Overview

Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language.  

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

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.

Discounts and offers

We are now offering a 15% discount on our Evening Language Beginner Course fees to University of Westminster Alumni. Sign up now to start your new journey with us!

October start

  • Part 1 for £250 (£280 after 23 August)*
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £565 (£625 after 23 August)*

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.

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

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.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also 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.

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)

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…)

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)

Booking

Bookings are now closed but we may be able to accept late registrations on selected courses. Please apply now and we’ll be in touch with further information.

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
6 October 2020

Part

1

Day and time

Tuesdays
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£250*/£280

19
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Tuesdays
6pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

13
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Tuesdays
6pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.