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Why Finnish is less difficult than it seems

Why Finnish is less difficult than it seems

The Finnish language is universally acknowledged as one of the most difficult languages in the world. I’m not going to bust this myth – it’s hard as hell. However, in fact, the devil is not as black as it is painted. I started learning Finnish […]

How not to lose grip of a language

How not to lose grip of a language

It’s no secret that when we have no practice in a language for a long time, it fades into the darkest storeroom called receptive knowledge (you can read about it here). What is worse, some parts of our knowledge may vanish forever. I’m not a […]

Languages: reasons & consequences

Languages: reasons & consequences

There have been so many attempts to start learning a new language in my life. Even when I was a child I was addicted to learning new things about the world through a language. Fun fact #1: being a cute 8 y.o. gnome I wanted […]

The Moment you Stop noticing the Language switch

The Moment you Stop noticing the Language switch

One of the most exciting things in learning foreign languages is when you’re fluent enough to stop thinking which grammar structure or word to use. However, it’s even more exciting when there are more languages involved. You don’t have to be an advanced speaker to […]

What to do if the amount of New Vocabulary is unbearable (Part One)

What to do if the amount of New Vocabulary is unbearable (Part One)

Without a doubt, vocabulary is the basis of learning a foreign language. In comparison to studying your mother tongue, where the main focus is on grammar, you’re able to survive abroad without proper knowledge of grammar rules (hopefully, my students won’t see it). When you’re […]

The power of Receptive knowledge or Hello again

The power of Receptive knowledge or Hello again

Everyone knows what happens when we become lazy learners and pay less and less attention to the language we study until it is buried somewhere in our mind. The longer it stays there, the more our brain erases from the productive knowledge, i.e. those words […]

First surprises of the Finnish language

First surprises of the Finnish language

Learning languages is one of my most cherished hobbies. It excites me a lot because it’s an opportunity to get to know other cultures better and not to feel frustrated being abroad. The latter is the reason why I have recently started learning Finnish. As […]

Favourite songs as an instrument of Learning

Favourite songs as an instrument of Learning

Eventually in our studies we all get bored with textbooks or other conventional sources of knowledge. Nowadays, in order to enliven their classes, a lot of teachers use practically everything the world is giving to us. It’s a law of nature: if you want to […]

How not to lose Enthusiasm

How not to lose Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm, whether it’s yours or your students’, is a steering wheel of learning. Your brain may join forces with motivation, as an engine works together with an accelerator, but can you imagine where it could lead you without a wheel? Let me give you an […]