Games for learning Finnish language
Finnish practice games on Digital Dialects are completely free to use, do not require registration, and are suitable for kids and language students of different ages. Travelers to Finland will find the phrases sections helpful, as well as the Finnish numbers quizzes and vocabulary sections. Each Finnish study topic includes vocabulary lists with audio for learning the correct Finnish pronunciation and revision quizzes for testing your learning progress. Choose the Finnish language subject you wish to practice, revise the vocabulary and then test your language skills by playing the interactive quiz. Materials are of most use to beginner level students or travelers, though those with some familiarity with the language may wish to try the Finnish spelling games.
Finno-Ugric and Uralic languages
Finnish is a Finno-Ugric language, a subfamily of the Uralic language family. There are around 25 million speakers of Uralic languages, spread across northern Russia, Scandanavia and the Hungarian speaking regions of Central Europe. The most spoken of the Finno-Ugric languages are Hungarian, Finnish, and Estonian. Finnish is a Baltic Finnic language and has similarities with Estonian and especially Karelian. Several Finno-Ugric languages have few speakers and are endangered. Finnish people did not originate from the same region as their language. Uralic language comes from the Ural mountain region of central Russia, while the Finnish people came from what is now Turkey.
Countries where Finnish is spoken
Finnish is spoken by over 5 million people in Finland as a first language. A further 500,000 people in native Swedish speaking Finns speak Finnish as a second language. Finnish is a minority language in Sweden, with over 200,000 speakers. There are also small Finnish speaking minorities in Norway and Russia.
Learning the Finnish language
Finnish can be difficult for European language speakers to learn because the Finnish language is quite different from other major European languages. Notably, Finnish does not use articles, prepositions or gender pronouns. A quantity of Finnish language learning materials can be found on the Venla website and on The Finnish Teacher, with learning guides, and phrases and useful vocabulary lists.
Games for learning Finnish online include:
Learn Finnish phrases - common and useful phrases for beginners and travelers. Basic communication with the most common salutations and greetings, and phrases for ordering food or asking directions. For absolute beginners, and travelers to Finland, play the Finnish phrases 1. A few extra very important common phrases for furthering your knowledge of Finnish salutations and greetings can be found in the Finnish phrases 2 phrase list and game. Game with spoken Finnish audio provided by a native Finnish speaker with a standard accent. For a few more commonly used phrases, and some information regarding their usage, visit the Finnish greetings and phrases page.
Numbers in Finnish - learn the Finnish numbers from 1-12 to begin with, and then for learning to count up to twenty, play the 13-20 game. Arithmetic games in which you add the Finnish words for numbers together to choose the correct answer. Audio for learning to pronounce Finnish numbers is provided on the intro page. Visit the learn Finnish numbers page for higher numbers and a list of ordinal numbers.
Fruit and vegetable game - 15 of the most useful words for Finnish fruit and vegetables in a simple quiz with audio included. For beginner students and those needing to go grocery shopping. Listen to the voice recordings in the introductory presentation for getting an idea of how to pronounce these words in Finnish.
Food and drinks - some of the most useful common food vocabulary with audio in a simple and colorful quiz designed for kids or school students and children. 15 words for beginner students. As the Finns drinks more coffee on average than in any other country, the words contained in this quiz could be quite handy in Finland.
Learn Finnish colors - the 11 most common colors words in an engaging multiple-choice quiz. Fun intuitive language arts game suitable for beginners, young kids and various learning styles.
Animals in Finnish - learn the vocabulary for animals and then choose either the game with 17 questions if you are not yet familiar with the vocabulary or the complete 31 question quiz. Fun game for learning the words for common pets, farm animals and wildlife.
Learn Finnish vocabulary quizzes - two games with vocabulary lists and audio, each of which contains 33 Finnish words. Beginners may wish to first take the simpler quiz with 17 words. Choose either Vocabulary game 1, and then move on to the slightly more challenging vocabulary game 2.
Days and months - learn the seven days of the week and the 12 months of the year in a simple visual quiz that is suitable for kids and elementary students.
Vocabulary builders - as you begin to acquire more vocabulary, these two quizzes each offer 48 useful words. Match the Finnish word with the corresponding English word. Vocabulary builder 1 and the further vocabulary builder 2. Both games were designed for lower-intermediate level students.
Finnish spelling games- this Finnish words spelling section currently offers four quizzes for spelling Finnish words; colors, animals and two vocabulary games. In these games you can make sure that you have memorized the vocabulary you learned in some of the games on this page.
Mobile and tablet games for Finnish - there are several quizzes with audio on our Finnish for mobile/tablets pages including colors, numbers, phrases, animals and vocabulary.
Further study: the Venla website offers online language learning materials aimed at beginners. On this website you can study grammar, phrases and vocabulary with Finnish audio.
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