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What my lovely clients and colleagues
say about me

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Kiira Joki, Finland

"I now give online presentations and trainings, send emails, and have business-related conversations all in English. It was always my wildest dream to speak English without panicking at all, just enjoy my workday as I do when I speak Finnish.

 

Riikka, this is so awesome, ah, thank you so much! Something clicked and now everything is easier than before. I no longer experience any anxiety about speaking in English. I didn't think this was possible.

 

My golden dream has come true and now I have new goals for my English skills.

 

I am so, so, so thankful and pleased!"

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Christiane Romahne, Germany

“I loved working with Riikka and highly recommend - she is simply the best English teacher!

 

She has a gift to support you no matter where you are and no matter your own situation changes. I booked her when I was very fond about learning English because I wanted to change my business into English.

 

She encouraged me to talk in English in a very hearty way. My favourite support are her audios as I love her English, her intonation, everything of her voice.

And even when I changed my mind on learning English and when I returned to German for my business, we went on talking and talking.

 

Thank you for this important lessons we spent together.”

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Laura Subirats, Barcelona Spain

"I had the pleasure to work together with Riikka at the language school Speaker's Corner in Barcelona in the academic years 1997-98 and 2000-2001.

 

She was a dedicated teacher and very much appreciated by pupils and teachers alike. Her calm but firm approach helped students to learn English in a structured and communicative way.

 

Her teaching techniques made her lessons very enjoyable. Thanks to her creative and positive attitude the classes were never boring and the pupils were always very motivated.

 

I would recommend Riikka without hesitation for any position in the teaching or creative fields."

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Risto, Finland

"Riikan asenne on erittäin positiivinen, ja mukaansa tempaava. Hänellä on huippu kyky nähdä oppilaan tarpeet. Osaa tehdä tehtävät oppilaan taso huomioiden. Tuo oppitunnille turvallisen tunteen, on erittäin helposti lähestyttävä.

 

Ei tarvitse pelätä yhtään epäonnistumista. On kuunteleva ja osaa kommunikoida todella selkeästi myös suomeksi."

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Lena Tähkäpää, Finland

"Riikka's cheerful and bright attitude towards life is reflected in everything she does. She has the ability to take students into account as individuals.

 

Riikka is an excellent English teacher, her lessons were a pleasure to be. I hope that she would like to one day continue to teach!"

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Adam Kalinsky, former colleague at Arrow Finland

"Riikka is a very competent individual who has an abundance of social and communication skills. She is very good at reading a situation and adapting her style to make people feel comfortable in a business situation.

 

Her knowledge of English language is first class. I would gladly recommend her."

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Laura Damiano-Lyytinen, Finland

"Yksityiset tunnit ovat ollut suuri apu siinä, että olen uskaltanut alkaa puhumaan ja voin kysyä mitä vain ilman, että tarvitsee miettiä mitä muut siitä ajattelevat. On myös kiva, että on voitu edetä omaan vauhtiin.

Aikaisemmin olen jännittänyt puhumista ja virheitä. Tykkään jopa puhua nykyään. Minulla on helpottunut olo ja paljon itsevarmempi olo. Uskallan puhua/ yrittää rohkeammin.

Opetuksestasi on ollut suuri hyöty työssäni. On ollut hyvin rohkaisevaa opiskella ryhmässä ja voittaa pelkoni puhua muiden kuullen. Myös online tunnit ovat olleet hyvin opettavaisia.

 

Sinulla on niin innostunut ja positiivinen asenne opetukseen. 

Sinusta näkee, että teet työtä intohimolla, eikä vain sen takia koska työtä ”kuuluu” tehdä.

Olet mahtava opettaja, kiitos Riikka!"

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Laura Damiano-Lyytinen, Finland

“Private lessons have helped me to start talking more. I can ask anything I want without having to worry about how others might react. I also like that I’ve been able to influence the pace of the learning.

I used to get very nervous about speaking and making mistakes in front of others. I really like talking now. I feel much more relaxed and confident, I’m not afraid to say anything in English anymore.

 

Your sessions have also supported me so much at work. The group sessions have encouraged me to get over my fear of speaking in front of others. The online lessons have been very useful and important.

 

Your style is so inspiring and positive. You work with passion, from the heart, and not because it is something you have to do.

You are a great teacher, thank you Riikka!”

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Laura Subirats, Barcelona Spain

"En las sesiones contigo tuve la oportunidad de explorar mis raíces interculturales en un entorno seguro.

