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Linguatastic Language School


We are of course all hoping that not too long after the time of publication, the country will be able to enter Stage 2 of the government’s roadmap. This would mean that some of our children’s classes could potentially start up again face-to-face. At the time of writing, we are in the process of considering what format such classes would take and so cannot yet provide detailed information. Please consult our Facebook page (search: Linguatastic) for our latest news. Unfortunately, our German, Spanish, French and Italian classes for adults probably won’t be meeting again face-to-face until September, but the learners continue to make good progress online. So, we all hope that the nation’s (indeed the world’s) health situation continues to improve and that by the end of the year we’ll be back to face-to-face interactions and being able to embrace our loved ones. In the meantime, maybe Finland’s little Easter witches can help us on their way? On Holy Saturday (Western Finland) and Palm Sunday (Eastern Finland), children dress up as little witches. They dress colourfully, put scarves on their heads and paint freckles on their cheeks. In normal times, the little witches go from door to door with pussy willow twigs which they have decorated with colourful feathers. If the neighbours open up, the children will recite a blessing poem “Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle.”, which broadly translates as "I'm wishing you a fresh, healthy upcoming year, a branch for you, a prize for me!" And of course, usually they are presented with a little chocolate egg or coin! Fiona Biermann


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