How to read Finnish fast

Summary

You need only a pen or text editor. Write short words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

Finnish is very different from Swedish and Danish. It has many grammatical cases and no gender.

The pronunciation is not difficult. It has doubled vowels and vowel harmony. Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation. It help you learn words and inflections.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Visualize structures and relationships. Write diagrams, captions, and descriptions. And write many sentences.

Contents
  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Keyboard
  • Writing Training
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    You can learn speed reading with only a text editor. Maximum the window size and the font size.

    Or you can use a pen and paper.

    Write short words repeatedly

    finnish 2 letter
    finnish 3 letter
    finnish 4 letter

    Type short words like these images. Type 2-4 letter words many times. You don't have to type long words.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

    Write sentences with line breaks

    reading multiple lines

    Next, type a short sentence like this. This is a training for reading multiple lines. You will be able to read lines at once. Type more sentences with line breaks.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve your reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    Finnish is a Uralic language. It is more similar to Slavic languages than Swedish.

    Finnish has flexible word order. Guess the structure of sentences. And learn the case system.

    Read Finnish Wikipedia. Increase your knowledge and vocabulary. Read and watch news.

    Learn Finnish pronunciation. Vowels and consonants are often doubled.

    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences. Write various sentences.

    Keyboard

    Finnish has letters of å, ä, ö. You have to add a language or a keyboard layout.

    Finnish layouts have keys of å, ä, and ö. And you can use š and ž in some layout.

    Writing Training

    Writing training is very important. It improves your reading comprehension.

    Write simple sentences. Write with your imagination.

    order

    Learn the structure of sentence, clause, and phrase.

    Finnish has free word order. Practice with SVO order. And learn the case system and the information structure.

    relationship

    Imagine some situations and relationships.

    Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    structure

    Use various images. Write various sentences.

    Pronunciation

    Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation. It will help you learn words, inflections, and affixes.

    Learn vowels and consonants with IPA symbols. Combine alphabets, sounds, and IPA symbols.

    Finnish has vowel harmony. Learn the vowel groups.

    syllable

    Imagine the structure of syllable.

    Google Translate shows sounds of words and sentences.

    Grammar

    Learn the grammar with simple sentences. Write and speak simple sentences.

    Finnish has various inflections and conjugations. There are fifteen noun cases.

    Compare Finnish noun cases with English syntaxes and prepositions.