Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Three easy Finnish books for adult readers

Here's a small post about three books written in easy Finnish. I like to use the term easy Finnish when I'm talking about selkokieli, but you could also say plain Finnish or simplified Finnish. The idea is that the language is easier to read and understand than regular Finnish. (I also made a short podcast episode about this blog post.)

Toppatakin alla on sydän

Toppatakin alla on sydän is a collection of 30 short stories about life in Finland. The book has 149 pages, and the stories are divided into three categories: Neljä vuodenaikaa (Four seasons), Suomalaisia juttuja (Finnish things) and Arkielämää Suomessa (Everyday life in Finland.) Toppatakin alla on sydän will be read together at Selkokirjalukupiiri in April! Now there's also a Memrise course based on this book.

Read a short chapter from the book!


Miika Nousiainen's Juurihoito is a story about two Finnish brothers traveling in four countries searching for their father. You can read my post about the book, and you can also listen to the beginning of the book in my podcast. (I'm slowly changing my podcast into Soundcloud so that it's easier to find. The Mixcloud accunt still exists, too, but I'm not adding anything new there.) The book has 191 pages. It might make you laugh, but also cry a little bit.

Listen to the beginning of the book.

Suomen historia selkosuomeksi

If you study Finnish, you should also study the history of Finland. Check out Pertti Rajala's Suomen historia selkosuomeksi. There are also excercises that you can do after reading the book. 

Look inside of the book. 

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About the author of this blog:

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish or novels in easy Finnish. 

Lue lisää selkokirjoista: https://privatefinnishlessons.com/books/


Buterfly of the Zodiac said...

Hello Hanna
I am looking for a bilingual text finish-English, short stories for beginners. I wonder if you know any.
Kind regards

Cassandra said...

This publisher has some graded readers. http://lppbooks.com/Finnish/index.html