My International School Experience | KatChats

  • Published on Oct 19, 2015
  • I guess this video let's you guys know me a little better. School can be a big part of a lot of kids lives and that was no exception for me. My schooling experience was a little different than that of an ordinary Finnish kid, as i attended an English speaking International school from 1st-high school.
    So basically me just talking about the pros and cons that I feel like having gone to an International School in Finland brought to my life! :D

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  • AJ Chiong
    AJ Chiong 5 months ago

    Both of my parents are Israeli but I was born in the United States. My family and I moved to Belgium when I was four and lived there for the rest of my elementary life (that's when I started international school). I moved to Chile during middle school but only stayed there for only 2 and a half years until we moved to Hong Kong and lived there for the rest of High School (probably one of the most difficult years of my life)... after graduating high school, I served in the Israeli military for three years but I am now currently studying in Germany :-)

  • 1-minute Spanish
    1-minute Spanish 6 months ago

    Could you make a video about your favorite Finnish youtuber? :D

  • Chocolate Mafia430
    Chocolate Mafia430 8 months ago +1

    Is Croatian and my dad is Romanian I lived in America until I was 7 because they moved to America whenever I was to with a move to the South Africa

  • Tami
    Tami Year ago +1

    Hello Kat, I have just subscribed!!! and taking advantage of it.... I want to know if exchange student can go to public school in Finland or if it exists an international free school :o

    • Jona Zen
      Jona Zen Year ago

      I am also looking for a free international high school in Finland ahahhaha it would help me a lot if you told me the schools you found... thanks.

    • Tami
      Tami Year ago

      +KatChats !!!! Y found international public schools in Finland! I just had to search more💃

    • KatChats
      KatChats  Year ago +1

      +Tama Suazo both I suppose

  • Evon Banjo
    Evon Banjo 2 years ago

    can I actually go to an international school at 16 from public school?

  • Daniel K
    Daniel K 2 years ago

    My parents are Hungarian but I was born in Canada. My parents tought me Hungarian first as that is what they knew better. So when I went to school in Canada, not only did I learn English but I also studied French as Canada is a bilingual country. This kinda caused Hungarian to take a back seat and having two older siblings that spoke English too didn't really help. I didn't really have a feel for languages when I was a kid so I kinda forgot most of the French I learned. My Hungarian also suffered and now I'm "re-learning" Hungarian grammar. I can still speak Hungarian and hold a conversation fairly well, can read and write but my grammar and vocabulary knowledge is kinda limited. Being the kid who struggled with language is kinda ironic considering now I find linguistics fascinating and want to learn as much languages as I can... Including Finnish!

    • RTYB
      RTYB Year ago

      So how is your Hungarian standing today?

  • Nea Haapala
    Nea Haapala 2 years ago

    Do you know how to speak in Swedish? Cuz in my school (In Finland) we can either start learning it on fourth grade or in sixth grade but you have to have it on sixth grade.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  2 years ago +1

      Yeah I had to take Swedish starting in 7th grade

  • Max T
    Max T 2 years ago

    Hey! I know this is an old video and you have moved on with your life. I'm in the 9th grade know and I've been thinking about going to an IB school. I'm half greek half finnish and I have no relations with any english speaking people and I haven't attended an english speaking school ever, but I still think my English is very good and it definitely would improve if I went to an IB school. Only my accent is quite finnish, but it's completely normal..
    I would be very grateful if you could give me a some kind of view about IB .. Also, are there any Finnish people coming from a finnish school like I do besides the "foreigners" in the IB?
    Thank you very very much if you answer!
    I just discovered this channel and subbed, you have great videos!

    • Max T
      Max T 2 years ago

      KatChats Thank you very much for your response! One more question: Is the learning system about the same as a basic school in Finland? Is there a lot of group work or is it mainly studying alone?

    • KatChats
      KatChats  2 years ago

      Oh yeah of course there is! If you're interested definitely give it a shot. I'd say about 1/3 of my class was Finnish that had never done school in English before and they did fine! :) IB isn't hard the workload is just a lot higher than the normal Finnish high schools, and the subject choices are more limiting which is something you might have to consider depending what you want to do after high school. And thank you so much, I'm glad you've enjoyed my channel :D

  • Marissa Kirjonen
    Marissa Kirjonen 3 years ago

    Which high school did you go to in Finland?? I'm in 9th grade right now & i'm looking for IB schools :)!

