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Bring learning Finnish to life through live 1-to-1 classes with a personal Finnish tutor. Our classes are effective, fun and guaranteed to get you talking. Start with a free trial lesson today.

Live conversation. Native speaking tutors

Our online Finnish lessons emphasize conversational skills, enabling you to speak with confidence in real-world scenarios and develop your fluency in a supportive environment.

Tailor made classes matched to your study goals

Enjoy customized classes delivered by expert online Finnish tutors. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced learner, our classes can cater to your unique learning style and individual goals.

Professional and passionate Finnish tutors

Learning a language is not just about grammar and vocabulary. It's about culture, history, and context. Our team of Finnish tutors bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to each class.

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Get rapid tutor feedback on each core skill. Instant feedback from a native Finnish speaking tutor helps you monitor your progress, focus on areas of difficulty and stay motivated as you learn.

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Speaking - C1 - Advanced
Listening - B2 - Intermediate
Reading - C1 - Advanced
Writing - B1 - Intermediate

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Booking lesson time is easy. Choose a Finnish tutor by availability, price, profile, student reviews and much more. Start with a trial class to get an evaluation of your existing fluency level and ability.

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Why learn Finnish?

Learning to speak Finnish online is an exciting and rewarding journey.

Learning Finnish is an intriguing and rewarding endeavor, offering a gateway to understanding one of Europe's unique cultures and languages. Finnish, spoken by around 5.4 million people primarily in Finland, stands out due to its Uralic roots, setting it apart from the Indo-European languages that dominate Europe. This linguistic distinctiveness, along with its complex grammar and phonetic nature, makes becoming fluent in Finnish a stimulating challenge. At Verbalplanet, we connect learners with private Finnish tutors who provide personalized instruction, ensuring you can make rapid progress towards your language goals.

Mastering Finnish opens doors to exploring Finland's rich cultural heritage, including its literature, music, and folklore. The language's unique structure, featuring vowel harmony and agglutinative grammar, provides cognitive benefits by enhancing problem-solving skills and mental agility. Additionally, proficiency in Finnish can enhance travel experiences in the Nordic region and offer career opportunities in fields such as technology, environmental sciences, and international business. Verbalplanet’s Finnish tutors tailor their lessons to each learner’s goals and pace, making the journey to fluency both effective and enjoyable. Whether you are interested in personal enrichment, professional development, or cultural immersion, learning Finnish online with us is a highly rewarding experience.

How long does it take to be fluent in Finnish?

Finnish is one of the more challenging foreign languages to learn. According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Finnish is classified as a Category IV language, indicating that it is among the more difficult languages for English speakers to learn. This classification reflects Finnish's complex grammar, which includes a large number of cases, agglutinative structures, and extensive use of vowel harmony. The European CEFR guidelines provide a structured path from A1 (beginner) to C2 (proficient), emphasizing the need for systematic study and practice. Despite these challenges, Finnish's phonetic nature, where words are pronounced as they are written, aids learners in mastering pronunciation.

At Verbalplanet, we understand the difficulties faced by people studying Finnish and offer the support of native-speaking Finnish tutors to make the process more manageable and enjoyable. Our online Finnish tutors provide personalized lessons tailored to individual learning needs, ensuring that students can grasp difficult concepts and improve their communication skills efficiently. Native tutors bring invaluable insights into cultural nuances and correct pronunciation, which are essential for achieving fluency. With real-time feedback and customized instruction, Verbalplanet’s Finnish classes help learners build confidence and proficiency in Finnish, making the journey both rewarding and effective.

Finnish Proficiency Exam Prep

The YKI (Yleinen kielitutkinto) is one of the main Finnish proficiency exams available for non-native speakers who wish to gain official certification in their ability to speak Finnish for adademic, professional, or personal reasons. The YKI exam assesses proficiency at different levels, ranging from beginner to advanced, and covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities. Passing these exams can lead to higher education opportunities in Finland, improved job prospects, and gives you an official certification of your level of fluency.

Preparing for these exams can be daunting due to the comprehensive nature of the tests and the complexity of Finnish grammar and vocabulary. Engaging in online Finnish lessons with a native teacher can greatly enhance your preparation and increase your chances of success. An online Finnish tutor offers personalized instruction focused on your specific areas of improvement, provides practice exams, and delivers real-time feedback to help you refine your skills. This individualized approach ensures you are well-prepared and confident on exam day, making the process to achieving accreditation more efficient and enjoyable.

At Verbalplanet, we connect learners with experienced native speaking Finnish teachers who understand the demands of Finnish proficiency exams. Our tutors employ interactive teaching methods and customized lesson plans to ensure thorough preparation for these exams. Our Finnish lessons deliver high-quality tuition tailored to your personal goals, enabling you to achieve fluency and succeed in your proficiency exams. Start your journey to complete fluency in Finnish with Verbalplanet and unlock your full potential in mastering the language.

