Meeting #1: Jalkapallo!

Date: Sunday, 30 August 2015

To start with our each one teach one course, Luuk and I bought tickets for the football game from tampere’s football club Ilves against HIFK Helsinki. The first team of Ilves currently plays in the Veikkausliiga, the highest football division in Finland. We taught to start with something we both really like and know from our home-countries, watching football, would be the perfect start for us. And it actually was!

The Tammela stadium was nearly sold out, the weather was perfect, and the level of the Finnish football was much better than we both expected.

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By this occasion I didn’t want to learn only something about Luuk’s football interests, but also some Dutch words referring to football…

Stadium = Stadion
Football pitch = Voetbalveld
Players = Spelers
Goal = Doel
Corner = Corner
Freekick = Vrije trap

Even tough I am aware that I will probably never get forced to prove  Dutch language skills, I always really like it if I understand/know some words in several different languages. It was very funny to recognize that a few Dutch words have huge similarities with the German words. Usually the only difference lies in the pronunciation.

The game was truly entertaining and the time just flew by. It was a superb experience for me and a successful start of our course! More to come – moi moi.

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