  • Oceana Liang
    Oceana Liang 3 years ago

    I just went to an international school for two years. I went there because I can't endure the Chinese educational system anymore 😓😓 my Chinese level is also quite low now

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Oceana Liang Is the Chinese system very unique?

  • Stefany Soh
    Stefany Soh 3 years ago

    I go to an international school in Malaysia and I CAN RELATE! Where are your teachers mainly from? What different nationalities do you have in your school? We have three Finnish students here and they all speak English well!

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Steffy SKY (steffylovesya) My teachers and students were literally from all over the place and changes almost yearly too :P Mostly I'd say though Europe, North/South America and Africa! WOW 3 Finnish students is a lot!! :D

  • Markku Hänninen
    Markku Hänninen 3 years ago

    Does your mother speak any finnish? More than basic interaction in shops or so?

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago +1

      Ah yes I know what you mean! And I do feel really grateful to have experienced such an international life so far. Thank you again for watching!

    • Markku Hänninen
      Markku Hänninen 3 years ago

      It is funny how it goes. Some people pick up finnish in few years. Some spend 10 years in Finland and still only speak few words though understand more.
      I think your mother made the right choice though, if you think globally, english tends to take you bit further than finnish. Your other videos seem to give some hints about your future as world citizen.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Markku Hänninen Yeah she does :)

  • Hector Lima
    Hector Lima 3 years ago +1

    I am learning English and that English is so clear! She has American accent or finnish accent?

    • Hector Lima
      Hector Lima 3 years ago

      +Jstoney127 Thanks!

    • Jstoney127
      Jstoney127 3 years ago +1

      +Hector Lima American. If she didn't come out and say she's Finnish you'd think she is from the US or Canada.

  • Charlie S.
    Charlie S. 3 years ago

    You r so cute! And your English is perfect!
    I honestly thought you r a native at first hahaaa

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago +3

      +Ratchy Sawek Aww thank you, although I sort of am native since I grew up speaking English xD

  • Yusuf Oborohi
    Yusuf Oborohi 3 years ago

    I like your video's keep up the great work

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Yusuf Oborohi Thank you so much! :)

  • Homer Simpson
    Homer Simpson 3 years ago

    Voisitko kertoa mistä suurin osa katsojiasi tulee?
    Hyvä video!
    Keep up!

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +konsta sjöberg Suomesta! Kiitos! :D

  • Brion Kallinen
    Brion Kallinen 3 years ago

    Speaking about pronouncing words. Even though I grew up in Minnesota speaking english. My dad's family is from Finland. Family gatherings my aunts and uncles spoke Finn to each other. But, sadly never taught us kids any. Trying to learn Finn now. Anyway, I learned English with a Finnish accent. I pronounce a lot of words differently. It's not so bad now but I have people ask me if I'm from Finland. Great videos, keep it up.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Brion Kallinen Oh you did, how interesting! Thank you for your comment! :)

  • reza maddahi
    reza maddahi 3 years ago

    Hello. Why don't u talk about Iran in your videos?

  • Qwazal Gplus
    Qwazal Gplus 3 years ago

    How old are you? You look about 16, but you talk and act like you're in you mid-twenties and your education level seems about the same.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Angus Beefjaw Twenties yeah xD

  • Nhan Tran
    Nhan Tran 3 years ago

    Now, I have no doubt you are a native English speaker. How awesome! :))

  • thecoolestkid
    thecoolestkid 3 years ago

    Is your name Katja or Katya? I was just curious.

  • Henry Hakamäki
    Henry Hakamäki 3 years ago

    So you said that this hurt your Finnish abilities. How hard would you say it is to just learn Finnish independently (not in school)?

    • Henry Hakamäki
      Henry Hakamäki 3 years ago

      Very true! That's what I'm working on!

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Henry Hakamäki I've known a few people that have done it but it's definitely a lot harder. I guess motivation is a big part of it!

  • Jan Krafka
    Jan Krafka 3 years ago +5

    I'm polish i was born in poland my native language is polish.My mom is from Czech Republic and my dad is From Finland but his mom is polish and his dad is finnish :D (PRETTY CRAZY RIGHT?). So before my parents divorced we lived in poland and i spoke to my dad just in finnish and to my mom just in czech and when we were together we spoke polish. When my parents divorced I moved with my mom to czech republic and since i live here I'm educated in czech so my "native language" got pretty messed! :D

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Honza Krafka Oh very interesting!

