However, my Finnish cousins are so proud of me for trying….and I have met such delightful and patient young Finnish women who have encouraged me. Every time I get really discouraged, and think this is a folly, I find I can actually understand something such as a page from a 1906 Almanakka, which shows the ship my grandfather arrived on in New York (in 1903). Then, I am re-energized! I am all ready for the second session of lessons at our Koulu…..and will continue my brain games for a long while to come (even if I am a tongue tied as ever and still am lousy at rolling an “r”!). http://www.uusikielemme.fi (Inge Holsteyn’s site) exercises, tests to translate, grammar and word lists http://www.yle.fi/opinportti/supisuomea/01/ YLE’s course (all in Finnish) http://papunet.net/info_englanti.php for language impaired and plain language students. with darling stories, puzzles and projects http://www.verbix.com/languages/finnish.shtml every verb you’d ever want to know http://donnerwetter.kielikeskus.helsinki.fi/FinnishForForeigners/ best known site http://www.finnishschool.com/ flash cards for the computer good for young people, designed for foreign students and workers http://www2.edu.fi/ymmarrasuomea/ all in Finnish, with recordings of texts.