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Learning Finnish
Finnish isn't easy - sisu! Language training is widely available whether you'd like to attend a course, study at university full-time, go to summer university, or study online. Online courses are of particular interest to people planning to move to Finland; Finnish language is commonly cited as the greatest difficulty for foreigners looking for work, as well as in the workplace. Studying online lets you learn a little of the language prior to arriving in Finland.

Finnish Language Schools and Courses

Linguajoy Language Clubs
Fun language courses for children and adults! Children aged 2 to 14 can learn Finnish, English, Swedish, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. With native teachers and a multi-sensory curriculum, students genuinely explore and learn languages through games, arts, science, music, movement, and drama. Children's courses are held once per week for 45 minutes at daycares, primary schools, community houses, the Linguajoy language centre, as well as Online / Live!
Adults' courses with a focus on Travelling the World with Confidence are also available at the Linguajoy language centre, as well as Online / Live. Finnish, Italian, Spanish, French, English, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Swedish.
Each summer Linguajoy arranges international language summer camps in Helsinki! See Language Clubs & Summer Camps
Phone 041 319 6675
Web www.linguajoy.fi
Facebook www.facebook.com/linguajoy/
Address Heikkiläntie 2A, 5th floor, 00210 Helsinki

Jyväskylä University - Summer 2024

Intensive summer course in Finnish language and culture
Each July you can learn Finnish language and experience Finnish culture for almost 3 weeks in Jyväskylä!
In Summer 2024 the course takes place July 1st to July 19th.
The course includes an ≈75-hour teaching programme and ≈40-hour cultural programme. The course is open to anyone over age 18. Language teaching is organized in skill level groups ranging from beginners to advanced (A0-C1). Language lessons take place during the day, with the free time programme offering sauna, evenings around an open fire, trips to the beautiful nature, visits to nearby cities and more. A rewarding journey into Finnish language and culture!
2024 Course Information: kesayo.jyu.fi
Course fee does not include accommodation.
Online registration ends June 13th 2024. Late registration:

Jyväskylä University - Winter 2025

Intensive winter course in Finnish language and culture
Each Winter you can learn Finnish language and experience Finnish culture for 10 days in Jyväskylä! The next course will take place January 27th - February 5th 2025.
The course includes an ≈40-hour teaching programme and ≈15-hour cultural programme. The course is open to anyone over age 18. Language teaching is organized in skill level groups ranging from little skills to upper intermediate (A1-B2). Language lessons take place during the day, with the free time programme offering sauna, evenings around an open fire, winter activities (maybe ice swimming!), visits to nearby cities and more. A rewarding journey into Finnish language and culture!
2025 Course Information: kesayo.jyu.fi
Detailed timetable will be published in September 2024.
Course fee does not include accommodation.

Finnjoy: Effective Finnish for Beginners
Finnjoy's method emphasizes using Finnish from the very start. The courses in Helsinki are designed to quickly give students a grasp of central aspects of the language so they can use it 'in action', facilitating quick and effective learning - just as native speakers do. In addition to classes, exercises done outside class hours are important. The main teaching language is Finnish, and English / Swedish / French may be used when necessary.
Finnjoy's site also includes a blog to help you enjoy all things Finnish, and understand Finn-things you find puzzling! Still in its infancy, the Finnjoy blog has a growing archive of interesting articles about Finnish culture, language, food, events and more.
Web www.finnjoy.fi

Onnenkieli Suggestopedic Language Courses
Onnenkieli Oy, located in Tampere, uses the suggestopedic system to quickly teach people to speak Finnish. The unemployment office will pay for the course if a person is about to set up a company or get a good job as soon as he/she learns Finnish. Check site for details of courses and programmes: current courses include Finnish for Immigrant Workers and Finnish for Job Seekers
Phone 050 342 9915
Web www.onnenkieli.fi
Address Hatanpään valtatie 34 D, 33100 Tampere

Finnish Language Course Search
Part of InfoFinland: Search for in-person Finnish and Swedish language courses in 7 regions throughout Finland as well as online courses, according to your starting level and other criteria. Course information is available in Finnish, English or Russian.
Web www.finnishcourses.fi