  • rick freedom
    rick freedom 3 years ago +4

    better the pride that reside in a citizen of the world, than the pride that reside when a colorful flag is unfurled.

  • Channelle Holly
    Channelle Holly 3 years ago

    I love your Video!! I have a channel too and it'd be awesome if you checked it out & Subscribe ! Xo

  • 00youknow
    00youknow 3 years ago

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +00youknow Thank you for watching :)

  • sirenteri
    sirenteri 3 years ago

    Were you in Kulosaari? I was in the German school in Helsinki 1-9th grade. It was so weird when i went to Ressu highschool and couldnt understand any of the math terms etc. Anyways it was a shame since now i've all forgotten german. English is easy anways since here we're been surrounded by it everywhere.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +sirenteri Oh that's a shame that you've forgotten it all! But you're right about English being everywhere. :)

  • Артем Сизов
    Артем Сизов 3 years ago +1

    Well) I am here again. I would really appreciate it if started to make videos more often)

  • Mona
    Mona 3 years ago

    what are you studying in uni?:)

  • latide jaf
    latide jaf 3 years ago

    I also attended an international school and i was always so annoyed with some of the teachers' finnish accents. Actually i think in the 7th grade we had two russian teachers in phy/che/math and it seemed like they didnt even know english. for me studying in english was quite hard because i only spoke english with the teachers if i had to and most of my friends spoke finnish. with some subjects i really struggled because we had to read long uninteresting and complicated texts in english. then when i went to a finnish high school i also struggled with some terms especially in phy/che, math and history. but i guess im glad my parents forced me there because now studying a degree in english in university is easier, i guess. :D

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +latide jaf Yeah I can totally relate :)

  • Артем Сизов
    Артем Сизов 3 years ago

    Hey Katya.
    What faculty are you gonna study on ?

  • TheSwedishTraveler
    TheSwedishTraveler 3 years ago

    I´m guessing it´s the same thing when people move to another country and speak the new country´s language and lose their native language.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +TheSwedishTraveler Probably yeah

  • mousepad9999
    mousepad9999 3 years ago

    You were talking about mispronouncing certain words, and then you got to "prevalent". You took a pause. Is that one of the words you have difficulty with? Otherwise your English is much better than most native speakers.

  • FoodishBeauty
    FoodishBeauty 3 years ago

    This was very comprehensive, and overall I think it sounded like a quite beneficial period of your life. It probably helped in developing an open and international mindset for you, which has become an integral quality of yours if I may say so. Hope all is well in Edinburgh! :)

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +FoodishBeauty You're right, I really value the experience that I got! Thank you and hope all is well for you as well

  • Johno Bourgeais
    Johno Bourgeais 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this with us Kats. My first language was French then got taught English at 6 years old. It was a confusing time for me. I've lost alot of my French. It would be nice one day to go to a course to practice my French :)

    • Johno Bourgeais
      Johno Bourgeais 3 years ago

      @KatChats That's really neat!! :)

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago +1

      +Johno Bourgeais Yeah I studied French for 8 years and have almost completely forgotten it...taking a French uni course next semester xD

  • JessaJay
    JessaJay 3 years ago

    You are a really good speaker! This whole thing was so well organized and you had REALLY good points!!

    • JessaJay
      JessaJay 3 years ago

      @KatChats oh np!! :) I can tell you really spent a lot of time organizing it!! :)

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago +1

      +JessaJay Wow thanks so much for you AMAZING comment

  • Leon Johnson
    Leon Johnson 3 years ago

    Has a half american and half italian I wish I had international schools in the area of Italy I live in but anyway I think that anyone who is son of two nationalities or cultures has a spontaneous interest for other languages, countries and more like with an open mind. Obviously one can still close himself in the mentality of the place where he lives but it must be is own choice. By the way nice video Kat :D

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Leon Johnson I kind of feel that as well. Thank you! :)

  • llssneN
    llssneN 3 years ago

    Great vid! I never really thought about how much of an effect it has on someone when they study in an international school instead of a 'local' one. Mostly I started wondering about the limitations it might have on friends and so on.. I personally think it was, how to put it, unnecessary for your mother to put you there in the fear of inadequate english skills otherwise.. I really think finns in general do have good english skills, not the least because it is taught a lot more here in school and from an earlier age than in most countries in europe and elsewhere. I got the feeling here that perhaps you would've preferred a normal school over this one in the end?

