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    Question Learning Swedish instead of Finnish?

    Finnish is considered as a difficult language and I have heard that some people living in Finland are learning Swedish instead of Finnish as it is the second official language. They say that Swedish is easier to learn.

    What do you think about this?


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    I think that it is wrong.

    If i was living in finland and get the opportunity to learn finnish, i definitely had taken it.

    And i have been told that you spell finnish exactly how it sounds. To shame that the grammar are så hard even god had a tear on hes cheek

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    Där måste lär sig finsk språket först då kan ni lär sig finlands Svensk eller ur det finns ingen istället

    När i finland talar finsk maassa maan kielellä

    Jag sök en bok för finskarna som lär sig svenska eller vice -versa päinvastoin

    Jag tycker om finsk och svensk men Uighur meniskorna kan inte talar deres språk äidin kieli deres land

    Uighurs can not speak there own mother language in there own country

    Töörqqistoni and Finns were not allowed to speak finnish when Swedes were occupiers in there own land and Koreans were not allowed to speak korean
    in korea when The Japs were there,

    ja vist talar svensk i Finland säger jag en ole ruotsilainen ja suomilainen men mutta anteeksi puhuetteko talar ni svenska ruotsiksi en ymmärrä suomea

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    Finnish is a pain to learn, it's true - particularly in Helsinki. Living upcountry makes it a lot easier because you simply must learn it to communicate with anyone. Too many people in Helsinki speak (and want to speak) English, so conversation invariably changes to English at some point, usually very soon into the conversation.

    Finnish really is the dominant language and you really can't get by with Swedish alone. Having said that, many jobs require both Finnish and Swedish. This is also a sneaky way for those employers who dislike either foreigners in general or you in particular to keep you from "qualifying" for a job. If you want to be "equal" to a Finn, you must learn both languages. You will rarely if ever need to use Swedish, btw.

    Ironically, when Swedes come here, they don't want to speak Swedish. Finnish-Swedish is really ugly. They speak English instead.

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    Its wrong to learn swedish instead of finnish in finland. I dont care if its the 2nd official language, finnish is the first official language. Not only that but its called finnish for a reason......
    People who want to do this should stop being lazy and just learn finnish even if its harder.

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    honestly I think it is wrong to do so, because since Finns have been dominated by swedes few centuries ago, they still keep this really sour collective memories of the time where they couldn't even speak their own language.
    it has been the same for the french canadians but they fought so hard to keep their own language alive that the english didn't have the choice but to let them speak french and practice their religion. Nowadays, french speaking canadians are really pissed off when immigrants comes to their french speaking regions and that the immigrants learns or speak english rather than french. many of us see this as a way to assimilate the french language from the federal government. we, as french canadians HAD to learn english even though we didn't give a crap about english. But somehow, Canada is "bilingual", but strangely we cannot get served in French in our own french-speaking province... that's rather stupid. Same thing onboard of the Air Canada planes. no service in french. most of the federal government don't even speak french. Bilingual my butt :P

    I think that it's okay that finnish kids should learn some swedish and that swedish kids should learn finnish. But I think it would be important for immigrants to do the same. start with finnish since the majority in Finland speaks it then learn swedish. if they are living in a swedish speaking area then it's okay if they learn swedish first, but they have to learn finnish too. I'm glad I had to learn english, but I really do have a problem when I say Bonjour to a cashier and that they keep replying to me in english when they did have manditory french classes.
    one cashier once was really struggling with french but he tried so hard to reply to me in french and asked politely if it was okay that he uses english and I said it was okay. But he did made the effort to speak to me in my mother toungue. At least he tried and that really made me happy.

    anyway. maybe this wasn't too clear with all the comparisons between finland and canada but anyway.

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    Default Re: Learning Swedish instead of Finnish?

    If someone decides to move to other country, he/she should learn first official language, at least in my opinion. I was learning swedish once and somehow I won't say it's easier than finnish, somehow I'm learning finnish really faster. Few days ago I decided to take a look at my old swedish book and I was a bit suprised, cause when I was loudly reading I had finnish accent xD So imo all this "swedish-is-easier-to-learn-than-finnish" is bullshit. All is matter of our approach.

    And hey, Finland was under swedish occupation for many years, as I read in my finnish book finnish was called "barbaric language" and it was forbidden to use. Now it's official first language of Finland and we, foreigners, should respect that, for example by learning it. The end.

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    Default Re: Learning Swedish instead of Finnish?

    I know neither of the two languages, but it seems that some European languages sounds similar.
    E-C translator

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    Soome on kaunis keele Finnish is a beautiful language and Swedish too but Finnish should be learned if one goes to finland Jag tycker om att lärsig finsk med Svensk istället Engelska till Finsk och Virolaise eesti keele

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    Talking Re: Learning Swedish instead of Finnish?

    I actually thought of doing the same thing. But after maybe a week of learning both, I decided Finnish was much easier.
    Someone told me that Swedish is like English in the sense that there aren't fixed pronunciations.

    And Swedish has an extra vowel

    Finnish is a beautiful language, AND it inspired J. R. R. Tolkien when he created the elven language. haha!

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