This week, we combined our meeting with a party/gathering we had with all other exchange students from TAMK. One of our own organised it and did a great job (Emilio is a champ!).
We met at the Kaupin sauna, where the communal room had been rented until midnight. We talked to a lot of other international students that were part of the EOTO course and exchanged experiences. We spoke about the languages learned and the activities made. It was very interesting to hear how other groups had gone about it, especially in terms of teaching and learning methods.
It got very busy and loud quickly, so we didn’t achieve that much in our own language and culture, but it was very fun!
For this meeting, we wanted to talk about and experience a big part of culture: food. This was one of the meetings, which we looked forward to most. We all met in the evening and were hungry.
We had a variety of different foods: burritos and a refried bean bean dip from Mexico, a Spanish egg omelette and a chocolate fondue from Switzerland. I really enjoyed the foods, they were both very flavorful. It was interesting to see them being cooked.
We didn’t just eat, we also talked about an important aspect of a language and everyday life: time. Here is an overview:
*Time and co. in German*
Weekdays: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag
Días de la semana: lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, domingo
Vorgestern=the day before = anti ayer
Übermorgen=the day after = pasado mañanas
früh=early = temprano
In this week, we had the Innovevent going on, and other projects, so we didn’t have much time due to conflicting schedules. We managed to find an hour that fit us all and went to grab a donut at the Pyynikki tower, which is a nice spot. I walked from my apartment and met Emilio on the way up the hill.
We all arrived around a similar time and found a table inside, as it was raining and cold outside. We then sat down and tackled a more grammatically complex subject: verb conjugation. I learned how to conjugate s few verbs in Spanish in the different personal forms, and then in different time forms, too. I found that the basic structure was quite logical and was able to apply the system to some basic verbs. But, as with most languages, there exist irregularities. These do not follow the consistent model, and need to be learned by heart.
I found this a more difficult meeting due to the nature of the subject we spoke about. I am usually better at speaking and understanding the language, the grammar is my least favourite part of the subject.
This meeting took place before our sauna visit.
We decided to do the cliché Finnish thing and meet up for a sauna. It was a chilly Saturday with a bitter wind, so it seemed to be a good idea. We agreed to visit the Rauhaniemi sauna. We met in the late morning, with one of our Spanish speaking friends arriving only 10 minutes late.
In this sauna, which was quite hot with 100 degrees, we decided to talk about body parts. We also met a very talkative Finnish man, who spoke to all of us about football and tennis. This was probably the most talkative Finn I’ve ever met. Two of us also went for a dip in the cold water, where we lasted max 15 seconds.
We went through quite a large vocabulary, which was hard to memorize. I will have to repeat the words a few more times before any of them stick. Also, learning at 100 degrees is quite challenging!
We went to Japanese sushi restaurant. It was better than I thought it is. There were many kind of sushi and something from China. I surprised that everyone used chopsticks in that restaurant. It is easy for us to use chopsticks. I thought it is difficult for finnish people.
After that, we went for a walk around a lake. It was little cold that day. However, I wanted to walk. Meri gave me a present on the way. those are some chocolate and a candle. I was happy very much.
On the 6th of December it was Finnish Independence day and we thought that it would be a nice idea to arrange our last meeting then 🙂 We met in the city centre and went to the coffee place in Tampere Hall to enjoy the last cup of coffee in this company together this year because the second period is almost done and we will have our winter holidays. We shared our plans for Christmas and New Year, summed up all our meetings and made our own feedback for EOTO course what we’ve learnt and what did we like about it. We all agreed that it would be nice to continue getting together for language practice and just for fun as well.
After coffee we attended the Christmas market in the city centre, it was full of nice stuff, we learned some new words about Christmas and holidays and didn’t notice how time flew and suddenly fireworks started! That was amazing!
After watching it we said bye-bye to each other, wished luck in future language studies and went home. 🙂 Thank you EOTO for the opportunity to meet nice people!
Our tenth and last meeting for this course. We went to shopping mall with Christin to look some souvenirs and Christmas presents. This time we didn’t taught much for each others. We still practiced some vocabulary about all kind of things that are in shopping malls.
store – kauppa – Geschäft
restaraunt – ravintola – Restaurant
lobby – aula – Empfangshalle (but no one says that; usually we also say lobby)
door – ovi – Tür
toilet – vessa – Toilette
clothes – vaatteet – Klamotten
shoes – kengät – Schuhe
grocery – elintarvikkeet – Lebensmittel
jewelry – korut – Schmuck
bench – penkki – Bank
garage – autotalli – Garage
parking slot – parkkipaikka – Parkplatz
sign – kyltti, opaste – Schild
escalator – rullaportaat – Rolltreppe
elevator – hissi – Aufzug
stairs – portaat – Treppe
This was our last meeting for the course and I have learned some words and many things about Germany’s culture. We still want to meet at least one more time when Hamza gets back in Finland.
In our ninth meeting we decided to have lunch at school cafeteria. We taught each others some vocabulary about food and dishes.
potato – peruna – Kartoffel
meat – liha – Fleisch
fish – kala – Fisch
milk – maito – Milch
water – vesi – Wasser
spoon – lusikka – Löffel
fork – haarukka – Gabel
knife – veitsi – Messer
plate – lautanen – Teller
mug – muki – Tasse
glass – lasi – Glas
bread – leipä – Brot
juice – mehu – Saft
rice – riisi – Reis
chicken- kana – Hühnchen
pasta – pasta – Nudeln / Pasta
This was one of the last days Christin would spend at school campus so we thought it would be nice to have lunch there. Next meeting will be our last for this course and we thought we could go somewhere to look some souvenirs for Christin to bring home.
Our eighth meeting took a place at Christmas market in the center of city. It is nearly Christmas time so we thought that raising some xmas spirit was on the place. We taught some Christmas vocabulary to each others at the same time.
Christmas – Joulu – Weihnachten
Santa Claus- Joulupukki – Nikolaus
snow – lumi – Schnee
christmas tree – joulukuusi – Weihnachtsbaum (Christbaum)
candle – kynttilä – Kerze
decoration – koriste – Dekoration
star – tähti – Stern
peace – rauha – Frieden
family – perhe – Familie
reindeer – poro – Rentier
snowman – lumiukko – Schneemann
present – lahja – Geschenk
candy – karkki – Süßigkeiten
chocolate – suklaa – Schokolade
(and German also have these special cookies we bake during chrismas time they are called ”Plätzchen” in my dialect)
In overall market was nice but we really missed snow. I hope we get white Christmas this year.
What can be better than Christmas shopping 😉 And therefore, I asked Jan-Henrik if we should go for our last meeting to the shopping mall. Because I still want to bring some typical finish things to my parents and sister at home. I thought probably Jan-Henrik has some good ideas since he is finish.
While we were walking through the mall we said some things in german or finish and taught each other some words. But since this is our last meeting we decided to just have a great talk and not focus that much on vocabulary.
We talked about to whom we bring Christmas gifts, and also what kind of ideas for Christmas presents we have this year, If we have some wishes for us or about what we would be happy to get.
We also decided to have one last meeting in the middle of December again, because than Hazma is back and we wanted to finish this course with our entire group. So I am really looking forward to go together to the Christmas market and enjoy the time there. 🙂