Finnish belongs to the Finnic branch of the Finno-Ugric family of languages. There are approximately 5.2 million Finnish speakers, mostly in Finland, and some in Sweden and Russia as well. There are 3 varieties of standard Finnish: "kirjakieli" or “book language” which is used in official documents, official speeches and the daily news; "yleiskieli" or “standard language” which is taught in schools - formal and correct, though more relaxed than the "book language"; and "puhekieli" or "spoken language" which is a frequently changing, more casual variety used in everyday conversation. This course teaches the standard Finnish language, "yleiskieli."
The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Each lesson of Finnish Phase 1, Units 01-05 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
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Stuck in my brain for months!
The repetition by native speakers is the best part of this series. I enjoyed the pace that is set, in easy-to-follow 20-30 minute segments.
The most memorable moment came when I actually knew what the native speakers were saying, when they were speaking at a normal pace between one another!
Since this is a lesson, rather than a book, it is completely up to you if you choose to go to the next lesson or not, or follow the directions the narrator gives you.
The only reaction I had to this lesson was that it had me in shock that by the end of a week I was confident that if I got lost in Finland I wouldn't need to cross my fingers and hope that a random person on the street spoke English.
I would recommend this for anyone going abroad to Finland, for business, tourism or otherwise.
- Amy Randall