Due to the fact that I’m already back home in Germany we had another virtual meeting. We planned to do something like a city tour and I prepared one about Paris for Hanna. Filled with experiences and sights from my last trip to Paris (and of course pictures too). And we were talking about the tour and the monuments.
I was in Stockholm before Christmas, so Hanna didn’t have to prepare one for me but we talked about my impressions of the city and compared them with her experience of Sweden and Stockholm.
Another topic of our meeting was the attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and the march in Paris these days. We both explained our thoughts about that, which were somehow similar but there were also some differences. It was really good to talk about that.
I liked this course very much. My partner Hanna took me around a lot and everywhere was an excellent environment to learn Swedish (and of course teach French too). I think this type of free learning is very good for learning languages and other cultures, because for learning some languages – French is definitely one of them – you have to understand not only grammar and vocabulary but also the spirit / l’esprit of a language and the culture behind it. It would have been easier for me to teach German (my mother tongue) but it was such a great experience to teach French in English too, that I’m glad that I did it. Learning Swedish as a German is very funny sometimes but also challenging, because if you think something is similar it isn’t. But on the other hand you can understand so many things just by guessing from English or German.
So big Thanks to Hanna and of course to Henri and TAMK that you made this EOTO experience possible for me – it definitely enhanced my ERASMUS experience.