Hi, there/Tervehdys! I'm Sara, a native Finnish speaker currently living in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. To rewind a bit... I started my university studies back in Finland, majoring in Literature & Finnish Language. However, I was craving an adventure, so I left to explore the world and ended up getting my Master's Degree from Hawaii Pacific University in Applied Linguistics. Since then, I have taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in the U.S., India, Australia, and New Zealand. Let's connect!
I am located in Hastings, Hawke's Bay, and we have a wonderful little Finnish community here. We get together quite frequently and speak Finnish to our hearts' content. Our children are also bilingual (Finnish/English). An easiest way to learn Finnish in this area is to get an experienced teacher/tutor (Hi, I'm here for you!) and practise with local native Finnish speakers.
Learning Finnish in Hawke's Bay is not difficult if that's what you want to do - and hey, that's what I'm here for! I'll guide you along the way and help you reach your language goals. Finnish is a challenging language by any linguistics standards (it's not for the faint-hearted), yet it's an exciting journey that stimulates and challenges your brain in a fun way, I promise! Here is your chance to learn it in a safe environment and great company! I'm a proud advocate for my country, culture, and native language and have passion for languages and teaching. I have accumulated lots of language teaching experience and have also studied several foreign languages myself, which gives me important insight of what it's like to be in your shoes as a language learner.
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