Moi! I'm studying Finnish but sometimes I feel like I can't do this, I tried it hard but I don't know how to memorize all the words or GRAMMAR, also my phone is in Finnish. I feel so stupid or unable to express myself and it makes me really upset because I want it so bad but I can't. How can I do to be able to focus more? (sorry of something is wrong, I speak Spanish🙄)
Firstly, I believe in you. You can absolutely do this.
Also I squealed a bit cause I get so happy when someone wants to learn Finnish.
I’ve heard a lot of talking about Finnish being the hardest thing ever, which might be discouraging. So to start here are some reasons why Finnish is easy to learn.
How long have you been studying? Remember it takes a while to learn a language, even with good motivation. Do it in your own time, no need to hurry. I know the feeling, I’ve been learning Russian for two years and it feels like I can’t say anything.
For vocabulary I recommend using a fun way to learn, even if it might be slower than just reading lists up and down. Some things you can try:
-translate songs, and listen to songs. You can understand one word or phrase somewhere? Great job, give yourself a high-five.
-follow “suomitumblr” aka finnish tumblr blogs and others who post in finnish, they’re sometimes written quickly in slang though so you might be confused. (And be aware that inappropriate stuff isnt uncommon in suomitumpleri…). Some:
-talk to me
wait im boring tho…or someone else in Finnish!! We can chat like me and my real life friends do, multilingually. If we cant remember a word we just say it in another language. And I can correct big mistakes (nobody cares about small ones).
- stick post-its with the words written on all around your living spaces, so that you see them often even if you’re not actually studying.
-the last one is using Memrise if you don’t already, which isn’t “fun” in that way, but I find learning words using it is easy.
For grammar I’m really not helpful at all, since I’m lost when it comes to that in Russian, and in Finnish I only learn some mostly unnecessary shit at school.
What I do though, is I have example sentences and learn in what type of sentences it’s used by heart.
Try reading these articles, they seem good
You’re not stupid for not being able to express yourself, in fact you’re smart for wanting and working on expressing yourself in another language.
The best tip I have is don’t worry. no one cares if you make mistakes. except the trolls but ignore them they are the stupid ones and are only here to make you feel bad. We others only want to help.
im such a hypocrite here tho
I’ll gladly help you some more, just send in a ask/message me. I hope this was helpful in some way.