Why learn with an online Finnish tutor?

Learning online with a private Finnish tutor has a significant number of advantages over individual self study methods and classes can be customized to your specific needs and goals. Whether for business, academic success, or personal enrichment, our native tutors deliver personalized and effective lessons.

  • Mastering Finnish Grammar, Accent Reduction, and Pronunciation: Gain a deep understanding of complex grammar, improve pronunciation, and reduce your accent with expert guidance.
  • Finnish for Business: Develop fluency in business-related terminology and cultural nuances to enhance professional interactions in Finnish-speaking markets.
  • Helping with Finnish School Exams: Receive customized support for key exams such as A-Level, GCSE, and AP Finnish to excel academically.
  • Official Finnish Exams: Prepare for key proficiency tests like the YKI (Yleinen kielitutkinto) with expert online tuition to achieve certification.
  • Travel: Improve your travel experiences with fluent Finnish, allowing for deeper cultural immersion and easier navigation.
  • Emigrating to a Finnish-Speaking Country: Get ready for a smooth transition and integration with advanced language skills.
  • Career: Broaden your career prospects in international markets with proficiency in Finnish.
  • Personal Pleasure: Enjoy Finnish literature, films, and music in their original form for a richer cultural experience.
  • Personal Development: Enhance cognitive skills and cultural awareness by studying a new language online.

Opting for an online Finnish tutor gives you a flexible, personalized, efficient and interactive learning experience, helping you reach your goals with ease.

Frequently asked questions about our Finnish lessons

Why learn Finnish with us?

We've been helping people to learn foreign languages since 2006 and all our tutors are experts in helping anyone looking to improve their fluency, build confidence in speaking and learn Finnish efficiently and effectively.

Our language tuition services are rated as excellent on Trustpilot and we have private Finnish tutors for people of all ages and abilities.

Web based Finnish tuition can help you quickly improve all the core skills - listening, writing, reading, speaking, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. You can also customize your lessons to focus on goals such as business Finnish, conversational skills, accent reduction or passing official Finnish proficiency tests. Whatever your goal we have some amazing Finnish tutors here to help.

We've also a friendly customer service team on hand to help with any queries and guarantee an extra trial lesson if you're not completely happy with your Finnish teacher after your first lesson.

What qualifications and experience do Finnish tutors on Verbalplanet have?

Teaching on Verbalplanet is by application only and our standards are high so we only admit the very best tutors from around the world. We also monitor tutor performance 24/7. All our tutors are rated on their performance by fellow students so you can make an informed choice.

Our team of professional Finnish tutors have years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, including children, and the vast majority are bilingual and can speak English.

You'll also find many tutors have additional professional qualifications or experience in teaching specialized areas such as conversational Finnish, emigration tests, exam preparation and cultural studies.

How can a Finnish tutor help me improve my fluency?

1-to-1 tuition with a private Finnish teacher can help you improve core skills in several ways.

  1. They can provide personalized lessons tailored to your study style and goals.
  2. They can offer feedback on your pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, helping you to develop better conversational skills.
  3. Native Finnish tutors can introduce you to cultural nuances and help you to understand the context behind certain words and phrases.
  4. Our Finnish tutors have years of experience and can recommend the best resources, such as books, podcasts, radio channels and movies to help you practice and improve your fluency outside of class.

Overall, a private Finnish tutor can be a valuable resource and can help you to achieve your goals more efficiently and effectively.

How do I pay for my Finnish lessons?

We have several payment methods available for our Finnish lessons. You can use credit/debit cards and PayPal.

Payment can be made quickly and securely in your local currency through the Verbalplanet platform. You can book as many Finnish lessons as you want with no obligation to buy more than you need.

Working with an online Finnish tutor tends to be cheaper than face-to-face lessons because the tutor doesn't need to travel to you. Typically web based Finnish tuition will cost between $20 USD to $40 USD per lesson.

Unlike other platforms we offer loyalty discounts based on your booking history so your lessons can get progressively cheaper as you progress, which means that you can receive discounts whether you're buying one lesson or twenty.

What is the fastest way to learn Finnish?

The most effective approach to learn Finnish is through full immersion by living and working in the community alongside native speakers.

For most people that's not possible so we offer the next best thing which is to practice with a private Finnish tutor.

Your Finnish teacher can manage your development through a personal study plan designed to focus on your goals and areas of difficulty. All you need to do is create a free account, choose your tutor and start building your confidence in speaking in live conversation.

How can I learn correct pronunciation with an authentic accent?

