Monthly Archives: April 2017

5th meeting in library

According to our plan, we met in the library of TAMK. This was the first time we met after the holiday, because I had lots of examinations to take part in. So I put it off the time we met. Timm went to the Lapland in the holiday. He told me his surprising journey which is interesting. I have ever been to there, it’s very beautiful and amazing, especially the polar lights and Santa Claus.

After that, it’s time for us to begin our teaching plan. Timm had made great progress in Chinese, and he knew clearly how to pronounce a word when I gave the phonetic symbol. It’s wonderful! Then, I taught him a few words of common sentences. He controlled them quite quickly. I told him we would use Chinese to talk with each other next time. He showed his strong confidence to say that’s all right, he wanted to have a try. His confidence made me surprise a lot. As for Germany, I think I was in great trouble even though I could speak a little word. My pronunciation is not very accurate. I would make effort to deal with it. Time flies, we finished our teaching plan.



Then we discussed about our hometown, he showed me some beautiful pictures about the places of interests in his hometown. His hometown around the tress and glass are very clean and beautiful. The air is fresh, the sky is blue. What a beautiful countryside. Because the government doesn’t pay much attention on the environment, my hometown have serious pollution problems. I believed my hometown can take measure to rescue the pollution in the future.


Studying in TAMK canteen

I think this is the last time we met to study before the spring holiday.

There was a TAMK activity organization by social counselor, so we made an appointment to meet in the school canteen. We want to find a quiet place to study. We went to the Y-campus and sit in the corner of room. Then we start our studying. The first session in Germany, I have been succeeded to learn all the German letters, so we want to review and learn some greeting words. Thanks to my good memory, I read all the letters easily despite some wrong pronunciation in reading. He praised me for the good job, then I learned some new vocabulary, it’s difficult for me use the tongue to twist, but Timm was patient to explain how to pronounce the words correctly, with the help of him, I have made great progress. This time I also feel amity about the Germany.

After that, we decided to take part in Tamko activity together, we baked the shrove buns, sweet buns filled with berry jam. There are about 60 international student in there, we played the poker game, chatting and eating together, which made me the enthusiasm and passion about the international student, we also studied the different culture, at the same time we made new friends with each other. That’s total different from my country, no matter what the communication forms or expression, but we also hope we would spend a wonderful time and enjoy ourselves.


English German
Hello Hallo
Goodbye Tschüss / Auf Wiedersehen
Thank You Danke / Dankeschön
You’re welcome Bitte / Bitteschön
No Nein
Yes Ja
My name is Mein Name ist
I am Ich bin / Ich heiße
How are you? Wiegehtesdir?
I’m fine. (Mir gehtes) gut.
Sorry. Entschuldigung
It does not matter /no problem Istnichtschlimm /kein problem
Not Nicht


Chinese food –Hot pot

Today, we decided to change our way of studying. In other words, we plan to learn language by cooking Chinese food ‘hot pot’. Hot pot is extremely popular in China, especially in the cold winter. As planned we would take this cooking class with other group Jie and Maxi.

First, I introduced some traditional customs about hot pot. They were interested in what I said. Hot pot has a long history which date back to Ming dynasty. Then we started our eating directly, in Chinese culture, we don’t hope the guess to make and prepare the food, so we prepared the food in advance. I think it will have different results in Germany, so I asked my partner Timm whether my thought is right or not. He told me the host and guest will cook together when somebody invite somebody eat together. I guess this is the main difference in eating habit between east and west countries, The hot pot is very spicy because I made a stupid mistake that I add a lot sauces so that Timm simply couldn’t bear it. He always drank the juice and wiped perspiration with napkin, but he still stuck to finish the meal. Another group member also are a Chinese and a German are possible to accept the food. We taste this food in a comfortable atmosphere.

