I came to Finland after meeting my Finnish my husband while traveling abroad. After a few months of living in Tampere, I thought I could get by with just English in most situations. But I soon felt left out during family gatherings with my in-laws. And when my children started learning Finnish in school, I realized that it was really important for me to learn the language, so I could take a more active role with my family. Finnexia gave me the confidence and ability to learn Finnish in time for an important holiday family gathering in Oulu last December. After taking Finnexia, I was able to share recipes with my husband's mother, and I could understand my Finnish brother-in-law's jokes.
I came to Finland on a scholarship to study media at University of Lapland. Northern Finland turned out to be a beautiful place. After the first few weeks I knew that I would need to learn some Finnish pretty quickly, if I wanted to make some real friends. So I started taking Finnexia during an introductory Finnish language class. Within only two weeks, I could easily order food in Finnish at restaurants, and I could understand most of what my Finnish friends were saying.
When my family and I moved to Helsinki from Somalia five years ago, I knew that learning Finnish would be of great importance, especially to find employment. In the beginning, my wife, two daughters and I were able to integrate into the Somalian community here quite well. But it was Finnexia that gave us the chance to enjoy learning Finnish, and to get to know Finns better. With Finnexia, I was able learn Finnish much faster at the employment office language courses. Within only one week after completing the course and a full dose of Finnexia, I was able to find a good employment position as a bus driver with HKL transportation in Helsinki. Now I can support my family well.
My husband and I moved to Finland on a employment contract with an information technology company. As a native English speaker, I found it relatively easy to get by with English in most situations in Helsinki. However, two years later, our company relocated us to a smaller city in Western Finland. After a few months, I realized I was going to need to learn Finnish quickly, in order to integrate into the local community. Finnexia helped to speed up the language learning process for me. Now my husband and I have made more Finnish friends, and we join our colleagues for drinks and sauna every Friday.
Sasha, 38 (Russian)
Murat, 25 (Turkish)
Abshir, 31 (Somalian)
Julia, 43 (British)