Kat creates videos about learning Finnish on her YouTube channel. She interviewed Lidiia and Tareque about general questions related to the YKI test.
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.
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.