It is very popular among contemporary education experts to point to Finland’s schools as a model which the rest of the world can learn a great deal from. Finland has one of the highest graduation rates in the world and its students emerge from school better prepared for the challenges of adult life. Finland accomplishes this with an approach that is totally at odds with the system of streaming and testing popular in other western countries.
Finnish students are not separated into the classes based on academic achievement, and they rarely take tests. They also spend less time Read the rest of this entry »
Leaders in education are taking a long look at schools in Finland, which are consistently rated among the best in the world. Finland is able to achieve these results even though they spend far less per pupil than most other countries, 30 percent less than in the United States for example. The key to this success is that Finland takes a radically different approach.
Most countries follow a pattern of frequent testing, with the results of these tests forming the basis of constant evaluation of both students Read the rest of this entry »
Finland is located further north than any country in Europe. The topography of Finland is unusual because of the influence of long ago glaciers on the landscape. The weight of the glaciers caused much erosion, leaving Finland mostly flat. It has some hills and a few mountains. Its tallest mountain, Halti, which borders Norway, is just over 4,300 feet tall.
Finland is also known for its many lakes and its heavy forests. It has over 180,000 lakes, including Lake Saimaa, its largest and one of the largest lakes in Europe. A huge percentage Read the rest of this entry »
England and Finland are relatively close. Because of this, the time difference between England and Finland is only about 2 hours. Even this relatively short time difference can cause problems however, if the difference is not taken into proper consideration.
The first thing to know about the time differences between England and Finland is that Finland is about 2 hours ahead of England. This means that when it is 9 A.M. in Finland, it is only 7 A.M in London. To Londoners, this not a very appreciable difference; industrious Fins however, may want to take care of other Read the rest of this entry »
Although the Finnish use the same alphabet as the English do, with the exception of having three extra letters, the similarities between the two languages stop there. Among other differences, the grammar that is used by the Finnish is completely different from the grammar that English-speaking people use. Although the English use a lot of auxiliary words to convey meanings, the Finnish do not. Instead, Finnish is an agglutinative language, which means that they rely on the addition of suffixes to show the change of verb tenses. This makes it very difficult for the Finnish to learn to Read the rest of this entry »
The differences between the sound systems of Finnish and English are quite distinct. A Finnish speaker is used to speaking in a cadence that favors vowels. Speakers in this vowel harmony system do not use vowels in both the back and front of words. This makes English very difficult for native Finish speakers to pronounce.
English prefers to have vowels in both the beginning and end of words that surpass one syllable. There is also no need to discriminate against Read the rest of this entry »
In Finland today roughly 90 of the population speaks Finnish and another 5 speak Swedish. The two languages make up the national languages of the country. Since Finnish is so widely spoke it is a good idea to learn more about the language and its roots and origins.
Finnish is part of the Uralic classification of languages. There are over 25 million speakers of Uralic languages worldwide and Finnish makes up 20 of those speakers. The only other Uralic language that surpasses it in number of people speaking it is Hungarian.
The study of the Uralic languages was Read the rest of this entry »
Although the English language and the Finnish language have a few similarities, like most of the letters in the alphabet, there are so many ways that the two languages are different. This makes it hard for people in Finland to learn English and vice versa.
One of the major differences between the two languages are their sound systems. The Finnish language has a sound pattern that is referred to as ‘vowel harmony.’ The best way to Read the rest of this entry »