Finnish – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London

Would you like to learn Finnish in London? Join one of our part-time Finnish courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginner Finnish courses start in October. If you already have some knowledge of Finnish you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginner Finnish course.

We also have elementary Finnish classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Finnish Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Finnish.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Finnish for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you will have studied Finnish for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £235 (£260 after 16 September)
  • all three parts together for £530 (£585 after 16 September)*

*To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts equates to one single transaction.

Our language courses are extremely popular and we have limited capacity. To avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the reduced fee, please make sure you sign up by 16 September.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
2 October 2018 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 January 2019 Part 2 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
16 April 2019 Part 3 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon

Course content

Our Finnish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • greetings
  • the alphabet
  • numbers 0–1,000
  • countries, nationalities and languages
  • personal introductions
  • days of the week, months and seasons, weather, times of the day
  • colours

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verb 'to be' (olla)
  • verb type 1 (asua, lukea)
  • question words (Kuka? Mikä? Mitä? Missä? Mistä? Minkämaalainen?)
  • yes/no questions (Onko? Eikö? Oletko? Etkö ole?)
  • personal pronouns (mina, sinä…)
  • vowel harmony (Lontoossa, Helsingissä)
  • nominative and genitive case (lapsi, lapsen)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • family
  • appearance
  • describing people and objects
  • daily routines
  • hobbies
  • telling the time

Grammar

You will learn:

  • partitive case (lasta)
  • partitive verbs (rakastaa + sinua, vihata + kahvia...)
  • verb types 1–6 (puhua, syödä, tulla, haluta, tarvita, vanheta)
  • consonant gradation in verbs (lukea, luen)
  • irregular verbs (juosta, juoksen)
  • to have (minulla on…)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • at home
  • houses and flats
  • making a phone call
  • travelling
  • modes of transport

Grammar

You will learn:

  • local cases (talossa, talosta, taloon, talolla, talolta, talolle)
  • nominative plural (talot)
  • existential clause (Talossa asuu ihmisiä.)
  • demonstrative pronouns (tämä, tuo, se…)
  • verbs in imperative (Istu!)
  • consonant gradation in nouns (lehti, lehden)
  • 'it is fun to…'-clause (On hauskaa asua talossa)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Suomen mestari 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

This level of Finnish is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Finnish language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Finnish for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you will have studied Finnish for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £235 (£260 after 16 September)
  • all three parts together for £530 (£585 after 16 September)*

*To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts equates to one single transaction.

Our language courses are extremely popular and we have limited capacity. To avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the reduced fee, please make sure you sign up by 16 September.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2018 Part 1 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
17 January 2019 Part 2 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon
18 April 2019 Part 3 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £260 (£235*) Coming soon

Course content

Our Finnish lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • food and drink
  • celebrations and parties
  • invitations and greeting cards
  • ordinal numbers and dates
  • professions
  • work
  • a short introduction to colloquial Finnish

Grammar

You will learn:

  • partitive case of food and drink (Kahvi on kuumaa, kakku on kylmä)
  • partitive plural (katkarapuja, omeinoita, rypäleitä)
  • postpositions (talon takana, minun vieressä)
  • basics of the object (ostan kakun, ostan kakkua)
  • subordinate clause (että, kun, koska)
  • declination of personal pronouns (minä, minua, minun, minut)
  • consonant gradation in verb types 3 and 4 (tavata, kuunnella, pakata)

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • travelling
  • clothes
  • interjections
  • expressions of time
  • at the doctor’s
  • body parts
  • booking appointments

Grammar

You will learn:

  • simple past tense (asuin, söin, tulin, heräsin)
  • the most common use of passive (Mennään!)
  • the verbs: have to, must (minun täytyy ostaa maitoa)
  • relative pronoun ("joka")
  • word types (us/ys, os/ös, es, in, e, as/äs)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • at the summer cottage
  • sauna
  • nature and animals
  • hobbies
  • expressions of time
  • at the weekend

Grammar

You will learn:

  • 3rd infinitive (lukemaan, lukemassa, lukemasta)
  • transitive and intransitive verbs (puu kaatui, hän kaatoi puun)
  • verb type 6 (kylmenee, lämpenee, vanhenee)
  • negative simple past tense (ei asunut, ei syönyt, ei tullut, ei herännyt)
  • verbal noun (lukeminen)
  • verb + case (etsiä, häiritä, juhlia, kokeilla, pelata)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Suomen mestari 1 and Suomenmestari 2 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Contact us

Short Course Team

E: [email protected]

T: +44(0)20 3506 9900

Course dates 2018–19

October intake
Part 1: 1 October – 7 December 2018
Part 2: 14 January – 22 March 2019
Part 3: 15 April – 21 June 2019

January intake*
Part 1: 14 January – 22 March 2019
Part 2: 15 April – 21 June 2019
Part 3: 24 June – 26 July 2019

April intake*
Part 1: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 2: 1 October – 7 December 2018
Part 3: 14 January – 22 March 2019 
Part 4: 15 April – 21 June 2019

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.