Hi! I am a PhD student at Helsinki University. I am originally from Barcelona. I am currently learning finnish at the classes offered at the university, but I would like to find some lessons that are more direct to speaking and getting vocabulary, rather than learning grammar (as the ones I am currenly in). Could you recomend me any? Kiitos paljon!
There are a bunch of excellent courses that you could attend, but I don't currently have a specific one in mind. For the Helsinki region, the options should all be listed on finnishcourses.fi. In practice, not everything is always there, so it's also worth asking around. For instance, I've never listed one of my own private courses, as my one woman business is such a small player in the field and I haven't yet had the need to advertise much.
Look for a course that has speaking (puhuminen) right in the name of the course. However, most courses will have a lot of speaking and vocabulary involved even if they don't specifically focus on it, so it might be a good idea to contact the organizer and ask them about it directly. It sounds like your current course might be a bit of an outlier, so you might also want to check out what else is available at the uni. Maybe ask your current teacher for recommendations if you haven't done that yet.
There are also several free clubs that you can attend to practice speaking and vocabulary, usually lead by teacher students or even professional teachers. For example, my part-time employer Helsingin työväenopisto hosts one on Mondays from 10.00-11.30 in Kallio, Helsinginkatu 26. In my time at the uni in Helsinki, we had several Finnish clubs going on, so that's another good place to start looking.
Finally, there's of course the option of private lessons, which are an excellent way of focusing on exactly the aspects of language that you need. I'm one good option for focusing on speaking (even if I say so myself), but there are many excellent Finnish teachers in Helsinki who offer private lessons. I also organize Finnish courses for groups. Let me know if you're interested and we can talk more!
Readers, anything I missed? Do you have a specific course recommendation for Aina? Tell us in the comments!