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Lissu
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 09:30 PM
Here's a link to an interesting website which gives an introduction to the basics of Finnish and has examples how to pronounce Finnish.

Enjoy! :)

http://donnerwetter.kielikeskus.helsinki.fi/FinnishforForeigners/

Blutwölfin
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 09:37 PM
Kaikein tärkeintä: WÖRKKIVÄN! Kuulostaa uskomattomalta... :D

lagekic
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 09:52 PM
http://donnerwetter.kielikeskus.helsinki.fi/finnishforforeigners/parts-index.htm (http://donnerwetter.kielikeskus.helsinki.fi/finnishforforeigners/parts-index.htm)
is the first web site that i ran into, it is good and has audio examples. some other good ones are:

Dictionaries:
http://efe.scape.net/index.php
http://www.freedict.com/onldict/fin.html
this site has some tests on it.
http://www.chiugate.be/
some grammetical points:
http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/Finnish.html (http://www.cs.tut.fi/%7Ejkorpela/Finnish.html)
list of books: http://www.akateeminen.com/fin/ajankohtaista/finnish_for_foreigners.asp
and my favorate site: http://www.finnishschool.com/

Galaico
Friday, May 26th, 2006, 08:18 PM
Heil, minä olen Galaico, minä olen espanjalainen, minä asun Espanjassa. Espanja on melko suuri maa. Madrid on Espanjen pääkaupunki. Minä puhun espanjaa, englantia, ja vähän ranskalaiset. Hyvästi!

Scholar
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, 05:58 AM
Wow, and I thought learning Spanish was hard. This language is definitely something else, and I'm sure it takes a lifetime to learn how to spell.

Spirit of Fire
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, 08:16 AM
Moi! Asun Texasissa ja opiskelen Suomea kotona. Tulin Suomeen kaksi kertaa. Mä pidän Suomalaisesta kultuurista, ruusta ja suomalaisista miehistä :)

It's not too difficult to learn but those noun cases and their conjugations are a bitch to learn!

Blood_Axis
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Unbelievably interesting language and pronounciation! :thumbsup

Damn me if I understand one single word...it's all greek to me :D

Gorm the Old
Sunday, May 28th, 2006, 04:11 AM
From its appearence, I would never have suspected Finnish of being a very singable language, but I have heard Finnish singing and the language is wonderfully melifluous and musical....I would think, however, that the Finns would have to admit that the grammar and syntax of the Finnish language are very daunting to a foreigner. Latin is hard enough with five commonly used cases and two others which have only a few case endings. Sanskrit is harder, but even it does not have seven regularly used cases as Finnish does....Of course, the greatest obstacle to learning of Finnish by a European or an American is that it is NOT an Indo-European language. There is absolutely nothing (aside from a few loan-words) which is familiar and which might serve as a basis for an educated guess about the meaning of a Finnish word by a foreigner accustomed to Indo-European languages....I have known several Americans who wanted to learn Finnish and gave it up in despair. I toyed with the idea myself and decided that I didn't want to make the effort required.

Lissu
Sunday, May 28th, 2006, 10:57 AM
Finnish is not impossible for adult foreigners to learn... I know a German who I would have never guessed as non-native in Finnish, and a Russian who exposes himself as a Slav only when he tries to pronounce a certain vowel which exist in Finnish and Germanic languages and which seems to be impossible to learn for Slavs.

Yes, the case structure of Finnish is complex, but after all it's logical ;)

Landgar
Sunday, May 28th, 2006, 11:28 AM
From its appearence, I would never have suspected Finnish of being a very singable language, but I have heard Finnish singing and the language is wonderfully melifluous and musical....
I agree.
Finnish singing is very pleasant to the ear.
The total opposite to German singing - even German ballads sound "hard".
Therefore German is perfect for Black Metal. :thumbup
;)




I have known several Americans who wanted to learn Finnish and gave it up in despair.
Oh, now i'm scared! :-O
Sounds difficult...
Hmmmm... but i will try it anyway. ;)

D'Vadder
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006, 07:40 PM
http://donnerwetter.kielikeskus.helsinki.fi/finnishforforeigners/parts-index.htm (http://donnerwetter.kielikeskus.helsinki.fi/finnishforforeigners/parts-index.htm)
is the first web site that i ran into, it is good and has audio examples. some other good ones are:

Dictionaries:
http://efe.scape.net/index.php
http://www.freedict.com/onldict/fin.html
this site has some tests on it.
http://www.chiugate.be/
some grammetical points:
http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/Finnish.html (http://www.cs.tut.fi/%7Ejkorpela/Finnish.html)
list of books: http://www.akateeminen.com/fin/ajankohtaista/finnish_for_foreigners.asp
and my favorate site: http://www.finnishschool.com/

Damn! My f***ing Browser won't connect me to the sites! The only I can watch ist http://donnerwetter.kielikeskus.helsinki.fi/finnishforforeigners/parts-index.htm

:(

lagekic
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006, 08:10 PM
thats too bad, but if you really need to learn some finnish people tell me there is a good program and UH called sumoi 1-6, from what i remember they are like 250e but i could be completely wrong. i will ask my friend about it next time i see him

Susisaari
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 05:18 PM
There is no reason to learn Finnish if you don't live in Finland.

If you don't speak German and French, study them, they are the most important languages after English, the lingua franca.

After German and French, you should study Italian and Spanish.

Don't waste your time on useless languages like Finnish or Irish.

Beorncyning
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 07:19 PM
There is no reason to learn Finnish if you don't live in Finland.

If you don't speak German and French, study them, they are the most important languages after English, the lingua franca.

After German and French, you should study Italian and Spanish.

Don't waste your time on useless languages like Finnish or Irish.

Are you serious? I'd much rather learn Finnish than Spanish. I can't stand Romance languages and have no interest in learning them. That's just my personal preference. I think Finnish looks like a cool language and I think it'd be great to learn some even though I don't live in Finland.

Also, a good buddy of mine knows Gaelic and has taught me some. Apparently I'm wasting my time?

Spirit of Fire
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 08:45 PM
There is no reason to learn Finnish if you don't live in Finland.

If you don't speak German and French, study them, they are the most important languages after English, the lingua franca.

After German and French, you should study Italian and Spanish.

Don't waste your time on useless languages like Finnish or Irish.

Yes, if Tolkien hadn't wasted his precious time learning a 'useless' language such as Finnish, we wouldn't have Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion. Good that some people go against the mainstream!

Spirit of Fire
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 08:46 PM
Are you serious? I'd much rather learn Finnish than Spanish. I can't stand Romance languages and have no interest in learning them. That's just my personal preference. I think Finnish looks like a cool language and I think it'd be great to learn some even though I don't live in Finland.

Also, a good buddy of mine knows Gaelic and has taught me some. Apparently I'm wasting my time?

I recommend learning Hungarian after Finnish. If I manage to learn Finnish then I will start studying Hungarian. The richness of those two languages has always fascinated me.

Beorncyning
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, 09:21 PM
I recommend learning Hungarian after Finnish. If I manage to learn Finnish then I will start studying Hungarian. The richness of those two languages has always fascinated me.

I actually have a book on Hungarian. I have heard before that the languages have some similarities. In fact, my old boss (kitchen manager at a restaurant) was from Hungary. He was quite surprised when I keyed in a certain Hungarian phrase on one of the tickets that he had to read off to the cooks. :P

Susisaari
Thursday, June 1st, 2006, 04:34 PM
I actually have a book on Hungarian. I have heard before that the languages have some similarities.


As much as English and Persian.