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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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Beyond Language: Lessons on personal growth abroad

May 10th, 2016 Posted by Life, My Story, News | Announcements | Updates
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At the 2015 polyglot gathering in Berlin (an event for those who love learning languages), I gave a talk called ‘Beyond Language: Lessons about life, self-understanding and transformation.’

During the talk, I shared what I had learned from living in Finland for 5 years, and how I had adjusted (the ups and downs I went through) – basically the messy process of personal growth abroad.

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How to deal with growing pains abroad

April 29th, 2016 Posted by Blog, Life
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Ever have those days where it seems that everything would just be easier if you’d stayed home or moved back there? Me too. There’s some growth involved, and with it comes some pain as well, but fear not! I wrote this post to help you understand 2 things: why we get into bad moods/funks in the first place (and why you’re especially likely to develop them if you live abroad) and, how to shift out of them when they happen.

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“What is your single, best non-obvious tip for language learning?”

April 22nd, 2016 Posted by Language
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This week I did an interview with Oliver from learnwitholiver.com where I answered 10 questions about language learning and living abroad, among other topics. Of the 10 questions, my favourite was: What is your single best non-obvious tip for language learning? This was such a great question (thank you Oliver for asking it!) that I decided to write a whole post about it.

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My Tedx Talk: Can you learn the hardest language in the world?

September 1st, 2015 Posted by Language, News | Announcements | Updates
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On May 12th, 2015 I gave a talk titled “Can you learn the hardest language in the world?” about the challenges of learning Finnish, and how they affect Finns & foreigners alike.

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Who is your Finnish expert?

August 18th, 2015 Posted by Language, Life
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This might sounds like an odd question but have you ever wondered, who is the expert on Finnish? I don’t actually mean a person employed as a Finnish expert but rather, in the context of your life, who do you consider to be the expert on the Finnish? And when it comes to learning Finnish, is it an expert you should be turning to?

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How not to learn Finnish

August 12th, 2015 Posted by Language, My Story
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One of the questions I often get asked after ‘how long have you lived in Finland?’ is the hard-to-answer-question: how did you learn Finnish?

It’s ironic because every time this question is asked, I know the person asking it is expecting some kind of magical answer:
“I had this amazing book – you have to read it!”

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