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Finnish as a foreign language

If you have heard somebody saying that Finnish is a difficult language, forget it. Finnish is not difficult – it is a logical language with almost no exceptions. Certainly it is different: the unfamiliar vocabulary of Finnish makes is sound really different from many other languages (indo-european languages) that we know. But once you get to know the basics of Finnish and start to use it in everyday situations, you realize that it just gets easier and easier.While studying at Hanken, you have a great opportunity to learn the basics of the Finnish language: we offer two courses at the elementary level and a so called tandem-course (each one teach one).In 2018–2019 we offer the following courses in Helsinki:Elementary Finnish 1A (5712) (fall term, period 1, teacher Anna Del Gaudio)
Elementary Finnish 1B (5713) (fall term, period 2, teacher Anna Del Gaudio)
Each one teach one (5711) (continuous, teacher Anna Del Gaudio)Elementary Finnish courses are both worth 3 ECTS (together 6 ECTS). Besides or instead you can also take the course Each One Teach One (2 ECTS). In Each One Teach One you learn Finnish from another student while teaching him/her your own language.
The emphasis on the courses is on oral skills: you learn to use Finnish in everyday communicative situations. You will have an understanding not only of the basic Finnish structures but also of the Finnish way of life. More detailed course descriptions can be found in Weboodi.If you are willing to continue your Finnish studies after the elementary courses, Hanken offers the possibility to study more at Aalto University. 

Finnish courses in Aalto university, at Otaniemi kampus

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020:Suomi 2A (for students who have studied Finnish about 6 months)Suomi 2BSuomi 3A (for students who have studied Finnish about 1 year)Suomi 3BSuomi 4ASuomi 4BSuomi 5Suomi 6Työelämän suomeaSuomea edistyneilleThe contact person for all Finnish courses : Inkeri Lehtimaja ( 


Name Position Room Phone
Dahlin, Johanna (Vaasa) Lecturer 336 +358(0)503507217
Del Gaudio, Anna Lecturer A508 +358(0)403521260
Nilsson-Väre, Marit (Vaasa) Senior Lecturer, Head of Subject  328 +358(0)503715515
Tanner, Johanna (Helsinki) Lecturer