Word for the Travel Wise (02/13/06)

Before I apologize for my irregular posting these days, let me start by telling you how exhausted I’ve become. Only a few hours rest between now and the time I board my plane en route to Trinidad & Tobago and the last few days have been filled with the excitement and madness of packing and trip preparation. I’ve made list after list and checked them multiple times to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. And since this trip is by no means the roughing it kind, I’ve managed to stuff close to my entire wardrobe inside. That was a bit of an exagerration, but the suitcase if bulging and I’ve even had to enforce the sit and zip technique, rather than re-evaluate the goods inside. Everything in there is a necessary necessity. Now, my apologies.

Today’s word is a Finnish word used in Finland:

väsynyt – tired

Why I chose Finnish today, I haven’t a clue. I’m somewhere between pre-zombie zone with all that has been going on and somewhere on my mind rest the need to advance our Finnish language skills. Don’t ask any further questions. I plucked this useful jewel right out of an online English-Finnish translation dictionary and pray that for once those things are functioning appropriately. To access the online dictionary go here.

Finnish is a member of the Finno-Ugric language family and classified as an agglutinative language. This particular Finnish language site provides some examples of easy words and phrases, an intro to the lingo, pronunciation guide and a list of additional Finnish material elsewhere. Another excellent way to advance your skills and engage your senses is to listen to the local music. Try the Finnish Music Information Center for audio and background information on the country’s favorite sounds. Online Finnish Lessons is another site offering lists of links to check out and if you’re in the city of Helinski stop by one of the schools to enroll in Finnish courses.