Are you looking into other beginners' courses?
Not thoroughly, no. I'm currently reading Karlsson's grammar to get a basic feel for how the language works. I think I'll go with Start to Finnish when I get around to it.
Are there any other good beginner's books that you know of?
- Kuulostaa hyvältä
(textbook in Finnish + reference manual with answer key in English). There is a DVD with video clips of the dialogues, but this may be difficult to find. The videos can be seen on YouTube though under "Kuulostaa hyvältä".
- Suomen mestari
There's also "Finnish for Foreigners" (Vols. 1 & 2) which is a set of 2 textbooks, 2 exercise books, 1 book of speaking drills and CDs by Maija-Hellikki Aaltio from 1987. It's very hard to find in its entirety nowadays since the publisher seems to have let it be superseded by newer courses. They just don't make courses like this one anymore, and it not only introduces a lot over the 60 chapters (from both volumes), but it backs up everything with lots of exercises.
Kuulostaa hyvältää and Suomen mestari are easy to find in Finland but are expensive
. If you want to them shipped outside Finland, they could get more expensive