Mina Olen… Rebecca
When I first arrived in Finland I had very little Finnish. I come from Northern Ireland and my only language is English. I never had much success at learning languages in my past. However, all of my flatmates speak English as well as most Finnish people. This is helpful when asking for direction or even how much you owe the cashier at K-Mart, however having little Finnish makes for great difficulty when trying to communicate with those without English, especially younger children. Communicating with younger children is something I want to achieve due to being placed in a Finnish speaking, Swedish Immersion School for placement. The older classes can speak fantastic English for their age, however younger classes cannot and I want to be able to communicate with everyone as well as show the same respect back to the older children. If they make the effort to speak English to me, I want to return that favour with Finnish. I am now a couple of weeks into placement and my Finnish has developed due to listening and learning words within classes. I have now begun my Finnish module which has also aided my ability to communicate, however my pronunciation needs a lot of work.
Finnish is one of the hardest languages to learn. This if fact and experience talking. My accent is so strong and I do not possess the ability to roll my tongue to pronounce “R” sounds especially. This makes my Finnish module extremely embarrassing for me, although knowing that everyone in the class is feeling the same, puts me at ease. Our class is laidback and I love that it is. This makes me more calm and enjoy learning the language in my own time. I know it will be difficult and I will not perfect the ability to speak it so soon, however I am motivated and know that learning it will make my stay here more comfortable.
Kiitos, for reading!