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- (not comparable) Being of a language.
- kaksikielinen — bilingual
- pitkäkielinen — long-tongued
In Finnish the names of languages are usually either the same as that of the country or a geographic area where the language is spoken, only with a small initial letter:
- France -> French = Ranska -> ranska (or, to avoid confusion, ranskan kieli)
- England -> English = Englanti -> englanti (id., englannin kieli)
or (like in English) same as the word referring to a member of the nation, tribe, etc. that speaks the language:
- Aztec -> Aztec = atsteekki -> atsteekki (id., atsteekin kieli).
Any name of a language can be combined with the adjective -kielinen to produce an adjective which refers to that particular language:
- englanti -> englanninkielinen = English (English-language)
Note that the name of the language is in genitive. The word kielinen cannot be used alone.
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