Friday, 3 August 2012

Finnish on Friday

We were delighted by all the comments to our special post about Tessie-kilpikonna yesterday. Mirsku-veli was less delighted so he asked if perhaps he could be featured in his other form, the muscular athlete! We recently had a great catio gymnastic session (more photos soon when Äiti has ditched the 4 squillion which just show the feet or tail of a ninja). Mirsku got totally involved with chasing our 'Magic Fish'. And, you might notice, some of his paws are actually in the air!
The Magic Fish doesn't stand and chance.
He has mighty paws. A mancat with such mighty paws cannot be afraid of anything! He says he was just shy when he first met Tessie!
He's not exactly shy now.
Whoopsie- missed again.
 Careful where you roll! Jaava-ninja quite likes having her head unflattened. 
 And now he is in more familiar mode. Tired and pondering the meaning of life!
Full points to Prancer Pie noticing that we did have a mirror at the foot of the stairs. Äiti didn't like it and replaced it with a climbing mat for us. Now that is cool!
And now for  quick Finnish lesson. Perheeni means 'my family'. Perhe is family; add -ni to make it mine. But the also add an  e because perhe ends in e already.  Your family is perheesi. Our family is perheemme. I do try to put words in the sanavarasto at the side but grammar is harder to follow. It drives Äiti nuts. She has been trying to learn Finnish for five years and this summer has really been studying hard. We've helped her:
This was taken when she was back in England and Stran knew something was Going On and life was going to change. He doesn't mind now. And perheeni is all bilingual and we understand each other. Meow or miaow is miau  and Felix is Latz - this is the wet food we mainly eat. Aila is actually the Finnish spelling of Islay: this is the name on Aila-sisko's passport but Äiti decided to change it as it is easier to pronounce when written Aila and sounds the same as Islay. 
When Äiti named me she did not know what cat names were like in Finland. Mirri is very common here, but r is very hard for foreigners like Äiti to pronounce, and so rr is a total disaster. All our Britcats had had some sort of Scottish island theme and that of course would not do for me! I came from Muhos but that is a silly name for a cat. So she called me Punapippuri, Red Pepper. It is a very unusual name for a cat but of course it fits me: I am a red hot mancat!

12 comments:

Prancer Pie said...

A red-hot mancat, indeed! Mirsku is pretty hot mancat himself, in a laid-back sort of fashion. MOL!

Prancer Pie said...

Pee Ess - Stran, are you eating paper? Maybe you would like to visit Oklahoma and Princeton could help you really rip it up!

Sparkle said...

Mirsku reminds me of a lot of mancats, not wanting their weaknesses to be known... and who can blame them?

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Wow! You are indeed red and hot!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

WOAH! Mirsku-veli is like a super hero, all that flying!

Katnip Lounge said...

We are busy taking notes, learning our Finnish! Silly Mommy, referring to you all as perheeni when you are actually perheesi to us.

Oh, and the girlcats here are swooning over Mirksu. We can NOT imagine why.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Red Hot Mancat! Excellent! Of course, we know all about having unusual names for cats! In France, half the cats we meet seem to be called "Fripouille" (scoundrel)!

Mirsku has some impressive moves. But how did that little Ninja suddenly find herself there?

Purrs,
The Chans

Jenna and Sissy said...

Excuse the human while she snorgles the belly on her laptop screen...

Kari said...

Mirsku! You won a Silver Medal on the balance beam! We are overjoyed! Thrilled for you! Kisses and hugs! Nip for everyone! All of our love!
ps: Maybe your mum can tell us the story of how
perheesi traveled from England to Finland (North).
How did you make your journey? How did Aiti have to prepare for your travels? We always wanted to know.

Au and Target said...

You are such an action kitty! pawsome.

Pelle said...

Interesting! Just because Redpepper/Punapippuri is so unusuall my sister found out Your mum is friends with Auras mum. Small world!
Now I have to go and tell of our housequest, a cat mum found and found a home for before me. Mums allergi and his allergenes did not agree. He´s here for a vacation.Not happy!

Eric and Flynn said...

Who knew Mirsku could be so active! You are indeed red hot Punapippuri. When mum was choosing a name for me she looked up the meanings of names, and in Ireland Flynn means flame haired.