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FINN 101 A: Elementary Finnish

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
DEN 309

Syllabus Description:

Kurssikuvaus / Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the fundamentals of the Finnish language and culture. The course will provide you with the tools to function and communicate in an everyday context. You will be able to talk about yourself, your family, your home, and your personal interests and to discuss daily topics such as food, weather, shopping and travel. You will also be able to understand simple texts. In the beginning a lot of emphasis will be put to become familiar with hearing Finnish. Authentic Finnish materials will be used whenever possible. The course will also include web-based exercises, and it will be conducted primarily, but not exclusively, in Finnish.
Sisältö / General Contents

  • Pronunciation
  • Greetings, basic small talk phrases
  • Introducing oneself and telling about oneself
  • Numbers, prices
  • Weather, seasons, months, telling the time
  • Asking questions and giving basic information in routine everyday situations
  • Conjugation of some basic verbs
  • Vocabulary and key phrases for everyday needs
  • Describing people and objects in a simple way


Tavoitteet / Objectives

The student

  • can introduce oneself, give basic information about oneself and ask simple questions
  • can understand and use basic expressions and simple sentences in routine everyday situations
  • is able to deal with everyday social situations and handle simple shopping situations
  • is aware of the basic characteristics of the Finnish language, culture and habits

Through the communicative approach I hope to achieve a high degree of interaction in the classroom and make your learning of Finnish language and culture enjoyable. We strive for a learning atmosphere that challenges your skills in a supportive way. There are no wrong answers, only good attempts. Emphasis will be given to all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Catalog Description: 
Fundamentals of oral and written Finnish. First in a sequence of three.
Last updated: 
April 29, 2016 - 1:14pm