Medical Finnish Language Courses

MEDI Connection
Are you a healthcare professional interested in working in Finland? The Suomea sairaalaympäristössä online medical Finnish language courses help doctors, nurses, practical nurses and dentists efficiently attain Finnish language skills for a medical environment, and integrate into the Finnish healthcare system.
Learning with the assistance of analytics, ergonomic social features and AI-powered recommendations makes this a personalized and insightful learning environment.
MEDI Connection's curriculum enhances the student's ability to internalize grammar, spoken and written language, and medical terminology, and teaches interaction and integration skills. The course includes a 1 hour 15 minute online lesson each week, with reading, speaking, listening and writing exercises as well as useful information about Finland and Finnish culture. Most reading materials are in the form of dialogue, making the language use as authentic as possible, and the majority of exercises are self-correcting. Teachers can be contacted via messaging and will respond to comments and questions, and each course includes a private tutoring session.
Please visit MEDI Connection for a deeper insight into online medical Finnish courses.
Phone +358 20 735 1700
Web mediconnection.fi  Free online demo available

Language Training Apps

Gamified language-learning apps are a great way to learn a new language on the go.

Duolingo: The popular language-learning platform offers free (with ads) language courses in 30+ languages. Duolingo's long-anticipated Finnish course became available in 2020, with over 50,000 people signing up within 4 days for the "most requested ever" Duolingo course.
Apple iOS and Android apps, and also works great on laptops and desktops.
www.duolingo.com

LingQ: 42 languages including Finnish, LingQ uses audio and video with full transcripts. The LingQ library includes books, podcasts, news, entertainment, sports, travel, culture, technology and science, but you can also import content and create personalised lessons. Free to try, monthly pricing for full features. Apple iOS and Android apps.
www.lingq.com

WordDive: Made in Finland, the WordDive app is highly regarded. "Learn Finnish in 3 months" with a monthly subscription, and you can try a free lesson before signing up. 9 other languages also available. Apple iOS and Android apps.
www.worddive.com

Drops: Drops helps you learn Finnish through fun, fast-paced games with simple mnemonic images. "No reading. No typing. Just five minutes a day." Available in over 30 languages. Free trial, various subscription packages. Apple iOS and Android apps.
languagedrops.com

Mondly: This platform is comprehensive and offers a 'school-type' language education. Free basic trial with full lessons by subscription. Mondly for Business, a professional language learning solution, is also available. Courses in 30+ languages. Apple iOS and Android apps.
www.mondly.com

Free Online Finnish Lessons & Courses

If you don't have the time or inclination to attend a Finnish course, there are online options. The following are all free, well put together, and genuinely helpful. Most sites have audio so you can practise pronunciation as well.

YKI Langauge Skills
Passing the Finnish YKI (National Certificate of Language Proficiency) test in Finnish or Swedish is a mandatory step on the road to Finnish citizenship. Passing at intermediate level or higher is enough to prove your language skills. Information about YKI tests themselves, as well as registration and grading, is available at www.oph.fi/en/

Yle Oppiminen (Yle Learning) has created an intermediate level B1 learning pack, with exercises based on topics the same as those in the YKI test. Each contains a mix of short texts as well as audio or video packages, and all are under one minute in duration. Optimised for mobile but also suitable for larger screens.

Comprehensive Courses

Duolingo: The long-anticipated Finnish course became available in 2020. The free (with ads) gamified lessons are fun and effective! Duolingo is great on laptops and desktops, with Apple iOS and Android apps also available.

A Taste of Finnish: Not quite a 'full language course' but far more than a phrase-book. This Helsinki University online course was originally intended for incoming exchange students, but has been made available free of charge to everyone. The material comprises 10 chapters, each including lessons with short texts, dialogues, exercises and grammar. A Taste of Finnish gives you a good picture of the Finnish language; it's a 'handy toolbox' for everyday situations with Finns!

Phrases & Fundamentals

Speak Finnish!: A wide range of materials to help you learn Finnish. Pick up some basic phrases, expand your vocabulary, or discuss language questions in the forums. Speak Finnish! also helps you find 'language partners' to practise your Finnish with.

Tavataan Taas!: Two-part introduction to Finnish language and culture, presented by the Helsinki University Language Centre. Part 1 introduces Finnish vocabulary used in everyday life. Part 2 proceeds to basic grammar. You can test your knowledge at the linked Finnish websites. Available in English, French, German, Bulgarian.

Digital Dialects: Games for learning phrases, numbers, vocabulary, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. Available in English, French, Japanese.

Linguhouse: Phrases and vocabulary broken down into 16 topics. Available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.