 

Me sentí comprendida por ti en todo momento ya que también creciste en un hogar bilingüe y bicultural. Tu escucha activa me ayudó a sentirme más enraizada y arraigada.

 

Gracias a ti siento que mis miedos y dudas han disminuido, y me siento capaz de construir nuevas relaciones y disfrutar de una vida más feliz.

 

¡Muchas gracias Riikka!"

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Risto, Finland

"Riikan asenne on erittäin positiivinen, ja mukaansa tempaava. Hänellä on huippu kyky nähdä oppilaan tarpeet. Osaa tehdä tehtävät oppilaan taso huomioiden. Tuo oppitunnille turvallisen tunteen, on erittäin helposti lähestyttävä.

 

Ei tarvitse pelätä yhtään epäonnistumista. On kuunteleva ja osaa kommunikoida todella selkeästi myös suomeksi."

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Lena Tähkäpää, Finland

"Riikka's cheerful and bright attitude towards life is reflected in everything she does. She has the ability to take students into account as individuals.

 

Riikka is an excellent English teacher, her lessons were a pleasure to be. I hope that she would like to one day continue to teach!"

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Adam Kalinsky, former colleague

"Riikka is a very competent individual who has an abundance of social and communication skills. She is very good at reading a situation and adapting her style to make people feel comfortable in a business situation.

 

Her knowledge of English language is first class. I would gladly recommend her."

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Ketil, Norway

"Riikka translated our menu into different languages (French, Spanish, Finnish and English).

 

She is a warm and cheerful girl. Her attitude makes people around her, both guests and colleagues, feel comfortable."

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Irene, Finland

""There is an element of trust in our sessions, so there is no pressure or expectations to produce the spoken language in a certain way.

 

You are warm, accepting and professional in your approach."

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Kenneth Martin, former colleague

"I found Riikka to be a very dedicated and passionate trainer who would go that extra mile for her clients. Very thorough and astute in her approach made her a cut above the norm in preparing and delivering her courses.

 

I would fully recommend Riikka"

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Michael Gates, Finland, Associate Fellow Saïd Business School University of Oxford

"At RLC, Riikka taught English for business to a variety of clients. The standard of her English was of such high level that she was more or less bilingual in English and Finnish. 

She was a popular teacher and always cheerful and easy to work with.

Riikka also worked for me for some years as Secretary of the English-Speaking Union of Finland. She liaised with the organisations hosting events, frequently the British Embassy, and answered member queries.

 

She was efficient, used her own initiative, and was a popular figure among the distinguished members."

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Nina Chavet, Germany

"Riikka is giving 100% of her full presence, that she can feel people. She gives her whole energy combined with a lot of hope, clarity, respect and love.

 

She makes me see the positive in every situation. She dares to be honest and authentic meanwhile she is very professional and grounded from where she can encourage and support you just perfectly.

I felt so energized and enthusiastic after this coach session. She is a very shiny, inspiring and energetic person, so I could feel these energy radiating towards me and it felt so empowering."

 

Thank you very much for your support!!"

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Ariadna Camps, Spain

“When we start two month ago, I don't like to speak English at my work.

 

I feel everyone judge me because I have a strong accent. I am normally very social but I avoid the small talk. I don't speak in meetings or go to social events. I feel I don't belong.

 

But I'm determined not to give up and now with Riikka's help I feel more comfortable to speak in English again. I look for more meetings every day for the opportunity to speak! International meetings are more interesting now and I like to make the small talk.

 

And I don't worry about my accent anymore because I realise I'm not the only one! Muchas gracias!”

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Tim Bird, former free-lance colleague,writer, journalist, photographer

"I have no hesitation in recommending Riikka for her language skills, general aptitude, willingness to learn and good humour.

 

In my experience, the ease with which she was able to switch between languages to a high degree of competence was especially impressive."

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Sari Venäläinen, Finland

"Riikka was my English teacher for two years at Orion Corporation. Riikka was a very enthusiastic and encouraging teacher who took her work seriously, but at the same time she showed the delight in teaching.

 

She is very empathic and nice person and easy to work with. She showed also to be well organized and precise at her work."

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Lina Henriksson, Agilent Technologies S.L., Spain

"Riikka has good English communication skills. She has an excellent customer focus and provides high quality service.

 

She has showed great commitment and responsibility and has been very appreciated for her positive attitude and enthusiasm."

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Jari Heinimäki, Finland

"Riikka was my English teacher many years ago. She is very nice and encouraging teacher who understand her student's needs!"

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Jessica Soria, Mexico

""She is a great teacher that always works with her heart, follow her and you will see."

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