Monthly Archives: January 2017

Meeting #1

We had our first meeting yesterday. We met at Finlayson PalaCafe and talked little about ourselves. Diego is teaching Spanish to us three girls Ella (left up corner), me (left down corner) and Minttu (right) and we are teaching Diego some Finnish. Girls of our group don’t have much experience in Spanish and our goals are pretty similar. Okay, maybe my goals were bit higher but i’m starting to think that I was bit too ambitious… Diego actually already knew some finnish words, but he wants to learn more basics. We had only an hour to meet so we didn’t have much time to learn yet. We planned our schedule and decided to share our personal plans to eachother in onedrive before the next meeting. That’s how we can take all the good ideas from everyone and make perfect plan for our group.   WhatsApp Image 2017-01-30 at 17.42.24                                                                                      Here is an awful picture of us. Someone else is doing photographing next time, sorry guys…

-Emilia Vanhala

Dame un Cafe

The first meeting went really good. I met all of my three group members in Finlayson at Cafe Pala. We had scheduled an hour meeting and the time went by quite fast while we got to know each other. In my group there are two finnish girls besides me and one guy from Uruquay. We all got along right from the start which was nice.

First session was all about sorting out our Spanish and Finnish skills, what is our knowlegde level and what are our goals for this course and meetings (we started with as simple as ”hola” and ”moi”). Even though we had much to talk about, we still got to learn some spanish words/sentences like cafe con leche (coffee with milk) and como estas (how are you) And we taught how to say yes (kyllä) and no (ei) in finnish.

My group seems really cool and my expectations for these meetings are nothing but good!


#Uruguay #Finland #Spanish #Finnish #CafePala #Finlayson #FirstMeeting

About our jobs. Tenth meeting

For this time Aino was preparing a blog about her profession, including obviously a lot of specific vocabulary related to the nurse profession. Though I’m still struggling with the basics, we decided to give it a go, and push ourselves a little more. We discussed about being a nurse or a music producer, and here is the result. You never know when you could need some technical finnish!:

Here are some of the concepts:
Nurse – Enfermera –  Hoitaja
Hospital – Hospital – Sairaala
Needle – Aguja – Neula
Medicine – Medicina – Lääke
Exchange student – Estudiante de intercambio – Vaihto-oppilas
Practice – Práctica – Harjoittelu
To study abroad – Estudiar en el extranjero – Käydä koulua ulkomailla
Heart – Corazón- Sydän
Liver – Hígado – Maksa
Lungs – Pulmones – Keuhkot
Fever – Fiebre – Kuume
Sick – Enfermo – Sairas / Kipeä
Bacteria – Bacteria – Bakteeri
Virus – Virus – Viirus
Definitely, still a lot to study 🙂

Learning French for the first time – little bit confused but more excited for the next time


Last Friday was little bit special for me in terms of learning. When I usually take a bus to center of Tampere on Friday evening, it is generally for shopping or going out, but this time I made an exception – believe it or not, it was for the meeting to learn a new language – French. I had to meet with Morgane, who is from France and Nina, who is, like me, from Finland.

The purpose was to meet for a cup of coffee and teach each other some basics about our languages, Finnish to Morgane, and French to me and Nina.We had decided to meet  at Cafe Europe which is located in the center of Tampere. The clock was running and I managed to find my way to the meeting place. When I got there, I ordered a hot chocolate to set my mood right and to get relaxed because it was about to go down (not in the terms of partying: D) with a fun group in a stylish cafeteria.

Firstly, I did not know much about the French language or any words beforehand, therefore I was excited and open to learn. Actually, with the wonderful “teacher”, Morgane, I managed to learn basics of French language; as example to say my name:”Je m’appelle Getuar”. Furthermore, I learned some greetings, phrases and numbers. To be honest, initially, since I speak four other languages myself, I thought French must be easier to understand, but that was not the case. To be exact, pronunciation and writing in French was little bit confusing, but on the other hand I learned much more than I expected from one meeting. I started from zero knowledge and ended up with the ability to express myself and have a basic conversation with words like Bye – Salut, Hello – Bonjour, Welcome – Bienvenue, Fine – Bien, Thank you – Merci. Therefore, it was an rewarding and educational experience overall.

