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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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One reason Finns switch to English when you’re around

August 8th, 2015 Posted by Life, My Story
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A funny thing happened to me at work the other day. I walked over to a coworker’s desk and straight into a 4-person conversation that was going on in Finnish. I watched the conversation switch from Finnish to English to accommodate my arrival, and guess what I did next?

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Are These The 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Speak Finnish Yet? Here’s What To Do Next!

August 2nd, 2015 Posted by News | Announcements | Updates
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Next Sunday, August 9th at 12pm, I’ll be doing my very first webinar! In it, I’ll walk you through the 3 most likely reasons you probably won’t learn Finnish in the way you’d expect.
We’ll then talk about the seldom-mentioned solution to those reasons so you’ll know what to do next!

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How to answer the question ‘Puhutko suomea?’ (Do you speak Finnish?)

May 19th, 2015 Posted by Language
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In this video, I’ll share:

  • why you want to avoid uttering the phrase ‘en puhu suomea’ at all costs
  • a few more phrases you need to learn if you’ll be answering ‘KYLLÄ, PUHUN SUOMEA’
  • the #1 mistake you want to avoid when answering ‘KYLLÄ PUHUN SUOMEA’
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Real reason many don’t Learn Finnish (& not what you think)

April 13th, 2015 Posted by Language, Life
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Awhile back, I was talking with one of my students from the Finnish Language Group Program about how English in Finland gets to be so comfortable, that it’s easy to get stuck just speaking English.

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