Most common Finnish struggles from a new perspective

September 12th, 2019 Posted by Language

Do you struggle from one of the five most common Finnish struggles? You’re not alone! These are so common, but so seldom discussed, they’re mainstream! Here they are, along with a new perspective to consider…

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An embarrassing story about learning Finnish & questioning what we know

September 1st, 2019 Posted by Finnish, Insights

I recently met an Italian woman who asked me what I do for a living.
“I help people learn Finnish.”
“Oh, so you’re a Finnish teacher?”
“Sort of, not exactly. I teach people the process of learning Finnish.”
She looked at me quizzically, “But why would I need the process? I can go to classes to learn Finnish.”
In an ideal world, you would go to Finnish class and – voila! You’d speak Finnish.
If that were the case, you wouldn’t be reading this…

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5 questions to ask before taking another Finnish course

August 23rd, 2019 Posted by Language

What do you I want to learn before 2019 comes to a close?

If taking another Finnish course comes to mind, but you’re hesitating for whatever reason, read this first.

Many people equate taking a Finnish course with learning Finnish. But there are many ways to learn Finnish; a course is just the most traditional way. It may or may not be what you need right now.

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YLE interview on Quebec, being Canadian, multilingualism & identity

July 11th, 2019 Posted by My Story, News | Announcements | Updates

Listen to YLE’s series ‘Kanadan kasvatit

My episode deals with multilingualism and multiculturalism and experiences in Montreal and Quebec that shaped my view of these. You can listen in on YLE Areena by clicking here.

 

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Continued: What we should have learned in school podcast w/ Amy Leo – Part 2

May 23rd, 2019 Posted by Interviews, Language

Amy and I 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’s what we covered in part 2’s episode:

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

May 19th, 2019 Posted by Interviews, Language

I recently sat down with Amy Leo from the What We Should Have Learned in School podcast to talk about learning Finnish. (My heart swooned when I heard the title of her podcast for the first time!!) We had so much fun that we ended up doing a 2 part episode

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On the W8 podcast: my first Finnish interview!

May 12th, 2019 Posted by Interviews, My Story

About 6 months ago, Robson asked me to come on the W8 podcast, with him and Wille, to tell my story – in Finnish.

About 6 months ago, I wasn’t quite sure what my story was, let alone how to tell it in Finnish. So I waited a bit until I couldn’t wait anymore, and one day called Robson to say: “I’m ready. Let’s do it.”

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Why we need Finnish Through New Eyes

April 21st, 2019 Posted by Language

Traditional methods of learning Finnish are failing us and we need a new paradigm of learning: one that’s fun & feels good, that’s centered around our needs as individuals. So what does seeing Finnish through new eyes look like? What does it ask us to leave behind, and how do we get there?

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Why do so many of us struggle to learn Finnish?

April 12th, 2019 Posted by Language

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.

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

March 25th, 2019 Posted by Life, My Story

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…

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