Fifty Common English Mistakes Made by Finns

Improve your English fluency by overcoming common errors made by Finns of all speaking levels.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course discusses - and gives tips on how to overcome -  50 of the most common English mistakes made by Finns.  It consists of ten lectures (split into three parts:  Easily Confused words, Grammar Structures and Miscellaneous) lasting an average of about ten minutes each, with a review quiz at the end of each section.   In addition, an extra section provides the student with 20 tips on how to better their English.  This course is targeted toward Finns who want to raise their English fluency level and confidence (both adults and high school students), as well as to English language instructors who want to teach more effectively.

What are the requirements?

  • Nothing special is needed for the course, just a willingness to work hard to improve your English.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • A higher level of English fluency and increased confidence in speaking through recognizing and overcoming mistakes common to Finns of all levels.
  • Better results on high school matriculation exams by cutting down on some of the more common errors.
  • A more effective teaching approach through recognizing and explaining key problem areas of Finnish students.

Who is the target audience?

  • Intermediate / advanced level English language learners who speak Finnish as their native tongue
  • Finnish high school students preparing for their matriculation exam
  • English language teachers of Finns
  • Advanced beginner English speakers may find the course useful, but it will be a bit above their levels. Anybody below adanced beginner will have to work their way up to the course.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the course

A brief introduction to the course: 

  • A bit about the instructor
  • Who should take the course?
  • What are the course goals?
  • How is the course structured?
  • How is each section handled?
  • What do you need to bring to the course?
Section 2: Part one: Easily Confused Words

After completing this lecture, students will know how to correctly use and differentiate between shade / shadow, borrow / lend, long / tall, employer / employee, homework / housework and fun / funny.

15 questions

See how well you have learned what was presented in the video.


Students will learn how to correctly use and differentiate between  to look at / to watch, flu / cold, open / turn on (and close / turn off), wish / hope and blanket / form.

20 questions

See how well you learned the information provided in the lecture, and how well you remember the material covered in the first section.


In this final section of 'Easily Confused Words*, we go through the commonly confused words of   usual / normal / ordinary,  sound / noise / voice, persons / people,  shortly / briefly and overwork / overtime

20 questions

Straightforward multiple choice questions to review what you have learned, and to have sentences to study from.

Section 3: Part two: Grammar Structures

This section covers six common preposition mistakes that Finns make, and tips on how to get past them.

20 questions

How welll did you learn about common preposition mistakes?  How much do you remember from past sections?


This section has three mistakes concerning word order, two concerning verb tense and one on countable / uncountable nouns.  A list of words that are commonly used in the plural in Finnish - but hardly ever in English - is given at the end.

20 questions

Review what you have learned in this section - and past sections - and use the correct sentences to study from.


This last section in the 'Grammar Structures' part of the course covers - among other things - gender pronouns, relative pronouns and make/do.

20 questions

More straightforward multiple choice questions to review what you have learned and to study from.


This is bonus section dealing entirely with the difficulties Finns have when using articles (a/an, the, zero article) in English.  It is a very brief overview, and not meant to be comprehensive.

25 questions

Quiz yourself on well you learned what was presented in the video.

Section 4: Part three: Miscellaneous (Interference) Errors

In this section, student are encouraged to think in an English way and learn to correctly say:  My muscles are sore, I took my medicine, On the one hand...on the other hand..., I stayed in a hotel and 'Happy Birthday'.

20 questions

Quiz yourself on what you have learned, and use the correct sentences for further study


Students are taught about common translation mistakes and are told to say:  I shoveled the snow, I had a dream, this morning, it's snowing and I'm not so busy.

20 questions

How well have you learned what was presented in the penultimate video of the mistakes part of the course?  How much do you remember from past sections?


In this final section of the learning part of the course students learn how to overcome common Finnish mistakes and say:  I went on a cruise, I paid for my items, I think that..., I came by car, and I have many tasks to do.

25 questions

The final quiz of the course.  Test yourself on how much you have learned.

Section 5: Twenty Study Tips
Twenty Study Tips, part one
Twenty Study Tips, part two

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Instructor Biography

Kevin Hanley, ESL / EFL Instructor

I have been an English as a Second Language Teacher/English as a Foreign Language Teacher for nearly my whole adult life.  I have nearly 25 years experience in teaching English language learners of all ages and of all levels, and from many different backgrounds.  My teaching career began in the U.S. where  I taught adult immigrants of varying levels how to better survive in an English speaking world.  After three years, I moved to South Korea where I taught both middle school pupils and their English language teachers. After two years in Asia, I moved to Helsinki, Finland.  I have been living and teaching English to Finns since 1999.  Though most of my students are mid-level to advanced-level adults, I have taught English to Finns of all levels and varying ages.  

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