You may want to work or study in Finland. Or you may have good friends (maybe girlfriend/boyfriend) in Finland, or maybe you just want to learn Finnish for fun. Whatever your reason is, you want to learn Finnish fast. That’s why I am going to give you my tips today how to learn the Finnish language quickly.
First Things First – Believe That Finnish Is Easy
You may have heard somewhere that learning Finnish is hard. Maybe your Finnish friend has told you something like that, or you have just read it on the Internet. Let me inform you that they don’t know what they are talking about. Finnish is not too hard for anyone. Let me give you two examples.
There was a one woman who moved to Finland and wanted to learn Finnish. But somebody had told her that Finnish is one of the hardest languages in the world. So she struggled with Finnish because she thought it’s just too hard for her.Then one day when she went for a walk to a park.
She saw that there was an older man with his dog in the park and a man was talking Finnish to his dog. She saw how dog obeyed all orders that man gave to him. That was a moment when he realized, “If even a dog can learn to understand Finnish, why couldn’t I?” Then she started learning, and after some time, she spoke Finnish fluently.
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Another example. I was working this year in a refugee center in my hometown Oulu. There were many kinds of refugees, men, women and children but most of them were young men. Some of the refugees didn’t have any education, and they couldn’t even read/write while some of them were highly educated. I got to know refugees who didn’t have hardly any education, but they still learned to speak Finnish fluently in a year or something like that. If you are already educated, you will probably learn even faster.
Of course, some people couldn’t speak Finnish at all. But they never put any effort to learn it. Probably they thought that Finnish is too hard. But as we know, that’s not true because even a dog or a man without any education can learn it.
Finnish Pronunciation Is Easy
The Finnish language is spelled as it’s written. No exceptions. Who wants to tell me still that Finnish is one of the hardest languages on Earth? 😉
You just need to learn how each alphabet is pronounced. Once you have learned them, Finnish pronunciation will be a piece of cake for you. Here is a Youtube video that teaches you how to pronounce Finnish alphabet correctly. Youtube-channel inFinnish that has made the video seems very useful if you want to learn Finnish so I would recommend checking their other videos too.
Somebody may have some monster words from Finnish and then claim that Finnish is hard. Well, in any language there are easier and harder words to pronounce. But let’s take one example.
Squirrel is quite a challenging words for many of those who are learning English as a second language. The same word in German is Eichhörnchen which isn’t very easy either. However, a Finnish word for squirrel is orava which is very easy. You just pronounce it as it’s written.
In Finnish “R” is pronounced in the same way as in Spanish. It’s so-called rolling “R.” It may cause you some challenges in the beginning if your only language has been English, but you will learn it over the time course. I had the same challenge with French because their “R” is different than Finnish “R.” But I just listened how native French speakers pronounced it and tried to pronounce it in the same way. Probably at first, it didn’t sound excellent but over the time course, it has improved.
Every time you hear the right pronunciation, your brains register it, and once you practice it, every time your pronunciation gets closer to the right way.
Find a Language Partner to Learn Fast
In my opinion, talking a language with a native speaker is one of the fastest ways to become fluent in a language. And when you have a language partner, you are also building a friendship with someone which is fun. Having a native friend can motivate you to learn more so that you could speak with him/her more fluently.
Even though you would be a total beginner, having a language partner can be profitable because then you can go through together some words. You can also talk Finglish which means that you are mixing up English and Finnish. Then you will reinforce your vocabulary and learn new words from your friends.
The easiest way to find a language partner if you are not living in Finland is through Italki or Hellotalk. There you can find many Finnish native speakers instantly.
You can also contact me because I am a Finnish native speaker and maybe I can help you out. But currently I am concentrating on building my website, so I don’t have very much time for language exchange but just leave a comment or contact me on social media, and we can be in touch.
I have got a lot of motivation for learning languages when I have seen that people use it in real life. When I wanted to learn French, I bought flight tickets to Paris and decided that I will stay there for one month. I figured out that it will help me to learn French and give me motivation. And it did.
When I saw in real life that people were communicating in French, I realized that learning this language can be useful for me and I wanted to learn it. I also got motivation before the trip because I knew that soon I would be able to use my French skills in practice with native speakers in Paris.
Listen to Finnish Language Podcasts
There are not so many Finnish podcasts as with big languages like Spanish, English or Chinese. But you don’t need to have many because even one great podcast is enough to take your Finnish skills to the next level.
Probably the best Finnish podcast is FinnishPod101. It is part of LanguagePod101 series, and their service is very high quality. They have over 680 audio and video lessons and tons of other tools that will help you to become fluent in Finnish. I think this one is the best single tool that you can use to master Finnish.
