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Teach Yourself Finnish: Complete Course
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Bestselling language courses now with audio CDs!
From Danish to Spanish, Swahili to Brazilian Portuguese, the languages of
the world are brought within the reach of any beginning student. Learners
can use the Teach Yourself Language Courses at their own pace or as a
supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are based on the very
latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly.
Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the
basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident
- Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues
- Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises
- Step-by-step guide to pronunciation
- Practical vocabulary
- Regular and irregular verb tables
- Plenty of practice exercises and answers
- Bilingual glossary
The new editions also feature:
- Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
- Self-assessment quizzes to test progress
- Website suggestions to take language study further
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 30, 2003)
- ISBN: 0071413944
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 10 reviews.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
confuse Arthur Whitney with Terttu Leney, June 6, 2000
Both Whitney and Leney have written books in the Teach YourselfSeries
called _Teach Yourself Finnish_. ............ The edition other
reviewers here have reviewed is the one by Terttu Leney; and that's the
one I also recommend. It's more recent, and also geared more towards a
beginning audience. Whitney's can be useful, but he introduces
grammatical minutae far in advance of their use to the learner and gives
an extensive vocabulary for each chapter even when most of it is
irrelevant to what is being learned in the chapter. Leney, on the other
hand, introduces vocabulary and grammar as it's used, and offers a
wealth of information about contemporary Finnish culture for people
planning to visit.
Avg. Customer Review:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
for the most part, August 19, 2004
The book has excellent dialog and explanations of grammatical
constuctions. My only complaint is that the arrangement and layout of
vocabulary at the end of each chapter is totally chaotic and
user-unfriendly. For example, the vocab order at the end of the chapter
doesn't correspond to the order of appearance in the text, or (more
likely) it only loosely corresponds, so that you have to look through 40
vocab words to find the one you are looking for, if it's there at all.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
enough, January 1, 2003
J. Siehler (Lexington, VA
Not an awful book, but it really shortchanges you on exercises and
drills. One example is often deemed enough to explain a pattern and in
Finnish that's really not true. For example: an early dialogue in the
banking chapter gives you a canned phrase for `What is the exchange rate
of the pound?' but they don't explain the construct and they don't
illustrate how you would ask about the exchange rate of the dollar,
franc, ruble, etc. You're left to guess about it, and you'll probably
make a mistake somewhere when you guess because Finnish words have lots
of little quirks when you put endings on them. It's a shame to get one
canned phrase instead of a useful, reusable pattern, but that's how this
Chapters are by topic, like banking, asking directions, travelling,
having a sauna, and so on. This also leads to a neglect of pattern and
structure, and you get quite a load of unexplained grammatical features
from very early on in the book; the dialogues just don't do enough to
illustrate the structures.
The exercises are very limited, often of the form `What does x mean'
or 'Which of the following means x.' There are also little games like
word finds which are of dubious usefulness.
There is a glossary at the back, but it is Finnish-English only.
On the plus side: you get a lot of dialogues; the speakers on the
audio tapes are clear and free of annoying mannerisms. You will get lots
of practice with basic niceties of conversation and the grammar
explanations are easy to understand (just not illustrated enough.)
If you can find / afford it, go with FSI's Conversational Finnish
instead; it's better organized and moves at a much more sensible pace.
The FSI graded reader is nice for intermediate syntax and vocabulary,
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
than taking a class in school!, May 12, 2002
Why bother with the drive, finding parking, walking all over the
campus only to find the professor has cancelled classes for the day?
This combination of tape and book have been so helpful as I practice
learning a language rarely spoken outside the country of Finland. It is
a beautiful language, straight-forward and fairly easy to comprehend.
I'm certain by using this book and tapes I will better enjoy my upcoming
visit to Finland.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
but could be a little better, May 23, 2001
Reviewer: A reader
I think that this book could possibly start at a little more elementary
level. This was the first tool I used to learn Finnish until I took
classes at a university with a major in Finnish Studies. It presents a
lot of the rules of Finnish grammar and vocabulary, maybe too much in
each chapter. Just take your time with studying. I think if you study
about one chapter per week with a small review and then proceed, you
should do well. Go at a faster pace if you feel you can. Finnish is a
wonderful language once you learn how it fits together. A few good
things is that you don't need to memorize genders(no masculine,
feminine, neuter genders in Finnish) such as many other languages have.
Also there are very few irregular verbs. So the rules are pretty
straight forward once you understand them and that will take time and
practice. I don't think Finnish is necessarily "hard", just different
from the logic of English and its related languages. For a beginner, I
think "Finnish For Foreigners" is better since lessons are divided into
small units each with a new topic instead of many topics grouped into a
few chapters. Another text/cassette pack is "Mastering Finnish", by
Borje Vahamaki. Finnish for Foreigners is rather expensive and harder to
come by. If you can't purchase it, try out Teach Yourself or Mastering
Finnish. Audio cassettes are also a great help in memorization and
correct pronunciation. You can get these courses I mentioned with
cassettes if you want to. Best wishes with your language study.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
and insufficient., August 1, 2000
This book presents a small amount of elementary Finnish, and it
suffers the ills of small courses: not enough explanation of grammar,
not enough exercises, not enough reading, not enough sound recording. It
is visually attractive--but is that enough?
Finnish is a complex language with exacting pronunciation, complex
grammar, and an extensive network of internal sound changes that must be
explained clearly and completely. The student cannot assimilate these
structures without reinforcement from exercises and readings. None of
these elements are sufficiently provided in this book.
Compare this poverty of resources with the very fine course by Meri
Lehtinen (books and recordings published by Indiana University) and with
the two second-best runners up, the Foreign Service Institute's Finnish
course, also with book and recordings, and "Finnish for Foreigners,"
(books and recordings) published in Finland but widely available in the
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