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FINN 101 A: Elementary Finnish

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
DEN 258

Syllabus Description:

Kurssikuvaus / Course description

Finnish 101 introduces you to the fundamentals of the Finnish language and culture. The course will provide you with the tools to communicate and function in everyday situations. You will be able to talk about yourself, your studies, your family and home, and your personal interests. You will also be able to understand simple texts and discuss daily topics such as weather, food, and shopping. The course includes activities to practice all language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) and authentic Finnish materials will be used whenever possible.
Sisältö / General Contents

  • Pronunciation
  • Greetings and basic small talk phrases
  • Introducing oneself and telling about oneself
  • Numbers, prices
  • Weather, seasons, months and telling the time
  • Describing people and objects in a simple way
  • Asking basic queastions and giving information in everyday context
  • Conjugation of some basic verbs
  • Most common grammatical cases and declension
  • Vocabulary and phrases for everyday needs


Tavoitteet / Objectives

The student

  • can introduce oneself, give basic information about oneself and ask questions.
  • can understand and use basic expressions and sentances in routine everyday situations.
  • is able to handle with everyday social situations.
  • is aware of the basic features of Finnish communication culture.
  • is aware of basic characteristics of the Finnish language and culture.


The course will be conducted primarily, but not exclusively, in Finnish. In the beginning a lot of emphasis will be put to become familiar with hearing and speaking Finnish. 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 both enjoyable and effective. We strive for a learning atmosphere that challenges your skills in a supportive way. There are no wrong answers, only good attempts!


Additional Details:

Why Study Finnish?

Finnish courses are a fun way to satisfy your language requirement, learn more about Finnish heritage, or get acquainted with a non-Indo-European language. Our courses are taught by an exceptional faculty, including our visiting Finnish Language Lecturer and a Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student.

How will this impact my career?

In our increasingly global world, proficiency in a foreign language is a big career asset! Students of Finnish have gone on to jobs at Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, as well as to graduate and professional schools at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, the University of Maryland, the University of Washington, and Harvard University.

What requirements am I filling?

The College of Art and Sciences, the School of Social Work and the College of Education have language requirements beyond the UW admission requirement – studying Finnish through the third quarter fulfills this requirement. 

What scholarships are available?

Students of Finnish are eligible to apply for support from the Eero and Helli Tetri Endowed Fund, the Finnish Studies Endowment, and the Kalevala Endowment.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! We have a variety of programs for students to study abroad in Finland and throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics.

How does registration work?

The sequence starts in autumn quarter with FINN 101 and lasts for three quarters.

Want to learn more?

See what our students have to say about studying Finnish at UW!


Catalog Description: 
Fundamentals of oral and written Finnish. First in a sequence of three.
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:17pm