Self-studying

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You can study Finnish in many different ways. If you learn the best by listening you can listen and learn from Finnish radio programs or borrow Finnish language listening materials from the library. If you learn the best by seeing you can watch movies with Finnish subtitles or watch Finnish television programs.
 
The internet is a great tool for people who like to study by themselves, no matter you skill level, because there are a lot of free courses and materials online. You can also find a lot of free studying materials from the library. For example: books, courses, movies, magazines, and newspapers.
 
You can find here a list.pdf, which contains Finnish language self-studying material which you can barrow from the Lappeenranta public library. The materials have been chosen from the book “Kommentoitu luettelo maahanmuuttajataustaisten opetuksen ja koulutuksen materiaaleista.”
 

Materials on the internet for studying Finnish

The Infopankki website has information about Finnish language Internet courses and learning material. Their site also contains information about Finnish grammar and language. You can find the Infopankki website here​. You can change the language preference on the top bar.
The Finnish language course portal pages offer online courses and exercises in Finnish for different skill levels. The pages are in Finnish and can be found from here
Hanna Tanin did a study in 2008 about the Finnish language study material available on the internet and classified the materials in 5 different levels, based on the focus groups and their skill levels.
In the list below you can find material for self-studying in Finnish. Many links have been taken from the book “Kommentoitu luettelo maahanmuuttajataustaisten opetuksen ja koulutuksen materiaaleista (2011)”.  
 

Illiterate and unable to write (level 0-)

  

Beginners (Level 0+) 

   

Basic skills (Level A1-A2)

 

Fluent(Level B1-B2)

 

 Fluent ”native like”(C1-C2)

 

Vocabularytests and vocabularys

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It is important continually practice and speak in everyday situations to develop your language skills. The list below contains examples of ways in which you can study Finnish language independently.
 
  • Practice Finnish language exercises on the internet.
  • Read or listen to the news in Finnish on the internet.
  • Watch Finnish television programs and listen to the radio.
  • Read newspapers and magazines in Finnish.
  • Borrow literature in Finnish from the library.
  • Borrow Finnish language textbooks and other self-studying material from the library.
  • Watch Finnish movies and choose a subtitle language that you understand.
  • Watch movies in any language with Finnish subtitles.
  • Learn three or more Finnish words a day.
  • Find the Finnish words for everyday items and objects in your home. Write their names on pieces of paper and attach those names to the objects. For example, write “jääkaapi” (which means refrigerator) on a piece of paper and stick it to the refrigerator. It will be easier to remember the Finnish names of things if you see them all the time.
  • Practice speaking Finnish in everyday situations and talk to yourself out loud.
  • Play games that you are familiar with in Finnish.
  • Create your own Finnish study group and practice with other foreigners.


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