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Das Ziel von Speak Finnish! ist es, qualitativ hochwertige Lernmaterialien für alle Erwachsenen bereitzustellen, die Finnisch lernen möchten.
Diese Webseite ist Teil des Speak Languages! Netzwerks.
Access to the site is completely free. We are currently adding sound, and soon users will also be able to hear all the phrases and vocabulary spoken by native Finnish speakers.
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Über die finnische Sprache
Finnish is spoken by about 6 million people worldwide, around 5 million of whom live in Finland itself. Other Finnish-speaking populations exist in Sweden, Russia, the USA, and Canada, amongst others.
It is a member of the Finno-Ugric language family, being closely related to Estonian and more distantly so to Hungarian. It's not an Indo-European language such as French or Spanish, and so the majority of words in Finnish will look totally unfamiliar to someone whose mother tongue is English.
Finnish is not considered to be a particularly easy language to learn for English-speakers. However, don't be put off! With a little practice, you should soon find yourself able to get by in most everyday situations.
Warum Finnisch lernen?
You enjoy a challenge
With fifteen different cases and distinctive vocabulary, Finnish should test even the most capable linguist! If you've studied other European languages in the past, you may find it refreshing to learn one where you effectively have to start entirely from scratch.
It sounds beautiful
Finnish is the only language with more vowels than consonants in normal speech. Its melodic, vowel-rich words give it an undeniably exotic and beautiful sound.
Finns are enormously appreciative of any attempts by foreigners to speak their language, which makes practising what you've learnt a particular pleasure. Any trip or stay in Finland will be enriched if you take the time to learn a little of the language before you go.