Finnish

A Finno-Ugric language and a chief member of the Finnic group, spoken by c. 5.5 million people in Finland, where it is an official language (together with Swedish), as well as in nearby parts of Sweden, Estonia, Norway and Russia and also by a considerable number of emigré bilingual communities especially in Canada and the USA.

The first written literary documents - Rukouskirja Bibliasta of Michael Agricola, and his translation of the New Testament - date from the 16th century. Modern Finnish has traditionally been divided into two main dialect areas - Western and Eastern, the differences between the two being mainly phonological. Currently, seven dialect regions can be distinguished.

The language is spelt in the Roman alphabet.


CLASSIFICATION = Finno-Ugric family, SCRIPT = Roman

Courses

Basic
Beginner's Finnish : with 2 audio CDs FIN CBEG 3(PACK)
Colloquial Finnish : the complete course for beginners FIN CBEG 2(PACK)
Complete Finnish FIN CBEG 1(PACK)
From start to Finnish : a short course in Finnish FIN CBEG 4(PACK)

Dictionaries

Finnish dictionary & phrasebook : Finnish-English, English-Finnish FIN DICO 2
Nykysuomen sanakirja : lyhentämätön kansanpainos : osat I ja II A-K FIN DICO 4
Nykysuomen sanakirja : lyhentämätön kansanpainos : osat III ja IV L-R FIN DICO 5
Nykysuomen sanakirja : lyhentämätön kansanpainos : osat V ja VI S-Ö FIN DICO 6
Nykysuomen sivistyssanakirja : vierasperäiset sanat FIN DICO 3
Suomi-englanti-suomi sanakirja FIN DICO 1

Films

The cinematic works FIN FILM 1(PACK)
Frozen land FIN FILM 6(DVD)*
Laitakaupungin valot (Lights in the dusk) FIN FILM 2(PACK)*
Mies vailla menneisyyttä (The man without a past) FIN FILM 3(PACK)*
Pidä huivista kiinni Tatjana! (Take care of your scarf, Tatiana) FIN FILM 4(PACK)
Rikos ja rangaistus (Crime and punishment) FIN FILM 5(PACK)

Grammar

Finnish : an essential grammar FIN GRAM 1
Finnish grammar FIN GRAM 2

Reading - Fiction

First Finnish reader for beginners : bilingual for speakers of English FIN RFICT 2
First Finnish reader for beginners : volume 2 : bilingual for speakers of English FIN RFICT 3
Mini-Taskari : Eläköön Mikki FIN RFICT 1

Reference

Helsinki : a cultural and literary history FIN REF 1
The Kalevala: epic poem of Finland FIN REF 3
Lonely Planet : Finland FIN REF 2