Hyvää Vappua Kaikille!

Happy May Day to all Finnbrit members, customers and followers! Please note that the Finnbrit Language Centre will be closed on May 1st and will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of May.

The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 34th time on the 17th and 18th of January 2018. The essay titles on these two dates were posted on the Helsinki Finnish-British Society Website for download on the competition day. Teachers then sent in the best essay from each class, and in all 125 shortlisted essays were received from a total of 43 schools throughout Finland.

The jury was composed of five judges, including representatives from the Finnish National Agency for Education, the University of Helsinki Department of Languages (English), and the Association of Teachers of English in Finland. The judges gave first prize to Caro Liikanen from Mikkelin lukio for her moving and original story beginning “Things didn’t look right… .” A special mention from the judges also goes to Jaakob Semken from Lappeenrannan lyseon lukio, who produced a very well written essay on the pros and cons of computers.

The standard of essays was as usual high, and the judges would like to congratulate the winner and the runners-up and thank all those who took part in the competition.

Mark Shackleton, Chair, Essay Writing Competition

 

First prize (500€ for a trip to the UK):

Caro Liikanen Mikkelin lukio
     

Runner up prizes (books):

Fanny Kansonen Kotka Svenska Samskola
Sara Liljeström Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio
Eevi Manninen Pieksämäen lukio
Teemu Mononen Lappeenrannan lyseon lukio
Irina Pienimäki Kaustisen musiikkilukio
Amanda Puerto-Lichtenberg Turun klassinen lukio
Matti Sankari Nousiaisten lukio
Jaakob Semken Lappeenrannan lyseon lukio
Nicha Särkkä Tampereen lyseon lukio

 

2018 Essay Competition Topics

1. What’s the best/worst thing about yourself?
2. Would life be better without computers?
3. Write a short fictional story beginning “Things didn’t look right …”
4. Someone asks you “What’s Finland like?” What would you reply?
5. Write about something that made a big difference in your life.

This weekend at Finnbrit is packed with social events for everyone to enjoy. On Thursday, Janica will return with another refreshing pilates class. Friday sees the return of the Finnbrit Language Café and the Helsinki Folk Club. Last but not least, the Finnbrit Film clubs opens on Sunday with a showing of Sense and Sensibility. For more details of these exciting events, please go to our Social Activities pages.

Please note our event "A Finn in Britain and a Brit in Finland” which was due to take place this Friday 9.2.2018 has now been cancelled due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation.

Essay writing competition 2018 essay topics / Kirjoituskilpailun 2018 aiheet:

1. What’s the best/worst thing about yourself?
2. Would life be better without computers?
3. Write a short fictional story beginning “Things didn’t look right …”
4. Someone asks you “What’s Finland like?” What would you reply?
5. Write about something that made a big difference in your life.

Competition rules and instructions / Kilpailun säännöt ja ohjeet

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The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 34th time on the 17th and 18th of January 2018. The essay titles on these two dates were posted...
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Upcoming Events

Pilates with Janica

Begin: 28.06.2018, 18:00
End: 28.06.2018, 19:00
Location: Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki

You are welcome to join even if you haven’t done Pilates before!

15€ per session

Pilates is a healthy and safe way to strengthen your core from the inside to out, release tight muscles and to find your long mobile spine again.

Come and join me and fall in love with Pilates training.

"Give time for yourself "

Note:
Please have your workout clothes on and bring a gym mat if you have one.
Please note that these Pilates lessons are not suitable for persons under 16 years of age
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This class is great for anybody.
It can be used if you are recovering from surgery.
It can help you find the pelvic floor muscles after child birth.
It can ease back pain and get the deep muscle tissue active again.
No matter if you are fit or unfit, young or older you will fall in love with this class.

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The English Book Club

Begin: 22.08.2018, 18:00
Location: Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki

 

The fifth season of The English Book Club presents an intriguing mixture of heterogeneous voices. We kick off in August 2018 with Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein (1818), the first explicitly Gothic tale to be read in our book club. In September, William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929) will perhaps puzzle yet hopefully entertain us too, followed by a highly controversial book, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955). For November, we have Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things (1997), which won the Man Booker Prize, and we end the year with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s popular and acclaimed novel Americanah (2013). Interesting times ahead! Please join us to discuss some of the best literature out there.

22.8. Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
19.9. William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury
24.10. Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
21.11. Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
19.12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah

All titles are available in the public libraries, the Kaisa library, and Akateeminen. Meetings run once a month on Wednesday evenings at 18.00 and end at 20.00, as usual. The group is free for FINNBRIT members and just 20€ for the series of five meetings for non-members.


The English Book Club

Begin: 19.09.2018, 18:00
Location: Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki

 

The fifth season of The English Book Club presents an intriguing mixture of heterogeneous voices. We kick off in August 2018 with Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein (1818), the first explicitly Gothic tale to be read in our book club. In September, William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929) will perhaps puzzle yet hopefully entertain us too, followed by a highly controversial book, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955). For November, we have Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things (1997), which won the Man Booker Prize, and we end the year with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s popular and acclaimed novel Americanah (2013). Interesting times ahead! Please join us to discuss some of the best literature out there.

22.8. Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
19.9. William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury
24.10. Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
21.11. Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
19.12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah

All titles are available in the public libraries, the Kaisa library, and Akateeminen. Meetings run once a month on Wednesday evenings at 18.00 and end at 20.00, as usual. The group is free for FINNBRIT members and just 20€ for the series of five meetings for non-members.


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