1. “Sorry I don’t speak English…”
It doesn’t matter that our reply was in near-perfect English — Finns are so obsessed with “getting it right” that our confidence does not allow us to be anything but 100% correct. It’s either exact or unacceptable, period. It comes from years of grammar schooling by Finnish teachers who buried us in books rather than teach us how to speak aloud or express ourselves. Plus, thoughts imply emotions, which can be scary for us in public.