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Teach Yourself Finnish (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Accompanies Book [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Terttu Leney
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29 Oct 2004

Teach Yourself Finnish is the course for anyone who wants to progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking and writing Finnish with confidence. Although aimed at those with no previous knowledge, it is equally suitable for anyone wishing to brush up existing knowledge for a holiday or business trip. Key structures and vocabulary are introduced in 18 thematic units progressing from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations to talking about work and driving in Finland. The first five units are a survival package. They give a basic introduction to the kind of language you need when you visit the country. In the later units you will become familiar with many aspects of Finnish life as well as the language. The emphasis is on communication throughout with important language structures introduced through dialogues on the accompanying recording. There are plenty of exercises to practise the language as it is introduced and tips throughout to help with grammar. Cultural information boxes give useful advice and information for anyone planning a trip to Finland.

The new edition has been updated and is now accompanied by a double CD with extra audio material. Popular features of the previous edition have been retained:

- English-Finnish vocabulary

- glossary of grammatical terms

- a 'taking it further' section to direct learners to further sources of real Finnish

The book (ISBN 978 0 340 88749 3) and book + CD pack (978 0 340 88750 9) are also available separately.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 4Rev Ed edition (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340887516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340887516
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,448,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This double CD provides listening material which accompanies the book Teach Yourself Finnish (978 0 340 88749 3). The book and CD can also be purchased together in a pack (978 0 340 88750 9)

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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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The author's enthusiasm for Finnish comes through in this book, which deals not only with Finnish language but customs and culture too. The grammar of the language is set out in a gradual way and the chapters build well on each other. The subjects covered are useful for travellers and people intending a longer stay in Finland, and the book as a whole provides a constructive, contemporary guide to the Finnish language. It is in an approachable format and includes plenty of examples of 'real' Finnish in use, rather than just passages constructed to reflect grammatical points.
I have found it quite a fun book to use with a deceptively large amount of detail - somehow you absorb a lot of information without really realising it!
It is truly a book you can use to teach yourself, as it does not try to do too much too soon, yet packs in plenty of linguistic information at a rate that can be taken on board by an individual student.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but well written 27 Mar 2008
By Bernard M. Abel VINE VOICE
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Well, I ve heard so many scary things about the difficulty of Finnish, I already knew that its vocabulary is a world on its own, BUT, I was not ready for what I faced using this book, along with the Colloquial Finnish.

Now, let me put things straight here
Forget the idea that Finnish is difficult to learn and even harder to master.. Okay,. the only thing that will trigger a challenge here is the vocabulary as there s seldom links with any other indo european languages. (think about this.. university becomes yliopisto, hello becomes terve and darling is now kulta...)
Finnish grammar is very logic. people talks about the declensions, and its 16 cases ending .. sure.. but once you know them. finito ! done . as the ending as like propositions, and are used on every single nouns and adjectives . Nothing at all compared to Latin and its 5 declensions, or german with its weak and strong adjectives nightmares or the depressive declensions maze of icelandic...

verbes.. only ONE irregular verb...( for you who do speak french.. this will be a laugh), conjugations is extremely regular. and finnish syntax is at its simplest..

No, finnish is not hard.. it is simply different, totally different. By all mean,. don t let these scary long words with unpronouncables letters scare you . The finns are a very friencly bunch of people anyway and i can assure you (after my own experience) that if you do make a small effort to learn their lingo,, you ll be treated and welcomed like a king

This book is easy to go through, the grammar works perfectly fine, and yes, you ll enjoy the experience.. remember .. take your time.. and if you do make any mistakes ? so what ????.. finns won t care less, as they will be way too impress by your try of speaking their language...

give yourserf some time to learn Finnish . it s worth it and it is simply .. a scary language you will love
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Terttu Leney's "Finnish: a complete course for beginners" is a good resource for the beginning student or for the traveler who is planning a trip to Finland and wants to know a little bit about the Finnish language and Finnish customs before they get there.
Finnish is a difficult language with complicated grammar and special rules of syntax. At times the reader might get a little confused by Leney's presentation of some of these rules. But a patient and persistent reader can either muddle through the grammar or pass it by and instead focus upon learning Finnish expressions.
The book's strength is its organization into logical sections (greetings, travel, phone conversations, eating out, the weather etc.) Both a traveler or a student can use the dialogues and vocabulary to gain insight into everyday phrases and events. Likewise the book is packed full of information about Finnish customs and culture. These explanations are integrated into dialogues and vocabularies suited to both student and traveler.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the Finnish language in its practical day to day form, or to the sophisticated traveler who likes to learn about the country and its culture and customs before their trip.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough going, too little grammar at start 6 Jun 2005
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Finnish is a very different language for us indo-european speakers. It requires a different approach. Unfortunately, it seems to me that Teach Yourself Finnish is written around the standard "Teach Yourself" language style; this does not work for Finnish, and is probably the fault of the publisher rather than the author. You need in-depth grammar before you can make significant headway and meaningfully learn vocabulary.
Instead of introducing appropriate grammar early on, Teach Yourself Finnish contains in its vocabulary lists many whole phrases - which I am never likely to remember; it gives me the feeling of wasting my time learning them (in the same way that you don't learn a language by reading a phrase book).
I have struggled with this book for nearly a year (I have the CD too), dropping into it when I feel another spurt of motivation. I just started chapter 4.
Compared to other Teach Yourself books which I've read (e.g. the excellent and inspiring Teach Yourself Norwegian, and Teach Yourself Living Welsh - regrettably now out of print), this has been a failure for me.
I am a fairly experienced language learner, and I want to learn Finnish properly, not just to get a taste of it. I am not afraid of grammar; indeed I find it fascinating. So maybe I have different requirements to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teach yourself finnish
Clear concise and well laid out with exercises to try out. A good beginners guide. Easy to follow would recommend as a good book to start with.
Published 6 months ago by toto
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for!
I would recommed this product to everybody who want to learn Finnish. The book was in great conditions and it's exactly what I was looking for. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eleonora Carbone
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Terttu presents a very complex language in a lively everyday relevant manner. Other reviews think the pace
is too rapid for a complete beginner, but it is impossible to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by peter stewart
2.0 out of 5 stars Impossible
Finnish is a hard language, and I was expecting this. It had unfortunately slipped my mind, however, how AWFUL the 'Teach Yourself' range of books are. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2010 by Sophie
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Misleading!
I may be blonde, but really did expect this to come with a book! It really is just a CD.
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by Ms. M. R. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Lies, lies and slander goddammit! Anybody who knows the basics of grammar would realize that the reason the phrases don't match up so that they are perfectly identical is because... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2007 by Ms. N. Mcneill
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Finnish is a pretty hard language, but this book makes it harder. In some of the example texts, the Finnish phrases did not match up correctly to the English translations - I was... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2006 by Dug
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Finnish for beginners
Simply put an excellent intorduction to the Finnish language. It is simple, informative and fun. You make quick progress with what is a difficult language. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book with useful background information
This is one the most enjoyable Teach Yourself language books. The dialogues are interesting and offer a pretty wide range of relevant and invaluable vocabulary. Read more
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