Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Collecting Bronze Medals

I'm not a competitive person compared to many others. However, I like to compare my tracks by looking back on the past. This is especially true when it comes to learning Finnish.

The other day my Brit friend MC went to the PO and this guy started talking to her in Finnish and she said that it felt SO good to be able to understand each other and to be able to express herself in Finnish.

I've also felt the same way whenever I feel that I understand more and more Finnish than before. For example, a few days ago I went to the flea market and one of the ladies who were there started talking to me in Finnish. We only exchanged a few words, but this time I felt that I understood almost everything she was saying to me as opposed to having to guess the rest that I didn't understand and it felt like a HUGE victory.

Feels like I've been collecting small bronze medals or something, you know? Today at the course a trainee in our classroom, a native Finnish speaker, told me that she had noticed that my pronunciation was more similar to native Finnish speakers compared to my classmates. That felt like winning another bronze medal HE HE HE HE HE HE...

I know I'm lucky in learning Finnish as Finnish pronunciation is more similar to Indonesian pronunciation compared to English, so I have less problem in that area compared to others. :-D

I can't wait to feel that I've won silver and gold medals in terms of learning Finnish HA HA HA HA HA HA...One thing that's weird is that others seem to think that I study Finnish SO much every single day, though it's NOT true. I CAN be a lazy pig, too!!! *grin* There are days when I don't study Finnish at all and I just read Japanese comics online to relax hi hi hi hi hi...

I don't know if it's my aura or something, but I've heard this all too often ever since I was in High School. I wonder why...I remember once in High School there was this boy who didn't believe me whenever I said that I hadn't really studied EVERYTHING (every page that was required to be learnt), so I got angry at him for not believing in me. I was SO annoyed that he thought I was lying. Oh well...

Anyway, yesterday came a Hungarian girl to our classroom. She's been in Sodankylä for a month and she's a voluntary worker. She's helping out in the City Hall and she'll also be involved in Midnight Sun Festival in summer and she's teaching German at one of the schools here. She can't come to our class every day due to her work, but she's interested in learning Finnish. Today she asked me if I could teach her Finnish. I told her that I'd be able to TRY to do that and I could only teach her the basics.

We'll see how it goes, then. I think it'll be good for me to try and teach her all the things I've learnt since it'll be like a repetition lesson for me, don't you think so? ;-D

P.S. I should probably add "writing a Finnish blog" in my To-Do list. I think I'll try to do it when my training and course are done. We'll see! ;-D


  1. OMG,
    Hi what r u doing Girl friend . i have no internet for 2 weeks.
    so sorry

    love ,

    kelcey sullivan

  2. I give you another award for being an inspiration to others!

  3. glad to hear ur finnish become better and better :D

  4. I am so glad to hear that you have come so far in learning Finnish.
    You keep working at it and before long you will not even need the classes. That is just so awesome! :-) Smiles and Hugs

  5. It soounds like you're doing really well.
    If it was up to me, I would give you a gold medal!

  6. Hey Girl!

    I think you should teach Finnish to her as a form of learning even more Finnish ;D! It is said that when we teach we learn things (and practice them too)!

    I am so happy for you and your Brit friend! The course is paying off (thumbs up to the Finnish Gov).

    Even if you study day in day out, it is probably more than some people do, thus your success ;D!

    I hope everything is well with you and Arttu :)!


  7. Kelcey: Yeah, I read it in your Mom's blog. Sorry to hear about that. :-((( Hope everything's OK in your life, though. HUGS!!! ;-D

    Blur Ting: Hey, THANKS SO MUCH for that award he he he...

    Jul: I still have a LONG way to go, but recognizing the improvement feels G O O D HE HE HE HE HE...

    Sindi: THANKS for your supporttttt!!! HUGS back! ;-D

    Liquid: THANKS for your visitttt he he he...

    The World According to Me: HE HE HE HE...THANKS for the gold medal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D

    Max: Yeah, that's what I thought, too, when she asked me to teach her he he he...

    Yup, I'm SO HAPPY about this course, as well. It's helped me TREMENDOUSLY!!! ;-D

    Everything's OK with me and Arttu, don't worry. I hope everything's fine with your wedding preparation, but I'm sure they're going on well he he he...