Monthly Archives: August 2017

Hiragana and festivals


Our second meeting was a late night meeting in Subway (because it was almost only peaceful place which was open).  Kurumi taught us Japanese hiraganas. Eetu was very good at it. As I tried to write with hiragana for the first time in my life we couldn’t help laughing! But I made it to write so many hiraganas and I also learnt to write my name!

We all were very interested in different festivals in each other’s cultures so we started to talk about seasons and festivals. It was very interesting that Japanese New Year is just like our Christmas because New Year is the greatest festival in a year in Japan and it is spent with family. On the other hand, Finnish New Year is very similar to Japanese Christmas because Christmas is usually spent with friends in Japan.

I think it was very nice to study somewhere else than in a classroom or in a library. Late night studying in Subway was something totally different. 😉

With love,


Our first meeting


My name is Maria and I am from Finland. I made my “Each one teach one” course with Kurumi (who is from Japan) and Eetu (who is from Finland). Our first meeting was in Lielahti’s Wayne’s Coffee because Kurumi and Eetu live in Tesoma and I live in LentĂ€vĂ€nniemi.

We got to know each other better and I brought some Finnish sweets (Fazer’s chocolate and salty liquorice). Kurumi prefer chocolate but as she was brave she also tasted salty liquorice!

We also started to study (both Finnish and Japanese) and our first meeting lasted many hours. It was pretty challenging because Eetu was way better in Japanese than me. Anyway, we started from the basics because I knew only a few words in Japanese and Kurumi could only say “moi” in Finnish. We studied basic phrases and numbers.

We really enjoyed our first meeting!

With love,

Maria K


Last meeting!

I had forgot to publish my last post about our last meeting! Here it goes:

Our team had the final meeting in the form of dinner. I made vegan good, bulgur, vegetable meatballs and peas. This wasn’t a fancy dinner, because I just used the things I had left in my fridge and cupboard.. I moved the next day after our meeting, so it was great to share a dinner with them. And I had to say that actually this food turned out pretty good! It was 4:30pm and me and Goodwill were already starving! And instead of us, Sophie wasn’t hungry at all because french people tend to eat much later.

During this final meeting we didn’t really concentrate on teaching/learning process so much. We took a look what we had done together. Getting to know each other during this spring. It has been a great great time together! I have learned new french words and maintained my english. But even more have I learned from Sophies ja Goodwills life in different cultures. This course has been an amazing opportunity to get to know these two countries in Finland! In addition to developing my language skills, i got to know these to beautiful persons. Such a nice people with a great mindsets. I really hope to meet these guys again!

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