So, what’s your story?
I’m Chloe, 28, from England. I have lived in Finland for 4 years (2015 is year 5) and plan to stay here forever!
Well… Yes I do. A bit. I’m probably B1 on good day but I have bad days where I just want everyone to speak English with me. And they do. That’s the problem.
Ah yes, the familiar whine of the native English speaker abroad. Why don’t you just refuse to speak English?
I should do that! But at work my employers want to speak English with me, at University everything’s done in English…
You’re still whining! What about at home?
My Finnish boyfriend and I speak our own weird mixture of Finnish, English and Finnglish. A sentence can begin in one language and end in another! We try to have ‘Suomi Saturdays’ where we only speak Finnish. All day. But we (I) need to be a lot stricter about enforcing these.
What Finnish courses have you tried?
When I first move here I attended a conversation class at Arbis. This was waaay over my head at the time, though I’d probably love it now! After I moved to Joensuu, in the autumn of 2011 I took a beginners’ class at Joensuun Seudun Kansalaisopisto. I also took two semesters’ worth of Finnish classes at UEF in 2012-13. Since then I’ve attended some free summer courses run by JoMoni, these tended to be too easy for me, and some AMAZING suggestopedia method courses run by Kristina @ JoMoni. Sadly there is not one of these course on offer at the moment so I decided to enrol for the YKI test prep course at Kansalaisopisto. This course seemed about my level, maybe a little above it, so it should help me improve my skills!
So, what’s your motivation for suddenly going back to formal study of Finnish?
Due to speaking English almost all the time day-to-day I feel my Finnish is stagnating or slipping when it needs to be improving all the time! I also feel a bit embarrassed that I’ve been here 4 years and still have to switch to English sometimes. I also need to drastically improve my reading comprehension as I am about to begin a PhD in Finnish History which will require me to read articles and even whole books in Finnish! So I thought I should try a proper Finnish course and hope it helps me!
Are you going to take the YKI test?
Let’s see how the course goes!!
Why are you blogging about attending the course?
Because I hope people might be interested to find out how to prepare for the YKI test and also because I hope that, by writing about the lessons, I will understand what we’ve learnt better!