As I mentioned above, in terms of learning, the experience was fruitful indeed. I feel I learned much more compared to, for example, sitting in the classroom in a French class. The small group (three people), the location and surroundings (nice, cozy cafe) and enthusiastic learners were the three factors which made the learning easy and fun! Specially, the small group was crucial in order to stay concentrated because when it comes to a new language you can become frustrated pretty easily, but in this case I could ask as many questions as I wanted and Morgane had time for me, therefore I did not get deconcentrated. On the contrary, if I would be at school in a class, I could not interrupt the teacher as many times I would want. On the whole, I think this kind of “meeting and learning” – practice is a really great possibility to learn, and I would recommend it to everyone who has the chance to sit down face-to-face with a foreign language speaker.

Eventually, Nina and I taught Finnish to Morgane. She already new basics, therefore we focused teaching her some complicated issues, for instance: the difference between “väärä ” and ” vaara ”. It is very important in Finnish to have letter ” A ” or ” Ä ” in the right spots, since the whole meaning of the word can change with one letter. Since my mind was still comprehending all the things I learned, I could not teach Morgane as much as I initially planned to, so Nina took the leading role as a Finnish “teacher”. : P Altogether, we all had fun, the hot chocolate was delicious, and we learned new things, therefore it was a Friday evening well spent. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn French, and the meeting gave me motivation and made me eager to learn more. Waiting impatiently for the next meeting.

1st meeting at SOLU!

Meeting nr. 1:

As stated in the preliminary plan, we decided to start off with basic greetings, pronunciations as well as different etiquettes when it comes to meeting and greeting in Denmark and Spain.

Before meeting we had already decided on what we would be teaching each other and had chosen different English words, phrases and more, which we then translated into our respective languages.

Myself and Gareth, are classmates and therefore our schedule aligns perfectly. For this particular meeting, we decided to meet after school at Solu, to enjoy the free coffee and cozy atmosphere. We were sure this would sky rocket our learning process!

Spanish (Español)                    English (Inglés/Engelsk)                                   Danish (Dansk)

Hola                                            Hello                                                                     Hej

Buenos dias                               Good day                                                             Goddag

Buenos dias                               Good morning                                                    Godmorgen

Buenas tardes                           Good afternoon                                                 God eftermiddag

Buenas tardes                           Good evening                                                     God aften

¿Quieres comer?                     Do you want to eat?                                          Er du sulten?

¿Hola, como estas?                 Hey, how are you?                                             Hey, hvordan har du det?

¿Que tal?                                  How is it going?                                                  Hvordan går det?

Adios                                          Good bye                                                             Farvel

Hasta pronto                            See you soon                                                      Vi ses snart

Meet and greet etiquette in Spain

In Spain, the men usually greet each other by shaking hands or a hug. Meanwhile, with the women it is weird shake hands and you should give them a hug and two kisses. One kiss on each cheek.

You would usually ask, “How is the family / How is your day going?”. However, you shouldn’t necessarily expect a real reply, as it is more commonly used as a greeting. It is also common to say “Como estamos?” which essentially means “How are we”, but it is interpreted as asking someone how they are.


Meet and greet etiquette in Denmark

In Denmark, men and women greet each other in a similar matter. Usually, the first time you greet someone or formal occasions, you will shake hands. There on after, you can continue to greet each other by giving a short hug or a simple heads up.

In Denmark it’s common to use English words and therefore many greetings can consist of everything from Hey, sup, yo, what’s up and hej. Greetings like good day and so on are usually not used in a casual matter and in the morning you would only be hearing people say “ ‘morning”.

-Nicolai Søndergaard and Gareth Hunter

[Finnish/German] 1st meeting: Pella’s cafe


This is Michelle, an exchange student from Breda in the Netherlands. Originally, I am from Niederwerth (Germany), a small river island between Cologne and Frankfurt.
Due to the unbearably hot winter temperatures in Germany and the Netherlands, I decided to do a semester exchange in Tampere – you can imagine how happy I was to find myself in a -20° environment during the first week (*irony off*).

