): koillinen, luode, lounas, kaakko. As far as I understand, all these words have a “inner form” (origin clear for speakers): so koillinen “northeast” comes from koi “dawn”.
- The names of some European countries in Finnish sound completely unexpected: Russia – Venäjä, Belarus – Valko-Venäjä, Estonia – Viro, Sweden – Ruotsi, Germany – Saksa, Austria – Itävalta.
- The longest known Finnish palindrome (a word that is equally readable from left to right and from right to left) is saippuakivikauppias – which freely translates as “soap seller”.
- The Finnish word pääjääjää in the partitive has 14 points in a row.
- «Thank you» in Finnish in 5 different ways:
Kiitos! (Thank you!)
Kiitos paljon! ( Thank you so much!)
Se on erittäin ystävällistä sinulta! (That’s very kind of you!)
Kiitos lahjasta! (Thank you for the gift!)
Kiitos ystävällisistä sanoistasi! (Thanks for your kind words!)