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Beginner's Finnish (Hippocrene Beginner's) Paperback – March, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0781810241 ISBN-10: 0781810248

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Product Details

  • Series: Hippocrene Beginner's
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781810248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781810241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By The Remedy on November 25, 2007
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I'm moving to Finland for school, and intend on living there for a while.. Beginner's Finnish has been an AWESOME tool for the crazy grammatical rules and conjugations that Finnish requires you to learn. Lots of dialogues you can read, with phrases and useful sayings as well. The vocabulary is not extremely extensive, but has plenty to learn for beginners. I would dare say almost all the grammatical rules are in this book.. but I could be wrong.. there's enough to keep you busy for a real long time. I would suggest buying a finnish-english dictionary along with this book to keep up the vocabulary.

I got this book and "Finnish An Essential Grammar" by Fred Karlsson, and this is the better book in my opinion, but using both together has been very beneficial.. like I said, I've used Beginner's Finnish way more than Fred Karlsson's book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Roger Forsgren on November 12, 2004
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Dr. Risko has written an outstanding introductory Finnish book that helps make studying and learning a very difficult language both rewarding and fun. The book is composed of a variety of lessons that involve common everyday interactions one would have when visiting Finland. The author's style is easy to follow and it's quite obvious she enjoys teaching languages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who may need to learn Finn or just has a curiosity about the Finnish language. This is the book to read and study if you are planning a trip to Suomi.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mjölnir on September 15, 2008
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The best help I've had yet in learning Finnish, excluding my Finnish native mother. Nevertheless, there are some faults with the answers to exercises, which are not always correct. This is not common though.

The layout is great -- Finnish on one page, English on the opposite page. The English is a non-literal translation.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Karl Appleby on January 15, 2007
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I wouldn't say learning Finnish is hard, but it requires a lot of memorization. This book helps you not only learn Finnish, but gives you a wide range of commonly used phrases in Finnish. Don't expect however to just breeze through the book and know your basic Finnish, be prepared to spend a lot of time on each chapter, and go back every now and again.
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