How to say excuse me in Finnish: anteeksi

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How to say excuse me in Finnish: anteeksi

Learning Finnish for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say excuse me in Finnish: anteeksi
Say it out loud: “an teh ex ih

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Some more helpful words in our Finnish Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – …kylpyhuone  (kil pih hu oh neh)
come with me – tule mukaan  (tuh leh mu kaan)
do you speak english? – puhutko englantia?  (poh whot koh engl un tia)
excellent – erinomainen  (eh rin om ah ih nen)
excuse me – anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
good / bad – hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
how do you say…? – miten sanotaan…?  (mi ten son oh taan)
how much is this? – kuinka paljon tämä maksaa?  (kuin kah pahlyon tah mah xaah)
may I? (point at chair, door) – voinko?  (vo in koh?)
maybe – ehkä  (eh kah)
no problem – Ei mitään  (ay me taan)
please – kiitos  (kee eh tos)
thanks – kiitti  (kee eh tih)
what is that? – mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
where is… – missä on…  (miss ah on)
yes / no – kyllä / ei  (kil lah / ay)
you are welcome – Ole hyvä  (oh leh hih vah)

And here’s how to say excuse me in other languages!

Arabic–Uzran  (uz ran)
Chinese–Dǎrǎo Yīxià  (Da Rao Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–promiňte  (pro MYEEN tay)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Excusez moi  (excuse eh mwah)
German–entschuldigen sie  (ent shool' duh gen zee)
Italian–scusi  (skoo zee)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Sillyehapnida.  (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Desculpe  (jeh scoo pee)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–kumradhi  (koom rah dhee)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–afedersiniz  (ah feh dar sinz)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

In every culture, courtesy gets you a long way. There is no faster way to get yourself ignored and ultimately hopelessly lost than not knowing how to approach a native in a polite manner. Fortunately, the phrase "excuse me" (anteeksi) cuts across all cultures as a form of politeness and getting attention. Once you learn this in Finnish and work towards learning it in the language of the country you wish to visit, you are halfway towards getting all the help you will need.

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