Just like at my home institution, I am following International Business and Tourism courses at TAMK. In addition to the ‘Basics of Finnish’ class, I chose to participate in the Each One Teach One course to learn more about the Finnish culture.
My lovely partner, Reetta, now has the pleasure to teach me everything about the peculiarities of the Finnish people.

This morning we had our first meeting at Pella’s cafe. The purpose was primarily to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and to get to know each other. We talked about our interests, previous stays abroad and our objectives and goals for this course.
Reetta told me that she did a semester exchange in Vienna (Austria) and that she hopes to improve her German (especially the pronunciation) during our meetings. In contrast, I am rather interested in learning about the Finnish culture and possibly a few useful phrases since we rather learn the written language than the colloquial one during the ‘Basics of Finnish’ course.
At the end, we decided upon a few practical matters, e.g. when and where to meet. We chose to meet on a weekly basis for the upcoming 10 weeks and to arrange each date from meeting to meeting.

So much for this week. Hope you all have a good Monday.
Nähdään! Michelle

27.1. ~ Comment allez-vous?

Bonjour! Salut! Coucou!

Je m’appelle Nina, ravi de vous rencontrer! Yesterday was the first time we officially met with Getuar and Morgan after the course info on Wednesday. We met at Café Europa in the evening, sat down and bought ourselves some nice coffee and hot cocoa.

Morgan is from France, Paris, and both me and Getuar are from Finland. Morgan teaches us some French and we help her learn Finnish. Getuar is new to the language, but I know a bit French from elementary and middle school. Morgan is also new to Finnish. Our plan was to meet at the café to hang out and teach each other about the languages. Morgan had prepared a great list of common greetings and phrases in French, which we went over together. We also practiced the alphabet, some pronunciation, numbers, days of the week, and random words like “pain, vin et fromage!” In the process of learning, we could apply the words in a practical concept, such as numbers with how to say one’s age; J’ai vingt ans = I’m twenty years old.

The list was a great way to review some basic French, I was very surprised how much I could remember. I learned new things as well, and noticed how important to pronounce the words clearly. I have to pay more attention to listening what I’m saying, because many words are written differently than how they’re actually said in French. Sentence structure and verb conjugation is slowly coming back to me, and the articles before the words. This first time was a good way to ease in to the language on my behalf at least, Getuar got a lot of new material to go over, I hope he’s not too confused, hehe! Morgan is a great teacher, because she explains thoroughly why the sentence or word is pronounced the way it is, and how it differs from English.

This style of learning a language I think is the most productive way of learning, because you can ask anything you want and you can choose what you want to learn, instead of just sitting in a classroom and going over books with twenty-something other students. The teacher seldom has time to pay very close attention to every single student’s learning capability, sot this close contact, practical language learning is, in my opinion, the best way to stay motivated and interested in the language. It’s also a great way to get to know new people!

Morgan is taking a Finnish class, so we are not sure what they have been learning so far, so we decided to to teach Morgan at least the weekdays for now. We also went over some expressions, words and the importance of double letters in words and the difference between ‘Ä’ and ‘A’ (or ‘O’ and ‘Ö’.) Teaching others makes you actually notice some new things in your own language as well, and thinking of the rules of the language and the technique to pronounce different vowels. Example words are important, and putting the learned things into practical concept, for example weekdays with the expression ‘Today is…’ or ‘Yesterday was…’ The grammar is hard one to teach in a simple way, but it’s something that’ll come later on, I think!

My expectations for this first meeting were quite similar to what we actually accomplished; we had fun together and had a great communication, learned some basic things in each other’s languages, and made it fun. It’s also good to know, that you don’t have to know everything, we can always google things..! I wish we had more time to teach Morgan some other Finnish words, but next time I’ll prepare something fun for her to learn!

