My fellow immigrants, here is yet another lesson from my course dealing with Finnish culture and how to make yourself a part of it. Far too often I run into immigrants who can't speak a word of Finnish even though they have lived here for years. Usually they come from English-speaking homelands and they make the claim that Finnish is so hard to learn. The fact of the matter is that they don't try, or if they ever did try, they gave up early years ago. This is a pity. Without the necessary language skills one will never be able to fully understand the complexities of the Finnish soul.
Fingerpori is an excellent comic strip by Petri Jaarla. Usually the humor in Fingerpori is based on puns and wordplay, therefore nearly impossible to translate into English. Every now and then I run across a Fingerpori strip that translates well.
Click on strip to enlarge.
Learn and use Finnish my immigrant brethren! If for no other reason learn the language so that you too can appreciate the humor of Fingerpori.