WordDive’s first Finnish grammar course has been published this week. We wanted to address the needs of the large number of WordDive users who are learning Finnish. There was no Finnish grammar course available until now, although grammar was taught through the example sentences like in all WordDive courses. Furthermore, cases are an essential feature of Finnish language, and yet they are particularly difficult for many learning Finnish as a second or foreign language.
The course concentrates on three Finnish cases. Instead of trying to teach all the 15 cases at once and drowning students in a flood of grammar, we thought it best to start with the most common cases, nominative, genitive, and partitive.
– It is important to learn these cases, because they appear in most basic Finnish sentences. In addition, even advanced students make mistakes with these cases, for example when they use the objective, says Finnish as a second language teacher Meri Luttinen.
According to her, learning these three cases means learning the very basics of the language.
– To be able to form the nominative, genitive and partitive, the student has to learn that often the word has a different stem in all those cases and that consonant gradation occurs. Afterwards, it will be easier to learn the other cases based on the knowledge that learning these three forms provides.
Nominative, genitive and partitive can occur in any type of sentence, and they have different meanings. The situations are different in each example: omenan söi Pekka (the apple was eaten by Pekka), omena söi Pekan (the apple ate Pekka), or Pekka söi omenaa (Pekka ate some apple).
The course includes over 300 study items, so even the most enthusiastic Finnish learner will be entertained for a while.
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