I’m hoping to meet up with my group soon again, we’ll decide  the date soon in our Whatsapp group 🙂


JAP/FIN 8th meeting, 20.1.

After a long break with the meetings we got back to EOTO and once again met on a Friday afternoon at the school library. My Advanced Japanese course had just started the day before and Nao’s Finnish studies continue as well. We talked about comparing things, which was the topic of my this year’s first Japanese lesson. Sentences like ‘x is bigger/smaller that x’. In Japanese it is very simple but Finnish – of course – has some irregularities. Anyway, these are the expressions I learned this time:

大阪のほうへ(Oosaka nohou e) = “To the direction of Osaka”

ゆっくり話してくれますか(yukkuri hanashite kuremasuka) = “Could you speak slower?”

ゆっくりしてね(yukkurishite ne) = “Make yourself at home”

せいかつがくるしい(seikatsu ga kurushii) = “life is painful” but understood as “I don’t have money”

We also talked about karaoke, movies, summer jobs and other things. We agreed that we would both write a short “essay” about our winter holidays, me in Japanese and Nao in Finnish. Next time we’ll check them and make possible corrections.

Going out in Finland!. Ninth Meeting.

This time we discussed about something that really shocks me as a spanish. The culture shock I got the first time when I went out in Finland. When I first came here, I was told that in Finland people usually drinks a little more in some cases, and that they are usually more shy.

That’s ok I thought, we also drink in Spain, there’s nothing bad to that. Well, what kept my attention when going out with finns is the way they approach it. While I am used to go from bar to bar asking for drinks and food mostly, they tell me that here they like to just sit and drink with their friens, nothing more, and in some cases maybe too much.

Then Aino explained me how cultural that is here in Finland, and how sometimes the cold weather and the darkness can make you feel a little bit shy and lonely.

Some new words:

Drinks – Bebida – Juomat

Drunk – Borracho – Humalassa

Party – Fiesta – Bileet

Weekend – Fin de semana – Viikonloppu

Friends – Amigos – Ystävät

Alcohol – Alcohol – Alkoholi

Epilogue: How life flows

The following day on 28th of October, Note day – not morning. Or better say late afternoon…

We experienced a heavy lag due to the Octoberfest. Curious though how your thoughts become extremely vivid while the rest of your body is going really really slow.


After some obligatory hangover pizza and hangover shover and 5 pints of water we were sitting on the sofa and started to thing what’s the meaning of all this? How can such headache be generated? How many Buranas do we have to take?


Answer to the two latter one are easier: 4 buranas per person and hedace became of drinking too much. But the first one is a more difficult one to answer.


Can God exist since He allows such pian and agony to occur? Or is it man that self inflicts his own agony by acting foolishly? (In this case i believe the latter one…)


Well at this point the last of tabus are boroken – fire me if you may! I believe that religion is everyones personal topic and as long as it doesn’t go to fanatic extreme it’s very much ok. No matter if you believe in Christian God, Allah, Jahve, Brahman, Natural deities or wether you are an agnostic or atheist.


Never the less we had a very good discussion about the religion. It perhaps is a world beyod reach of ration and science – if it even exists – so it’s extremely difficult to approach in normal set of mind. But we weren’t in a normal set of mind. Maybe a chanel was open – more then SubTV showing junk cartoons.


We were pondering that maybe all religions are ultimately right… maybe they are merely adaptions of the same profound eternal wisdom just fitted to the context of language and cultural circumsdances available at the very moments of historical line.


The evolution theory in which I as an educated scientist belive in maybe is not in a controversy with the story of creation – they are rather different angels to the topic. Perhaps there is life after death maybe not – who knows for there are few  returning to witness it. And I sincerely recommend not trying to do it by drinking…


Is there heaven and hell or is hell just returing back to earth for a new circle of life? Why did I drink so much last night?


Is it ultimately so that the deeper you see in the assumed spiritual realms the more profoundly and succesfully you can live also in the material universe… And ultimately is your body the temple in which you have come to serve other people and live in harmony with the rich multitude setting of religions, cultures and nationalities…