Finnish

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Finnish belongs to Uralic languages, and is spoken by the majority of the population in Finland. Also in some other countries of course where Finns have emigrated or live temporarily. So you may not get to hear a lot of Finnish, but you do here! There will be videos to look at and learn from – and laugh to. Also a few that take up some Finnish customs that may seem peculiar to others.

Finnish modifies and inflects nouns, adjectives, pronouns, numerals and verbs (depending on their roles in the sentence) which makes it a real challenge to learn. So it may take you a bit longer than some other languages, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll just love it! And you’ll be so proud of yourself!

The Finnish alphabet consists of 28 letters, but the actual Finnish alphabet of 21. Why actual? Because the rest is either reserved for foreign words (Finland is officially a bilingual country, having Swedish as the second domestic language) or are used for a few foreign based words such as banaani  which for some inexplicable reason hasn’t yet been changed to a more Finnish form (in the case of banana:  panaani).

Official Finnish alphabet: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y å ä ö

Actual Finnish alphabet: a d e g h i j k l m n o p r s t u v y ä ö