Monthly Archives: January 2017


by Carlos Portilla, degree student in Media

sunset from a hill through a couple of trees to a lake

Finnish language

A lot has been said about the Finnish language. A variety of opinions I have heard. An interesting mixture of advices and warnings I have received. But what is the real deal with Finnish language? The real deal with the Finnish language is the one that you choose, I could say. If you want to see it as a hard language, it will be a hard language; if you want it to be challenging, it will be challenging; if you want to understand it, then you will understand it; if you want to be fluent in it, then you will. Finnish language will become what ever you truly desire depending how hard you work on it.

I have met people that by studying it for a year have good conversation skills. I have also met people that have been living in Finland for over 20 years and are not able to order something in a restaurant, and I have also seen two-year-old kids speaking Finnish. So, is that because of the language? No, is because of each one of us. It’s not something related to age or how long have we have lived in Finland. We decide how long is going to take us to understand it depending in our own effort and commitment.

Tampere – The Manchester of Finland

Carlos. Frenckell Teatteri.edTeatteri Frenckell – in a national industrial landscape

The first time that I came to Tampere I saw it as a really small city compared to where I’m from. Almost 1/10 of my hometown’s population. I didn’t thought it could be an interesting or dynamic city. I was wrong. When I started reading more about Tampere, I realized that it is a very well developed city in many aspects (culture, sports, leisure, art, museums, nightlife, education, theatres, etc.)

The first thing that surprised me was that a city with a little over 200 000 people living there could have it’s own Philharmonic Orchestra which is considered the only full-sized symphony orchestra in Finland outside Helsinki, and which performs regularly in Tampere Hall, the largest concert and congress center in the Nordic countries, also in Tampere. This city was also an important part of the lives of Finland’s most popular poet (Lauri Viita) and writers (Väino Linna, Kalle Päätalo and Hannu Salama).

A number of festivals take place in Tampere, such like: Tampere Film Festival, Tammerfest, Tampere Floral Festival, Tampere Jazz Happening, Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Tampere Bienanale, among many others. Another important fact about Tampere is that it is considered to be the capital of Finnish theatre.

A scenery over the city of Tampere, cloudy weather

A part of my Tampere!

As you can see, Tampere might seem like a small town, but it’s a very versatile and dynamic city worth getting to know, and to make your stay a little more pleasant, here are some important words and phrases you may need to use:


ENGLISH                                        FINNISH

Hello                                                  Hei

How are you?                                    Mitä kuulu?

My name is …                                  Nimeni on …

Thank you                                           Kiitos

Where is the bus station?                Missä on linja-autoasema?

Where is the railway station?              Missä on rautatieasema?

Where is the restroom?                         Missä on vessa?

Goodbye                                            Hei hei


My EVS story

by Barbara Jazbec, degree student in Media

 snow crowded sea shore with a couple of quays in the sun set

My EVS destination – Kokkola by the winter sea

EVS stads for Europen Voluntary Service, is an international volunteer programme funded by the European Commission. It enables all young people legally resident in Europe, aged between 18 and 30 years, to carry out an international volunteer service in an organisation or in a public body in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America for a period ranging from 2 to 12 months. EVS is a very good opportunity to experience living abroad, meet new people, become more independent, practice your English and learn a new language. They provide the reimbursement of travel expenses and complete coverage of the costs of food and accommodation for the international volunteer. European Voluntary Service is practically FREE OF CHARGE! It is a good opportunity if you are lost, if you do not know what to do next… It can help you to ”find yourself”.

My EVS project was in Kokkola, Finland. Kokkola is a town located in the west coast of Finland. My EVS journey started on the 13th of November 2013. My project was 10 months long.

My work was to help in the youth center Villa Elba and in a local Finnish kindergarten. I was 2 days in a week in the kindergarten and two days in Elba. In the youth center mainly my work was in the international office where they plan all different international events and EVS projects. There I sometimes helped also to do outside work, for example cutting grass, taking the leaves away and so on.

Moomin characters implemented using collage

Of course I created Moomins of my own!

The other two days when I was in the kindergarten, I was helping the teachers to take care of the children. I was working in a group where the children where form one to three years old. There with my Finnish language skill I was basically fitting in the group of one year old. Teachers were singing songs about colors; ”se on vihreä, se on vihreä” that they and me could learn colors. Then they were also teaching them numbers “yksi, kaksi , kolme…” Children in that age know only one language so they could not understand that I do not speak the same language. They were talking to me in Finnish: “Lisää vauhtia, Barbara!” when I was swinging them outside. Through that I learned the most of my Finnish at that time when I knew just “Kiitos” and why was that because I was forced to speak only Finnish with the kids so trough that was the most fun and easy way to learn the new language.

Behind two pinetrees there is a large blue wooden building in snowy environment.

Here I learned Finnish playing with children!

This was my short story about coming to a new country and how to learn Finnish by playing.

How to apply for EVS; contact your local youth center for more info!





by Marja Oksanen

Lumipoika.edHei, hyvät opiskelijat!

Hienoa, että haluatte opiskella lisää suomea! Tampereella voi mennä monille iltakursseille. Tässä on linkki, josta voit hakea juuri sinulle sopivan kurssin: .

Nämä kurssit maksavat, ja ne ovat Ahjolassa, Työväenopistossa (Sampolassa) tai Kesäyliopistossa. Toivottavasti sinä löydät hyvän kurssin ja pääset mukaan! Ole mukana joka kerta, tee läksyt ja opi paljon lisää!