Monthly Archives: October 2015

жизнь means life

Today we had our first lesson in russian. We met in Wayne’s coffee and drank hot chocolate while we learned the cyrillic alphabet. It’s really hard because it’s there are so many different letters than in ours.

 

For remembering the letters better, we wrote down one word for each letter. These words were all similar to the english words, so it was easier for us.

Letter Russian Word Translation
A Алина Alina
б банан banana
В Вячеслав Viacheslav
г гитара guitar
д дом house
E Ереван Yerevan
Ё Ёлки christmas tree
ж жизнь life
з заяц hare
И икра caviar
й йога yoga
к кактус cactus
Л лимон lemon
M Мама mom
Н нет no
O Олимп Olymp
П Папа dad
P Россия Russia
C Сибирь Siberia
T Телефон telephone
У Украина Ukraine
Ф Финляндия Finland
X ха-ха ha-ha
ц цунами tsunami
ч чашка cup
ш шарф scarf
щ борщ borsch
Э Эдвард Edward
Ю Юлия Julia
Я Я I

I learned also to write my name in russian and the numbers from 1 to 10. My name is written like this: Сабрина. Here is a great video for you to learn the numbers.

 

Meeting number 6: привет!

Today Julia, SlIMG_0542[1]ava, Alina, Alex, Sabrina and me met at one of the Wayne’s Coffees and had our first russian lesson.

As our russian team members were prepared so well Sabrina, Alex and me had the opportunity to learn quite a lot.  We decided to start with the russian alphabet which was quite complicated for me. All the turned letters that mean something total different and the sometimes very difficult pronounciation (ш is sch, б is csch, ч is also ch?) confused me very much 😀 We also learnt the numbers from 1-10 of which I remember #1 best because it is called like an old god: odin.

Sabrina and me also taught the others also a bit of German for example the German alphabet and while we were doing this we have noticed that the german word “Uhr” has a really strange pronounciation 😉

I really enjoyed today’s meeting and I am looking forward to the next one 🙂

 

Meeting #4

Meeting 4: Ilves Icehockey 09.10.2015

Dear all,
Our fourth meeting took place during the Icehockey game of Ilves Tampere. We went there with a group of other students, as it was organized by ESN. During the game we talked about basic rules as some of us never saw an Icehockey match before. In addition, Oscar tried to explain us how the winter in Mexico is and what the most important differences to Finland or Germany are.

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While watching the game we had a lot of time to talk about different things we were interested in. During the breaks we tried to repeat the things we learned during our meetings before. All in all one can say that this was again a very interesting meeting and everybody had a lot of fun which is the most important factor for learning something about a different culture or language.

Finnish food Tasting and Learning!

That evening we meet at Emilia’s appartment and taste some finnish dishes, such as smashed potatos, Karelian Pasty with eggs and butter, homemade meat balls and Pyynikki Donuts. We also taste Salmiakki Liqueur before having dinner, some of us could handle it, but as well as the candy it was too strong for me, but it’s always good to be open to new things.
I had already tasted most of the dishes before, but for some reason I enjoyed them more this time, I even tryed to cook karelians myself but it wasn’t the same, those are something I think I will miss when I return back home.
After Dinner, Pao handed spanish – finnish learning sheets, and as we are a large group we spend most of the time explaining the new words to each others.

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I learnt a lot of new vocabulary, but is still very difficult for me to understand some grammar issues in the finnish language, another thing I found difficult was to explain grammatical things of my native language to others. I believe it was because as a native speaker you don’t think logicly as you talk, and when it comes to explaining it you end up confusing yourself and the person you are teaching. Although this was good in a way because now I will be more careful in the way I teach in order to be more understandable.

Overall was a nice learning evening!

Meeting #7: MIAMI – We are coming!

Today wasn´t the first party we were going together, since we all made very good friends in the time we have been to Finland so far, but it was the first time we did it with some kind of educational purpose. As usual we started with some pre drinking and playing some beerpong, before we head to Miami club.

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So our educational aim today was it to talk a bit more about ordering different drinks and do little smalltalks… Maybe also to learn some simple pickup lines 😀 We had a really great time, laughed and also drank a lot.

