Saturday, November 3, 2012

Material for teaching yourself Finnish

What are your favourite self-study books or websites? Which books have you used and what made them so useful and worth the money? Did they have the correct answers? Was the audio material good? I'm updating this post as I'm getting new comments and ideas from the readers. Thanks for your help already! Kiitos avusta jo etukäteen!

Books in Finnish:


Websites in Finnish


Online magazines and newspapers in easy Finnish:

Websites in English:


Studying vocabulary:

24 comments:

  1. First of all thank you so much for all your posts and everything! On this link you can see a list of resources to learn Finnish. http://t.co/5wrKF54F I also would like to read here if someone knows more

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  2. It's worth noting that Ymmärrä suomea and supisuomea is written in finnish, therefore not suitable for the absolute beginners :)

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    1. Thanks, I added that there.

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  3. I would highly recommend "Finnish for Foreigners" http://goo.gl/cuyzy

    So far the best Finnish learning book I have seen. All the theory is explained in english unlike in many other books, where you have to either use extensively dictionary or (and) try to guess what is drawn on pictures. Course consists of theory and exercises books and also audio material.

    One problem is that it might be hard to find in shops nowadays, however I have seen in it library.

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  4. I wish Routledge would make a Finnish Grammar & Workbook. I have one in Dutch & it's great. I really don't like the way "Teach Yourself" & "colloquial" are formatted. Too much flipping around.
    cssc

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    1. Actually they have. You can see it here -> http://www.amazon.de/Finnish-Essential-Grammar-Routledge-Grammars/dp/1138821586/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1425630595&sr=8-4&keywords=routledge+finnish

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  5. Hyvä blogi! Tässä yksi sivusto lisää: http://www.oneness.vu.lt/fi/. Ylen sivuilta oli linkki siihen saatesanoilla "suomen kielen alkeiskurssi englanniksi", ja sivusto vaikuttaa ihan hyvältä, ehkä vähän kömpelöltä kylläkin.

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  6. I use also this web site :)
    www.kotisuomessa.fi

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  7. Thank you so much for this information. I was wondering what other materials I can use for helping me to learn Finnish, then I saw your blog. You are so helpful!

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    1. You're welcome. That is so nice to hear! :)

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  8. I found very useful information from the Blog, GREAT WORK, Kiitos Paljon, Now I am started preparing for YKI test. I will go through all the links which you mentioned.

    -Terv.
    Prem

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  9. First of all, Thank you so much for this blog! It's wonderful, the articles are really clear and just the right leghth for a dose of Finnish during lunch break or before bed!

    I started off with Finnishpod101.com - signing up gives a week's free use of all materials (after that you have to pay if you want to continue...), so in that week I went through all the beginners audio lessons and downloaded everything I could. It was a really good introduction and first overview of the language, and I think their audio lessons are very clear, although I didn't go on with a subscription afterwards.

    A friend gave me her copy of Suomen Mestari 1, which I find a really good book - well structured, with lots of exercises.

    I also have the website's vocabulary app (Finnish Word Power) on my phone. It's cheap and contains a huge list of vocabulary with audio and example sentences - this one is really great, I can totally recommend it. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.innovativelanguage.wordpower.finnish&hl=en

    Also bought the book "Complete Finnish", which is ok, but doesn't contain too much grammar explanations. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Finnish-Learn-Teach-Yourself/dp/1444195220/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409441248&sr=8-1&keywords=complete+finnish

    Now, I try to read Yle's easy news in Finnish daily, with the help of google translate. http://yle.fi/selkouutiset/index.php?id=1334

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  10. PS: It would be great to know if there are websites or computer programmes that offer exercises, especially for grammar (with correct solutions obviously)... I can understand simple stuff fine, but can't string the easiest things together myself with all the self-teaching =(.

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    1. Kiitos! That's great to hear.:) This website is quite old but has a lot of exercises. I thought I had it on the list already,but I'll add it there now. The word harjoitukset means exercises. http://www04.edu.fi/suomeaolehyva/soh1/index.html

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  11. I just came across your blog page, which is really timely. Do you know if there are any Finnish-English flash cards available? I can find some for kids that are Finnish only (with a picture), but I'd really like something with both on them.

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    1. Hi, I don't think you'll find such flashcards in bookstores in Finland, but are you familiar with Quizlet or Memrise? Check out the links on the right hand bar of this blog, under the topic "Other interesting sites".

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  12. Hanna, moi, mitä mieltä olet "Oma Suomi 1" kirjasta?
    Terveisin, Polina.

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    1. Hei Polina! Mä en ole valitettavasti vielä tutustunut siihen. Käytetäänkö sitä jollain kurssilla, jolle osallistut?

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    2. Olen lukenut itse. Pidän siitä. Luulen, että sinun kannattaa tutustua siihen :)

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  13. Thanks for the post!

    I have to warn about Complete Finnish. I bought the book and really didn't enjoy working out of it. It doesn't cover the grammar very well, and seems to want to give you phrases to parrot without understanding how to use each word by itself.

    The vocab lists are another issue for me. Instead of listing a word in nominative case (or a verb unconjugated) and then helping me get to the form i needed, it would list already conjugated mini-phrases that I would then have to work to deconstruct to the original words.

    Furthermore, there are countless typos, formatting errors, and straight up wrong information in the book. A few examples:

    - asks you to say a telephone number (for example 340 7263) before introducing what zero is, similar examples of this all over

    - when asking which country people are from, gives "Virtanen" as an answer for "Jukka Virtanen on Suomesta"

    - when introducing time, gives the phrase "kello on . . . yksi" to mean "it is . . . o'clock", which would lead an uninformed reader to believe that yksi means o'clock

    - gives only one answer for a question that starts "list both ways to say . . ."

    After working through the first 4 chapters, I became very grusturated with having to double check all the info and teach myself the grammar that it didn't cover well, I went ahead and ordeed a different book.

    I don't know if anyone has had a similar frusturating experience with this book, but I hope not!

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  14. Hi!

    Have anybody tried to learn with Oma Suomi 1? I am considering this book as my handbook.

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