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To integrate: verb (used with object)
– to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.
– to make up, combine, or complete to produce a whole or a larger unit, as parts do.
– to unite or combine.
In this context, the integrate level is a group of learners coming together (that’s you!) with a language coach (that’s me!) in a group setting: to ask questions and learn from each other’s experiences as you rise above the plateau and integrate Finnish with the rest of your life. You’ll do this by combining much of what you’ve learned so far into a bigger whole.
The Integrate Level is specifically designed for you if you’re…
If the above sounds like you, this is what I want you to know:
Learning a language is a process. And though there are tons of courses that offer to help us learn at the intermediate or advanced level, we are all individuals leading different lives! Just like we went from complete beginner to intermediate, there is another level waiting for you, and you’ve just come to a bit of a standstill between where you currently are and where you want to be.
The next step in this process isn’t going to look like the first: which was learning all the basics. Now you’re going to be integrating the language into your life and the person you are today. How cool is that!?
When you first learned how to ride a bike, you had to work at it and be brave, right? This is what you did with Finnish in the beginning too. Then as you got better, riding your bike became a way faster way to get around than walking. You didn’t need to practice anymore, but you did need to take your bike out of the garage and dare to ride it to your friend’s house. This is like the next step of your Finnish journey. Do you dare to take the bike out of the garage and ride it to new neighbourhoods?
If you’d like, I can be by your side along the way of rising above the plateau and into the very next exciting chapter of your story. Indeed, it would be an honour to accompany you on the path. So here’s what I propose:
Over the course of a month, commit to learning the in’s and out’s of your current plateau and the level you want to rise to: get curious, be playful, notice where your comfort zone ends and what’s going well already – and then slowly expanding from there. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of that fear,” said George Addair.
Registration for March 2018 is now open until Sunday, February 25th, 2018!
Our weekly Q&A calls take place on Wednesdays in March: March 7, 14, 21, 28, for 1 hour between 6-8:30pm. Exact time will be emailed after registration is closed.
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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!