Case by Case online course

What is it about?

  • The form

    This course will systematically teach you how to form all the Finnish cases.

  • The meaning

    After you learn the form, you will learn the meaning and how you can use each case.

  • Practice

    Practise what you've learnt after each little step. The course offers lots of examples so that you can use the words in context instead of just learning to form the cases.

What my students say:

Nathan R

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Nathan R

“Anyone wanting to learn Finnish should really save themselves the weeks and months of frustration of trying to learn it on your own and simply enroll in this course. Besides everything being highly detailed yet still easily understandable, you’ll find information here that isn’t anywhere else as well as having access to a wonderful teacher and support group. Finking Cap is simply the best way to learn!”
Alexandr Baklanov

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Alexandr Baklanov

"Apart from simply being a super nice and kind person (as I met her personally) Emmi is extremely professional. And by that I don't only mean her teaching skills and obvious language knowledge (she speaks several), but also her attitude to the things she does. She's always punctual, strives to provide the best service and finds explanations for hard linguistic stuff. I'd definitely recommend Emmi as an instructor and her courses as a proper way of learning Finnish language."

Case by Case course


"Emmi´s Case by Case course is an interactive learning program for studying the cases quirks, while having easy access to Emmi and the course community. If you want to self-study at your own pace with being able to keep all the course material to revisit anytime, this might be the right course for you! Additionally there are regular group feedback sessions, in which Emmi makes sure to answer all the unanswered questions and use practical exercises to test your knowledge."
Antonio Rubio

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Antonio Rubio

Hi, mi name is Antonio Rubio, I am Spaniard, living in Belgium, and fond of Finland. I am 60 years old and newly retired since the 1st September. Loving a country means to be interested in history, culture, traditions and of course the language. It is said that Finnish is a difficult language. Of course, probably like Spanish for a Japanese. I have studied Finnish from my own for a while, then attending a course in Brussels, and at the same time I found the Finkingcap, where I enrolled first in a “verb type” course and later in the “case by case” course. To be honest the course is a bit tough but not because of the method or approach but simply because of the Finnish grammar and language difficulties. Emmi, is very enthusiastic and reachable for any question or explanation needed. The tools used are quite standard to make people discuss together and share information. I highly recommend the course, but I would say not for a real beginner.
Stacy Siirilä Johnson

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Stacy Siirilä Johnson

I loved the course Case by Case. I am a very beginner in learning Finnish and I was able to go at my own pace. Emmi is very knowledgeable and she explains ideas clearly. Whenever I had any questions, she got back to me right away. She always checks to make sure her students understand what is being presented.

