Finnish for Foreigners 1 introduces the reader to the basics of the Finnish language, stressing the standard spoken usage. Emphasis is placed on the essential and the practical in learning both the structure and the vocabulary. Most of the lessons are dialogues followed by an idiomatic English translation which is meant to quicken the pace of learning and to help those studing Finnish without a teacher. The author has extensive experience in teaching Finnish to foreign students at Helsinki University and abroad. The study material of Finnish for Foreigners 1 also includes an Exercise book as well as two cassettes containing the dialogues of the textbook and the listening comprehension exercises of the Exercise book.