# 5. IMPERFEKTI – Past Tense or My Imperfection?!

Dear guys! How’s it going?! It’s going well for me! Finnish-Russian cooperation is the best when it’s driven by personal goals instead of credits, grades etc. 

Today me and Sebastjan had a very short and very informative lecture. At the beginning we discussed Finnish Past Tense. Yeah, my skills are not perfect because during 2 years of different Finnish course I’ve never been given information about to express my action in past. The idea of adding “i” before personal ending was slightly wrong. Each type of the verbs has its own modifications at first and only after that you can undoubtedly add personal stem. And here I am again – 13 types of verbs and 2 A4 pages to learn by heart. We practices the rule by writing and speaking which made me a little bit puzzled. There’s no way I can easily use the rule unless I learn it by rote.

What I like about our lectures is that Sebastjan always refers to the topic we’ve already discussed. This constant revision and repetition helps me to keep in mind what I learnt, what I should improve and how different rules are connected. Eventually everything connects. 

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The second part of the lecture was dedicated to time. How to say time in Russian language is one of the easiest and hardest topics. We picked the first version – for dummies. Sebastjan does not aim to dig into grammatical rules but he’s willing to build simple conversations. That’s why I gave him a common rule which will be understandable for both native speakers and learners. We also did a task where Sebastjan played with a text searching for written with words numbers.  He did excellent, no mistakes at all. To conclude, currently my student is able to read, write, understand simple sentences, introduce himself, count and tell the time. I’m proud of him! During such a short period of time, he made a considerable progress! Sometimes it feels like he stops the march of time, and we both deepen into unreal world of languages.

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Dear guys, or those who intensively learn Finnish. It’s such a good feeling when you read an article or listen to the radio having a rough idea of what is written or spoken. Recently I re-watched a Finnish movie called “Elokuu” (August). It’s a love story, it’s a simple language, it’s a beautifully filmed plot. Here is the link to the trailer. Take a loot if you have time!

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 Elokuu – worth watching

Yuliya. Cheers! 

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