Finnish for foreigners 1

1. Additional information

Author(s) Maija-Hellikki Aaltio
Published 2001
Publisher Otava
Size 236 x 167 x 11 mm
ISBN 951-1-08145-4
Pages 236
Extra 2 cassettes

2. Grading

Level Absolute beginner
Language English
Exercises No

3. In words

The Finnish for foreigners series is pretty extensive. This is part 1 which explains basic Finnish. Every chapter starts with a dialogue, presented simultaneously in Finnish and English in bilingual columns. Then follows a list of the new vocabulary in alphabetical order. Most chapters contain a grammar part as well. The explanations are straight-forward. Each chapter is quite short, usually consisting of only 4-6 pages. The book is grammar based, but takes things in nice small steps, so it isn't intimidating.

One thing this book lacks is exercises, but there is an entire book with only exercises available to accompany it. Since it's a pretty old book (published for the first time in 1987), the language is sometimes outdated, but it's still a pretty comprehensive guide to the Finnish language.

Another downside of this book is its confusing order. The chapters do not seem to flow, but rather subject matter is broken into 2 or 3 separate chapters located far apart in the book. The book also has no glossary.

You can also get 2 cassettes with the book, but since I don't have a cassette player, I don't know how good they are.