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(Guardian)   Mayor of Helsinki, Finland suggests city declare itself an English-language city because Finnish language requirements deter highly skilled foreigners from immigrating and alleviating labor shortage, aka "työvoimapula" in Finnish   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2021-09-29 12:06:28 AM  
They just need these helpful pop-up cards.

https://www.sadanduseless.com/suomi-d​i​ctionary
 
2021-09-29 12:21:40 AM  
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"You do not speak perkele? Let me give you a free lesson..."
 
2021-09-29 12:29:24 AM  
And what, attract the hooligans out of Mallorca?
 
2021-09-29 12:42:53 AM  
I'm 1/8th Finn on my dad's side.  Think they're hiring?
 
2021-09-29 2:32:55 AM  
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Strong to the Finnish!
 
2021-09-29 4:37:48 AM  

Chariset: I'm 1/8th Finn on my dad's side.  Think they're hiring?


They're hiring tech workers at the moment.
 
2021-09-29 6:41:09 AM  
Little Steven made out ok
 
2021-09-29 7:58:53 AM  
Perkele
 
2021-09-29 8:18:51 AM  
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2021-09-29 8:19:03 AM  
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2021-09-29 8:22:55 AM  
Loituma - Ievan Polkka
Youtube 7yh9i0PAjck
 
2021-09-29 8:29:04 AM  

Valter: [YouTube video: Loituma - Ievan Polkka]


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2021-09-29 8:30:07 AM  
The only English you need to know in Finland:

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2021-09-29 8:36:38 AM  

Sin'sHero: And what, attract the hooligans out of Mallorca?


There's a very old cartoon from National Lampoon that would go perfectly here.  I wonder if I can find it.
 
2021-09-29 8:38:58 AM  
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2021-09-29 8:58:23 AM  

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Sweden, Subby.  :)

/ eat it, Harvey
 
2021-09-29 9:02:54 AM  
We lived in Helsinki for a couple of years in the late 70s when I was a kid. Didn't have too much trouble getting along, either, because most people spoke English even then. Plus the Finns are some of the nicest (and drunkest) people in Europe.
 
2021-09-29 9:30:48 AM  
I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ... yeah I just fail at foreign language learning. I'm bad enough at English. Great at computer languages though so I at least have a redeeming quality when our new AI overlords take over.
 
2021-09-29 9:33:56 AM  
The country where I want to be, pony trekking or camping, or just watching TV.
 
2021-09-29 9:35:22 AM  
But I heard they were  using tomato-flavoured running shoes.
 
2021-09-29 10:06:02 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Chariset: I'm 1/8th Finn on my dad's side.  Think they're hiring?

They're hiring tech workers at the moment.


The majority of H1-B visa are held by WiPro and Easy LLC which are based in India and the speak English
 
2021-09-29 10:32:28 AM  

nemisonic: Gordon Bennett: Chariset: I'm 1/8th Finn on my dad's side.  Think they're hiring?

They're hiring tech workers at the moment.

The majority of H1-B visa are held by WiPro and Easy LLC which are based in India and the speak English


My mother's a Swedish Finn (Aland) and I looked into migrating back. Needless to say, they really don't want a bunch of Americans running around their country.

/who can blame them?
 
2021-09-29 10:32:52 AM  

xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ... yeah I just fail at foreign language learning. I'm bad enough at English. Great at computer languages though so I at least have a redeeming quality when our new AI overlords take over.


I lived in Finland for 2 years and only learned some basic phrases. The majority of the population under 40 speaks English fairly well and most services like banking and things like that are available in English as well. Had a great time there, but the weather eventually got to me. It's a lot of grey a lot of the time
 
2021-09-29 11:17:09 AM  
Same issue in Denmark.  Danish is an especially difficult language to learn, most Danes speak English, so it isn't uncommon for English-speaking immigrants to get by living there knowing only a few Danish phrases.
 
2021-09-29 12:42:22 PM  

Chariset: I'm 1/8th Finn on my dad's side.  Think they're hiring?


I'm 1/2 Finnish on my mom's side.  There's still some communication between family here and distant relatives there from time to time.  A chunk of my mom's family has been over there a few times to visit, and the Finns have been on this side of the Atlantic a few times as well.

My favorite (and embarrassing) story is when they were visiting about 15 years ago.  My aunt (mom's sister) married into a Italian family.  So they were doing one of their big Italian Sunday dinners and having the visiting Finns over. One of the older Italian uncles (think any extra from mob films/tv) is trying to make small talk with one of the Finns.  He appears generally interested in their culture at first, but then when you pay attention to the actual conversation he's ignorantly treating them as some band of troglodytes.  He starts showing them his cell phone, basically explaining "this is a cell phone" as if they were children and had never seen such a magical device.  It was a Nokia.
 
2021-09-29 3:23:14 PM  
I approve. Perkele!
 