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Check Also These Resources
There is a website called Venla.info where you can find lots of useful material for the Finnish language. Vocabulary, grammar, exercise and many other resources that will boost your Finnish skills.
Here is a link for an info bank where you can find tons of material for learning Finnish.
Pimsleur Finnish. Pimsleur has language courses for about 50 different languages and Finnish is one of them. They have a full course of 30 lessons that you can listen anytime anywhere and learn Finnish naturally by listening. I recommend learning with your ears instead of “learning with your eyes” too much. Learning with your ears is very effective.
My recommendation is that you study every single day because then you are making progress. Even though you would be studying 15 minutes a day, it’s much better than 2 hours once a week. A Little progress every day adds up to significant results.
1.Get rid of the idea that Finnish is hard. It’s like any other language in the world, and it’s much easier than most languages. The more you practice, the more you can speak it.
2.Find a language partner. Having a language partner will give you motivation and can help you a lot to go forward with Finnish.
3.Listen to FinnishPod101. Listening to this podcast will build up your vocabulary, Finnish phrases, grammar knowledge and all skills in general.
4.Use other resources that I listed there. Pimsleur’s course will probably give you a huge boost to your Finnish skills. Even though it’s not a very cheap course, it can be worth it if you want to learn to speak the Finnish language.
I believe that the biggest thing that holds people back from learning Finnish is that they think it’s hard. Another thing is that they don’t use a time to practice it. But if you are practicing Finnish regularly, one day you will speak it fluently. That is just a natural cause of practicing a new language.
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I do not live in Finland, but the area I live in has a lot of Finnish people living there, so think it would be interesting to learn a bit about the language. I must admit that I am one of the people thinking that Finnish is probaly really hard to learn. It sounds so different from any other language I have learned before. But the example you give about the woman is a good reminder to why it of course is possible for everybody that wishes to learn it.
I think that if you think that Finnish is hard, it can really hold you back from learning it. In that sense, I think it would be good for you to concentrate on the easy aspects of Finnish language. In Finnish there are not for example feminine or masculine like in many other languages. In English you need to say he/she but in Finnish it’s only “hÃ¤n”.
If you practice Finnish, you will learn it for sure. It’s not harder than any other language and actually much easier than most languages in the world. 🙂
Give a look to FinnishPod101. It’s a comfortable and an easy way to get started with Finnish.
Hi, thanks for your article. I always had the impression, as an Italian, that Finnish words are not so hard to pronounce, however I have always been scared by the fact that they don’t sound like any language I’m already familiar with, like english, german, spanish or french. My only experience with finnish is through a folk band that I really like (VÃ¤rttinÃ¤), and that’s where I got scared lol
Your article suggests that my worries are totally groundless, so maybe one day, when I have more time, I may try to investigate on this fascinating language.
yes, your worries are groundless ;). Finnish is just a language among many other languages in this world. You can learn it with practice. You are right that it’s not very much similar to English or Italian but it’s not a problem. Maybe you need to practice a few things more but if you want to learn it, you will.
It is better to try and learn first rather than being told that learning a particular language is easy or not. Like other language, I think practice makes perfect. More, I think we are blessed with the resources available these days. That we can study independently through online and even listening to conversations on Youtube. In my opinion, I would like by getting to know someone who speaks Finnish fluently and from there, having a brief conversation gradually to polish up.
You are right that real practice is very important when learning a language. But your attitude to that language will decide how much you’ll practice. If you think, “Oh, this is so hard. I can never learn this.” You will not learn a language. But if you think, “Oh, this language isn’t so challenging at all. Actually, it’s quite easy. I am sure that I will master it.” Then you will more likely use more time practicing that language.
I see that you have a good attitude when learning new languages. You know that there are many wonderful resources online, like Youtube for example. Having a language partner is also very beneficial for learning a new language like Finnish.
Thank you for writing about the Finnish language. I must admit I was 100% sure that it was a pretty hard one to learn. I like the dog analogy it makes perfect sense that if an animal can understand it, so can we.
I can relate to your site myself because I had lo learn English when we decide to migrate to Australia from our home land Venezuela
.It was very hard to learn English but I managed to learn what I needed in 6 months time.
We were under pressure because there was a 6 months deadline for me to take the English test and our whole application process depended on it.
Do you have a second language yourself, I am curious.
for a Spanish speaker Finnish shouldn’t be even very hard. Finnish pronunciation is very similar in many ways with Spanish. There are a few differences but you will learn those quite quickly for sure.
I am happy that you eventually managed to learn English very well.
My second language is English and my third language is Spanish. Then I speak some German, French and Swedish.