Finnish Lesson 1 by inziladunFINNISH - SUOMEN KIELIMore Like This
The Finnish language is spoken nowhere else besides Finland itself; there are no 'dialects' of Finnish as such (though languages like Saami can be considered products of Finnish), but there are a multitude of accents which I won't go into here. What needs to be remembered is that textbook-Finnish (called 'kirjakieli, 'book-language') is extremely formal compared to what is used in everyday situations (this normal mode is called 'puhekieli', 'speech-language'). Many of the phrases taught below are in kirjakieli, though the regular ('realistic') forms will also be given in places. Finnish is a very 'mobile' and flexible language, and there is always more than just one way of saying things, so a few examples will be given for each example-phrase.
Finnish is also an entirely phonetic language, which means that every word is pronounced just as it is written. This may be a difficult concept to grasp for English-speakers, who are used to the