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My Tedx Talk: Can you learn the hardest language in the world?

September 1st, 2015 Posted by Language, News | Announcements | Updates 3 comments

On May 12th, 2015 I gave a talk titled “Can you learn the hardest language in the world?” about the challenges of learning Finnish, and how they affect Finns & foreigners alike.

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Real reason many don’t Learn Finnish (& not what you think)

April 13th, 2015 Posted by Language, Life 2 comments

Awhile back, I was talking with one of my students from the Finnish Language Group Program about how English in Finland gets to be so comfortable, that it’s easy to get stuck just speaking English.

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How words take on lives of their own

February 12th, 2015 Posted by Language, My Story No Comment yet

I don’t remember when kaunis became beautiful; all I know is that it didn’t start out that way.

“How do you say beautiful in Finnish?”

“Kaunis”

“Cow-ou-nis? Seriously? It sounds like cow.”

And there it was. My first reaction to the word beautiful in Finnish: it sounds like cow.

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Profile: How a Chinese Acupuncturist Does Inspiring Work in Romania

January 23rd, 2015 Posted by Inspiration, Life, People & Profiles 2 comments

A doctor, a grandfather and language coach walk into an acupuncture clinic…
Just kidding – well kind of. This is the beginning of the awe-inspiring story I am super excited to share with you today.

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How personality profiles (here MBTI) helped me stand in my strengths

January 21st, 2015 Posted by Life, My Story 1 comment

Moving to Finland was quite a jarring experience. For a people person such as myself, I suddenly found myself being unable to relate to or understand people…

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The real reason I moved to Finland

January 19th, 2015 Posted by Language, Life, My Story 4 comments

5 years ago, I got on a plane a moved to Finland. I no longer wanted to live in Canada.

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When to commit vs. when to go at it alone.

January 18th, 2015 Posted by Life, News | Announcements | Updates No Comment yet

I went to my first 8am class at the gym yesterday morning. Our awesome instructor (who I am totally dazzled by) was pretty tough on us that morning. Tough but fair – if we she knew we could do better she said so. I wanted to accomplish what she seemed so sure I could accomplish.

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Annual Review 2014: Flinchingly Honest & Unfiltered

January 13th, 2015 Posted by Life, My Story 3 comments

2014 was the year of new beginnings. In some ways, 2014 was a hard year, and in other ways, it was a much easier year than those which came before it.

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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.