Finnish language classes in South Thomaston have been held for the last six weeks in the fellowship hall of the Finnish Congregational Church.

Eager learners from ages 17 to 80 assembled for immersion in a language that is unlike any other. The sessions, led by Marja-Leena Bailey and Aire-Maija Schwann, both natives of Finland and educators at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts, were intensive with much of the conversation carried on by the students. While primarily aimed at everyday dialogue, grammar was included in the lessons providing a good foundation for learning.

The instructors traveled from Massachusetts to Maine each week to teach a Saturday morning class in West Paris and then a late afternoon class in South Thomaston.

Plans call for another session in fall 2013.

Individuals interested in the next series of classes are encouraged to call Steve Gifford at 989-1971 or email gifford7tree@gmail.com for more information.