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News, 4/12/2017

Pronouncing Finnish: The kalsarikännit video edition

Photo: Elina Sirparanta/Visit Finland

Studying a language also includes learning about another culture. So here’s a good word that might come in handy in Finland, although it’s not necessarily the first thing they teach you in Finnish class: kalsarikännit

A combination of kalsari (underwear) and kännit (drunkenness), kalsarikännit refers to those times when you can’t be bothered to go out so you just have a drink at home – in your underwear, because why dress up if you’re not going anywhere? We’d call kalsarikännit a typical example of dry Finnish humour, if liquid wasn’t involved.

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Updated 4/12/2017


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