English | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

Voisitko auttaa minua?
Can you help me, please?
Asking for help
Puhutko englantia?
Do you speak English?
Asking if a person speaks English
Puhutteko _[kieltä]_?
Do you speak _[language]_?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
En puhu _[kieltä]_.
I don't speak_[language]_.
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
En ymmärrä
I don't understand.
Explaining that you don't understand

General - Conversation

Hei!
Hello!
Standard greeting
Moi!
Hi!
Informal greeting
Hyvää huomenta!
Good Morning!
Greeting used in the morning
Hyvää iltaa!
Good Evening!
Greeting used in the evening
Hyvää yötä!
Good Night!
Greeting used when leaving in the evening/night or before going to bed
Mitä kuuluu?
How are you?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
Hyvää, kiitos kysymästä.
Good, thank you.
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
Mikä nimesi on?
What’s your name?
Asking the other person's name
Nimeni on ___.
My name is ___.
Telling someone your name
Mistä olet kotoisin?
Where are you from?
Asking about someone's origin
Olen ___.
I am from___.
Answering about your origin
Kuinka vanha olet?
How old are you?
Asking about someone's age
Olen __ vuotta vanha.
I am___years old.
Answering about your age
Kyllä
Yes
Positive reply
Ei
No
Negative reply
Kiitos
Please
Filler word to add polite touch
Tässä ole hyvä!
Here you go!
Used when giving something to someone
Kiitos.
Thank you.
Thanking someone
Kiitos oikein paljon.
Thank you very much.
Thanking someone very warmly
Ole hyvä.
You're welcome.
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
Olen pahoillani.
I am sorry.
Apologizing for something
Anteeksi.
Excuse me.
Getting the attention of someone
Ei se mitään.
It's OK.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Ei haittaa.
No problem.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Varo!
Watch out!
Making someone aware of a danger
Minulla on nälkä.
I am hungry.
Used when feeling hungry
Minulla on jano.
I am thirsty.
Used when feeling thirsty
Olen väsynyt
I am tired.
Used when feeling tired
Olen kipeä.
I am sick.
Used when feeling sick
En tiedä
I don't know.
You don't know the answer to a question
Oli mukava tavata.
It was nice meeting you.
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
Näkemiin!
Goodbye!
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

Haluaisin tehdä valituksen
I would like to make a complaint.
Polite way of starting your complaint
Kuka täällä on vastuussa?
Who is in charge here?
Finding out who is responsible
Tätä en voi hyväksyä!
This is totally unacceptable!
Strongly expressing your dissatisfaction
Haluan rahani takaisin!
I want my money back!
Asking for a refund
Olemme odottaneet yli tunnin.
We have been waiting for over an hour.
Complaining about long waiting times

General - Swearing

Tämä ruoka maistuu ihan paskalta!
This food tastes like crap!
Rude way of showing displeasure with your food
Tämä juoma maistuu ihan kuselta!
This drink tastes like piss!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a drink
Tämä paikka on oikea persläpi!
This place is a shithole!
Rude way of showing displeasure with an establishment
Tämä auto on kauhea romu!
This car is a wreck!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a car
Palvelu on täällä ihan perseestä!
The service sucks!
Rude way of showing displeasure with the service
Tämähän on täyttä riistoa!
This is a total rip-off!
Rudely complaining about a high price
Älä puhu paskaa!
That is bullshit!
Rude way of showing disbelief in something someone said
Olet idiootti!
You are a stupid moron!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her intelligence
Sinä et tiedä paskan vertaa!
You don't know shit!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her knowledge
Painu helvettiin!
Piss off!
Rudely telling a person to leave immediately
Sovitaan tämä ulkopuolella!
Let's settle this outside!
Asking a person to fight outside of an establishment