Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Finnish with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442358416
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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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.
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 Phase 1, Unit 1-30  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. 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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PimsleurFinnish Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.3

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Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • It works (9)
  • Fun (6)
  • Perfects accent (6)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (8)
  • Self-improvement (6)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
  • Business/work (4)
  • Fun (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (5), Business person (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finnish Finally

I have been waiting for years for Pimsleur to release a Finnish course. I am half way through the course and can see dramatic results. I have been married to a Finnish woman for...Read complete review

I have been waiting for years for Pimsleur to release a Finnish course. I am half way through the course and can see dramatic results. I have been married to a Finnish woman for over a decade and this course is finally helping me to grasp the language. I can't wait to surprise my in-laws next time we go to Finland.
I have found that although a single lesson may move very quickly for me, when I listen to it a second time that usually fixes the problems and I can comprehend way over 80%.
Thank you Pimsleur!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK for speaking, but limitations

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Excellent for reminding me of much that I had forgotten

By Geoglot

from Ontario, Canada

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I have used Pimsleur to learn Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and Japanese and I really like the programme. Having studied Finnish (which is a pretty difficult language) in University many years ago I had forgotten most of what I had learned. Doing the Pimsleur programme was great to bring back all that I had forgotten. I wish that there was a phase II and III like for those other languages though (same comment applies for Romanian).

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Pretty good

    By Dogmom

    from Chicago

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent

    Cons

    • No writing component
    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Good lessons in a very difficult to learn language.

     
    3.0

    OK for speaking, but limitations

    By Indiana Jones

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Business person, Military personnel, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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 :-)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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."

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