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Learn to Speak Finnish

Finnish is one of the Finno-Ugrian languages. This group also includes Hungarian, Estonian, Lapp and several lesser-known languages spoken in Russia. Some consider Finnish a hard language to learn, but the beauty of the language makes it worthwhile. The frequency of vowels used in Finnish gives it a very pleasant sound.

Finnish has regional dialects and different social variants (jargons, slang, etc.). Colloquial Finnish often differs markedly from the standard language. Therefore, the sentences you might learn in class differ from the ones people use in everyday life, though the meaning is the same.

Online Finnish Language Resources

Finnish Language Schools in the USA

Finlandia University
Hancock, MI

Finnish Language School of Silicon Valley
Jukka Koskela, President
P.O. Box 70912,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
email: svsuomikoulu @ 

San Francisco Bay Suomikoulu
Finnish Brotherhood Hall
1970 Chestnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Teacher: Sanna Honkanen

Santa Clara Valley Suomikoulu
Mt. View / Los Altos Adult Education
Los Altos High School
201 Almond Avenue
Los Altos, CA
Tuula Beals, Language Instructor
tel: 408-270-2365
email: tuulabeals @  

Los Angeles Suomikoulu
Susanna Russell, President
email: susanna @ 

West Los Angeles:
St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Parish Hall)
958 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Contact: Mira Scott
mira @

Orange County
340 St. Ann's Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Contact: Susanna Russell
susanna @

The Child Education Center (CEC), Whale Room
140 Foothill Blvd
La Canada, Ca 91011
Contact: Anneli Aurelio
anneli @

San Diego Suomikoulu
Lifebridge Church
17645 W Bernardo Dr
San Diego CA 92127
Eeva Syvanen
tel: 858-337-6223
email: eeva_syvanen @  

Atlanta Suomikoulu
3737 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA 30092 

Chicago Suomikoulu

Portland Suomikoulu
PO Box 31054
Portland, OR 97231
Päivi Kilpi-Cramer 
tel: 503-617-9839

North Texas Suomikoulu
Finnish Language School of North Texas, Inc.
Library / Leila Jaamuru
6000 Connection Drive
Building 4 Room 4C:147
Irving, Tx 75039

Seattle Suomikoulu
c/o 10769 221st Lane NE
Redmond, WA 98053
Anne Tuominen, President
tel.: 206-523-8637
email: president @

Boston Suomikoulu
739 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 

Minnesota Suomikoulu

New York Suomikoulu
83 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

Virginia Suomikoulu
Resurrection Lutheran Church
6201 N. Washington Blvd.
Arlington, Virginia 22205-2034

Suomikoulu DC - The Finnish School of Washington DC (for children under 18)
c/o Resurrection Lutheran Church
6201 N. Washington Blvd
Arlington VA 22205

Finnish language programs in American universities

Berkeley, CA
University of California, Berkeley
Finnish Studies Program
6303 Dwinelle Hall, #2690
Berkeley, CA 94720-2690
Tel. +1-510-643 2931
Prof. John Lindow (lindow(at)
Sirpa Tuomainen (sirpa(at)
Virve Kahri (virve(at)

Bloomington, IN 
Indiana University
Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Goodbody Hall 157
Bloomington, IN 47405
Tel. +1-812-855 4862
Prof. Toivo Raun (raunt(at)
Dr. Pia Päiviö (ppaivio(at)
Maija Ohvo (mohvo(at)
Tapio Hokkanen (

Eugene, OR
University of Oregon
Department of German and Scandinavian
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Tel. +1-541-346 4051
Prof. Susan Anderson (susana(at)
Elina Hietaranta (elina(at)

Hancock, MI 
Finlandia University
Finnish Studies
Suomi College of Arts and Sciences
601 Quincy Street
Michigan 49930 1882
Tel. +1-906-487 7273
Anna Leppänen (anna.leppanen(at)
Kaisa Randolph (kaisa.randolph(at)

Madison, WI 
University of Wisconsin
Department of Scandinavian Studies
1306 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Tel. +1-608-262 2090 or 262 2220
Prof. Thomas A. DuBois (tadubois(at)

Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
205 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minnesota 55455-0124
Tel. +1-612-626-1651
Daniel Karvonen (karvo001(at)
Nina Tikkanen (tikka009(at)

New York, N.Y. 
Columbia University
Department of Germanic Languages
Program in Finnish
319 Hamilton Hall MC 2812
New York, NY 10027
Tel. +1-212-854 7859
Lasse Suominen (ls2756(at)
Leena Maria Heikkola (lh2446(at)

Portland, OR 
Portland State University
724 S.W. Harrison
P.O. Box 751
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
393 Neuberger Hall
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
Tel. +1-503-725 3522
Marjo Northup (northupm(at)

Provo, UT
Brigham Young University
105 HCEB
Utah 84602
Tel. +1-801-378 6282
Wade Hollingshaus (wadeh(at)
Aino Larsen

Seattle, WA
University of Washington
Scandinavian Department
Box 353420
Seattle, WA 98195-3420
Tel. +1-206-543 0645
Prof. Andrew Nestingen (akn(at)
Karoliina Kuisma (kuisma(at)
Anna Rönkkö (annaron(at)
Mia Spangenberg (spangm(at)

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