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3 ways you can help advance the Finnish language discussion!

July 10th, 2020 Posted by Blog, Life, News | Announcements | Updates No Comment yet

It’s exciting to see lately is much more attention given towards diversity, inclusion and equality in the Finnish media. Yet this isn’t one of those “sit back and watch things change” scenarios though. We have an opportunity – yes, and we have a role to play. So if you want to advance the discussion in small but tangible ways, I invite you to participate in the 3 following ways…

What Summer Can Teach Us

June 23rd, 2020 Posted by Life No Comment yet

Over the past 10+ years of living in Finland, I’ve found nature’s ability to adapt and flow with the cycles to be the most inspiring teacher there is in my own transition abroad. Whether for you it’s the plasticity required to adapt to another language or the fluidity that other cultures ask of us – or both at once – nature has lessons to help us navigate the terrain with more grace. Here’s what summer has to teach us…

Introducing: Simple Finnish Sentences

June 18th, 2020 Posted by News | Announcements | Updates No Comment yet

It’s a pretty simple idea: an invitation to learn how to put together simple sentences in Finnish. We’ll explore from the beginning, but with a twist!

What’s my creative type?

March 15th, 2020 Posted by Resources No Comment yet

I recently came across a quiz to determine your Creative Type! I thought it’d be fun to share because it’s my belief that: 1) Learning a language is a creative endeavour and, 2) we’re all creative in different ways. Take the test here!

What impossible dreams are you dreaming?

February 21st, 2020 Posted by My Story No Comment yet

Around a year ago, I found myself in an internal tug of war:

• I wanted to be more intentional about the things I did and the direction my life was headed in.
• But writing my intentions down felt incredibly scary. What if I’d disappoint myself?
• Then again, how would I ever know if I didn’t try? (Round and round, I went.)

Here’s what happened next and why I’m sharing this with you…

The 3 Missing Links we Overlook in Traditional Language Learning

January 26th, 2020 Posted by Language No Comment yet

In this post, I share the 3 missing links at the root of the vast majority of why people struggle to learn Finnish (or other languages). I’ve built my entire career around helping educate people and support them in integrating these 3 missing pieces into their approaches to learning Finnish. This is the 1st time I talk about these in this way, so I’d love to hear your insights, questions and reactions in the comments below!

2020: the year of kindness

January 12th, 2020 Posted by Life No Comment yet

Happy new year! I wish you a wealth of joy, laughter, love and health: today, tomorrow and every day of this year. Because it’s ours for the taking, whether we realize it or not. For the past few years, I’ve chosen a word to guide my intentions for the year (I’m not a fan of new years resolutions). So for 2020, kindness is my word. Here’s why…

Winter reminder: you’re already whole

December 13th, 2019 Posted by Life No Comment yet

If in every breath you strip naked just like a winter,
the joy of spring will grow from within
– Rumi

It’s almost upon us: the dead of winter. Some seem to spend all of fall dreading this time of year, but now that it’s upon us, can we lean into it fully, and even enjoy it?

My Story: a multibelonger in the making

December 12th, 2019 Posted by Blog, My Story 5 comments

My name is Irina Pravet and I’m a language and cultural transitions coach. I help people tap into their inborn ability to learn Finnish, and feel at home in their lives abroad.

My work brings together the threads that have run deep throughout my life: transitions, adaptation and belonging (between languages and cultures).

Why does this matter so much to me and why do I believe this work is essential? Well to answer this question, I’d have to start at the beginning…

How do we expand our sense of what’s possible?

October 7th, 2019 Posted by Language, Life No Comment yet

Already feeling the autumn sting of falling temperatures? If you’re like me, maybe you’ve turned up the heater, are wearing layers, drinking tea and choosing to stay indoors more often than not. 

I did all of this until I remembered, I have a choice: …

Not trying to give you a lesson on navigating cold temperatures in Finland, rather, I think this is a perfect metaphor for possibility: where to look if possibilities feel restricted and how to expand…

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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. Read my story & more about what I do here.