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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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Let things be easy.

March 4th, 2015 Posted by Life, My Story
Simple is beautiful.

This morning, I woke up with a plan: I was going to get up, get dressed and head out for a walk first thing. It was snowing – the kind of snow that tends to get us a little wet and only sprinkle the ground with white. The air was so fresh though, it felt like coming alive first thing in the morning.

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How words take on lives of their own

February 12th, 2015 Posted by Language, My Story
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I don’t remember when kaunis became beautiful; all I know is that it didn’t start out that way.

“How do you say beautiful in Finnish?”

“Kaunis”

“Cow-ou-nis? Seriously? It sounds like cow.”

And there it was. My first reaction to the word beautiful in Finnish: it sounds like cow.

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Profile: How a Chinese Acupuncturist Does Inspiring Work in Romania

January 23rd, 2015 Posted by Inspiration, Life, People & Profiles
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A doctor, a grandfather and language coach walk into an acupuncture clinic…
Just kidding – well kind of. This is the beginning of the awe-inspiring story I am super excited to share with you today.

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How personality profiles (here MBTI) helped me stand in my strengths

January 21st, 2015 Posted by Life, My Story
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Moving to Finland was quite a jarring experience. For a people person such as myself, I suddenly found myself being unable to relate to or understand people…

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The real reason I moved to Finland

January 19th, 2015 Posted by Language, Life, My Story
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5 years ago, I got on a plane a moved to Finland. I no longer wanted to live in Canada.

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When to commit vs. when to go at it alone.

January 18th, 2015 Posted by Life, News | Announcements | Updates
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I went to my first 8am class at the gym yesterday morning. Our awesome instructor (who I am totally dazzled by) was pretty tough on us that morning. Tough but fair – if we she knew we could do better she said so. I wanted to accomplish what she seemed so sure I could accomplish.

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