The Finnish Language School of Minnesota offers courses for children and adults from beginner to high fluency, in-person and online. In-person classes are held in Minneapolis and online classes are conducted live via Zoom.

Online Courses

5-8 classes held once-weekly, designed for adults (and older teens). Each course is typically offered three times annually. Course levels can be repeated without redundancy, as the theme changes each course.

BEGINNER 1: Learn practical basics with themed conversation and vocabulary building. No prerequisite Finnish skills necessary.

INTERMEDIATE: Join the lukupiiri, book club, using the simplified version of Mielensäpahoittaja. Learn language structures, vocabulary, and Finnish culture through reading. This class is suitable if you feel you can read simple texts in Finnish.

IMMERSION: Engage in themed topics of discussion for building fluency. Teaching and communication is predominantly in Finnish in this course.

Teacher: Lily O.

In-Person Courses

6-8 classes held on first and third Saturdays in a Fall semester and a Spring semester. In-person courses may be added or combined depending upon registration each semester. Students and families are encouraged (but not required) to volunteer for the school, such as by participating in annual event preparation, managing the library, serving on the board, or substitute teaching.

LITTLES: 0-4 years. Parent-child song, story, art and play with the aim of an immersive language and sensory experience. Teacher: Anna R.

CHILDREN’S BEGINNER: Finnish literacy basics by topic, such as the alphabet, introductions, days of the week, hobbies etc. Enjoy traditional activities and games, baking and sähly (floor hockey). Notebook, pen and markers needed. Teacher: Katja Z.

CHILDREN’S IMMERSION: Finnish literacy including fluency in Finnish grammar, reading and writing, topical conversation and culture. Enjoy traditional handicrafts, activities, poetry, songs, baking and sähly. Instruction is in Finnish. Teachers: Anne S. and Lotta K-R.

ADULT: Combined Beginner/Intermediate class for adults. Materials used in class are based on the textbook Finnish for Foreigners. Teacher: Harri M.