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The most popular names around the world

January 15, 2018

Young adults dreaming about starting their own families like to speculate about names for their future babies. Name trends change every year and are strongly influenced by pop culture, globalization and international marriages. Names are copied from famous singers, actors, top athletes and fantasy characters. Modern parents also want their children’s names to be international and pronounceable in many different languages. On the other hand, many traditional – even old-fashioned – baby names are on the rise again. In addition…

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Staying curious – an interview with Chris Mount, an ex-architect, who is currently working as a husky guide and learning Finnish

January 5, 2018

A few years ago, the English architect Chris Mount noticed that he wasn’t enjoying his office job. Instead, he would have wanted to spend more time outdoors, having adventures. Time was passing by, and he realized that he wasn’t doing any of the things he truly enjoyed. Now Chris is a husky guide, living in Northern Finland and spending his time on the things he loves: being outdoors, exploring the wilderness and learning new things, like Finnish. How exactly did…

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The Best New Year’s Traditions Around the World

December 30, 2017

Soon it’s time to welcome yet another new year. There are different New Year’s traditions around the world, and we have gathered some of them here. Now you can pick your favourites and maybe even include them in your own celebrating! New Year’s resolutions Many of us promise to make changes in our lives as the year changes. Making New Year’s resolutions is a part of the New Year celebrations in many cultures, and has been for a very long…

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How to fall in love with a language

December 22, 2017

I remember the first time I visited a Spanish-speaking country. I was ten years old and on a trip to the Canary Islands with my grandmother. To a little Finnish girl, Tenerife seemed like paradise. Later I would go on to live in mainland Spain with my family for years. Even though I went to a Finnish school and most of my friends were Finns, the highlights of my day were always meeting local people and having conversations with them.…

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New German courses available now

December 20, 2017

We have added three new courses to the Comprehensive German course package. The course Everyday Phrases was requested by users, and now it’s here to help you learn common phrases used in German conversation: genau (that’s right), keine Ahnung (no idea) and many more. You will also learn to express your opinion and wish someone a good time, sweet dreams or a nice trip. On the new Home and Living course, you will learn to talk about things related to cleaning, childcare and other domestic matters. The Health and Wellbeing course contains…

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Dare to step out of your comfort zone

December 1, 2017

It’s easy to stay inside your comfort zone. It’s warm, safe and cozy in there. But if you never step out of that zone, you’ll never know about all the cool things waiting outside. Language learning might not be in your comfort zone – but if you like to travel and would like to get the most out of your time abroad, I would definitely recommend it. I’ve also been to countries where I don’t speak or even understand the…

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