Why Study Finnish? Because it is a very cool language! Enjoy a small classroom setting, fun ex- tracurricular activities, and exciting study abroad options! Learning Finnish is actually easier than you think as the language follows its internal logic very consistently. Finnish has, for example, only three-ish irregular verbs. Finnish is a gender-neutral language with only one word for she and he. Crazy compound words! Kuumailmapal- lolentolahjakortti ‘a gift certificate for a hot air balloon flight.’ There are significant populations of Finn- ish speakers in Florida, Michigan, Minne- sota, and Washington. According to the UN World Happiness Report in 2018 and 2019, Finland is the happiest country in the world. Finland is a Nordic welfare state that has been ranked (among others) the world’s safest, most socially progressive, and most literate country. Finland is also famous for its high-quality education system, design & architecture, rock and metal music, mobile technology, Angry Birds... Need we say more?
Who speaks Finnish?
The magical language that greatly inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish, Finnish is spoken by the majority of the population in Finland and by ethnic Finns outside Finland. It is the largest member of the Finnic language family and has over 6 million speakers worldwide.
Famous Americans of Finnish Descent
- Matt Damon - Academy Award -winning actor
- Jessica Lange - actress perhaps best known for her role in American Horror Story
- Renny Harlin - movie director
- David Lynch - director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author
- Linus Torvalds - software engineer, the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel
- Pamela Anderson - actress, model, producer, author, activist
Learn these everyday phrases!
- Hi: Moi!
- Bye: Moi moi!
- Yes: Joo.
- No: Ei.
- Oh no: Voi ei!
- That’s a pity: Voi voi.
- Good morning: Huomenta.
- Good night: Hyvää yötä.
- What’s your name?: Mikä sun nimi on?
- My name is: Mun nimi on...
- How are you?: Miten menee?
- I’m doing ok: Siinähän se.
Why Learn A World Language?
In the increasingly globalized world, the knowledge of a world language becomes an indispensable skill important not only for individual enrichment, but also for the broadening employment opportunities.
According to a study from the University of Chicago, knowledge of a world language helps you boost decision-making skills.
Students who study world languages score higher on standardized tests, as a study from York University in Toronto showed. Students who study a world language for at least one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs.
Knowledge of a world language increases your chances of landing a good job, as the recent poll of The Economist showed. An MIT study shows that people who know two or more languages earn an average of $128,000 more over their lifetimes.
Learning a second language has compelling health benefits, as suggested by a study from York University in Toronto that connects prevention of the onset of dementia with foreign language learning.