Why You Know You Are Finnish When… You Won’t Learn!
I got my first taste of the language when I went on vacation to Finland two years ago. While in Moomio I met up with a couple of Finns and we were all laughing so hard we were shaking hands. Well, I didn’t really shake their hands, but I did ask them where they got their t-shirts. They told me they got their shirts at such a place. So, I kind of guessed from that what I learned you know you are Finnish when… when you hear people chatting in their own language in the streets, or when they pronounce words the way you would in English, you’d think they wereanish. But not in Finland!
The funny thing is, you wouldn’t be able to learn the language in the same way if you were in the States. In the States, you have huge classroom classes to attend, and while you learn vocabulary, you also learn pronunciation. When you’re out there speaking to random people, they probably aren’t looking at you as though you’re a crazy foreigner, but they do tend to understand you.
I have this one theory that the reason we have such good tasting foods in America, is because we learn to cook them so well! It’s almost like they invented sushi. We don’t have to learn how to make it as well as eat it, we just munch on it! So, that’s my theory, if you’d like to learn how to speak Finlandian, try a t-shirt!