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  1. This may be a little off topic but I actually learned that idiom from a beautiful song with the same name by Aimee Mann. The song Par for the Course is from her album I'm with Stupid that I listened to back in the 90's. An interesting thing about that album was that in the cd booklet there was a list of all the words used in the songs, in alphabetical order. Not very useful if you actually wanted to read the lyrics but quite a funny game for an English student to listen through the songs and try to cross out each word.
  2. Hei! Are there any Finnish students around? I'm a native speaker, so if you need help with something, feel free to ask. Also I would be curious to know why you decided to study Finnish. I can just imagine how difficult learning Finnish is to foreigners (unless you're Estonian I guess). Do you think it's very hard? Is it the hardest language you ever studied? Have you been to Finland or would you like to visit in the future?
  3. Haha, that could certainly help but I'd rather not take that risk. And all the Swedish speaking Finns that I know speak perfect Finnish, so it would be a little hard to speak Swedish to them. Sadly, my motivation to study Swedish now is just that I have to pass this compulsory course. I like Swedish and love to study languages in general but my plan is to move away from Finland (and not to Sweden) so I don't feel like speaking Swedish is that useful to me actually. Thanks for the book recommendation. I will see if I can find a copy. I really think that reading books is one of the best ways to improve a language because you don't even realize you are studying but can learn a lot. Well, if the book is interesting. And of course you have to be on a certain level first to be able to read books. But good children's books are a good way to start. I used to understand Swedish quite well, I hope I still do. Speaking is another story. I don't know if I will ever learn because I'm not sure I'll ever need to.
  4. Hei Iván! Vieläkö käyt tällä foorumilla? Osaatpas sinä monta kieltä! Kirjoitat suomeakin tosi hyvin. Miten olet oppinut? Suomi on varmasti todella vaikeaa ulkomaalaisille. Minun äidinkieleni on suomi, ja voin auttaa kaikkia, jotka haluavat oppia lisää suomea. Onkohan täällä ketään muuta, joka opiskelee suomea?
  5. I actually started out on a course where I was taught mostly European Portuguese but I didn't get very far before I visited Brazil for the first time. And that was where I learned to speak the language. Later I continued my studies in my home country and found it quite confusing because the grammar I was taught was not how my Brazilian friends talked at all. I find Portuguese people speaking quite hard to understand but of course it is the same language, so I suppose I would get used to the accent rather soon if I was to spend more time in Portugal or in another Portuguese speaking country. To be honest I don't understand many Brazilians either, there are so many different accents and some people just don't speak clearly. I've been to Portugal twice, briefly, and I am always somehow a little ashamed of my Brazilian accent there, I don't know why really. Surely the people can understand that I'm a foreigner and just happened to learn Portuguese in Brazil. But to answer the question why Brazilian? I didn't really plan that. I wanted to learn Portuguese and then I just had the idea of going to Brazil and fell in love with the country. Well, actually my first contact with the language was listening to Brazilian music, so maybe that was the ultimate reason?
  6. Hej gegegeno! Så du har nyligen varit i mitt hemland? What have I been doing with Swedish? Absolutely nothing! :frozen: I really need to start doing something and soon! I'm starting a Swedish course on Monday and I'm scared because my Swedish is very very rusty at the moment. I haven't studied the language for years. I need to find a book to read too, I think that is the best way to get Swedish back into my head. Moomin books are a great idea actually, I love them! But I will need to study some grammar too, I don't think I can remember any of it even though I can still understand Swedish quite well. Anyway, I hope it will be fun to relearn Swedish once I get started. Good luck to everyone struggling with this language!
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