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Introduction to Finnish Cases with Lindsay Dow

November 15th, 2016 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

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 No Comment yet

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 No Comment yet

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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5 questions to ask if you can’t remember vocabulary

June 3rd, 2016 Posted by Blog, Language No Comment yet

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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How to deal with growing pains abroad

April 29th, 2016 Posted by Blog, Life 2 comments

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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2014 Annual Review Prep

December 16th, 2014 Posted by Blog 2 comments

I’m reading ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’ by Chris Guillebeau in which he talks about finding meaning in our lives through the pursuit of big goals, which he calls quests. Naturally, it got me thinking about my blog, my business, and basically my life overall. On his website, he has a guide to doing something called an annual review, where you look back at the ending year and forward into the next.

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Change is in the air…

December 5th, 2014 Posted by Blog 4 comments

We all know the hero story: a problem, a struggle, and either a tragedy or a success in the end. This is the story on which we base many of our important life moments, whether we realize it or not. The hero defeats or is defeated… but what about the struggle? How many of us are so deterred by struggling that we don’t end up trying at all?

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“Ask and you shall receive” – On asking the right questions

October 30th, 2014 Posted by Blog 3 comments

People would often ask me: “How did you learn Finnish?” and I wouldn’t know what to say. I didn’t know how I did it, it seemed like a random smørrebrød of ways.

Then a couple months ago, Cory, a high school friend of mine, came to visit me in Helsinki. He’s always been excited about languages and he was looking forward to picking up a bit of Finnish during his time here. It didn’t take me long to figure out that our ways of learning were quite similar…

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5 Tips for Surviving Finnish Darkness

October 21st, 2014 Posted by Blog 4 comments

The secret is out – it is grey and depressing outside these days. I won’t go into details but my first word of advice is, become aware of the effect that the weather has on your mood. Then venture to change it. In the video below, I discuss 5 different tactics I use for staying chipper through this tougher part of the year.

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Novi Sad: a pleasant shock of inspiration

October 14th, 2014 Posted by Blog 6 comments

Wow… can I just say, wow!

This past weekend I attended the second ever Polyglot Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia and it left me speechless. The first time I met this wonderful community in Berlin this summer, I had lots of very positive things to say. I wrote about it in this post and although I knew it would be great to see everyone again, I also knew it would be different…