A resource for those who want to learn Finnish

Here's a free online cource on Finnish by the University of Helsinki.

November 24, 2015


Thank you! Along with this, I hope DuoLingo will eventually have a Finnish course up ~ Although, I know why there is not yet; the language is so difficult. The plurals itself would be a nightmare.

November 24, 2015

Why would the plurals be a nightmare? I just (re)started with finnish again - so, I kind of never really got to that part before.

December 6, 2017

This is a free resource on Finnish as well, for whomever is still interested.

March 22, 2018

It's an interesting choice they've made, mixing written and spoken forms like that: minun nimi on. I'm glad they at least mention the written forms in the grammar part.

I know focusing on teaching spoken Finnish is all the rage nowadays, but this mix of the written and the spoken language is not doing anyone any favors (in my opinion). People neither speak nor write like that in real life.

November 24, 2015

Hmm, I should have read the lessons before posting. I was in hurry and trusted the University would do a good job.

I just talked about the spoken/written language problem with a friend who speaks finnish as a second language and asked her how she feels about it. She said in her opinion the written language is more important to learn first and then build the knowledge of spoken language on that. And I agree with her.

November 24, 2015

Ah, don't worry! This might be exactly the right resource for someone -- we're all different learners.

I just saw that particular bit, and it's a bit of a pet peeve of mine... (Remember the now-defunct Minun Sonera?)

It seems there are a lot of people who prefer to get a bit of vocabulary under their belt and start chatting away, and only worry about the exact declensions later. Sort of Fluent in 3 months style. Then there are us other people, who really want to know why there is an ы at the end of that word, or not just guess from the context whether a particular form is singular or plural. I think it's easier to learn to read first, so you can pick up words and structures at your own pace, than to first learn to speak to some degree and then have to go back and figure out the proper grammar at a stage where you might already have picked up some bad grammatical habits.

November 24, 2015

I also prefer written over spoken, but when i go to Finland next summer, I know I will have to speak the language at least a little bit. I also am going to visit with some friends who speak english as a second language, so I will not be alone to speak it.

November 7, 2018

Thanks for pointing it out. I'm looking forward to trying it, but I guess I'd prefer the written form too. Still, all resources are welcome.

November 24, 2015

How are you level 2 Hindi? At the time of this comment being posted the Hindi course is at 90%. (Mon 30 Apr 2018)

April 30, 2018

Thank you! I am going to northern Finland in January and seriously need this.

November 24, 2015

Hello Rachel, how did that work for you?

April 16, 2018


November 24, 2015

Awesome, thanks!

November 24, 2015


April 25, 2019

Do you speak finnish?

August 20, 2017

So when it comes to the spelling, W has 2 totally different spellings according to Wikipedia, one is kaksois-vee, and the other one is tupla-vee, right? But I checked some YouTube videos, some of which either taught the first one, the latter one showed up in other videos. Why? Is it optional or regional?

January 14, 2018

That's just kaksois- being more formal and tupla-being more informal.

But I have to say that I don't think I've ever seen those names spelled out, and I'm a native speaker. When you speak, you can use either, and when you write, you simply write "w".

January 14, 2018

Thank you!

February 28, 2018

Thank you so much!! I was looking for something like this haha thanks!

May 26, 2018


June 24, 2018

I like this one However it is not free ( . Three month are free. Once you activates the free course by clicking the link, I'll get a 2-week free )). Thank you!

October 30, 2018

Thanks! This is also amazing site for learning Finnish. You can read articles about finnish language and learn to speak and write it better. From the site you can even book your own tutor for learning finnish.

February 1, 2019

Ach sö ! Vi behöver definitivt fler online-resurser för finska språket !

April 26, 2019


April 26, 2019

I wish Finnish was an option on Duolingo! I want to be able to REPEAT the things/phrases so the computer can check them!

May 13, 2019

Patience, they are working on the course already. :)

May 14, 2019

April of next year... so long to wait. DuoLingo has been such a good program, so while a small part of me is devastated that I will not be able to take it before I, the gay son of a Lutheran pastor, bring my fiance home to my rural Finnish-American homeland this Christmas... I am still exhilarated that at least whatever else happens, I will be able to at some point learn the language of the dozens of church grandmas who adopted my family and raised me to be who I am.

June 19, 2019
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