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YKI Test is not rocket science

Mari Nikonen is a Helsinki based Finnish teacher. She has been teaching Finnish since 2008. She is helping students to prepare for the YKI test (YKI Testi: yleinen kielitutkinto).
Do you think the YKI Test is a difficult one?

 

No, I wouldn’t. One thing that can make YKI difficult is that students don’t know what to expect, and that can be something that makes it difficult. But when you know what to expect, you know some strategies, and you have some good basic everyday language skills, it’s not a difficult test in that case.

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Mastering YKI: Language Learning Journey by Fiona Chow

Mastering YKI: Language Learning Journey by Fiona Chow.
Fiona, where are you from?
I’m from Canada, and I’ve been living in Finland for about 11 years now. I have taken the YKI test in both Swedish (level 5-6) and Finnish (level 3-4), and I passed both.
Why did you decide to do it in Swedish first and then in Finnish?
I live in Helsinki.  When I moved here, I met a lot of Swedish-speaking Finns, and I have many Swedish-speaking friends. Additionally, I was attending a Swedish-speaking church, so as a native English speaker, I learned Swedish quite easily. Moreover, I speak some French being from Canada, and also some German. Hence, Swedish was naturally a lot easier for me. I only took one or two courses to study the language.

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Discover Mari Kokkonen’s Finnish Teaching Journey and YKI Test Tips

Discover Mari Kokkonen’s Finnish Teaching Journey and YKI Test Tips From Journalism to Finnish Teaching.
My name is Mari Kokkonen. I run a company called Ope Mari, which is my side business. In fact, my other job is at Gimara, where I serve as the head of pedagogy. I’ve been teaching Finnish since 2015, but my background is in journalism. I hold a master’s degree in the Finnish language and literature from Turku University, and I used to work as a journalist. However, times changed, and I transitioned into teaching Finnish. From the very first day, I fell in love with it, and it became my new profession. Currently, I conduct all my teaching online.

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