Finnish Phase 1, Unit 01-05 : Pimsleur Finnish

  • by Pimsleur
  • Narrated by Pimsleur
  • Series: Pimsleur Finnish
  • 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • original_recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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: 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! Each lesson of Finnish Phase 1, Units 01-05 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
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What the Critics Say

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)


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Pim slur

A reasonably good way of getting into speaking a language, albeit painstakingly and without applicable context. A few things to keep in mind, then: these lessons are heavily biased towards American listeners. If you are not American, you will find yourself repeating in your chosen language - ad nauseum - that you are one. This then feeds into describing living in Washington DC, asking how much is that in dollars etc. Secondly, the context of some of the phrases is very dubious. I have yet to find much use for the phrase "you can't make purchases today" in either Finnish or my native English; and yet I spent an inordinate amount of time repeating it. Thirdly, after completing all thirty units, I can't proclaim much value for money. Lessons are slow, vocabulary is kept sparse all the way through and little content is given. If I hadn't used my credits and had a very good reason to learn this language, there is no way I could recommend these short lessons on their full price. The somewhat aggrandised opening statement, "congratulations, on purchasing the most effective language course ever!" - or words to that effect - seems rather ironical to me as I struggle to impress anyone by declaring "my wife would like to drink water", but for all its faults, it has bought me a small foothold into the language. Three stars for the entire course seems fair enough to me.
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- A. Thompson

A great teaching method.

I've really enjoyed this first set of lessons. The study method isn't boring and they start you off with useful phrases in a conversational setting rather than simply memorising phrases, words and grammar theory. On to unit 2!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio