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Your Comments

First of all, congratulations on the spring. The new season just came here for a second, and now it's winter again. Likely, Finland will greet spring in May next time. I want to say thank you for your comments. Although I hardly have time to reply, I always read them. I am truly impressed by… Continue reading Your Comments

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Day 12. Post about Finnish Culture

I was sure that I have already shared this post. However, I found it in my drafts. As I have just celebrated 11 years in Finland, I think this post will suit the place perfectly well. Here is my subjective opinion about the country I live: When I am travelling outside Finland, people ask me… Continue reading Day 12. Post about Finnish Culture

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Why Do We Have Accent?

Traveling abroad we become more conscious about different accents. But why do they exist? You can read it in my other blog, which is related to language learning.

Learning Languages with Elena

A very distinctive part of non-native speakers’ speech is accent. You probably heard a foreign person speaking your native language and struggling to pronounce some sounds correctly. The same occurs to us when we speak a foreign language.

Accent is something that distinguishes native-speakers from non-native. But why do we have an accent? We are born with the ability to pronounce any sound; however, our mother tongue ‘filters off’ the sounds which it doesn’t contain. This means that after 6 years old, our ability to learn other sounds (ones which are absent from the own language) is declining. Thus, we end up having accent in a foreign language in adulthood.

The accent is shaped by the peciliarities of the mother tongue, and the level of accent varies depending on the language we learn. What does this mean? Here is example: I am Russian, and I noticeably will have accent speaking…

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The ‘Horror’ of Cultural Diversity – Greetings

Europe is a diverse place with a number of languages and cultures. Despite knowing and understanding the differences, we still have some confusion in communication. One of the aspects I want to discuss is greeting people from other countries. The reason is that greetings caused many awkward moments equally for me and my conversation partners.… Continue reading The ‘Horror’ of Cultural Diversity – Greetings

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Conclusions on Malta

This is the last post of Malta, and I want to summarise all my experiences and impressions. First of all, I am always very careful with my expectations regarding new places. However, it was not the case with Malta. I was already overexcited with the place just from seeing pictures. I felt that the country… Continue reading Conclusions on Malta

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Why I did not Make Posts

Hello everyone! I haven't made any posts recently. It feels like I gave up one of my hobbies - blogging. The first justification is time. However, I never had any extra time before either... There is another reason. I mentioned that I switched a career path a year ago, and it triggered a number of… Continue reading Why I did not Make Posts