Sunday, March 1, 2020

Odotan aurinkoa - Tiina Valkendorff, Päivi Ruutiainen & Anna Louhensalo (toim.)

Odotan aurinkoa / Tiina Valkendorff, Päivi Ruutiainen & Anna Louhensalo (toim.)

Selkokirja. Immigrants. Non-Fiction.

DESCRIPTION: This book is made up of essays from immigrants to Finland from the Middle East and Africa. 

LANGUAGE: Each essay is around 6-8 pages with photos, large font and lots of white space. Each essay is broken down into subsections such as food, the future, and advice to immigrants and native Finns. Each person lives in different places in Finland and came to Finland via different means and routes. They are all in their 20's and have lived in Finland around 3 years. 

This book includes the use of present tense, past tense (simple past and past perfect) and future tense when describing each person's life. It uses singular and plural and many different declensions / endings. The vocabulary in this book will be familiar to any immigrant who has moved to Finland or had to learn to tell about themselves in Finnish. Based on this content, I recommend this book to readers of all language levels, though A2+ will benefit the most, reading this book at the time they have been living in Finland and their own language level compared to the authors' in the book.

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: This is a good book for any reader to gain perspective into the life of an immigrant and learn about different cultures. This is a must read for any teachers and employers of S2 language learners and friends and family too. Immigrants will enjoy reading this book to find similarities and differences from their own experience and opinions. The texts may benefit early language level immigrants to learn how to phrase or write things about their own lives.  The language is easy enough for almost any language level to understand, making it very accessible and beneficial to all. As a bonus, this book can be read for free as a PDF at the address below. This is a great way to get to know the book, format and content, before getting a print copy for yourself!

Highly recommended. 5/5

This book is availble in print from the library and bookstores, but is also availble to read for free as an e-book here:

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