On the ‘What We Should Have Learned in School’ podcast w/ Amy Leo – part 1

Oh boy, do I have a treat for you today!

Meet Amy Leo: singer-songwriter, mental health educator and host of the What We Should Have Learned in School podcast!(My heart swooned when I heard the title of her podcast for the first time!!) You might have caught her on season 8 of the The Voice of Finland.

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Amy to talk about learning Finnish, languages and learning in general – a common interest we share, seeing as we’re both married to Finns. We had so much fun that we ended up doing a 2 part episode (under 20 mins each!).


So here are some things we covered in part 1’s episode:

  • Why the ‘impossibility’ of learning Finnish we’re seeing today is actually a misunderstanding about how language is learned
  • What it means to transform the process of learning from a really difficult and unpleasant experience to something that’s fun and ease-y and we want to keep showing up for!
  • What is it about learning (language) that we often get wrong?
  • What kinds of blocks we pick up while learning, which keep us stuck, yet we have the ability to remove
  • How we can move from a place of insecurity about our skills or level to a deeper understand of what we (our brains) are capable of

And this is only part 1 – in under 20 mins! Bonkers.


You can find the episode in classic podcast format by click hereor there’s also the option to watch a video of our convo, below (BTW I had no idea we were filming this, I thought it was just audio haha so you can catch some funny faces along the way!):

Please leave me a comment below with your thoughts after you’ve had the chance to watch!

xx Irina

You can out more about Amy, her podcast and her work here.


Click here for PART 2 of this episode

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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!