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

On May 12th, 2015 I gave a talk titled “Can you learn the hardest language in the world?” about the somewhat surprising challenges of learning Finnish.

I had a lot of fun with this talk, planning it and watching it come together (almost had a mind of its own) ­čÖé

The Tedx talk explores the question ‘Can you learn the hardest language in the world?’┬áreferring to Finnish, and what enables or disables us to answers YES. I also invited Finns & foreigners to start conversations with friends and family about these topics so don’t hesitate to share and discuss with Finnish friends too!

After you watch the video, I’d love it if you could leave a comment below with your #1 biggest takeaway from the talk!



P.S. Here are the illustrated sketchnotes by Linda Saukko-Rauta from

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Hi! I’m Irina.

I’m a multibelonger to Finland, Canada and Romania, without ONE language or culture to call my own – I have several. My intention is to be present where I am and find inner peace and harmony where ever life takes me. I’m embracing the gems of the ongoing cultural and linguistic transition which is my life and hope to inspire others interested in doing the same. Click here to find out more!