Bilingual blog

When I started this blog in autumn 2011 I didn’t even think about using any other language but my mother tongue Finnish. Writing in English didn’t even come to my mind and unfortunately I’m capable to write this kind of texts only in those two languages, Finnish and English. I’ve studied Swedish for 6 years now but as I’m not using it in everyday life as I’m using English, my vocabulary is rather poor and I can’t build up very complicated sentences. In German I can probably oder a burger and that’s all. Not having used it for over two years means that I might even struggle with that burger.

However, that time writing in Finnish was a no-brainer. It wasn’t until spring 2012 when I wrote a post in English. I had considered it a bit as I thought it would be amazing to have foreign readers. After all, when I wrote “A Pretty Nice Surprise” it was nothing I had planned. In the moment using English just felt a lot easier. For some reason things that sound corny in your native language don’t sound so corny in any other language – at least for me it works that way.

Since that I’ve been thinking that I should blog a bit more in English. More people could read it, practicing is always good for me, it’s relaxing and sometimes it’s so much easier than scribbling in Finnish. I’d like to tell  you a lot more about me and English language and our rather complicated relationship but I think I’ll dedicate an entire post for it and some other things. It’s an interesting story that has taught me a lot about both language learning and learning in general – and about myself too. By now I’ll just say that English has become an everyday language to me and I love to use it. That has been the case at least for over two years now and it feels great.

Surely it doesn’t mean that my English would be perfect. No way, I’ve got lot to learn and I do make mistakes – but I really want to learn and get better at it. That’s partly what this posting in English is also about. So as I’ll publish something more I hope you won’t hesitate to tell me about my mistakes and give advice. Getting feedback – positive or negative – is always useful.

Just one more thing: I won’t abandon Finnish either. I’ll write in Finnish too and probably translate some posts if that seems sensible. So if you’d rather read my texts in Finnish, no worries, there’ll be some.

Anyway, if you have anything to say about this language issue, just tell me, I’ll listen. This isn’t all about me – even if it would seem like that sometimes – most of all I want to think about you my dear readers.

Stay strong, summer is here soon!

– Pilvi



Blog update

My blog has been quite silent for a long time now but despite that there won’t be any “I’m sorry, I’ve been really busy” -talk now. I’m working on a bit bigger article where you’ll get a fair amount of that piffle. I’ve got more important things to talk about right now.

First of all, I’ve pretty much finished my high school studies by now. We’ll have our graduation party on the 1st of June and we’ll get the results of our finals in May. Until that I don’t have to even think about school. I’ve done my work, I’ve got enough courses and I know I clearly passed my finals ( = matriculation exams). We got the estimated marks a week after the matriculation exams.

Unfortunately high school being finished doesn’t mean lazy days for me. I’m currently both working in a nearby gas station and studying for entrance exams. I’ve applied to universities hoping to become either a special education or primary school teacher. It feels kind of weird as just a few months ago I was still saying that I’ll never be a teacher, I can’t do it, I can’t teach. It seems that I’ve changed my mind. My plan B is to study computer science. Hopefully I’ll get in somewhere. A lot depends on the entrance exams as many universities don’t care that very much about my marks which is a pity.

After the entrance exams are over in May I’m hoping to write a lot. There will be many things to do though as my family is moving to Turku, a city on the southwest coast of Finland. I’ll be packing things, organizing my graduation party and selling things we don’t need anymore or my family won’t have room for. Despite having my hands full of work I’ll surely be updating my blog too. As I mentioned earlier, I’m working on quite a big post which won’t be about ICT but studying and things related to that instead. I’m also planning to write an article or two about my high school experiences and give some advice to future high school students. These three years have taught me a lot and in my opinion that knowledge should be shared. If you have anything you would like to ask or read and article about just send me a message, throw a comment, tweet me… You know what to do. There’s also a box for questions in my blog on “Anything to ask?” -page if you’ll rather use that.

By the way, I’ve been editing the appearance of my blog and there might be more changes in future. Quite a while ago I read Leo Babauta’s post “Minimal Web” and it inspired me a lot. According to Babauta there should be nothing else but the essential things in one’s blog. I don’t agree with him about everything and will take only a part of his advice. I won’t for example get rid of comments. However, I’m trying to make my blog a bit more minimalistic than it’s by now as I really like a simple layout. I’ve for instance deleted sharing buttons. People don’t need a Facebook or Twitter button for sharing. I know you know how to do it “manually”.

Anyway, I think that was all about this update. Even though my high school days have came to end, it doesn’t mean end for this blog. I’ll keep using a laptop and tablet in my studies and hopefully I’ll someday be a teacher and use ICT with my students. We’ll see.

Have a wonderful spring people!

– Pilvi