The contents

  • 1
    Week 1: The partitive singular
  • 2
    Week 2: The genitive singular & word types
    • Instructions for chapter 2
    • Chapter 2 vocabulary
    • Chapter 2 vocabulary games
    • Video 1: Introduction
    • Video 2: What does the genitive look like?
    • 2.1. Drag and Drop exercise: Nominative or Genitive?
    • 2.2. Drag the words - Nominative or Genitive?
    • Video 3: Postpositions
    • Vocabulary list: Postposition examples (included in next exercise)
    • 3.1. Quizlet: Learn some common postpositions
    • 3.2. Exercises: Practise the postpositions in sentences
    • Video 4 - the "normal" KPT
    • 4.1. Exercise: Mark the KPT words
    • 4.2. Exercises: Practise the KPT in the genitive
    • Video 5 - the reverse KPT
    • Video 6: Word types - the introduction
    • Video 7: The word types - Words ending in A, O, Y, Ä, Ö
    • 7.2. Exercises: Words ending in A, Ä, O, Y, U
    • Video 8: Loan words that end in 'i'
    • 8.1. Exercises: Loan words that end in 'i'
    • Video 9: 'Järvi' words
    • 9.1. Exercises: Words like 'järvi'
    • Video 10: 'pieni' words
    • 10.1. Exercises: Words like 'pieni'
    • Video 11: 'uusi' words
    • 11.1. Exercises: Words like 'uusi'
    • Video 12: e-ending words
    • 12.1. Exercises: Words that end in 'e'
    • Video 13: One-syllable words (that end in a vowel)
    • 13.1. Exercises: One-syllable words that end in a vowel
    • Puhekieli
    • Listening and spelling 1
    • Listening and spelling 2
    • Exercise for more advanced learners
  • 3
    Week 3: Word types ending in a consonant
    • Week 3 vocabulary
    • Week 3 vocabulary PDF
    • Excel with examples of cases
    • Word types: '-nen'
    • Exercise: Find 'nen' words
    • Exercise: 'nen' words
    • Word types: 'ton/tön'
    • Exercise: Find 'ton' words
    • Exercise: Connect the parts
    • Exercise: Write the nominative (-ton/-tön)
    • Word types: 'as' / 'äs'
    • Exercise: Find 'as / äs' words
    • Word types: 'is'
    • Exercise: What is the nominative? (-is words)
    • Word types: 2 vowels and 's'
    • Exercise: words ending in 2 wovels + 's'
    • Word types 'us / ys / os / ös / es'
    • Exercise: 'us / ys / os / ös / es
    • Word types: 'in'
    • Exercise: '-in' words
    • Word types: 'ut / yt'
    • Exercise: 'ut / yt'
    • Word types: 'nut / nyt'
    • Exercise: 'nut/nyt'
    • Word types: 'el / en / er / ar' ('jäsen')
    • Word types: 'tar'
    • Exercise: 'tar / tär'
    • Word types: Loan words that end in a consonant
    • Exercise: Loan words ending in a consonant
    • Apply what you've learnt: The genitive and "I have to" sentences
    • Exercises: "täytyy" / "pitää" sentences
    • Genitive adjective as intensifier or expressing attitude
    • Exercise: Genitive adjective
    • Listening and spelling
  • 4
    Week 4: The local cases part 1: the inessive, the elative and the illative
    • Introduction to the illative, inessive and elative
    • Mouse and the box image
    • Week 4 vocabulary Quizlet
    • Vocabulary week 4 PDF
    • Video: The inessive and the elative
    • Inessive ending (-ssa / -ssä)
    • Elative ending (-sta / -stä)
    • Olen kotoisin...
    • Video: The illative
    • Missä? Mihin?
    • Illative endings
    • Examples of the cases learnt so far (PDF)
    • Examples of the cases learnt so far (Excel)
    • Advanced exercise: Idioms
    • Puhekieli
    • Listening and spelling practice
  • 5
    Week 5: The local cases part 2: the adessive, the ablative and the allative
    • Quizlet: Week 5 vocabulary
    • Week 5 vocabulary PDF
    • Video: Forming the exterior local cases
    • Practise forming the adessive, the ablative and the allative
    • Fill in the endings and the nominative
    • For students to update: Google sheet with examples
    • Video: The basic use of the exterior local cases
    • Flexible examples
    • A few words about Finnish cities and towns...
    • Exercise: Finnish cities
    • Exercise: Choose the ending & translation
    • Practise mixing the cases 1
    • Practise mixing the cases 2
    • Practise mixing the cases 3
    • Existential sentences
    • Exercises: Existential sentence or not?
    • Listening and spelling
    • Puhekieli
  • 6
    Week 6: Local cases – revision
    • Introduction
    • Week 6 vocabulary
    • Week 6 vocabulary PDF
    • Local cases presentation "Diving deeper"
    • "Diving Deeper" in PDF
    • Numerals and cases
    • Milloin? Monelta? Expressions of time + interior local cases
    • Milloin? Monelta? Expressions of time + exterior local cases
    • Millä? Instruments, vehicles, methods
    • Kenestä? - Opinions (elative)
    • Keneltä? Kenelle? Kenellä?
    • Elative: "Something becomes out of something/someone"
    • Thanks/congratulations
    • Milloin? Monelta? Expressions of time (advanced learners)
    • Clothes and body parts
    • Exercise: Clothes and body parts
  • 7
    Week 7: Case government, idioms & not-so-obvious meanings of cases
    • Video: Case government
    • Introducing the list of combinations
    • Pronouns in different cases
    • Word + case combinations
    • Exercise 1
    • Exercise 2
    • Exercise 3
    • Exercise 4
    • Exercise 5
    • Exercise 6
    • Exercise 7
  • 8
    Week 8: The object and its cases
    • The introduction
    • Video: What is an object?
    • Video: Object cases
    • Exercise A
    • Video: Walking you through exercise A
    • Exercise B
    • Video: Walking you through exercise B
    • Exercise C
    • Video: Walking you through exercise C
    • Exercise D
    • Video: Walking you through exercise D
    • Video: Partitive object