Grammar

Suomen Kielioppi: Finnish grammar, broken down into phonology, pronouns, numerals, verbs, conjunctions, adverbs, cases and case endings. Available in English, Finnish, German

Verbix: Conjugate any Finnish verb. If you think that sounds a bit 'specialised' or unnecessary, you probably haven't seen Finnish verb conjugations!

Other Levels

Puhutaan suomea: A magazine featuring articles in Finnish at different levels of difficulty with explanations of vocabulary and grammar. Topics include Finland, Finnish society and the Finnish language. It also provides audio for selected articles, to facilitate the learning process for those not living in Finland.

The Finnish Teacher: Vocabulary, phrases and grammar lessons, and articles about Finland.

Language Training for Businesses

Josbel Oy www.josbel.com
Since 1983 Josbel has specialised in corporate language training, translation services and cross-cultural education. Language courses are available in Finnish, English, Swedish, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. I'm proud to have been a teacher for Josbel during the 90's, and thoroughly enjoyed working with the government and corporate clients, and the great people at Josbel.
Phone 040 673 1145
Web www.josbel.com
Address Lönnrotinkatu 42, 00180 Helsinki

Studying Finnish at Universities

Universities offer courses in Finnish and Swedish for their international staff and students. Some universities also open their courses to those who are not working or studying at the university. Courses range from beginners' level to advanced, some progress at an 'easy' rate while others are intensive. For details of courses, eligibility to enrol, dates, prerequisite skills etcetera, visit the site of the institution you would like to learn more about.

Aalto University Language Centre www.aalto.fi/en/
Phone 050 522 4705, Address Otakaari 1, Espoo, M wing, 3rd floor
Helsinki University Language Services helsinki.fi/en/language-centre
Open Mon-Fri 10-15, Phone (09) 191 23234, Address Vuorikatu 5 A, 3rd floor, Helsinki

University of Eastern Finland uef.fi/en/unit/language-centre
Campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. Contact the university regarding Finnish language courses

University of Jyväskylä Language Centre jyu.fi/en/movi
Open Mon-Fri 8-16, Phone (014) 260 1211, Address Main Campus, Seminaarinmäki, Building O

University of Oulu Language Centre www.oulu.fi/en/
Phone 0294 480 000, Address Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Linnanmaa

Tampere University Language Centre tuni.fi/en/about-us/language-centre
Phone (03) 355 111, Address Kalevantie 4, Tampere

University of Turku Language Centre utu.fi/en/
Phone (02) 333 5975, Address Horttokuja 2, Turku

University of Vaasa Language Centre uwasa.fi/en/
Phone (29) 449 8000, Address Wolffintie 34, Vaasa

Summer Universities in Finland

Introduction
There are 18 summer universities throughout Finland. They operate in tight contact and permanent collaboration with the Finnish universities. Summer universities offer short-term courses, not degree programmes. Nor do they award financial grants for either Finnish or international students; all expenses must be covered by the student. Fees usually vary from 70 euros to 600 euros. The language of instruction is mainly Finnish but some courses are taught in English. Annually more than 1,100 international students participate in summer university courses. Courses are open to everyone but prerequisites and application dates vary so make sure to contact the appropriate summer university for specific information.
Online courses are increasingly available, year-round.

What Summer Universities Offer

  • Open university studies. These courses are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the universities and the students earn ECTS credits.
  • Further vocational training
  • Preparatory and extramural courses
  • Studia general lectures
  • Seminars and events on cultural and regional issues
  • Univeristy activities for the third age
  • See participating Summer Universities in Finland kesayliopistot.fi/ota-yhteytta/

Finnish Language Courses at Summer Universities
Course levels vary by institution, from level 0 up to level B2-C1. Themed courses, such as oral or written communication, are also available. Summer universities offering Finnish language courses usually include Kuopio, Central Ostrobothnia, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Mikkeli, Northern Ostrobothnia, Oulu, Päijät-Häme (Lahti), South Karelia, Tampere, Turku, and Vaasa.

Online courses have increased in number and frequency, making it possible to participate from outside Finland. These courses are increasingly available year-round.
Summer Universities: kesayliopistot.fi/ota-yhteytta/

Finnish-English and Multi-language Dictionaries

www.sanakirja.org: Finnish - English - Finnish Dictionary. Sanakirja is not so versatile as Google Translate, but much more comprehensive.
www.babadada.com: Finnish - English - Finnish Dictionary. "The visual dictionary: Every language at a glance" With a fun graphical interface, including numerous other languages.
www.suomienglantisanakirja.fi: Finnish - English - Finnish Dictionary. Quick and comprehensive.

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