Friday, November 4, 2022

An intensive day course in Finnish, 29.4.2023 in Helsinki

Here's something that Mari Nikonen and I have been planning for a while: an intensive Saturday course in Helsinki. 

Basic information about the course

  • Time: Saturday 29.4.2023 from 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Level: B1B2 (intermediate) 

  • Group size: 6 students

  • Venue: Botta, Museokatu 10, Helsinki

  • Teachers: Mari Nikonen and Hanna Männikkölahti

Price (including VAT 24 %)

  • Early bird price 360 € (Before 9.3.2023)

  • Regular price 420 € 

The course includes 

  • A full day of Finnish instruction and speaking Finnish (See the program below)

  • Personal feedback on your work during the day 

  • Study materials 

  • Morning coffee and a light Finnish style breakfast (bread, cheese, cold cuts and fruit)

  • A three course lunch at restaurant Manala

  • Afternoon coffee served with a sweet pastry

  • A short Zoom session (15 minutes) with the teachers before the course 

About the instruction

  • Speaking and writing themes will be tailored according to the students’ needs and wishes

  • Some grammar explanations will be in English for speed and clarity, but otherwise the aim is to spend all day speaking Finnish

Preliminary program

  • 10.0010.30 Morning coffee and introductions
  • 10.3011.15 Pronunciation and speaking practice 
  • 11.1512.00 Spoken language grammar. Tools and strategies for understanding everyday conversations in Finnish. 
  • 12.0012.30 Writing practice
  • 13.0014.00 Lunch in Finnish at restaurant Manala (in the same building)
  • 14.0014.45 Vocabulary and grammar session, tailored according to the students’ needs and questions
  • 14.4515.30 Conversation practice 
  • 15.3016.00 Afternoon coffee with a sweet pastry
  • 16.0016.45 Novels and non-fiction books in easy Finnish, reading and discussing
  • 16.4517.30 Personal feedback for your writing (15 minutes per student. Meanwhile, the others will continue with previous exercises.)  
  • 17.3018.00 Discussing self-study materials and planning your future studies

Registration period

  •  29.12.20229.4.2023 in Mari's online shop

  • If you’d like an invoice or would prefer to pay in installments, contact Mari at

  • We will contact you after you have signed up and set up a Zoom meeting with you

Cancellation policy

  • You can cancel your registration for any reason until 8.4.2023 in which case we will provide you with a full refund

  • You will also be fully refunded if you need to cancel at any time because of an illness or other emergency

Mari and me posing in front of the entrance of Botta.

About the author of Random Finnish Lesson: 

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please read more in and follow this blog, if you want to be the first one to know when I post something new.

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