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.
The Pimsleur® Method is scientifically proven to be your fastest route to near-native fluency. Finnish Phase 1, Unit 22 builds on material taught in prior units. 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. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit and in previous units. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Finnish. This unit contains a Reading Lesson designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.