At the same time, we talked about the German food and compared with the Chinese cuisine. Accordingly, I knew German food are well-known for sausage, beer, and meat and they prefer to eat the sweet and fresh food than the spicy and salty food. And the German members told us they also want to cook for us next time, I also looking forward to next cooking time together. I was really enjoy this time.IMG_20170217_211442

Studying in Cafe

This was our second meeting, we met together. We agreed to meet in a café which is located in the city center. It’s said it has a 200 year history, so it’s famous in Tampere. Today, we began our study plan.

The first session is that Timm taught me German. Honestly, it’s a little difficult to me. Thanks to the copier material Timm helped me print. It’s useful for me to study the new language. The pronunciation baffled me a lot. It’s totally different from Chinese, especially the letter W. I tried lots of time, however, I can’t pronounce correctly. Timm was always encouraging me all the time. I was very touched by his amity.

About half an hour later we started the Chinese study. This was the first time I taught someone to learn a new language. I was a little excited and nervous, to my surprise, Timm had a great talent to study the Chinese, Timm spent a short time to adjust to controlling the new language, but his pronunciation was little twister. After all, this was his first time to speak Chinese. Then gradual I found there are some pronunciations in common, which make me more confident to control this language.

After that, we discussed our gain from each other. We all believed that’s definitely to have culture difference between our countries. We will accept it and learn from each other. I am looking forward to next meeting.


First meeting in TAMK library

Our first meet was in the library of TAMK. I was very excited because this is the first time I choose communication course like this. At the same time, I am a little worries. I was afraid that I can’t get along with my partner because of my poor communication skills. However, fortunately, my partner named Timm is very friendly to me. It make me comfortable.

Our communication process was always in a pleasant atmosphere. First, we introduced ourselves to each other. We didn’t anxious to learn language, instead we exchanged our ideas with each other. For example, why do you want to learn Chinese, which part about Chinese do you want to study and so on. The most impression on his answer is that Chinese has been one of the most influential country all over the word. It is helpful for him to learn basic Chinese. Maybe when he go to China to travel or work. I’m proud of my country.

As for me, because I am foodie, German are known for their traditional German cuisine around the world, especially the sausage and meet. I want to taste it, and I am a little bit shy, sometimes when I talked with foreigners, I hope I can overcome it by talking with my German partner. Then, we talked about how we should continue the course. We reached our agreement. There we should learn language by different forms, cooking, travelling, and activities. Finally, we decided to the place we will meet next time.

I think this lesson was extremely useful for me, not only can we know each other better but also know clearly what we want to learn and get form other one. It’s helpful for us to continue to next studying progress.

Having dinner together

This time I prepared to teach one sign of China, food. Food is very important in China. It was difficult in the beginning, because Johanna said that she is a vegan, 100% vegan. And in China, vegan is the same with vegetarians. But when I ask deeper, she told me that she doesn’t eat eggs, fish, cheese, and even milk!

OMG! This is really challenged for me to order the food for her, but finally I made it. Even there are some small misunderstandings, we start our meal.

During the meal, I introduce some different types of food in China. Because China has a large area of territory, the ways of cooking had been separated to many different types. The main types are eight types. I also introduce the way of cooking at the place where I live. Because it’s mainly for the kings, so both the looking and the taste should be good.

We discuss also the main types of food in different place of China. What we used to eat normally and how the farming and what type of plant they grow between Finland and China.

This has been a really nice dinner.


Our next meeting was a continuation from last one. It’s nice to have a lot of comfortable places to work in university and use them. That’s way we consider to choose university library. We were repeating some material from our previous lectures. We conducted a conversation with using new words. This time was finish time. Leila taught me, introduced the world of the Finnish language. I learned how to say the day of week, months how to say on Monday and also vocabulary connect with this type of situation. That day, an interesting situation occurred. At the university there was a fire alarm, we had to evacuate. By the way, I learned a word related to the fire. Our plans change and we continued studies during a successful walk.

