Learn Finnish, the interesting and exotic language of Finland in Scandinavia! Finnish is also an official minority language in Sweden and spoken in Norway, Russia, Canada, and the US.
While the Finnish language is considered Nordic or Scandinavian, it is actually unrelated to other Nordic languages - Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic. It is from a different language family altogether and can be quite a challenge to learn.
Finnish is from the Finno-Ugric branch of languages and is related to Kven (an official minority language in Norway), Estonian and distantly to Hungarian. These languages are all noteworthy for a difficult grammar and complex case system. As evidenced by the
Hardest Language to Learn Survey,
Finnish can be difficult to learn, and unfortunately, there are not many easily available resources to learn Finnish.
Itty Bitty Finnish Course
A very basic online course with the most common and useful words and phrases in Finnish. Includes memorization associations to help you remember vocabulary.
Basic phrases and vocabulary to get you started learning Finnish.
Transparent Language offers a free vocabulary trainer to get started learning Finnish. Get your Free BYKI™ Lite download by Transparent Language
FSI is one of the most comprehensive learning methods available for Finnish. You can find these courses for sale online, although they are quite old and relatively expensive. However, you can download for free a 14 unit conversational Finnish course with a 14 unit workbook (but only the audio is available so far)
at this site.
This inexpensive software program to learn Finnish is a great tool to have in your arsenal. Lots of vocabulary and phrases, dialogues, audio from native speakers, games and activities and much more to get you started.
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