Re: "the grammar is relatively simple"
Also, no work for "please" (although kiitos seemed to work as both please and thanks, I think).
Oh, god the memories.
Lived for several years in Little Finland in Port Arthur. Was walking down the street one day as a lad, with my friend Toivo. We came across an ungodly long sign in the window. There was a word that was something like 39 letters, which seemed absurd to me. And keep in mind, many of my family speak German.
I asked Toivo what it meant, and he said "oh, it's a travel agent".
Why so many letters? Well, it really said something like "person you pay money to for him to book passage on a boat for you to go on vacation on".