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Offering –> Finnish Language Coaching –> Expand level

Introducing the Expand level

To expand: verb (used without object)
– to express something more fully or in greater detail
– to spread out; unfold; develop:
– to increase or grow in extent, bulk, scope, etc.
Source: dictionary.com

In this context, the expand level means you grow beyond your current level and are able to express your Finnish life in more detail. It involves the learner (that’s you!) working 1-on-1 with a language coach (that’s me!) in a way that’s entirely customized to your needs: to spot opportunities, create a strategy and work together to smooth out the wrinkles as you implementing said strategy and begin to expand!

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Is the ‘Expand Level’ right for me?

You’re at the Expand Level if you…

  • Took Finnish classes, learned the basics but haven’t been to a course in awhile.
  • Are considering taking courses again because there are gaps in your knowledge, but you’re not sure those gaps will be covered in the course.
  • Speak Finnish daily and sometimes the situation is outside your comfort zone.
  • Feel like you’re just barely getting by and sometimes you don’t really understand what’s happening, even though you need to. Fear being ‘found out’, feel like a fraud.
  • Feel like you’re partially living outside your comfort zone, and being forced to urgently expand because of the high stress these situations bring on, coupled with guilt, shame, embarrassment. This is a priority right now.
  • Always use Finnish in public places and with people you don’t really know: ie. in stores, doctor’s office, daycare, bus, etc. Use some Finnish at work or with friends, or with specific people in situations where things get tricky
  • Feel stuck between the levels and how to speak even more. You learned and saw a lot of progress in the beginning but now feels like you’re Finnish hasn’t improved any more and it’s frustrating.
  • Have a whole list of things you ‘should’ be doing and might try something from time to time but aren’t being consistent about it.
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This is what I want you to know

If the above sounds like you, this is what I want you to know:

It may feel really scary to admit that you don’t have the Finnish piece under control right now, but please know that this is a very exciting and pivotal time for you. You’re being called to expand beyond your current comfort zone! It’s time to shed some things which are no longer working and step into this new phase because as the Zen proverb goes “Let go, or be dragged.”

You probably don’t think about it often but you’ve come such a long way. It takes a lot of guts and determination to get to an advanced level of Finnish in the current climate and you’ve already gotten so far! Please take a moment to acknowledge yourself, your efforts and all your accomplishments. You’re a star in my books ⭐⭐⭐.

Now that we have that covered, it’s time to face the current reality: your current level is holding you back from showing up how you’d like, and you feel ready to change that. You’re dealing with so much stress and frustration by being pulled out of your comfort zone without knowing how to put an end to it.

Just like when you grew from complete beginner to intermediate, there is another level waiting for you, and it’s not waiting patiently. It’s pulling you towards it, aggressively. The good news is, you have momentum! The situation is moving forward whether you want it to or not, and all you need to do is find your center and ride the wave.

The next step in this process isn’t going to look like the first: which was learning all the basics and getting the hang of conversation. Now you’re going to be deepening all the work you’ve done so far, and tearing down all the blocks that are keeping you from expanding into the role you’re being called towards. How does that sound?

If you’d like, I can be by your side during this next chapter. Indeed, it would be an honour to accompany you on the path.

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Here’s what I propose

Over the course of a month, commit to learning the in’s and out’s of your current situation and the gaps you need to fill: get curious, be playful, notice where your comfort zone ends and where new opportunities begin. We’ll slowly expanding from there. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of that fear,” said George Addair.

Sign up for 1 month of 1-on-1 language coaching with me and here’s what you get:

  • A planning call, scheduled before our month together, where we assess all your needs and challenges and make a plan for the coming month.
  • 4 virtual 1-on-1 calls spread out over the course of a month (4 x 60 mins) to go through our plan. Between the calls is when the real stuff happens, as you take what we cover on the calls with you into your life, test, tweak and come back for more strategizing. We refine the process together and work through any roadblocks that come up.
  • Plus: Access to the coaching content for the Ground and Integrate levels. 
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How & How Much?

  1. 1) Planning call to create a unique, month-long approach based around your needs (1x 90 mins)
  2. 2) 4 one-on-one, virtual coaching calls with Irina to work on approach, strategy, and questions that come up over the course of the month (4x 60 mins each)
  3. 3) Plus access to all the Ground + Integrate modules in the members’ area

Price: 496€ inc. 24% VAT

Registration is currently closed. Please join my Inner Circle (below) for details on the next session.

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Who am I?

Hey there!

My name is Irina and I’ll be your guide and Finnish language coach. So what do I know about language learning and Finnish in particular?

I was born in Romania, raised in Canada and moved to Finland in 2010. I’ve been obsessed with connecting with people since I can remember, so languages have always been my way to do that. I wanted to understand what people were saying and I wanted to communicate with them from a very young age. Though we spoke Romanian at home, I learned French in kindergarten, English from TV and later studied Spanish in high school and German in university. English is now what I consider my native language.

When I decided to move to Finland in 2010, I knew Finnish would be a challenge, but it was a challenge I welcomed. And that’s exactly what I got! After the first few years, I felt frustrated that my usual methods weren’t paying off in the way I’d expected. I was supposed to be ‘good at this’ and yet, I felt anything but confident. That was until I decided that Finnish needed a whole new mindset.

In hindsight, I see that Finnish required me to be more strategic and systematic with my energy and focus. It wasn’t that the language was special, but that for the first time in my experience, I actually needed to think about the language learning process and align my efforts with it, because it didn’t unfold naturally.

Once I did this, everything changed. I went from speaking to all my friends in English and only using limited Finnish to speaking mostly in Finnish. I went on to get a job in a brand new field entirely in Finnish, something I wouldn’t have imagined possible, and excel in my role there.

I genuinely believe that anyone can learn Finnish if they set their mind to it, and that the benefits bring so much joy, confidence and richness to life. I wish the same for you, and if you’d allow me to, I’d love to be your guide!




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