Posts by irina

Why do so many of us struggle to learn Finnish?

April 12th, 2019 Posted by Language No Comment yet

Talk to anyone about why they’re struggling to learn Finnish and you’ll hear a variety of reasons. As someone who has struggled myself and has also helped others overcome this struggle, I have a slightly different take on why we struggle, and how we can re-frame the issue to overcome it.

How I became a Finnish Coach: Her Step Forward Podcast Interview

March 25th, 2019 Posted by Life, My Story No Comment yet

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with April and Amanda from the Her Step Forward podcast. We did a podcast episode on unconventional career choices (you can say that again), as well as how I ended up doing what I do! This is some stuff I’ve actually never shared publically before so I’m excited to put it out there. Here’s what we spoke about…

Follow your joy to keep growing & learning

January 23rd, 2019 Posted by Language No Comment yet

The more fun and joy we bring to learning Finnish – at any level – the better we learn and adapt to the language. Welcome to my world where Finnish is an unfolding adventure that’s filled with awe, joy and ease.

Did you know? You are wired for language

January 15th, 2019 Posted by Inspiration, Language No Comment yet

The simple truth is: you were born to learn and adapt to language at any level! In this video I explain why, how and the very good news this leads to. Maybe you’ll even get inspired ūüėČ

Finnish Explained *full sentence* about unleashing your ideas: ‘Jos sinulla on ajatus, tuo se ulos’

September 15th, 2018 Posted by Finnish, Language No Comment yet

When I first started understanding Finnish around me, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Seemingly normal signs were instantly transformed into the most fascinating text! Why? Because I’d learned each word, each grammatical construction over time and suddenly, a sentence understood meant the coming together of all those little pieces. How miraculous is that?! And yet, this is the power that lies in each of us… Today I pick apart our longest sentence yet.

Finnish Explained: new video about love, orders and freedom ‘Rakastu vapauteen’

September 8th, 2018 Posted by Finnish No Comment yet

What do giving orders, falling in love and freedom all have in common? You can find all three in the two-word ad I deconstruct in today’s video! Join me for this 3 min quickie…

Finnish explained: ‘vapauden hinta’

September 1st, 2018 Posted by Finnish 1 comment

In this video, we find out what ‘Vapauden hinta’ means and the Finnish grammar behind these two little words! I love how the Finnish language packs details into concise words. Once you start to see this…

Finnish explained: ‘tervetuloa parsaviikoille’

August 25th, 2018 Posted by Finnish No Comment yet

After living in Finland for over 8 years, I notice seasonal differences: like the annual asparagus weeks that take over restaurants in the spring! In today’s video, I deconstruct two words that pack a lot of grammatical punch. It’s a fun one!

Finnish explained: our first whole sentence! *new video*

August 19th, 2018 Posted by Finnish No Comment yet

I love spotting patterns… when I started learning Finnish, I noticed that there were lots of patterns in the language that repeat themselves. You learn one word and start to notice that its ending is used over and over. What’s that about? I explain how this works in the Finnish sentence I deconstruct today.

Finnish explained *new video* ‘yksityisalue’

August 12th, 2018 Posted by Finnish No Comment yet

Long words can seem intimidating, it’s true. But you know what’s really cool? Once you start to look at their roots and compare them with the words you already know, you might be surprised to see some overlap. This happened with the long, compound word that’s the subject of episode 3 of the Finnish Explained video series!

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