UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Helsinki Sunset, Finland


Finnish Level 2 Lower Intermediate

Course description: Level 2 is for people who completed Level 1 or who have some knowledge of the language acquired through regular visits to the country or through self-study. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course includes all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course will cover the following:

Topics: food and drink, parties and celebrations, dates and ordinals, work, professions, directions, restaurant and menus, clothes, interjections, temporal expressions, health and illnesses, body parts, at the doctor’s, summer holidays in Finland, nature, features of colloquial spoken Finnish. Cultural references: Finnish food and drink, celebrations and public holidays in Finland, sauna and summer cottage culture.

Functions: talking about food and drink, describing location, inviting people to a party, asking for and giving directions, describing professions and job tasks, talking about your job, ordering food and drink, describing past events, describing clothing, using temporal expressions, talking about illnesses, talking about Finnish sauna and summer cottage culture, understanding colloquial spoken Finnish.

Grammar: partitive and mass nouns, partitive plural, postpositions, forms of the object, inflection of personal pronouns, consonant gradation and verb types 3 and 4, subordinate conjunctions, noun types ­As, -in, -Us, -Os and -es, reverse consonant gradation, relative pronoun, necessive construction, revision of the forms of the object, third infinitive, transitive and intransitive verbs, verb type 6.

Study materials: S. Gehring and S. Heinzman (2011) Suomen mestari 1. Helsinki: Finn Lectura. S. Gehring and S. Heinzmann (2012) Suomen mestari 2. Helsinki: Finn Lectura. Teacher’s materials.