Famous Americans of Finnish Descent

  • Matt Damon - Academy Award -winning actor
  • Jessica Lange - actress perhaps best known for her role in American Horror Story
  • Renny Harlin - movie director
  • David Lynch - director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author
  • Linus Torvalds - software engineer, the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel
  • Pamela Anderson - actress, model, producer, author, activist

Learn these everyday phrases!

  • Hi: Moi!
  • Bye: Moi moi!
  • Yes: Joo.
  • No: Ei.
  • Oh no: Voi ei!
  • That’s a pity: Voi voi.
  • Good morning: Huomenta.
  • Good night: Hyvää yötä.
  • What’s your name?: Mikä sun nimi on?
  • My name is: Mun nimi on...
  • How are you?: Miten menee?
  • I’m doing ok: Siinähän se.

Why Learn A World Language?

  • In the increasingly globalized world, the knowledge of a world language becomes an indispensable skill important not only for individual enrichment, but also for the broadening employment opportunities.

  • According to a study from the University of Chicago, knowledge of a world language helps you boost decision-making skills.

  • Students who study world languages score higher on standardized tests, as a study from York University in Toronto showed. Students who study a world language for at least one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs.

  • Knowledge of a world language increases your chances of landing a good job, as the recent poll of The Economist showed. An MIT study shows that people who know two or more languages earn an average of $128,000 more over their lifetimes.

  • Learning a second language has compelling health benefits, as suggested by a study from York University in Toronto that connects prevention of the onset of dementia with foreign language learning.