    • Video: Genitive object (and nominative)
    • Exercise E
    • Video: Walking you through exercise E
    • The list of partitive verbs (instructions)
    • A few partitive verbs
    • Exercise F
    • Exercise G
    • Exercise H
    • Slightly more difficult exercises
    • Help with "Slightly more difficult exercises"
  • 9
    Week 9: The object and its cases
    • Week 9 vocabulary
    • Week 9 vocabulary PDF
    • Personal pronouns as object
    • Personal pronouns in the accusative
    • What is the partitive verb?
    • Some partitive verbs listed
    • Partitive object or total object?
    • Explanation to video "Partitive object or total object?"
    • Instructions for Exercise A
    • Exercise A: End result or no end result?
    • Exercise B
    • Exercise C
    • Explanation to Exercise C - Click on the "+" to expand
    • Exercise D
    • Exercise E
    • Link to an article (advanced learners)
    • Instructions for filling out the object sheet
    • Object sheet for the article
    • KEY for Object sheet
  • 10
    Week 10: The essive and the translative
    • Vocabulary PDF for week 10
    • Quizlet Vocabulary for week 10
    • The Essive Presentation
    • Essive Excercise A
    • Essive Exercise B
    • Essive Exercise C
    • Essive Exercise D
    • Essive Exercise E
    • Essive Exercise F
    • Essive Exercise G
    • The Translative Presentation
    • Translative Exercise A
    • Translative Exercise B
    • Translative Exercise C
    • Translative Exercise D
    • Translative Exercise E
    • Translative Exercise F
    • Translative Exercise G
  • 11
    Week 11: The nominative plural + introduction to the i-plural
    • Introduction to the plural
    • How to form the t-plural
    • Listen and write the plural
    • Exercise 1: T-plural
    • When to use the t-plural
    • Exercise 2: The t-plural in sentences
    • Instructions for the following spelling exercises
    • Listen and write the missing word
    • Listen and write: from t-plural to partitive plural
    • Listen and write the missing word
  • 12
    Week 12: Plural case endings
    • Week 12 vocabulary
    • Timestamp for the video
    • How to form the i-plural - part 1
    • -O, -ö, -u, -y -ending stem
    • E-ending stem
    • 2 syllables, ä-ending
    • 2 syllables, -a-ending, first vowel is o or u
    • 2 syllables, -a-ending
    • Word/stem ending in -i
    • Stem ending in double vowel
    • Words endings in 2 vowels + -s (type 'salaisuus')
    • How to form the i-plural part 2: Multisyllable words that end in -a or -ä
    • 3 or more syllables, stem ends in -a/-ä
    • The plural endings for the partitive, illative and genitive
    • Sort the plural partitive, illative and genitive
    • Talking about holidays - slightly more difficult
    • Quantity + partitive
    • Quantity word + plural partitive
    • Fill in the gaps - sentences with i-plural words
    • Advanced: Text about the metro
  • 13
    Week 13: Practising the plural
    • How to form the illative plural
    • Change the illative plural into the nominative singular
    • How to form the partitive plural - part 1
    • How to form the partitive plural - part 2
    • Practise forming the plural partitive
    • How to use the partitive plural - part 1
    • How to use the partitive plural - part 2
    • How to use the partitive plural - part 3
    • Nominative plural or partitive plural?
    • How to use the partitive plural - part 4 - ADVANCED
    • Nominative plural or partitive plural? (Advanced)
    • How to form the genitive plural
    • Practise the genitive plural
    • Extra exercise
  • 14
    Week 14: The abessive, the instructive, the comitative
    • This chapter's exercises
    • The abessive - part 1
    • Abessive - option 1
    • Abessive - option 2 - with other cases
    • Ways to use the 3rd infinitive in the abessive
    • Exercise: Abessive and the 3rd infinitive
    • The instructive
    • Instructive - option 1
    • Instructive - option 2 - with other cases
    • The comitative
    • Comitative - option 1
    • Comitative - option 2 - with other cases
    • Extra plural exercises: What case?

Case by Case online course (incl. taxes)

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  • Emmi Seppälä

    Online Finnish instructor

    Emmi Seppälä

    Moi ja tervetuloa! My name is Emmi and I'm from the beautiful city of Helsinki, Finland. I have always loved languages (I speak 5!) After I finished high school, I worked and studied abroad for a good while, and I never, ever thought I'd become a teacher. However, the 8 years I spent living and travelling in different countries gave me a strong desire to help other people achieve their goals via languages. So, I ended up taking a TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in Madrid in 2014. One of the best decisions I ever made! Since then, I have been teaching languages offline and online while working on my Master's degree (English philology) and teacher qualification at the University of Helsinki. I created Finking Cap so I could help Finnish learners from all over the world make sense out of the language. Finnish is such a unique language that students can easily feel overwhelmed. I want to make sure that Finnish eventually makes sense to you and that you can take charge of improving your Finnish skills every day. About the way I teach: I'm very pragmatic and I do what works. I don't focus on a specific theory about language learning. Even though I teach a lot of grammar, I invest heavily in "making Finnish make sense", and I focus on topics that I believe are going to be useful in the long run.