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Beginner's Finnish (Hippocrene Beginner's) [Paperback]

Agi Risco

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Provides users with the linguistic tools to immediate communication on an elementary level, whether one's goals are travel, business, or further study of the language. Each lesson consists of a dialogue that gives a taste of everyday Finnish conversation and life in Finland, vocabulary that introduces basic words, idioms that present commonly used phrases, grammars that explains the structure of the language and how to use them, and exercises to test understanding and active language skills.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 25 Nov 2007
By The Remedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm moving to Finland for school, and intend on living there for a while.. Beginner's Finnish has been an AWESOME tool for the crazy grammatical rules and conjugations that Finnish requires you to learn. Lots of dialogues you can read, with phrases and useful sayings as well. The vocabulary is not extremely extensive, but has plenty to learn for beginners. I would dare say almost all the grammatical rules are in this book.. but I could be wrong.. there's enough to keep you busy for a real long time. I would suggest buying a finnish-english dictionary along with this book to keep up the vocabulary.

I got this book and "Finnish An Essential Grammar" by Fred Karlsson, and this is the better book in my opinion, but using both together has been very beneficial.. like I said, I've used Beginner's Finnish way more than Fred Karlsson's book.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Finn can be fun 12 Nov 2004
By Roger Forsgren - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Risko has written an outstanding introductory Finnish book that helps make studying and learning a very difficult language both rewarding and fun. The book is composed of a variety of lessons that involve common everyday interactions one would have when visiting Finland. The author's style is easy to follow and it's quite obvious she enjoys teaching languages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who may need to learn Finn or just has a curiosity about the Finnish language. This is the book to read and study if you are planning a trip to Suomi.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful! 16 Sep 2008
By Mjölnir - Published on Amazon.com
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The best help I've had yet in learning Finnish, excluding my Finnish native mother. Nevertheless, there are some faults with the answers to exercises, which are not always correct. This is not common though.

The layout is great -- Finnish on one page, English on the opposite page. The English is a non-literal translation.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 15 Jan 2007
By Chris Meister - Published on Amazon.com
I wouldn't say learning Finnish is hard, but it requires a lot of memorization. This book helps you not only learn Finnish, but gives you a wide range of commonly used phrases in Finnish. Don't expect however to just breeze through the book and know your basic Finnish, be prepared to spend a lot of time on each chapter, and go back every now and again.
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