Is this lame?
I moved to FInland last April, and I was determined to learn FInnish for eventual citizenship... until I realized how painstakingly hard it is. Swedish is another official language of Finland, and they accept that for citizenship, so I've decided to go for that, as it looks much more familiar to my Germanic-language-learning eyes.
...Is it lame that I'm taking the easier road?
You took the words from my mouth.
I've been dabbling in Finnish while I wait for the course here to hatch. I can move through Swedish materials much faster, but I'm still enjoying them both.
You can use Swedish as a stepping stone, since there are quite a few loan words that might help your confidence. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bloomfield-nj/peter-bieksha-8946579
I tried WordDive, at least the free unit. I don't think I'll pay for the rest of the course. Mondly has a Finnish, but it's a steep learning curve.
I have an old copy of Teach Yourself Finnish, but no audio. It seems good, but that book series can get a bit monotonous before you finish.
Have you looked into local classes (for either language)?
(Finnish is in the "incubator").
I don't blame you. I've recently begun studying the structure of the Finnish language in university and it's making my head spin even though I'm Finnish. The thing is, though, you won't find much use for Swedish in most of Finland, and a lot of Finns probably won't be able to communicate effortlessly with you in Swedish. English is much better for communicating with most Finns. Unless you live in certain areas on the west coast, and assuming that you want some use out of the language you're learning, you'd be much better off toughing it out and learning Finnish.