Finnish Courses

Finnish Courses

 

Would you like to embark on the exciting journey of learning Finnish? Are you looking for high quality and flexibility? At The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux we offer Finnish language courses at all levels and classes are open to everyone, no matter where you are based!

Our school year is divided in two parts, for which you register and pay separately.  The course fee is 250 euros for one term. The year starts in September, and is followed by the spring term starting in February. One level of Finnish equals one year of classes, and we offer courses on 5 levels, from beginners to advanced. Please note that there must be at least 5 students enrolled for the course to go ahead.

At the start of the course teachers will discuss the course schedule. Finnish and English are used as languages of tuition. Should you wish to join a course halfway, you can, but we ask you to familiarise yourself with the topics treated in the previous term. You can check the course topics below.

 

Levels

LEVEL 1

This is an elementary course, aimed at beginners and consists of 1,5 hours per week. The group meets 14 times during the autumn term. The group will start from chapter 1 of Suomen mestari 1 (post-2020 edition).

Teacher: Merja Heikkinen

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE:

  • vocabulary: languages, cardinal numbers, countries and nationalities, colours, days, weeks, months, seasons, weather, appearance, family and relatives, clock
  • verbs: verb conjugation in present tense, verb types 1-5
  • vowel harmony, consonant gradation (“k-p-t”)
  • pronunciation
  • nominative, genitive and partitive singular
  • demonstrative pronouns
  • minulla on -sentence
LEVEL 2

This course is an advanced course. The group will continue from chapter 6 of Suomen mestari 1 (pre-2020 edition). The group meets 14 times during the autumn term.

Teacher: Johanna Miettinen

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE

  • vocabulary: travelling, transportation, apartments and furniture, parties, food, work life and professions, ordinal numbers and dates
  • verbs: imperative singular
  • locative cases (Minä asun Belgiassa, Minä tulen Suomesta etc.)
  • nominative plural
  • partitive singular and plural
  • postpositions
  • the basics of object
  • word types i-i, i-e, e, nen, si, in, as/äs, is
LEVEL 3

This course is an advanced course. The group will continue from chapter 1 of Suomen mestari 2 and meet 14 times during the autumn term.

Teacher: Merja Heikkinen

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE:

  • vocabulary: travelling, clothes, time, illness and health, nature and summerhouse life, sauna culture, hobbies, everyday plans
  • verbs: positive and negative past tense, transitive and intransitive verbs, verb type 6,verbs with infinitives (Menen nukkumaan.)
  • genitive and partitive object (Minä luen kirjaa./Minä luen kirjan.)
  • necessive construction (Minun täytyy opiskella suomea.)
  • relative pronoun joka
  • word types us/ys, os/ös, es, in, e, as/äs
LEVEL 4

This course is an advanced course. The group will continue from chapter 5 of Suomen mestari 2 and meet 14 times during the autumn term.

Teacher: Sanna Joutsijoki

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE:

  • vocabulary: events and ceremonies, habits, education and work life, shopping
  • verbs: perfect and past perfect tenses – word types ut/yt, nut/nyt, Vus/Vys
  • possessive suffix (Minun kirja, minun kirjani)
  • i-plural in different cases (Asun talossa. Asumme taloissa.)
  • relative pronouns and pronouns
  • comparison in nominative singular
LEVEL 5

This course is an advanced course. The group will continue from chapter 1 of Suomen mestari 3 and meet 14 times during the autumn term.

Teacher: Johanna Miettinen 

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE:

  • vocabulary: environment, recycling, sustainability, culture, arts, history, society, geography, sights, expressions of time, letters, and e-mails
  • verbs: conditional present and perfect tense, passive present and past tense, passive perfect and past perfect tense, passive conditional, and imperative plural
  • passive object
  • word types: ton/tön, lämmin and kansi
  • adjectives: ton/tön and -llinen
  • adverbs: sti (nopeasti)
LEVEL 6

This course is an advanced course. The group will continue from chapter 5 of Suomen mestari 3 and meet 14 times during the autumn term.

Teacher: Sanna Joutsijoki

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE:

  • vocabulary: family life, cultural differences, characters, home electronics, tools and sports
  • cases: translative and essive – adjectives: comparative and superlative
  • pronouns: kumpi, kumpikin, ei kumpikaan
  • sentence types

 

Schedule

AUTUMN 2022

LEVEL 1 (FI1) – Tuesdays 18.00-19.30, starting on 13.9.202

LEVEL 2 (FI2) – Mondays 18.00-19.30, starting on 12.9.2022

LEVEL 3 (FI3) – Tuesdays 19.45-21.15, starting on 13.9.2022

LEVEL 4 (FI4) – Thursdays 18:00–19:30, starting on 15.9.2022

LEVEL 5 (FI5) – Wednesdays, time to be announced starting on 14.9.2022

LEVEL 6 (FI6) – Thursdays, 19:45–21:15, starting on 15.9.2022

SPRING 2023

 

Location

All our courses are held remotely, using Zoom video calls. Before enrolling in the course, please check that your computer’s video and sound elements are working, allowing active participation into on-line lessons. It is also good to double check that you have stable access to the internet during the lessons. The lessons are not recorded.

 

Course Fee

The course fee is 250 EUR / semester.

Payment must be made before the start of the course to the account of The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. You will receive the payment details after signing up. Please note the course book is not included in the course fee. The courses take place when there are at least 5 enrolled students per course.

 

Our Teachers

Johanna MiettinenMy name is Johanna. I studied translation in Turku, Finland, but when I moved to Belgium in 2015 (for love of course) I got the opportunity to start teaching Finnish at the Institute and I immediately loved it! I enjoy sharing the knowledge of my language and culture with my students. One of the most important things for me is to have a nice learning atmosphere at the course so that everyone feels comfortable participating. Mistakes are what you learn from! My favourite word in Finnish is ‘no niin’, so versatile!

Merja Heikkinen: I am Merja, originally from the northern wilderness, but I studied Finnish language and literature in Helsinki. I live now in Flanders with my Belgian partner, bilingual children and monolingual chickens. I like to create a relaxing atmosphere for my lessons and share strange little anecdotes about Finnish culture and language. My favourite words in Finnish and any language are words that are hard to translate into other languages – like “hankikanto” or “tykkylumi”.

Sanna Joutsijoki: Coming soon…

 

Private Lessons

We also organise private Finnish lessons for 550 EUR/10 lessons (one lesson lasts 45 minutes). Get in touch with our Head of Administration, Eeva-Maria Viitanen for more information at eeva-maria.viitanen@finncult.be