Third meeting “Lunch vocabulary”

For this meeting we didn’t have much enough time. So for this reason, we decided to meet in the TAMK cafeteria, and learning more vocabulary in the three languages. Most of this vocabulary, which we learnt, is related with the stuff that you can find in a dinning room (meals) and in the kitchen, as well.

English                           French                           Spanish                           German

Spoon                             la cuillère                      la cuchara                        der  löffel

Knife                               le couteau                     el cuchillo                        das messer

Fork                              la fourchette                    el tenedor                       die gabel

Glass                                 le verre                              el vaso                             das glas

Plate                                l’assiette                            el plato                          der teller

Salt                                      le sel                                   la sal                               das salz

Pepper                              le poivre                      la pimienta                       der pfeffer

Water                                   l’eau                                el agua                            das wasser

Juice                                   le jus                                el zumo                             der saft

Apple                             la ponme                         la manzana                        der apfel

Orange                            l’orange                          la naranja                          die orange

Rice                                     le riz                                  el arroz                              der reis

Noodles                           la pâte                              la pasta                              die nudel

Meat                                la viande                            la carne                             der fleisch

Table                                la table                              la mesa                              der tisch

Chair                                la chaise                            la silla                                  der stuhl

Kitchen                           la cuisine                         la cocina                              die küche

Apart from the vocabulary, we also learnt how to pronounce each word in every language. From this prospect, the German is easier than the French, since reading you can know how to pronounce correctly the words. The girls have had some difficulties to pronounce some sounds in Spanish properly such as “rr”, “ch”, ‘z’, ‘s’,’j’, although some of them they can be pronounced in different ways depending from country or region where you are. Furthermore I learnt that in French if you have a word with these letters “eau”, you will have to pronounce as an Spanish /o/.

In this meeting, I realized that German and the Finnish have something in common! Both of them have vowels with umlauts. The German has three more vowels: ä, ü, ä each one with his particular pronunciation. Coralie told us that there are three main accents in French: accent aigu (‘´’), accent grave(‘`’), and the accent circonflexe (‘^’) which indicate the way of how to pronounce the vowels.

Moreover, we were talking about the different articles in the three languages. In German, unlike many other languages such as Spanish or French, they have a neutral article which is “das”:

Spanish                                      French                                       German

el                                                        le                                                      der          Masculine

la                                                        la                                                      die          Female

–                                                           –                                                        das        Neutral

Lastly, Tanja told us that in German they put a capital letter in every noun, not like in Spanish and French. We only put capital letters for countries,  and names.




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