To develop correct pronunciation and an authentic accent, consider these strategies:

  1. Listen and Imitate: Regularly listen to native Finnish speakers through movies, songs, podcasts, and news broadcasts. Try to imitate the sounds, rhythms, and intonation.
  2. Use Pronunciation Tools: Leverage apps that focus on pronunciation, offering audio comparisons and feedback.
  3. Practice with Native Speakers: Engage with fluent Finnish speakers or a tutor who can provide immediate feedback and corrections, helping you adjust your accent gradually.
  4. Record and Self-Assess: Record yourself talking and compare it to natural speakers, noting areas for improvement.

These methods, combined with regular practice, will gradually help you adopt an authentic Finnish accent.

A problem many learners face is being embarrassed about talking outloud or making mistakes. Working with a Finnish tutor is a great way to overcome this problems and grown in confidence.

How do I choose my Finnish tutor?

Choosing an online Finnish teacher involves several key considerations to ensure the best experience:

  1. Qualifications and Experience: Look for tutors with formal teaching qualifications and check their experience, especially with teaching students at your level. We only accept tutors with significant teaching experience and qualifications and all our tutors detail their past teaching experience on their profile page.
  2. Reviews and Feedback: Read reviews from other Verbalplanet students to gauge the tutor's effectiveness, reliability, and teaching style.
  3. Teaching Style and Approach: Consider what teaching style suits your needs. Some tutors may focus more on conversation, while others might emphasize grammar or pronunciation. Contact our tutors for free to learn more.
  4. Trial Lessons: These are a great way to test your current level of fluency and get to know your Finnish tutor. Use this opportunity to see if the tutor's approach aligns with your personal goals and if you communicate well with each other.
  5. Flexibility and Availability: All available lesson times are shown in your time zone so you can ensure your preferred tutor's schedule aligns with yours and that they can commit to the number and frequency of lessons you'd like.
  6. Compatibility: Learning a language is a long-term commitment, so it's important that you feel comfortable and motivated by your tutor.
Should I choose a Finnish tutor who is a native speaker?

Learning Finnish with a native speaker isn't strictly necessary, but it does offer several important advantages.

Native Finnish speakers provide authentic pronunciation, idiomatic use, and cultural context that can significantly enhance the overall experience. This real-world exposure helps learners understand how Finnish is used in everyday conversations and situations, improving their listening and speaking skills more effectively than with non-native instructors.

Regular conversation with one of our Finnish tutors will significantly boost your confidence in speaking and provide cultural insights enriching the learning process in ways which simply aren't possible through apps or self study programs.

How do Finnish lessons work over the internet?

Online Finnish lessons with Verbalplanet are a convenient and effective way to learn and are almost the same as 1-on-1 in person classes.

Our classes are conducted over Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This enables you to learn Finnish from any location and keep using the same Finnish tutor no matter where you are in the world. During the lesson, you will have the opportunity to interact with your tutor in real-time, practice your speaking, and receive immediate feedback and guidance.

You will also have access to our bank of resources to enhance your progress between classes.

How many Finnish lessons do I need?

The optimal number of Finnish lessons per week you'll need will vary depending on your fluency goals and any previous study. However, most educational experts say that regular practice is the key to becoming fluent in Finnish quickly.

Ideally, around two or three online classes per week can offer a balanced approach, allowing enough time for new information to be absorbed and practiced, while also maintaining momentum without overwhelming the learner.

Engaging with a private Finnish teacher with Verbalplanet can provide you with focused intensive practice and feedback that accelerates your path to fluency.

About the Finnish language

Choosing to become fluent in Finnish is a linguistic adventure.

Finnish, or Suomi, is spoken by approximately 5.4 million people, primarily in Finland where it is the official language. It is also recognized in Sweden, Norway, and Russia. Finnish is part of the Uralic language family, distinct from the Indo-European languages spoken in most of Europe. This unique linguistic lineage is shared with Estonian and, to a lesser extent, Hungarian. Finnish has developed through various stages, from Proto-Finnic to Old Finnish, before becoming the modern Finnish spoken today. This evolution reflects influences from neighboring languages such as Swedish, Russian, and German.

For learners, Finnish presents both challenges and rewards. Finnish is known for its complex grammar, including a rich system of cases, agglutinative structures, and vowel harmony. However, it is phonetic, meaning words are pronounced as they are written, which aids in mastering pronunciation. Finnish also uses compound words and lacks prepositions, instead utilizing suffixes to convey meaning. Mastering Finnish opens doors to understanding Finland's rich cultural heritage, from its folklore and literature to modern contributions in technology and design. Additionally, proficiency in Finnish can enhance travel experiences and provide career opportunities in the Nordic region, especially in fields such as technology, environmental sciences, and international business.

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