So we had our first meeting with a group lately. As I presumed we decided to divide ourselves into two subgroups so that the learning and teaching of the languages would go more effectively for each of us.
We started out first meeting with teaching Tero Russian. To make the process more structured and goal-oriented after revising the alphabet we took a book from the library and started working with that. We went through some Russian names, numbers, focused on pronunciation and teaching him phrases and expressions that are actually used in real-life -Russian (because not everything that’s written in the book, sounds right).
The second part of our meeting was dedicated to learning Finnish. Tero had to teach both Mira and me. The first thing on our agenda was to get a book for Finnish as well. We took the one I am going through on my Finnish lessons. As Mira is only starting learning the language and I remember pretty much nothing we started to go through the book from the beginning. Rapidly went through the alphabet, names, numbers (the only thing I knew very well already) and how to pronounce them. Then we did couple of exercises from the book, finding some mistakes I made while doing those myself. In addition to this, Tero translated us one Finnish song that I like, which brought me an idea to learn the language using songs also, I think it’s pretty fascinating. Maybe we’ll try it next time with Russian as well.
To sum up, during our first meeting I learned and taught pretty much the same things in different languages, now I know how to greet people, which concrete words should be used where/when/to whom. I also learned how to have a small talk in Finnish and I know the meaning of a song I like (though I liked it much better when I didn’t understand the lyrics:D ).