For everyone who wants to know some more about famous Mexican drinks, here is a little list:

Tequila – the most famous liquor

Tequila Sunrise – 8 cl Tequila / 8 Ice cubes / 5 cl Grenadine syrup / some fresh citron juice / 20 cl Orange juice

Michelada – Beer mix with lime and tabasco, famous as hangover killer

Cervezas – Mexican beer, most famous ones are Corona, Sol and Dos Equis

The 3rd meeting: Russian – Finnish

We meet with Emma once again as usual in the first floor in canteen.

During this gathering we’ve continued with the numbers (11-19, 20,30,100,1000),  IMG_0979o

but the main task of meeting was to know how to introduce yourself, how to say hello and goodbye, how to be polite in different cases.

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Next very important information was about possessive pronouns, here were some difficulties, because in Russian we have also genders: masculine, feminine and neutral.

 

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One more important thing that we went through are prepositions of place.

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I think these topics are very important to know and help Emma to start with speaking and building the sentences.

 

2nd meeting: Finnish – Russian

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Our 2nd meeting was organised according to my request to help me with writing an advertisement about saling me a dog.

I have found out lots of new words that I consider will be usefull for me in the future, because I have tribal dog and often will sell the puppies. Also I learned some rules of forming participle and adverbial participle.

The best way to learn foreign language is immersion method, we speak finnish as much as possible and it improves my skills in speaking and also understanding the “puhukieli” (spoken language).

1st meeting, Russian-Finnish

IMG_0973 IMG_0974 IMG_0975IMG_0976IMG_0986 IMG_0987Before our first meeting I and Emma were agreed that we will change each other from lesson to lesson, it meens that firstly I will start to teach her Russian and next time Emma will give me Finnish lesson.

We have started with the russian alphabet. In my opinion the most visual and demonstrative sourse could be child’s book, because it is colorful and goodly. It was quite usefull to see related word near the each letter. Also we clarify pronansiation of each letter, some of them were not simple for Emma and this fact was very funny for us.

Our second step was numbers from 0 to 10, as it was in my second child’s book. We also wrote associated words and how they should be pronaunced.

In fact it was lesson dedicated to Russian language, but we decided that I speak Finnish and in the case of ignorance any word could say in English – great benefit for me! At same time I trained my spoken Finnish.

First meeting: learning language from children’s books

At our first meeting with Inna we met at the school’s diner area and she taught me the most basic things in Russian. I have studied Russian very little before starting the Each one teach one -course but I forgot everything I managed to teach myself so it was better to start from the beginning.

 

First she wrote the Cyrillic alphabet, letter by letter on paper and told me how to pronounce them. It was really difficult and we laughed a lot.

 

After that she taught me numbers from one to ten in Russian and some Russian words to go with them. She also told me how the words in Russian are conjugated when used with different numbers. Inna also gave me a Russian children’s book so I could revise them on my own.

 

We only went through the alphabets and numbers but it felt pretty much so we decided it was enough for the day.

 

It was really nice to actually learn some Russian and I can’t wait for the next lesson!

At our first meeting with Inna we met at the school’s diner area and she taught me the most basic things in Russian. I have studied Russian very little before starting the Each one teach one -course but I forgot everything I managed to teach myself so it was better to start from the beginning.

 

First she wrote the Cyrillic alphabet, letter by letter on paper and told me how to pronounce them. It was really difficult and we laughed a lot.

 

After that she taught me numbers from one to ten in Russian and some Russian words to go with them. She also told me how the words in Russian are conjugated when used with different numbers. Inna also gave me a Russian children’s book so I could revise them on my own.

 

We only went through the alphabets and numbers but it felt pretty much so we decided it was enough for the day.

 

It was really nice to actually learn some Russian and I can’t wait for the next lesson!

4th meeting

14.oct.2015

This time we learned Korean.

I taught Maria this time.

This topic is future tense noun group and past. ex) there isn’t something to eat. It is a book that I bought yesterday.

and I think.., It seems like.. and to become.

After we deal with this topic, Maria wrote some sentences and I edited some words.

It was so good.