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What is Inner Strength?

May 2nd, 2017 Posted by Self Discovery
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I used to think strength was about being smarter, more confident, more capable… being more of someone that I sometimes wasn’t. That, to me, was strong. And around the same time, I felt anxious, indecisive and restless…

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Finnish Pronouns Video

November 22nd, 2016 Posted by Language
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In this video, you’ll learn: the 8 Finnish pronouns, their spoken forms, which ones are sometimes left out altogether & a few tips for how to remember them.

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Introduction to Finnish Cases with Lindsay Dow

November 15th, 2016 Posted by Blog
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I’m happy to announce that Lindsay Dow, from lindsaydoeslanguages.com, and I have collaborated to bring you a super concise post on Finnish cases and their basic usage! The post is an introduction, but it covers all of the 12 Finnish cases you actually need to know, so it has punch!

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My #1 antidote for frustration while learning

November 8th, 2016 Posted by Blog
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I have yet to meet a single person who hasn’t felt frustration when it comes to learning… anything, but this is especially relevant for those learning languages with big reputations… like Finnish.

So today I made you a little video to help move you forward when you get stuck in a big puddle of frustration. Because ultimately, if you don’t learn to recognize and deal with frustration… you’ll stay there. So here ya go!

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Language coaching: helping you do more with less

November 1st, 2016 Posted by Blog
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While reflecting on the concept of doing less with more in life and language coaching, I got a nudge from nature and the seasons, which inspired to write this post!

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Why’d you do it?

September 26th, 2016 Posted by Life, My Story
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When I was 5 years old, my parents and I moved from Bucharest, Romania to Montreal, Canada. After the initial excitement of my first time on a plane, I struggled to understand why my parents had made this life-altering decision to move as I tried to adapt to a place without my grandparents, in a language I didn’t speak (French) with no friends and other family nearby.

One day, I asked my parents:

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Are you telling yourself this lie?

August 21st, 2016 Posted by Life, My Story, The Desire Map
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It took me a couple of years to track down the lie I’d been telling myself that was holding me back (there are lots of them and like you, I’m a perpetual work in progress). The first year I lived in Finland was tough. Honestly, what helped me through the uncertainty loneliness was something I told myself over and over again…

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What fear can teach you

June 22nd, 2016 Posted by Life, The Desire Map
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Fear is good teacher but all students can, at some point or another, be resistant to its teachings…

Last week, I posted about how to tell whether you’re thriving or surviving in your life (abroad or at home) and shared with you my own my core desire feelings: connected, fearless, truth & simple.

In response, one of my readers wrote to me with some deep, deep questions. Among them were these two gems:

What does fearlessness represent for you? Would feeling fear prevent you from feeling connection?

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Are you thriving or surviving?

June 16th, 2016 Posted by Life, The Desire Map
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Do you remember thinking: “What do I want to be when I ‘grow up’?” I do.

In fact, well into my adolescence (erhm, early adulthood), this question used to plague me. Conversations in my family sounded a bit like this as university applications approached:

Mom and/or Dad: What do you want to do when you ‘grow up’?
Me: Speak German.

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5 questions to ask if you can’t remember vocabulary

June 3rd, 2016 Posted by Blog, Language
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This post is for you if:
you’re a beginner or intermediate language learner struggling to remember vocabulary,
you feel overwhelmed by ALL OF THE WORDS you could be learning,
end up not learning most of them because you forget what you learn,
end up not learning most of them because you’re so overwhelmed by the massive amounts of vocab.

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