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 Finnish language, yleiskieli.
The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. Finnish Phase 1, Unit 01 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.