Finnish, Comprehensive

Finnish, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Finnish with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442346703
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About the Finnish Language

  • Finnish belongs to the Finnic branch of the Finno-Ugric family of languages.
  • Its closest relative is Estonian; Hungarian is a distant cousin.
  • It is spoken by approximately 5.2 million people, mostly in Finland, and by some in Sweden and Russia as well.
  • There are three varieties of standard Finnish which are spoken throughout the country:
    • kirjakieli ("book language") - used in official documents, official speeches and the daily news,
    • yleiskieli - the standard language used in schools; it is formal and correct, though more relaxed than the "book language," and
    • puhekieli ("spoken language") - more casual variety used in everyday conversation, which changes frequently.

      This course teaches the standard Finnish language, yleiskieli

    Pimsleur's Finnish Comprehensive Language Program

    The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Finnish, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.
    • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
    • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
    • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

    Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Finnish. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About the Finnish Language

  • Finnish belongs to the Finnic branch of the Finno-Ugric family of languages.
  • Its closest relative is Estonian; Hungarian is a distant cousin.
  • It is spoken by approximately 5.2 million people, mostly in Finland, and by some in Sweden and Russia as well.
  • There are three varieties of standard Finnish which are spoken throughout the country:
    • kirjakieli ("book language") - used in official documents, official speeches and the daily news,
    • yleiskieli - the standard language used in schools; it is formal and correct, though more relaxed than the "book language," and
    • puhekieli ("spoken language") - more casual variety used in everyday conversation, which changes frequently.

      This course teaches the standard Finnish language, yleiskieli

    Pimsleur's Finnish Comprehensive Language Program

    The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Finnish, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.
    • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
    • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
    • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

    Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Finnish. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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4.4

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  • Easy to use (7)
  • It works (7)
  • Fun (5)
  • Perfects accent (5)
  • Portable (5)

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    • Travel (7)
    • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Self-improvement (4)
    • Business/work (3)
    • Fun (3)
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    3.0

    OK for speaking, but limitations

    By Indiana Jones

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Business person, Military personnel, Traveler

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    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Lesson Length Is Perfect
    • Repeats Words From Prev
    • Speakers Are Mostly Clear

    Cons

    • Not Enough Time To Respon
    • No writing component
    • Spelling Is Unknown

    Best Uses

    • Airports Trains Hotels
    • Restaurants
    • Travel

    Comments about Finnish, Comprehensive:

    I like the 30 minute format. That suits my commute perfectly and breaks it down into digestible chunks. HOWEVER, speaking is only half the job, you must know how the words are spelled in order to understand the language more completely. People OTHER than tourists use these language programs. We need to know business Finnish, not just restaurant Finnish. (Telephone Finnish too). And throwing in the word "regretably" in the first few lessons? Come on, that is too much of a distraction from fundamentals.

     
    5.0

    Fantastic starting point

    By Chelsea

    from London, UK

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No Phase 2
    • No Phase Ii

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I found Phase I to be a fantastic starting point for learning Finnish. I often travel to Finland and have many Finnish friends, and while their grasp of the English language is excellent, I think it is important for me to be able to communicate with them in their own language.
    Unfortunately with only Phase I available, I am very limited on advancing my knowledge. Pimsleur is my go to method for learning languages and I feel it would be most advantageous to stick with Pimsleur in my Finnish studies. PLEASE release a Phase II :-)

     
    4.0

    So far, so good!

    By Sarah

    from Maine

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component
    • Phase 2 Not Available

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Travel

    Comments about Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I choose to do each of the lessons 2-4 times and reinforce the learning in my car when I am able. I think the repetition is key and since I grew up hearing Finnish and have been to Finland several times, I know the pronunciation is excellent.

    After I have done a lesson at least once, I take the time to write down the phrases in English to practice later.

    I am looking forward to traveling to Finland again with the confidence to speak the language.

    I am only a third of the way through and am eager to see what I have accomplished at the end. However, I am worried that I will not be able to continue! Please add more lessons!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Some written explanation of the grammar to supplement the lessons would be helpful. I want to know the "why" and "how."

    It would be really helpful to include written English prompts of what was learned in each lesson. For example, a list of phrases used in Unit 8 would include, "I would like something to eat in the cafeteria."

     
    5.0

    Amazing Start

    By Escape Russia-Go to Finland

    from Bloomington, IN

    About Me Student

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    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      This product was simply amazing! The whole program is well thought out, with native speakers repeating every phrase clearly. I could tell from the sample lesson that this course was going to deliver. You learn phrases in a conversational context, but then you are forced to work from what you have learned to make slightly different phrases. For example, you might learn to say "I don't speak Finnish", later learn the word for "English" and then build on the previous phrase by being asked to say "I speak English, I don't speak Finnish". This type of logic is carried on throughout the course, into topics such as numbers, counting, and directions.

      At the end of the 30 lessons (which took me about 40 days), I had amassed a surprising amount of very functional vocabulary in Finnish, and was even catching parts of Finnish pop songs and reading SOME headlines. Of course, Pimsleur is not magic and cannot defy the limitations of the human brain, but it is scientifically sound and well thought out, allowing for a complete beginner to learn enough to get started on a longer course of study in just over a month. I would estimate that I learned the equivalent of a semester's worth of material as commonly taught in U.S. universities.

      The complaint, as pointed out by other reviewers, is that they only offer Phase 1, which makes for a strong start, but lacks the depth and time to continue pursuing this beautiful language. In some ways, the course has been a gift and a curse: I am now spoiled to the point where conventional textbooks are too boring, but I still don't have the capacity for more "immersion" techniques. I do hope that a Phase II is forth coming! (Indeed, I was encouraged to review the product as a way of incentivizing Pimsleur to release the next unit). It seems clear enough that Pimsleur does not make much money off the less-commonly-studied languages, and so only releases the first phase; however, I have personally been hesitant to purchase more such products, knowing that I will be left hanging with a strong foundation, but limited options to move forward. It seems to me that making a commitment to offering products for less-commonly-taught languages would help Pimsleur corner that market....

       
      4.0

      Read some grammar first

      By Maddie

      from USA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I got this after reading Fred Karlsson's 'Finnish: An Essential Grammar' (which I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn Finnish beyond basic greetings) and was glad I had that background. There were many times listening to these lessons when I felt like I would have been confused about why some words were changing in different contexts -- like euroa vs euroja in sentences where both translate to 'euros' -- if I had not already known some rules, like that the partitive singular is used in numeral expressions. Pimsleur deliberately avoids discussing grammar explicitly, but I found it very helpful to know throughout what was going on.

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