This course teaches the standard Finnish language, "yleiskieli," which is taught in schools and is, though formal and correct, more relaxed than the "book language."
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! Finnish Phase 1, Unit 1-30 includes 15 hrs of spoken language practice and 1 hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items.
In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.
Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I have been trying to chip away at Finnish for years, and have learned enough of yleiskieli (the standard language) to recognize from the first 4 units that this is the real deal. It won't make you as conversant as a puhukieli background will, but at the rate modern Finnish in the different dialect regions evolves, there is really no way to gain that background from a course; for THAT, you'd have to go to Finland and start chatting people up. For the standard language that will get you by, this is a fantastic and solid beginning.
What other book might you compare Finnish Phase 1, Units 1-30 to and why?
There is really no comparison, since there isn't yet a Rosetta. However, The FinnishPod or Livemocha thing would be close correlatives. This is better and less pell mell. However, once you GOT the background in this, those other resources would be a great way to try to add to your vocab and your ease with case endings. Do NOT try to learn the cases the way you would in latin (by studying them ahead of time). That would ignore the organic way Finns use the cases on a daily basis.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Take their advice and go unit by unit, and don't advance until you get 80+ percent accuracy on your current unit. Do a unit a day and you'll be surprised how much sticks.
Any additional comments?
Finnish is a language that people say is terribly difficult. But that's only because inflected languages are so different from English. This method demystifies that by giving you the forms gently. Like any language, it takes time and love.
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