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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"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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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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A great introduction to Finnish

This is a great system ! I have been trying, unsuccessfully , to learn Finnish for a while. As it is so different to other languages and has such long consonant heavy words it's felt a bit impenetrable. However this system has really helped me to get the 'ear' and I'm retaining much more . It really breaks down the language and gets you speaking in and understanding sentences straight away. I practice daily while doing housework or walking and I'm seeing constant improvement. I'll feel much more confident to speak next time I'm in Finland , last time I felt a bit rude not being able to say more than hello or thank you when everyone I met spoke such flawless English. Now I can join in and get to know Finland and it's lovely people on a deeper level.
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- chloe millar

Book Details

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