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Brother's wife is from SA and after 10+ years she still really doesn't talk it unless forced.
Kudos to you, even though I keep saying Finnish can't be that hard as even babies learn it, I know several foreigners who haven't learned it after years in the country.
I just hammered it from day one, took private lessons before we moved and then three years of night classes before we had kids. I made a conscious effort to use it every day, listen to the radio, read the papers, etc. It helps that TV here isn't dubbed like e.g. in Germany. Plus my in-laws don't speak a word of English, so that helps.
Whereabouts in this fine country are you located?
slowest to learn the language. Even people from places like Kurdistan, Somalia and Afghanistan seem to learn it better on average.
I love it here. Yes, it's cold in winter but they have a great saying in Finland: there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Practical, no bullshit people with a very similar sense of humour to mancs and people from northern England to be honest.
Learning the language though, I was convinced someone was playing a cruel joke on me.
"Tampere has a typical subarctic climate border in the Tampere–Pirkkala Airport (TMP) with only 3 months above 10 °C. Winters are cold and the average temperature from November to March is below 0 °C (32 °F). Summers are cool to warm. On average, the snow season lasts 4–5 months from late November to early April.
Tampere is dubbed the " Manchester of Finland " for its industrial past as the former center of Finnish industry, and this has given rise to its Finnish nickname "Manse" and terms such as "Manserock"
I get that the Brexit stuff is beyond frustrating, but moving to a deep frozen version of Manchester seems a bit drastic....
Joking apart, welcome, and look forward to your posts on our beloved EFC.
The very reason I now hold dual citizenship. So, so bored of that conversation. Actually, conversation implies a reasoned discussion, whereas Brexit largely seems to involve two sides both shouting loudly until one or both becomes too bored to continue. A bit like me trying to get my kids out the house to school in the morning.
Long-time lurker, read the board daily for years. Once of North Wales/Brighton/York, now been in Finland for 16 years, for some reason decided today was the day to throw my hat in the ring and actually post a message. Pleased to meet you all, fellow blues.