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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.
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!
You’re at the Expand Level if you…
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.
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.
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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!