Level 3 Remixed – Survival skills for Finnish meetings

Planning on taking the plunge and shifting to having work meetings mostly in Finnish? Or are you already there, in deep water, and trying to stay afloat? With the right set of meeting survival skills, you can have a great Finnish learning experience while still managing to get the job done.
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The previous article in this series offered some ideas for how to open the discussion about language use in workplace meetings and explore options for increasing use of Finnish in different ways. At this point, it’s worth pausing to make sure you don’t overstretch yourself. Having broken free of those language learning myths, and with your catalytic muscles growing by the day, you wouldn’t want to convince your Finnish workmates to switch the meeting to mostly Finnish and then suddenly feel … rather out of your depth.

Of course, none of these language experiments are irreversible – you can always just change back to more English use if needed. But by developing your ‘Finnish meeting survival skills’, you might not need to. Here are some of the main things to consider:

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