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Offering –> Finnish Language Coaching –> Ground Phase

Finnish Language Coaching @ the Ground phase

**Registration for May 2018 now open.**

What’s language coaching?

Language coaching is a strategic approach to learning a language. By working from the strategic angle, we’re able to turn frustration or confusion into a actionable steps forward, that suits your individual needs and preferences.

There’s an underlying process to learning a language, even if individual methods vary. Language coaching teaches you about the process, so you can make the language learning journey your own!

What’s the ground phase?
The ground phase is the beginning of your language learning journey (regardless of how long you’ve been at it). You’re in the process of orienting yourself in the language, its basics and turning that knowledge into the skill of speaking.

To ground (verb)
– to lay or set on the ground.
– to place on a foundation; fix firmly; settle or establish; found.
– to instruct in elements or first principles
Not sure this is your level? Take the quiz to find out.

Is the Ground Phase for me?

The Grounding phase is specifically designed for you if you…

  • live in Finland,
  • Are taking Finnish classes (or they recently ended) and are struggling to use what you learn
  • Struggle to remember things, like new words
  • Are grappling with the basic grammar
  • Use some Finnish words here and there but want to break through to conversations and longer exchanges
  • Have a whole list of things you ‘should’ be doing but actively looking for a solution to make the most out of the effort you’re already putting
  • You’ve put ‘improving my Finnish’ in your top priorities for the upcoming month
  • are open-minded, persistent, and open to self-reflection

Not sure this is your level? Take the quiz to find out.


What will I learn?

Language coaching empowers you with the knowledge of how language is learned, so you can learn your way, enjoy the process and keep on learning!

At the ground phase, we focus on helping you:

  • Discover your own, most joyful learning process to
    • remember more words
    • & build up your grammar base
  • Identify opportunities to learn (and situations not conducive to learning)
  • Build confidence in yourself & your ability to learn Finnish
  • Connect with others at the same phase & on the same path
  • Have fun & relax in Finnish situations

What’s included?

Over the course of a month, Finnish language coaching at the ground phase includes:


  • The Ground modules in video format: to give you a solid foundation of the language learning process. Watch how your motivation and desire to learn is affected when you start to understand where you can save energy and make progress. Curriculum includes:
    • A bird’s eye view of the language learning process
    • The 3 fundamental pillars of language learning at all levels
    • How to learn new words
    • How to learn new grammar


  • 4 live, virtual Q&A calls over the course of a month. This is your chance to ask me, Irina, deeper questions about your experiences with the content in the real world. Everyone will have different methods and approaches, so I’m here to help you adapt the general stuff to suit you personally and work through any roadblocks that come up.


  • An intimate group setting with others in the Ground phase. By working through process & celebrating successes together, you’re part of a group of learners who empower and inspire one another!
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Schedule & Pricing

Registration is now open for May 2018:

  • Get access to the modules as soon as you sign up!
  • May 2018 registration closes Sunday, April 29th or when group fills up
  • Q&A calls: Tuesdays May 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
  • between 6-8:30pm (exact time TBD by April 30th)


Program Price: 155€ (inc. 24% VAT)


Ready to see how learning Finnish can be joyful and efficient? Register today!

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!




Offering –> Finnish Language Coaching –> Ground Phase