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Seeds, seedlings & Finnish silence

September 11th, 2017 Posted by My Story, News | Announcements | Updates 4 comments

It’s been quiet over here… a little too quiet sometimes. Silence can mean different things to different people: in Finland, silence is almost sacred. In Canada, we tend to say that silence is golden, but we run from its intimacy when it does grace us. Online, it can mean anything, but mostly it’s interpreted as abandon. A silence blog or website is an abandoned and neglected one. If I can choose, I’d interpret the silence on these pages as…

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“What is your single, best non-obvious tip for language learning?”

April 22nd, 2016 Posted by Language 2 comments

This week I did an interview with Oliver from learnwitholiver.com where I answered 10 questions about language learning and living abroad, among other topics. Of the 10 questions, my favourite was: What is your single best non-obvious tip for language learning? This was such a great question (thank you Oliver for asking it!) that I decided to write a whole post about it.

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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 4 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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Who is your Finnish expert?

August 18th, 2015 Posted by Language, Life No Comment yet

This might sounds like an odd question but have you ever wondered, who is the expert on Finnish? I don’t actually mean a person employed as a Finnish expert but rather, in the context of your life, who do you consider to be the expert on the Finnish? And when it comes to learning Finnish, is it an expert you should be turning to?

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One reason Finns switch to English when you’re around

August 8th, 2015 Posted by Life, My Story 8 comments

A funny thing happened to me at work the other day. I walked over to a coworker’s desk and straight into a 4-person conversation that was going on in Finnish. I watched the conversation switch from Finnish to English to accommodate my arrival, and guess what I did next?

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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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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.