January   Tammikuu

February  Helmikuu
April            Huhtikuu
May              Toukokuu
June           Kesäkuu
July             Heinäkuu
September Syyskuu
October        Lokakuu
November Marraskuu

Maanantai      Monday

Tiistai             Tuesday

Keskiviikko   Wednsday

Torstai           Thursday

Perjantai         Friday

Lauantai         Saturday

Sunnuntai       Sunday

Maanantaina on Monday
Tiistaina on  Tuesday
Keskiviikkona on  Wednsday
Torstaina on Thursday
Perjantaina on Friday
Lauantana  on Saturday

The 6th meeting – Dinner in Dada

Last Sunday we went to have a dinner in a Chinese restaurant called Dada. Yu had chosen this specific restaurant because he has been helping there every now and then. Yu wanted me to try some traditional Chinese food so he had made the order beforehand. I learned that not all dishes in Chinese restaurants menus are authentic Chinese food. Some dishes are modified to fit in our taste. Eating in Chinese restaurant can sometimes be challenging for a vegan. That is because “vegan” has different meaning in China. They usually tend to think that vegans can eat cheese, eggs or even fish. Basically, they think that vegan and vegetarian are same thing.  But that kind of thinking is changing.

Usually when I am eating in Chinese restaurant I must ask if they have used fish sauce, oyster sauce or broth in the dish I am ordering, just to be sure that the food is suitable for my diet. Although Yu was aware of what I can and can’t eat and he had told the cook that I am vegan there was still some confusion and they put eggs in my portion. I’m quite used to that kind of hustle so it wasn’t a big deal for me. After all I had my vegan portion, it was delicious and that is only thing that counts.

During the dinner, we talked about differences between Chinese and Finnish food. We spoke a bit about farming, mostly how people grow rice. Yu told some basic things about regional differences relating to food. I learned that there are four different styles to cook dumplings. And we also talked how to make noodles.

This was quite relaxed meeting. We joked and laughed a lot and planned a bit our future meetings. I promised to Yu that I will invite him to dinner and make vegan food for him because he said that he has never eaten good vegan food. Challenge accepted!



Game museum

We went to vapriikki museum in that time, there are different kind of museum about hockey, natural history, doll, etc. we checked The Finnish Museum of Games one.

We could see game history and culture there.

There are many different games and I was familiar to some of them. For example, Mario brothers. Hannele and Pyry explained how to play the games were there and told me their memories about games.

We talked about differences between Finnish game culture and Japanese game culture. In Japan, we have many places to play games inside of shopping center or along an arcade. they told me there is almost no such a place in Finland nowadays.

I tried Finnish games and we shared own game culture, i enjoyed a lot!


↑ old board game i saw in the museum



Thowback to #2 : Got lost ? Not anymore !

Concept image of a lost and confused signpost against a blue cloudy sky.

Bonjour/Moi !


Welcome to the second episode of my throwback to series. This time we are still in New-York coffee, our HQ ! The weather is still cold but there is no better way to get warm than with a hot coffee !

Have you ever experienced a situation where you want to go somewhere in a country you just arrive but when you ask to the local people they give the look of « I don’t know what you’re saying, please just let me alone »? Well, it happens to me and if Ulla wants to go in France, I know that she’ll experience it as well.

So, for our second session we focused on Getting direction. As we both love the country of each other, it’s important to know how to ask the direction in their respective language. Not everyone speak english and you can get lost easily.

missä (where?) on rautatieasema? où (where) est  la gare

tiedätkö missä on…? (do you know where…?) savez-vous où est…?

täällä (here) ici

tuolla (there) là-bas

vasen vasemmalla (left and on the left) gauche et sur la gauche

oikea oikealla (right and on the right) droite et sur la droite

keskellä (in the middle) au centre

mene suoraan (go straight) aller tout droit

where can i get a ticket ? mistÄ voin ostaa lipun ? 

où puis-je avoir un ticket ?

where is the bus station ? missä on bussiasema

où est la station de bus ?

how can i get to the airport ? miten pääsen lentoasemalle ?

comment puis-je aller à l’aéroport?

Can you help me? I’m lost voitko/voitteko auttaa? olen eksynyt

Pouvez-vous m’aider ? je suis perdu

where can i find…?  mistä voin löytää…? kahvilan

où puis-je trouver …?