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Longest Finnish word and Finnish folk song on ukulele

27 2010

If you are still struggling with the pronunciation of the name of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull despite this video, then I am slightly worried the longest Finnish word might be beyond your depth : epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän

The word, which is actually a collection of words put together sounds like this :

Puzzled about its meaning ?

Hank W. has made the following attempt at splitting the word into its composite words to give a definition of its meaning (source : finlandforum).

“Järjestelmä – System

Epäjärjestelmä – Unsystem

Epäjärjestelmällisyys – Unsystematicality

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellinen – Something that is seen as unsystematicality

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttää – To make something/-one be seen as unsystematicality

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämätön – One that hasn’t made something be seen as unsystematicality / Something that hasn’t been made be seen as unsystematicality

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyys – The act of not having made something be seen as unsystematicality

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyydellä – With the act of not having made something be seen as unsystematicality

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyydellänsä – With his/her act of not having made something be seen as unsystematicality.

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyydellänsäkään – Not even with his act of not having made something be seen as unsystematicality.

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänkö – Is it not even with his act of not having made something be seen as unsystematicality.

Epäjärjestelmällisyydellistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän – I wonder if it’s not with his act of not having made something be seen as unsystematicality “.

Which of course makes it dead easy for anyone to think about a sentence in which one could use the word :)

Now that you know a most useful Finnish word, let’s move on to a Finnish expression ‘oma maa mansikka, muu maa mustikka‘ which translates literally as  ‘my country is a strawberry and your country is a blueberry‘ or simply said ‘Home sweet home‘.

This expression is illustrated in an original ukulele folk song by PeteyHoudini called Luuranko (skeleton)

If you’d rather learn conversational Finnish, this video will teach you basics such as how to say Hi and Goodbye.

6 Comments »

  1. LePotofBasil on the 29th of April 2010 @ 00:26

    That’s exactly how I thought it sounded.
    And I’ll bet every spelling bee contestant
    in Finland has this word down cold.

  2. Bossarocker on the 29th of April 2010 @ 01:41

    Great post – I really enjoyed the skeleton vid.

  3. Alf on the 29th of April 2010 @ 01:46

    Top stuff. I’m ashamed to say that all I previously knew of Finnish was that it is the home of (so the Guinness Book of Records reckons) the world’s longest palindrome, “saippuakivikauppias”. Guinness translates it as ” a dealer in casutic soda”, but in fact, I am informed by people who know this sort of thing, “saippuakivi” doesn’t mean “caustic soda” (the Finnish word for which is “lipeä”, but instead refers to a type of clay whose English name, apparently, is “saponite”. Not strictly relevant, but there it is.

    Anyway, what I actually came here to say was cool video and excellent post.

  4. Armelle Europe on the 29th of April 2010 @ 19:18

    LePotofBasil : I’ve read that Finnish pronunciation was not too difficult : in Finnish letters are always pronounced the same way, unlike ‘i’in English.

    Bossarocker : glad you enjoyed! The video actually inspired the whole post.

    Alf : Thanks for the feedback, Alfred. I didn’t know the world’s longest palindrome was Finnish. Thanks for the info!
    How come you haven’t written a ukulele song with palindromic lyrics yet?

  5. Alf on the 30th of April 2010 @ 01:51

    I shall start work on one forthwith!

  6. Armelle Europe on the 30th of April 2010 @ 15:34

    Alf : brilliant ! I’m looking forward to hearing it and grinning in anticipation :)

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