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Learn Finnish through conversations

Tucked away in one of the northernmost locales in the world, a dreamy oasis awaits. With five million native speakers in Finland and beyond, learning Finnish is your all-access pass to this stunning Nordic country. In the Land of a Thousand Lakes, anything is possible. Jet off to Lapland for a night hike under the Midnight Sun, unwind with locals in a Finnish sauna, or spend the day shopping, wining, and dining in Helsinki. Find your inner Finn and retreat to a wooded lakeside cottage for a summer getaway, or take a winter holiday to the slopes, skiing among the country’s sweeping snowy pines and 188,000 frozen lakes. To know Finland is to love it, and you’ll quickly find yourself falling for the country’s untouched nature, rich history, and kind, sincere people. Learn Suomi (Finnish) and the magic of Finland will unfold right before your eyes.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Finnish language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Finnish culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Finnish culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

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Course Overview

Learn Finnish language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Finnish

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1People
  • 2Traveling
  • 3Leisure
  • 4Here and There
  • Chapter 1 - Nice to meet you
  • Chapter 2 - We are Family
  • Chapter 3 - Let's Get to Know Each Other
  • Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Money and Haggling
  • Chapter 3 - In My Suitcase
  • Chapter 4 - Shopping
  • Chapter 5 - You are here
  • Chapter 1 - Let's Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - Summer Is the Best Season
  • Chapter 3 - What are you Doing on Saturday?
  • Chapter 4 - Let the Party Begin!
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Enjoy Your Meal!
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - "911 - What is Your Emergency?"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Nice to meet you

Conversational Goals

  • Greet Others and Bid Them Farewell
  • Introduce Yourself Formally
  • Meet New People

Grammar Goals

  • Identify Subject Pronouns
  • Use olla in Present Tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - We are Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Questions Regarding Familial Relationships
  • Describe Someone in Relation to Family Members
  • Introduce Someone Else

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions
  • Learn the Demonstrative Pronoun Tuo
  • Use Possessives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Let's Get to Know Each Other

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate Feelings
  • Describe Physical Characteristics
  • Express Interest
  • Inquire About a Stranger

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Second Person Singular Present Tense
  • Learn hänet and sinut

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain That You Are a Non-native Speaker
  • Explain Where You Are From
  • Identify Languages and Countries
  • Inquire About Someone’s Ability to Speak a Language

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the First Person Singular Present Tense
  • Practice Locative Cases

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the Merits of a School
  • Inquire About Programs

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Difference Between Mikä and Mitä
  • Practice Locative Cases
  • Practice Past Tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Clarification
  • Provide and Obtain New Information
  • Request New Vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How to Form "Please"
  • Practice Question Formation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Money and Haggling

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the Price for Something
  • Buy a Ticket for Travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Allative Case
  • Form Negative Sentences
  • Learn How to Form Numbers
  • Learn How to Say "I Have"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Suitcase

Conversational Goals

  • Express Future Plans
  • Identify Various Articles of Clothing
  • Question Statements Made by Others

Grammar Goals

  • Form the First Person Plural of Indicative Verbs
  • Identify the Future Tense
  • Practice Possessives and Negation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Shopping

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire Necessities
  • Find Places to Shop
  • Gather Information from a Native Speaker
  • Inquire About Shops in the Local Area

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Plural Endings
  • Practice Questions and Negation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - You are here

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and Receive Directions
  • Describe the Location of One Object in Relation to Another

Grammar Goals

  • Practice the Postposition pitkin
  • Use the Suffix -han

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Let's Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Sports and Exercises
  • Express Time Relationships
  • Invite Someone to Join Along

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Past Tense
  • Form the Comparative Degree of Adverbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Summer Is the Best Season

Conversational Goals

  • Ask About Vacations and Seasonal Opportunities
  • Discuss the Four Seasons
  • Discuss the Months of the Year

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Difference Between käydä and mennä
  • Use the Genitive Case
  • Use niin ... kuin

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you Doing on Saturday?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse About the Days of the Week
  • Make Plans for the Weekend
  • Talk About Age and Birthdays
  • Use the Terms Weekday and Weekend

Grammar Goals

  • Practice Numbers
  • Use aikoa for Future Actions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let the Party Begin!

Conversational Goals

  • Make Future Plans
  • Tell Time

Grammar Goals

  • Form the Conditional
  • Learn ovat and the Third Person Plural of Present Tense
  • Use kello to Tell Time

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a Departure
  • Strengthen Relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Perfect Tense
  • Learn How to Express "We Had"
  • Learn the Difference Between koska and kun
  • Practice aikoa for Future Actions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Medication
  • Describe Symptoms
  • Speak to a Pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Identify Multiple Suffixes in Nouns
  • Practice with Compond Words

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Enjoy Your Meal!

Conversational Goals

  • Identify Items on the Dinner Table
  • Offer Assistance
  • Order a Meal
  • Understand the Customs of Local Dining

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How to Express "Some"
  • Practice with Compound Words

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Whether a Dish Contains Certain Ingredients
  • Explain That You Require a Special Diet
  • Give Compliments
  • Reference Senses

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Difference Between tuoksu and haju
  • Use the Construction minulla on

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Questions
  • Declare That a Problem Exists
  • State That You Do Not Know Something

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Essive Case
  • Learn the Past Tense of Olla

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - "911 - What is Your Emergency?"

Conversational Goals

  • Answer Questions
  • Request Emergency Aid

Grammar Goals

  • Use the Partitive Case
  • Use the Second Person Possessive Si

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