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Complete Finnish (Learn Finnish with Teach Yourself) [Paperback]

Terttu Leney
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Book Description

31 Dec 2010 Teach Yourself

Are you looking for a complete course in Finnish which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Finnish will guarantee success!

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work.

By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:


One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.


Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.


Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.


Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.


Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.


Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.


Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.


Extra online articles at: to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of Finland.


Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

The course is available as a book (9781444107135), as a pack comprising the book and double CD (9781444107142) and as a double CD (9781444107159).

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (31 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444107143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444107142
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Finnish. This best-selling course comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod. The book (ISBN: 9781444107135) and the audio support (ISBN: 9781444107159) are also sold individually.

About the Author

Terttu Leney is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer, translator and broadcaster of Finnish. She has taught Finnish in various firms and language schools, at Chelsea & Westminster Adult Education Institute, the University of Surrey and has been teaching Finnish at the Foreign Office in London for over twenty years. She has taught several generations of UK diplomats to Helsinki. She has also been a freelance broadcaster for the Finnish section of the BBC World Service and Examinations Administrator for Language Testing Associates, London. In 1996 she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Current Developments in Language Training from the University of Westminster.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I only got this a couple of weeks before we went to Lapland, so was hoping to get a number of basic phrases learned quickly, and perhaps be able to interpret some of the signs.

This package didn't disappoint. It takes the sensible approach that knowing everyday phrases is going to build confidence, and allow you to push on from there into simple conversation . Certainly the ski instructor understood me when, after he'd been using perfect English for twenty minutes, I practised my Finnish on him!

I've no doubt we'll be going back to Finland, we had a great time (in Levi). Even if everyone did speak English, it's good to be able to be polite in their language, read menus, read shop labels etc. Meantime, I'll be pressing on with the rest of the course.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent course and what I expected 19 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've done four of eighteen chapters and finding this course to be just what I expected and needed, really. (I'm learning Finnish for fun and a short holiday, it's providing enough to be confident of getting through everyday situations.) There's a lot of audio accompaniment which is essential in languages, with full conversations and more than you'll understand initially. It explains things in the right level of detail and has good grammar sections, but not so much it scares people off. Personally, as someone with a language degree and with my style of learning, I'd like more grammar sooner, but it starts you off just learning phrases. Their way is the best way - I can skip ahead to read the section on a particular case if needed, but others need not be put off. It's very practical and flexible to take at your own pace. Finnish is hard, yes, but it's not horrendous, and the book does a very good job of making is conquerable!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to learn Finnish at home, alone 7 July 2012
By val
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I need to learn Finnish because my daughter is marrying a Finn this autumn. I was quite looking forward to the process because, as a teacher of German, Spanish and French, and with reasonable knowledge of Portuguese, Italian and Japanese, I've got a lot of experience in learning lingos and have tried out many different courses and methods over the years.

The plus points are that the book is extremely thorough and the back up CD is very helpful. Plus it does include some information about Finnish culture and daily life. It's small enough to carry around easily and has a fair amount of vocabulary.
On the negative side there aren't a lot of visuals to add interest, no colour at all (except for the cover) and the methodology is rather repetitive - though that might be just me, as I'm not keen on reading too many dialogues.

I shall continue to work on this because of the imminent wedding but the book is not motivating me as much as I had hoped it would. No evening classes anywhere near here (East Yorks) so will persevere.

Hope these comments help you make a decision!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent and easy to use 7 Oct 2012
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This book really is the best on the market, the way it is written makes learning really easy for anyone. I'm dyslexic so find languages difficult but everything is really broken down so it is easy to understand and the CD definately helps with pronounciation (finding a native Finnish speaker isn't easy!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for learning Finnish 23 Oct 2013
By DGGJR - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
The enhanced version of Teach yourself Finnish is an excellent resource. However, you have to make sure that you are downloading it to a compatible platform - apple ipad with kindle app, kindle fire and others (see list of compatibile devices on the amazon product page for this item.)

I had previously purchased the non-enhanced version of the book for the kindle app on my ipad and was relatively happy. The book itself is excellent for an intermediate level teaching grammer and syntax in the context of everyday situations. However, I had to keep going from mp3s stored on my iphone to the kindle book on the ipad which was cumbersome and tended to discourage one from making use of the sound. I had often thought it would be way better if your could just push the sound icon when you needed a passage or a lesson read out loud. The enhanced version does just this which greatly facilitates and speeds learning.
1.0 out of 5 stars The small print is VERY small 24 Aug 2013
By Kalala - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
I can't believe that this book is not compatible with Android and PC! The fine print is very small, and I could not get the audio to work after I downloaded the "enhanced" version to my Android Kindle app. It should not download if it can't be used properly. Personally I think that is misleading advertising. I want my money back.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars enhanced version sounds good but most devices can,t run it! 19 Aug 2012
By brian - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
Thisnproduct soundednexactly like what i needed - a Finnish language book that also included links to audio and video to help with the learning process. Unfortunately, turns out that these so called enhanced versions only work on apple devices! Not even via the kindle pc based platform... what is the point in developing improved versions if they can,t be used on most devices? Not even amazon,s kindle devices make the cut...

I returned the enhanced version and bought the standard book, and then searched online till i found the audio for the course.

Why doesn't amazon package language ebooks with the accompanying audio?
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