Free Online Language Courses

The capital area libraries have a wide range of services they offer on top of lending books; most have boardgames, some lend sports equipment and Kohtaamispaikka in Lasipalatsi quite downtown offers even free digital services. Now they have also started to offer free language courses online for a number of language, including Finnish for foreigners. The courses include training for speaking the language, listening comprehension and grammar, and one can also take tests there to see how well the learning is going.

To do the courses, you only need a library card and a pin code for it. Then you log on at, then choose either “opiskele kieliä verkossa” or English as a language. The courses should work on a mobile too.


  1. Fantastic idea, wish the libraries did that here.

    1. Maybe they will pick up on it too? I think it fits well the current day libraries!

  2. I wish the libraries here had something like that! Awesome!

    1. Have you made an effort to learn thai? I remember wanting to learn just a few words but not really hearing the differences properly and always ended up saying something I didn’t mean to 😉 So thai didn’t seem like the easiest language to me but maybe the ear gets used to it when you hear it more?

      1. It’s a difficult language to learn. I am hoping to take classes soon. I know how to order my food, say hello, and thank you. 🙂

        1. That’s a good start! 🙂

    1. Once you’re on top of German, you can make a start on Finnish;-)

      1. Now, now, let’s not get carried away 😉 I watched Berlin – Tag und Nacht today 🙂

        1. I had to google that…

          1. Reality crap 😉 I don’t really know what’s going on – I just like watching grown men cry 😉

      2. Or learn German on a Finnish online course? Why take the easy way if you can learn more at once 😉

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