Urheilua pidetään kansoja yhdistävänä kielenä. Jos kuitenkin haluaa viestiä kanssaurheilijoiden kanssa myös kentän ulkopuolella, on syytä opiskella kieliä. Onneksi sujuvalla kielitaidolla on paljon yhteistä urheilun kanssa. Keinot huippukunnon hankkimiseen voi… [Continue Reading]
Finland, a relatively remote country in the Northern end of Europe, is known for its beautiful nature, cold climate and a difficult language. The Finnish people are said to not be the most polite or talkative, and true: becoming friends with Finns can take some time. But have you ever wondered how it really feels like being a Finn? If so, you can get some ideas from the list below.
Suomi on meille suomalaisille tuttu valtio Euroopan pohjoisimmassa kolkassa, mutta monille muille se on etäisempi maa, joka tunnetaan vain kauniista luonnostaan, kylmästä ilmastostaan ja vaikeasta kielestään. Suomalaisia ei pidetä erityisen kohteliaana tai puheliaana kansana, ja totta on, että suomalaisen kanssa ystävystyminen voi viedä aikaa. Oletko koskaan miettinyt, mitä sanoisit ulkomaalaisille, jotka kysyvät millaselta tuntuu olla suomalainen? Alla olevasta listasta saat vinkkejä tällaisia keskusteluja varten.
It is widely known that people tend to think that Finland is a part of Scandinavia and has a language, nation and culture related to Sweden. Unfortunately or fortunately, however anyone wants it to be, Finland is not a part of Scandinavia. The area is called Fennoscandia and it includes Finland, Karelia, the Kola Peninsula and some parts of Sweden and Norway. This is taught in every Finnish school, although other European countries might not be informed about this little detail. I have travelled a lot around Europe and noticed that, after telling people I come from Finland, they immediately associate me with Scandinavians. I decided that now it is time to reveal this distorted belief and tell you more about Finland.
I have always known that Hungarian was related to Finnish, but it wasn’t until I first heard a Finnish song that I realized how similar they were. Or more precisely, how similar they can sound, at least for a few lines, in singing. I did not understand a word of the lyrics, as Hungarian and Finnish are mutually unintelligible, but at times I had the uncanny feeling that I should, that in fact it was in Hungarian, and it was I who somehow lost the ability to comprehend my mother tongue.
Being Finnish and meeting people from other countries, I’m always happy to offer glimpses into the Finnish culture from an insider’s point of view. And as for Finnish contemporary culture, I could not neglect music, as there are many great artists and bands around. Therefore, in the following post I’d like to introduce you to some Finnish music that’s worth listening to, in various genres.
The inspiration for writing about this theme arose from a lunch discussion at work, when people from different countries and cultures shared their views of what is “normal” and what isn’t concerning nudity…