Advanced Spring Course 2019 open for enrollment

COURSE:                       English at work (45-hour course over 15 weeks)

LOCATION:                 Scandic Waskia 

                                         Lemmenpolku 3

                                         65170 Vaasa

TRAINER:                     Paul Wilkinson

TIME:                            Tuesdays 17:30 – 20:00

                                     Course starts: Week 3 (15.01.19)

                                     Course ends: Week 20 (14.05.19)

LEVEL:                         Advanced


This English course is designed for people wanting to learn and practise their English in a small informal setting. The size of the group is always under 10 participants.


Each week, the main topic of discussion is sent out by email beforehand. This could be in the form of a news article to read through or a tailor-made pre-exercise to build vocabulary within an area of focus.


The teacher’s role on this course is to encourage civilized respectful debate among the participants and to help with pronunciation and vocabulary issues. The topics covered usually revolve around the latest news or trending social issues. Students are also invited to choose themes for discussion.


If you like to listen and practise speaking in this way, then this is the course for you. A typical evening runs as follows: first there will be a 60-minute training session, followed by a 15-minute break where complementary coffee/tea and tasty sandwiches are served. Afterwards there will be another training session lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Click here  for full details and pricing.

Happy Fathers’ Day

Many of us in Finland will be celebrating Fathers’ Day on Sunday 11th November. The day is particularly nice for the fathers of small children. I myself have fond memories of getting lovingly crafted cards and presents made by my children when they were at their Finnish kindergartens. In fact, I still own many I received more than 20 years ago. And it was always a real treat to be served breakfast in bed on that one morning a year.

In Britain, as Fathers’ Day is on the third Sunday of June, I used to tell my kids that I should be entitled to two Fathers’ Days a year. But they never really warmed to the idea. And so, I have always had to be satisfied with being a Finnish father.

This year, I realise for the first time how the day can also have a tinge of sadness to it, especially for those who do not have a father to greet. In my case, my father died in the spring and this is the first of what will be many Father’s Days without him.

Sunday November 11th also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Across Europe, and around the world, there will be many parades and ceremonies to mark the official armistice at 11 o’clock on the 11.11. This deadly conflict claimed the lives of 16 million soldiers between 1914 -1918. The average age of a soldier was only 19, which meant that most would never have experienced the joy of fatherhood before their short lives were terminated so tragically.

I am so grateful that I have been fortunate enough to be a father. I am certainly a better person from the experience. And even if you have never been a parent yourself, I hope you still feel that the day has importance. Many say that it is just a commercial event, that doesn’t need to be observed.  In that respect, I can assure you that expensive presents are not the important thing on the day. Instead, it is far better to give your father a homemade card if he is still around. Trust me, you will really make his day!

A first time for everything!


This was the first time I have been asked to make a recording in Swedish and Finnish. The recording was a commercial for Vaasa cult band Gubbrockarna’s upcoming Christmas show.  The recording was made at Radio Vaasa and can either be heard on their station or by clicking this link.


Kuddnäs English translation


It was nice to bump into Journalist Anci Holm at the October Filmfest X event held at Ritz on Saturday.

Anci was demonstrating her 360 virtual reality film about Kuddnäs. I had made the English translation for the project and this was the first time I got to experience the finished product for myself. To see the 360 English version in 2D click here.


New Vaasa magazine English translation

The latest Vaasa City news magazine is now being distributed throughout the region.  I am pleased to have been invited to provided the briefly in English translation again.

To see the online edition click here.  The English section can be found on Pages 20.

New narration

Today was a busy day recording the narration for some new training material.  The recording is being made at Testlab studio with Christer Rönnholm as  the sound engineer.


Christer Rönnholm working as a sound engineer

Kulttour published

Here is a brief English summary of cultural events in Vaasa this autumn. The information is from  Vaasa’s Kulttour magazine which is currently being distributed around the city.


Skype English training

Skype one-to-one training

If you prefer to have one-to-one language training via Skype, then nothing could be simpler.

This is a great alternative for anyone wishing to practise and develop their language skills anywhere anytime.

Training is arranged as often as you would like it to be. Simply get in touch and arrange a personal training package to suit your needs.

The recommended length of a Skype training session is 60 minutes.

This is the perfect way to develop comprehension and pronunciation skills related to your industry.

If you would like more information and pricing alternatives, then please click here.

I look forward to speaking English with you soon.



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A few places left

There are still a few places left on the following courses.  Click on the links to find out more and how to enroll.

Advanced course held between 17:30 – 20:00 on Monday evenings.

This is a 40-lesson autumn course for those who really want to develop their language skills and keep up with the latest terminology in English.  Teaching material is customized to suit the top stories of the day and is sent in PDF format a few days before each meeting.  The evenings are focused on reading comprehension, active discussion and listening. There is a 15-minute break during the evening where complementary refreshments are served.


Intermediate course held between 18:00 – 19:30 on Thursday evenings.

This is a 26-lesson course for those who already know basic English but would like to improve their spoken and reading skills. Each week there will be a 90-minute lesson held in the offices of the Entrepreneurs’ Association (Vaasan Yrittäjät) . Customized teaching material is sent to the participants in PDF format a few days before each meeting. Complementary refreshments are served during the course.

Next-generation innovation and production centre

Wärtsilä will move their city factory to  Vaskiluoto. This is a significant investment that will benefit Vaasa and the surrounding region. It will further strengthen Vaasa’s goal of being the largest international energy hub in the Nordic region. You can read more about this on the Vaasa City website by clicking  here.