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.
Surprise your friends! Astonish your family! With Pimsleur, you'll be speaking and understanding like a native in no time. 30 minutes a day is all it takes. Finnish Phase 1, Unit 08 builds on material taught in Unit 1. It includes 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, new vocabulary, and new structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. This lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit and in Unit 1. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Finnish. Download and start listening now!