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Finnish language classes beginning soon at Finnish American Heritage Center

HANCOCK — If you’re looking to learn the basics of the Finnish language, refresh what you’d learned years ago, or expand on your existing skills, the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) is your must-go destination this fall.

The FAHC is offering two Finnish language classes this semester, both of which are led by Tiina Sakari, an Atlantic Mine resident who’s passionate about the language of her ancestors. Sakari has instructed Finnish language at the Heritage Center for the past several years and is eager to share her passion with folks this semester as well.

Beginning Finnish begins on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5:15 p.m. at the FAHC’s Martha Wiljanen Community Hall. This class is designed as an introduction to the language for people of any age. The class will meet on Wednesday evenings for 10 weeks, for about one hour each week. No materials are required – just an eagerness to learn a language in a casual setting.

The second class, named Finnish II, is designed to pick up where Beginning Finnish leaves off. This class is ideal for those who’ve completed the beginning class and are looking to build from that foundation, or for folks who have some understanding of the basics of the language. Even “veteran” Finnish speakers can surely gain from this course as well.

Finnish II will also meet on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wiljanen Community Hall. The class will meet for 10 weeks, for about one hour each week.

Registration for either class is $50 per student for the 10-week session. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, though registrations can be taken on the first day of the class. For more information about the Finnish language enrichment programming at the Finnish American Heritage Center, call (906) 487-7549.

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