The Finnish language
My material on Finnish
For those foreigners who would like know about
the Finnish language
(ISO 639 code:
fi, Finnish name: suomi)
I have a few things to offer:
- A short introduction to Finnish.
- Pronunciation of Finnish in a nutshell (for linguists).
- Some examples
of Finnish words and phrases.
- Information about the cases in Finnish.
- Modes of verbs in Finnish
Consonant gradation in Finnish – the true story
- "False friends" in English and Finnish.
- Letters in Finnish.
The use of alphabetic characters in Finnish texts.
assimilation at word boundaries in Finnish; the (in)famous
Material related to Finnish elsewhere
- Finnish characterized - a short overview by
Finnish Language at
- Tavataan taas,
a rather extensive course on
Finnish, with English as the teaching language
(language centre of the University of Helsinki)
- A few common words and phrases, with sound (WAV format) samples.
Sound (WAV format) samples for a large number
- The most
common 1000 words in Finnish (based on newspaper material;
explanations in Finnish)
- Information about books about Finnish:
useful for learning Finnish
(a list with different people's short evaluations); this is in
for Finland in the Nordic FAQ (soc.culture.nordic FAQ).
- Books About Finnish as a Foreign Language.
- Introduction to Finnish
by Päivi Rentz.
Contains quite a lot of information, including
a nice concise presentation of the pronunciation of Finnish
with sound samples (in
- Finnish for Travelers
by travlang. The information
is also available in other languages than English, through a
- Finnplace's online dictionary
(English-Finnish-English; previously known as Mofile's).
- Eurodicautom - multilingual
online dictionary. It is basically a database of technical terms
from various fields. You can use it via the following simplified
- Lingsoft material, e.g.
used to have a free demo of their
(from Finnish to English), but now they only have a paid service
without a demo.
suomea - for testing how you understand Finnish and for
brushing up your Finnish. Contains relatively simple but
real-life sample texts in Finnish.
is a service for conjugating verbs in several languages; you can
use it to conjugate Finnish verbs, too.
Courses on Finnish in Finland
At the University of Helsinki
Language centre services
include courses of different levels (starting from beginners)
on Finnish. The courses are open to everyone (for a fee).
You might also find something suitable in
adult education system, such as
in Finnish at the
Helsinki Adult Education Center (työväenopisto).
See also Discover
a Web site with confusing structure but
with information about
Finnish in Finland and abroad.
There is discussion group for Finnish at Yahoo Groups.
It has Finnish and English as the main languages.
discusses language issues, mostly in Finnish about Finnish.
The group is reasonably active, and it has a small
FAQ in Finnish.
If the group does not belong to the set of groups accessible using
news server, you can
access the group
formerly known as Human Languages Page,
a collection of links related to Finnish
language and literature.
I have moved the information about Finnish in Finnish
to a separate page,
Aineistoa suomen kielestä.