Posts tagged " language learning "

Most common Finnish struggles from a new perspective

September 12th, 2019 Posted by Language No Comment yet

If you dream of learning Finnish but have been struggling to learn it, you are not alone. Here are the most common Finnish struggles people share with me and a new perspective on them…

An embarrassing story about learning Finnish & questioning what we know

September 1st, 2019 Posted by Finnish, Insights No Comment yet

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…

Recipe for Compassion in 3 ingredients

June 15th, 2018 Posted by Language, Life No Comment yet

Compassion allows us to take things lightly. It leaves room for play and allowing our natural abilities to bubble up to the surface effortlessly. We are wired for language, after all! Once you recognize the importance of compassion (hey, awareness is half the battle) then it’s a matter of actually putting it to use when you need it. But how? What can we do when we recognize we need more self-compassion in the moment? I’ve boiled it down to 3 ingredients:

Self-Compassion: the key ingredient to…everything?

June 10th, 2018 Posted by Self Discovery No Comment yet

[video] I believe self-compassion is often the missing ingredient in getting… just about anything we want. When we go after something, we tend to ignore our side of things: our feelings, thoughts, beliefs, experiences, expectations, considerations, the bigger picture, etc. – it’s insanely ironic. We’ve been so well trained to consider everyone and everything else, but who’s standing up for you? Who’s in your corner, empathizing with the entire picture of being you? No one. Not-a-single-person can really witness what it is to be you, in all your entire-ness.

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What you’re truly capable of…

May 20th, 2018 Posted by Inspiration, Language, Self Discovery No Comment yet

I spent a lovely evening with friends last night and we got to talking about this amazing Finnish beatboxer named Felix Zenger. Juha and I saw him perform a few years back and to our amazement, it sounded like he had a 10 synthesizers in his mouth, when all he held was a microphone – nothing else. “How does someone do that?” we kept asking. I’m often asked this question in the context of speaking fluent Finnish. Here’s something we’re not considering…

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Had enough of feeling discouraged? The answer is in your story

April 22nd, 2018 Posted by Language, Local Discovery No Comment yet

As language learners, we also tell ourselves and each other stories that that build up our perceptions, and thus our reality. So what happens when our stories are actually keeping us from learning? Can we change the narrative and shift our results right along with it?

What women language learners can teach us

February 27th, 2018 Posted by Language, News | Announcements | Updates 4 comments

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been speaking more openly about my view that we’re living in a world that’s lacking the feminine — a world that’s unbalanced. I recently came across an explanation of the masculine and feminine as being traits most often associated with…

7 Simple Finnish Sounds That Come in Handy

February 8th, 2018 Posted by Language, Video No Comment yet

Today I’m excited to present you with a collection of 7 Finnish sounds! These sounds are carefully curated from real life and can be used at your leisure. Just insert them into different situations and watch what happens! 😉

Why I’m not learning any new languages right now

November 29th, 2017 Posted by Language, Life, My Story No Comment yet

In this vlog post, I discuss why I’m not learning any new languages right now and what I’m excited about instead. I also touch on a few of the following topics: Learning for fun from home vs learning abroad for ‘need’ vs learning for a real need + studying vs. learning + The pull of curiosity vs. the push of obligation + timing of language learning (also vs studying) + Looking at language learning in the context of your life

What do learning language & music have in common? An Interview with Fiel Sahir

October 2nd, 2017 Posted by People & Profiles 1 comment

Meet Fiel Sahir: a classical guitarist who speaks multiple languages. He’ll show you how much overlap there actually is between learning a language and playing an instrument!

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