Oh, sweet melodious Finnish! We owe you so much! Quenya owes you so much. It’s like a distant uncle who although he lives far away, is most cherished and beloved by his little niece, Quenya. Below, you’ll find some tongue twisters in FINNISH (for fun and curiosity) just to mess with your ears while enjoying the nice phonetics of this beautiful language. By the way….can you repeat them all? OUCH! Go for it!
Appilan pappilan piski paksuposki pakkas kapsäkin ja pinkaisi juoksuun
(The dog from the presbytery of Appilan has packed its bags and started running)
This sentence makes no sense at all! Specially when we all know the dog from the presbytery of Appilan has only 3 legs and runs very badly.
Appilan pappilan apupapin papupata pankolla kiehuu ja kuohuu
(The beans’ bread of the deacon of Appilan boils and seethes all over the cooker)
Well, definitely, some serious shit happens in Appilan!!! The place to be!
Kokoo kokoon koko kokko! Koko kokkoko? Koko kokko
(Kokko, collect all the wood to make a fire! All the wood? Yes, all the wood)
Apparently, Kokko and all those almost-homonyms can mean different things altogether. Also, ‘ko’ indicates a question so it’s not quite hard to have a weird sentence like that above.
Hurskastelevaisehkollaismaisellisuuksissaankohankin hän toimi?
(I wonder if he did this in order to show that he was able to have an attitude a little bit Hippocratic?)
Well, you know…I often wonder the same thing!
Keksijä Keksi keksi keksin keksittyään keksin keksijä Keksi keksi keksin keksityksi
(The inventor Cookie has invented the cookie. After Cookie invented the cookie, he invented that the cookie was invented.)
The same principle of Kokko applies here. Anyway, I’d like to know more about this inventor…
The hugest word in Finnish dictionary! 61 letters which basically (emphasis on “basically”) is a military term used in the Air Force to describe a engineer specialized in aircraft jet engines.
Olin sedälläni seitsemän vuotta kodossa renkinä
(I was the maid of my uncle for seven years at his home)
Well, where’s the tongue twister? Here the trick is different. If you pronounce this sentence a bit wrongly, you end up meaning: “I worked seven years in my anus”. Better watch your mouth!!!
And the Finns strike back! This is the word with most consecutive vowels in the World! It’s known exactly what it means but it refers to night time. Death to consonants!
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