At Last, Duolingo Gives Finnish the App Treatment it Deserves!

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The company says Finnish has been one of its most-requested languages, and from today people can begin learning on their phones.

Finnish finally gets Duolingo treatment with new app-based course

It’s been one of Duolingo‘s most commonly-requested language courses, and now Finnish is getting its own lessons on the popular mobile phone app.

From Wednesday language enthusiasts can begin learning Finnish in ten-minute-per-day chunks, from a course put together by a small team of volunteers and language experts in Finland.

The company says the app is supposed to be an extra language tool, and helps supplement other learning methods like real life scenarios, or watching television with subtitles, and it’s been something their users have been asking about for a long time.

“It became a bit of an in-joke at work any time we would launch a new course the first post would be ‘when are you launching Finnish’ and we’ve been working on it for a while” says Duolingo’s Colin Watkins.

The company says there’s about half a million people in Finland who don’t have Finnish as their first language and they hope the new addition to their app will help people become more integrated.

“If you’re in Finland, having more Finnish will help you in day-to-day life, you might recognise what’s on the menu, or be able to respond to some common greetings and questions” Watkins tells News Now Finland.

“We also think the new Finnish course will be popular with the Finnish disapora worldwide, which runs into millions. People who have a basic grasp but want to learn more, and there’s pockets of them in the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA” he explains.

“But there’s polygolots and brain trainers too, people who go through every course because they love learning languages and love challenging themselves” Watkins adds.

After completing the Duolingo Finnish course, students should be able to attain a B1 level of proficiency in the language – enough to pass the language requirements for citizenship.

Developing and preserving languages 

As well as dozens of mainstream languages, Duolingo has carved out an important niche in developing courses in minority languages like Maori, Scots Gaelic, Hawaiian, Navajo, Haitian Creole, Yucatec and Ki’che – not just to help more people learn something new, but to spread awareness and preserve linguistic cultural heritage as well.

The company has also ventured boldly into constructed languages, with hundreds of thousands of people learning High Valyrian from Game of Thrones, or Star Trek’s Klingon tongue.

Finns have already been quite actively using the Duolingo app with 21% learning Spanish, 14% learning Swedish and 7% using it to learn Russian.

The new Finnish course has been tested on a small scale in recent months, and now that it is fully available for free to anyone who wants to sign up, the course will be adapted and improved as more people – especially native speakers – interact with the app and provide feedback.


  1. EmilySmith says

    It’s about time Duolingo added Finnish to its language options! I believe this will be a great opportunity for those wanting to learn the language quickly and easily on the go.

  2. Megan90 says

    When is the Finnish course expected to be fully available on the app? I can’t wait to start learning!

    1. Chris84 says

      Hi Megan90! The Finnish course is now live on the app, so you can start learning right away. Enjoy your language journey!

  3. EmilySmith says

    When will the Finnish course be available for download on the app store?

    1. JohnDoe says

      Hi EmilySmith, the Finnish course is now available for download on the app store. You can start learning Finnish today! Enjoy!

  4. Megan_Smith says

    It’s great news that Duolingo has finally added Finnish to their language courses! As someone who has been waiting for this, I’m excited to start learning on my phone. I believe learning Finnish will not only be fun but also very useful, especially for those living in Finland. Can’t wait to see how this new addition helps users become more integrated in the community!

  5. AnnaSmith91 says

    It’s fantastic news that Duolingo is finally offering Finnish lessons! Learning a new language can open up so many opportunities, and I’m excited to try it out. Kudos to the team behind this initiative for making it happen!

  6. Emily_LanguageLover says

    When will Duolingo introduce other less commonly-taught languages like Basque or Icelandic?

    1. Tom_Linguist98 says

      It’s great to see Finnish finally getting the attention it deserves on Duolingo! As someone who appreciates lesser-taught languages, I hope this paves the way for languages like Basque and Icelandic to also be included soon.

  7. EmilySmith says

    It’s about time! I’ve been waiting for Duolingo to add Finnish for so long. Excited to start learning it on the app now!

  8. Emily_Blogger says

    It’s great to see Duolingo finally offering Finnish lessons on their app! I believe it will make a big difference in helping people integrate better in Finland and understand the language’s role in daily life.

  9. SaraJohnson1985 says

    Finally, Duolingo is giving Finnish the attention it deserves! I believe it’s a great initiative to include Finnish in their language courses, especially considering the demand for it. Learning Finnish through the Duolingo app will definitely be beneficial for those looking to integrate better into Finnish society. I’m excited to see how this new addition will help language enthusiasts improve their language skills in a convenient way.

  10. AmySmith123 says

    When will the Finnish course on Duolingo include more advanced topics, such as business vocabulary and specialized terminology?

  11. Emily97 says

    It’s about time Duolingo added Finnish! I’ve been waiting for this for so long. Can’t wait to start learning on my phone!

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