Can you learn the hardest language in the world? | Irina Pravet | TEDxOtaniemiED

Irina’s talk at TEDxOtaniemiED is titled ‘Can you learn the hardest language in the world?’ and delves into the increasingly relevant topic of foreign-language speakers learning Finnish. Irina provides examples of unique and interesting yet highly effective methods for learning Finnish – the so-called hardest language in the world.

The talk is illustrated with Sketchnotes by Linda Saukko-Rauta at

Born in Romania, raised in Canada and now living in Finland, Irina Pravet has been translating herself across cultures and languages for as long as she can remember. She does not believe in the existence of a fixed set of ‘language learning talents’, instead she believes that we all have the ability to succeed in learning a new language by being strategic, having fun and playing with our natural strengths. Currently Irina is a Finnish language & transitions abroad coach at

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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