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Learning Finnish

When I got started dating Lane, I learned that he had served a mission in Finland. Because I love languages, I naturally asked him to start teaching me Finnish.


Some Finns say that only children and Mormon missionaries can really learn to speak Finnish. I can see why!

Nevertheless, ever the cockeyed optimist, I still wanted to try. I learned to say “I love you” and “Welcome.” I can also say “Elder” and “Sister,” “thank you” and to sing “I am a Child of God.”

And that’s about where things stood for over 2 decades, until last year, when I decided to pick it back up again. (Pick it back up again? Like I really ever had a grip on it…. I should say, renew my efforts to learn Finnish.)

I heard a young mom speaking Finnish to her children at a Suzuki violin institute. We visited and became friends. Later, when I made this goal, I asked her if she and her children would be interested in making some recordings for me to help me learn, since songs are such an easier way to learn a language for me.

She said yes!

The recordings below are thanks to her and her family’s generous efforts. (Kiittos, Yorgasons.)

To go to the PDF sheet music for each song, click here and select “Suomi” as the language. Click under “Download” on the tiny PDF icon and the music should open on your screen. Or click here for the PDF of the entire songbook and scroll to the page number noted next to each song.

AFTER THE RECORDINGS are 8 1/2″ x 11″ scriptures (and recordings) in Finnish.

Sua kiitän mä Isåni (“I Thank Thee, Dear Father“-p.9 in Lasten Laulukirja)

Harras olla yritän (“I Will Try to Be Reverent“-p.13 in Lasten Laulukirja)


Jeesuksen Kristuksen kirkko (“The Church of Jesus Christ“- p.48 in Lasten Laulukirja)

Perheeni Mulle Rakas On (“Families Can Be Together Forever” – p.98 in Lasten Laulukirja)