Monday, May 26, 2008

SUVIVIRSI

Now it is time to learn to sing Suvivirsi, The Summer Song. Every year children end their school year singing this song. After that starts the freedom! Maybe that's why Finnish people like so much to hear this song in May. We all can still remember the great feeling of happiness from those days when summers still were hot and endless...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

PRACTICE SPEAKING!

Would you like to practice speaking Finnish? Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to find people to speak with, specially if you are not yet fluent in Finnish. Some of us like to talk with children when they are playing outside, some prefer talking with old people in cafes or parks, and some go to night clubs and pubs to find somebody to chat with. One good way to make contacts with Finnish people is to join some club or organisation. For example on next Saturday we have Market of Possibilities in Kuusisaari (Oulu), organized by NGOs. More information about Markets of Possibilities can be found here, and about the program in Oulu and other cities here.

Monday, May 12, 2008

WHO IS THIS MAN?

Today is the day of Finnishness in Finland, commemoration day of J. V. Snellman. When he was 10-16 years old he went to school in Oulu. Download a Snellman game here, and learn more!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A ROSE TO ALL MOTHERS

Mother's Day is a day honoring mothers. In Finland it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Young children make greeting cards and small presents in daycare or school to give to their moms on Sunday morning. Mothers are expected to stay in bed and sleep until the children have gotten everything ready in kitchen i.e. morning coffee with a cake or cookies. Because it can be too difficult for children to do everything alone, fathers usually help children, especially with the cake and buying flowers. Often families spend the day doing something nice together. Every family has it's own traditions.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

WE LOVE SINUHE THE EGYPTIAN

Sinuhe Egyptiläinen (Sinuhe The Egyptian) written by Mika Waltari has been voted by readers to be the most beloved finnish book . It has been translated to many languages, for example to Hindi, Japanese and Arabic, and of course to most of the European languages. List of books written by Waltari and their translations can be found here. Those who like Don Quijote, humor, christianity/islam and history will maybe enjoy reading Mikael Karvajalka (The adventurer) and Mikael Hakim (The wanderer) even more than Sinuhe.