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    Default Re: How long does it take to learn Finnish?

    Even 2 years is not enough time. I know people who have been at school learning for 8 and they can barely hold a conversation. I suppose they are kind of dumb though, I've been learning for 9 and I still have trouble reading books. I'd say it takes at least 20 to get a really 'native' grip on it. Anyone who says less, unless they have 'special' circumstances they'd be lying. It's like the third hardest language in the world anyway and a lot of people use google translate and simply claim they speak Finnish...


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    It also depends on the intensity. If you study every day 2 hours for 6-12 months then you should be able to make a conversation. A 2 hours per week course is waste of time.

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    I was doing a course which was 4 hours every day, 5 days a week and I can now can get by in Finnish. I have recently started 6 months work experience in a day care centre which I am expected to speak Finnish everyday and I get by absolutely fine. So I also agree, it depends on the intensity of the course as well as how much determination you have to learn it.

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    I think it depends on your age. I came to Finland when I was 64 years old. I have had no trouble learning Finnish. But I find it almost impossible to retain what I've learned. I'm so-o-o thankful that so many Finns, including vaimoni, have learned English!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmilyK View Post
    I was doing a course which was 4 hours every day, 5 days a week and I can now can get by in Finnish. I have recently started 6 months work experience in a day care centre which I am expected to speak Finnish everyday and I get by absolutely fine. So I also agree, it depends on the intensity of the course as well as how much determination you have to learn it.
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    Where did you take this course and for how many months?
    The unemployment office got me into a course at Edupoli in Helsinki and I have been studying for about 7-8 months.

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