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +llssneN Yeah it's food for thought. I don't think I would have preferred a so called 'normal schooling experience' I think for me the pros far outweighed the cons. :)

  • Pinja Sofia
    Pinja Sofia 3 years ago +1

    haha I'm actually on IB and I've noticed too many times that my teachers make a lot of weird mistakes. sometimes I'm even better than some of them when it comes to English language. and I'm not even a native speaker so.. 😂

  • 1OOx1OOtOMimii
    1OOx1OOtOMimii 3 years ago

    It would be really great my parents send an international school. Life is easier when you learn English in an early age. I'm 22 years old and I'm learning English. Sometime I feel frustrated because there are words I can't pronounced well. But in general learning a language is fun.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +1OOx1OOtOMimii Yeah I've always had an interest in languages :D

  • kiacecilia
    kiacecilia 3 years ago

    Have you ever lived in USA?

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +beautygirl22 When I was super young :P

  • Student Doctor Sara
    Student Doctor Sara 3 years ago

    Haha Katya you are lovely :)

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Seyma S Awww so are you

  • Susana
    Susana 3 years ago

    I started going to International school since Pre-K.. so basically my whole life, and I can relate I am not fluent in my mother language and my first language is English now lol. I am a third cultured kid, I mean my dad is Spanish and my mom Japanese so yah

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Susana MK Oh cool, glad you can relate! :)

  • SeeKaysee
    SeeKaysee 3 years ago

    You don't seem that happy about it - but that was smart of your mom to send you to an English speaking school. English is universally spoken and you can get around easier knowing it. (I know you've mentioned this in your pros) :)
    I relate to you on pronouncing random words wrong - my family is Filipino, and they say some words funny and I have to REALLY think VERY hard NOT to say it the wrong way. Hahaha!

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago +1

      +SeeKaysee Idk I really value the education that I got, I mean it made me get into a good English speaking high school and now university and made lifelong friends. I wouldn't change it and overall I feel the pros far outweighed the cons! :D I know some people feel torn up about not belonging to any country but as for now I quite like the international life :P But yeah it's so random pronouncing certain words in a weird way xD

    • SeeKaysee
      SeeKaysee 3 years ago +1

      In the culture aspect - I don't know, as an Asian American I'll always feel torn between two cultures - and I feel that would have been the same with her having an American and Finnish side. I'm just coming from a forward-thinking perspective - in that knowing English provides a lot more opportunity (like Kat mentioned) than knowing Finnish. However, I understand that you're saying she would fit in better if she had gone to a Finnish school.
      Then you have to consider, is it better to fit in, or is it better to have opportunity? It all just depends on the outlook. :)

    • Joel. H
      Joel. H 3 years ago

      +SeeKaysee I think she should have gone to Finnish school. She would have learned English anyways because you study it from an young age and you hear it everywhere, plus her mother is American. If she would have studied in Finnish school, I think she would have a better sense of belonging in Finland and not feel so torn between the 2 cultures. She has lived in Finland for all of her life(?) and have limited Finnish language skills. I feel kinda sorry for her. At least she is good in English, but I think she would have been almost as good anyways, if she would have gone to Finnish speaking school. Now she is a second class citizen in her home country. :(

  • Christian Klöckner
    Christian Klöckner 3 years ago

    I wish I was on an International school, I feel like all of my normal classmates were not even close to be interested in cultures, languages, or even leaving their homes for more than a week.. Oh, and did you have native speakers as teachers on your school, or "normal" finnish english teachers? :)
    Greets from the cloudy coasts of the baltic sea! haha :D

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago +1

      +Christian Klöckner It was a mixture. I'd say about half and half :P

  • Gustavo Vasconcelos
    Gustavo Vasconcelos 3 years ago

    your videos are helping me with my english listening skills.
    and i also llike to know about Finland and EU countries, so thanks for making videos.

    • KatChats
      KatChats  3 years ago

      +Gustavo Vasconcelos Oh wow thank you so much! Glad they're helping!