2021-09-29 3:32:02 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Valter: [YouTube video: Loituma - Ievan Polkka]

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That very meme was that led me down the path to find out about Humppa music and Finntroll (who, incidentally, sing in Swedish because "the sound of the language seemed to better suit the band's "trollish" outfit" -- Wikipedia)

Finntroll - Trollhammaren
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2021-09-29 8:11:58 PM  

xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ...


Putin is eyeballing it too.

/He doesn't mind the language requirement, he can do away with it after moving in.
 
2021-09-29 10:01:23 PM  
Helsinki hiring. The Professer and Tokyo not impressed. Nairobi gone but not forgotten. Berlin won't go away, even if he's dead!
 
2021-09-29 10:29:46 PM  

Excelsior: xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ...

Putin is eyeballing it too.

/He doesn't mind the language requirement, he can do away with it after moving in.


The last time Russians tried moving in they didn't like their neighbor's welcome bullets.

xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ... yeah I just fail at foreign language learning. I'm bad enough at English. Great at computer languages though so I at least have a redeeming quality when our new AI overlords take over.


Terminali = Terminal

A lot of Finnish words are like that but then...

Take the word for cigarette lighter. It is savukkeensytyttimen, which is the reason why so many Finns carry matches.
When Finns start a word they see how many foreigners they can weed out on the first syllable. Take the Finnish word for "93". The first three letters are yhd. That eliminates a lot of competition right there. For the full Finnish word for "93" I would advise you fasten your seat belts and put on your crash helmet. Here it goes - yhdeksankymmentakolme. According to Berlitz, that is pronounced simply: "EWHdayksaen-KEWMmayntaeKOALmay". Finns have died of old age trying to count to 100.

/married to a Canadian-Finnish gal
//yes I am terrible at Finnish
///slashies tulevat kolmessa
 
2021-09-29 11:24:31 PM  

inglixthemad: Excelsior: xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ...

Putin is eyeballing it too.

/He doesn't mind the language requirement, he can do away with it after moving in.

The last time Russians tried moving in they didn't like their neighbor's welcome bullets.

xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ... yeah I just fail at foreign language learning. I'm bad enough at English. Great at computer languages though so I at least have a redeeming quality when our new AI overlords take over.

Terminali = Terminal

A lot of Finnish words are like that but then...

Take the word for cigarette lighter. It is savukkeensytyttimen, which is the reason why so many Finns carry matches.
When Finns start a word they see how many foreigners they can weed out on the first syllable. Take the Finnish word for "93". The first three letters are yhd. That eliminates a lot of competition right there. For the full Finnish word for "93" I would advise you fasten your seat belts and put on your crash helmet. Here it goes - yhdeksankymmentakolme. According to Berlitz, that is pronounced simply: "EWHdayksaen-KEWMmayntaeKOALmay". Finns have died of old age trying to count to 100.


They still have nothing on the French - whichever French caveman first  learned to count and got to name the numbers, we went completely bananas:  99 = quatre-vingt-dix-neuf, or "four twenty ten nine"

/Any foreigners visiting France invariably end up with a few pounds of loose change rather than figuring it out while paying, because ain't nobody got time for that.
//French Canadians decided to cut that shiat out and retired 'quatre vingt dix' for 90 and replaced it with 'nonante'.
 
2021-09-30 10:21:31 AM  

Excelsior: inglixthemad: Excelsior: xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ...

Putin is eyeballing it too.

/He doesn't mind the language requirement, he can do away with it after moving in.

The last time Russians tried moving in they didn't like their neighbor's welcome bullets.

xaldin: I'd love to live in Finland but yeah the language requirement ... yeah I just fail at foreign language learning. I'm bad enough at English. Great at computer languages though so I at least have a redeeming quality when our new AI overlords take over.

Terminali = Terminal

A lot of Finnish words are like that but then...

Take the word for cigarette lighter. It is savukkeensytyttimen, which is the reason why so many Finns carry matches.
When Finns start a word they see how many foreigners they can weed out on the first syllable. Take the Finnish word for "93". The first three letters are yhd. That eliminates a lot of competition right there. For the full Finnish word for "93" I would advise you fasten your seat belts and put on your crash helmet. Here it goes - yhdeksankymmentakolme. According to Berlitz, that is pronounced simply: "EWHdayksaen-KEWMmayntaeKOALmay". Finns have died of old age trying to count to 100.

They still have nothing on the French - whichever French caveman first  learned to count and got to name the numbers, we went completely bananas:  99 = quatre-vingt-dix-neuf, or "four twenty ten nine"

/Any foreigners visiting France invariably end up with a few pounds of loose change rather than figuring it out while paying, because ain't nobody got time for that.
//French Canadians decided to cut that shiat out and retired 'quatre vingt dix' for 90 and replaced it with 'nonante'.


French spoken in Switzerland uses the simpler method, too.

90 = nonante
91 = nonante et un
92 = nonante deux
 
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