Monthly Archives: September 2019

EST-GER meeting// Cafe & Travels

For our next EST/GER meeting, we arranged a meet-up at a cafe. We chatted about our weeks and school life. Later on we opened one of the triggers and talked extensively about our travelling experiences. For the trigger we had to translate 10 travelling related questions to German and talk about them. I tried to translate them myself at first, however my language partner helped along and fixed my mistakes.

My language partner thankfully was willing to speak his mother language the whole meeting. When I didn’t understand, he said the same sentence slower in German and then finally translated it to English. This time I was more relaxed and willing to speak in German myself. I was dreadfully afraid of having a bad accent, however my language partner said that in Germany there are so many different accents, that sometimes it’s even difficult to understand a German. That made me feel more confident.

I also taught my language partner how to introduce himself in Estonian. Since he has already studied a bit of Finnish, he was surprised how similar the languages are. The only letter that is different is õ, however he was able to copy the sound very well.

I feel like the meeting was a success and I was able to study new words and revise the words I had already forgotten.

First Meeting German-Austria-Spanish

As a first meeting we decided for the first time to go to my apartment , i thought i would be perfect because I am living with a lot of exchange students and we needed a good atmosphere; as a spoiler the meeting was perfect , a success .

We thought that the best way to know a culture , it is sometimes with a good plate from your home country . I made some Spanish omelettes and my mates  some German Frikadellen. Meanwhile we were learning/teaching food vocabulary and how to made the food .It was pretty funny , the Spanish omelette have like a movement for do it , and they were so afraid at first, but now they are experts , maybe better than me  . It was pretty different from a normal experience in a class , because i will always remember all they teach me and it was more practical .Also I asked some people from South America to come, to see the difference in some words ,expressions ,accent between all the different countries with Spanish, as they did with German.

I definitely learn to be more confident with my German skills , i refresh my vocabulary and the most important , the people. For sure i will learn a lot of things with them , enjoying all the time . Looking forward the next meeting .

1st Korea&Japan Each one teach one Meet-up(28.9.2019)

Korea & Japan each one teach one group is consist with Haruno & Masako from Japan, and me, Ppippi(my nickname!) from South Korea. Every time, people ask me which one I from btw South or North, but I really want to see who from North, and of course u either. It would be really hard to see person who from North Korea. So if someone say they are from Korea, 99.9% of the time, it would be from South.

We all live in Hervanta so we meet inmiddle, Haruno’s house. As u know food is most good thing to band each other(cause eating is most important).

So for first meet-up we aim to make Onigiri and miyeokguk(seaweed soup).  Spontaneously Rosa and Min also join together, and Rosa saw amazing Bibimbap picture just before so we decided to make Bibimbap too.

Actually that was awesome decision. Bibimbap is really handeful food, like if I want to put vegetable topping, I need to cook it for seperately. That means we need to cook 6-10 dishes just for one bibimbap. That’s why I never gonna try to make it by myself,  but we are now 5 people >-<. So it was quite easy to prepare ingredients. We made awesome bibimabap(8 topping!!), onigiri, and miyeokguk within 2 hours. What a awesome teamwork.

This is bibimbap, Korea traditional food. There is rice under the vegetable topping. the middle part is chilly pepper paste fried with seitan. And other vegetable topping is bean sprout, zucchini, stirred radish and long onion with soy bean paste-soy sauce combination , dried egg plant with soy sauce, onion, mushroom, and finally carrot. Traditional bibimbap topings are cooked with different ways.  So we are.

making traditional food

This is Onigiri, Japanese traditional food. Haruno and Masako are craftman to make onigiri! Usually we need sticky rice, or it dosen’t shape well. But two of them make it with out sticky rice. It was really honor to

And finally Miyeokguk(Seeweed soup), traditional Korean food.  Traditionally we eat miyeokguk at birthday. Because seaweed is good for mother who give it a birth before. Our ancient didn’t know the chemical and nutritional fact, but it really figure it out it’s good for who have rack of blood, lack of B12, and who live in higher level of natural radioactive. So it make sense mother eat miyeokguk when they give a birth. Also it’s good for vegan and vegetarian, who woory about B12. I love miyeokguk, so I usually eat it in usual day too. So I don’t woory about B12.

After we finish our meal, we saw ‘Persona’, Korean netflix original. I highjly recommend to see it.  It’s 4 episode made by different director, same main actress who is famous in Korea. U can find differences of perspective of director, and style of movie. Also u can see diverse scenery like countryside, heritage, and city in Korea with in 2 hour. It was lovely, and fulfill moment. Happy to be together!

GER-FIN second meeting

Yesterday, on the 26th of September, we first met up at the K-market to go through the ingredients for some traditional German foods the germans had prepared for us. We went through the ingredients and other shop related vocabulary in both of our languages. After the store, we went to Sophie’s place to prepare and eat the foods. The cooking took a long time, around 3 hours, and that was with the soup already prepared by Friederike. But in the end it was all worth it, and we went home so full that we just barely could walk. Below are the dishes.

Our second meeting

We met in the Pyynikki observation tower on the 19 th September. The weather was so beautiful in Pyynikki. We watched the landscape and bought munks and drinks. Then we walked to the park and talked for example about our hobbies in Finland. Then we went back inside the Cafe and Natalie showed us some German, such as numbers and different letters. Then we went home. We had a nice evening. Maybe next time we will cook some German and Finnish food.

GER-FIN meetup at the billiard bar

We met at the Space Bowling-bar with the group on the 12th of September. We played pool for around 2 hours during which we taught each others common phrases and colours from our languages. It’s definitely hard to teach finnish without a textbook or a proper frame of teaching because there’s so many things you should know about for example conjugation, before learning specific phrases. Overall the meetup went well and we even went to a nearby bar afterwards because there was a beerpong contest going on.

Chinese-Finnish Library meeting

Today we met for the very first time with Lu at the school library in TAMK.  We discussed a lot of our lives and got to know each other a little bit. It was very interesting too see how China and Finland are so different kind of countries, yet we found common ground and share same expectations and difficulties as a generation. I think we are going to have fun and get along fine during this course.

As I am new to Chinese language Lu taught me some basic phrases like saying hello, I’m sorry, I like you and so on. I’m fascinated how beautiful language Chinese is, both written and pronounced, although I think my attempt to write Chinese was like 3-year old’s. We also revised Finnish phrases and pronouncing.

We also talked a little about our lives as students, housing conditions and so on. Now that I have seen pictures of the school Lu goes to in China, Shandong University, I can’t help but to feel amazed. It looked very futuristic and wonderful. Perhaps I will see it with my own eyes someday.

Taikapapu coffee shop meeting

Participants: Sara Campos, Cristina- Maria Dumitru, Ramona-Andreea Ion

  We had our 2nd lesson today at the a coffee shop. We learned family members, weekdays, months of the year, colors, etc. Sara taught us the accent in spanish and how to read the words correctly. We taught her the same in romanian.  We had a good talk about Sapin and Romania when we were drinking coffee.

We already feel like we are getting close to eatch other, talking about our life in our home countries.

On the next meeting, if the weather is good, we are planning to go to have a picnic somewhere. We want to share more about our cultures and we want to practice what we already learned.

The first meeting at the University

Participants: Sara Campos, Cristina-Maria Dumitru, Ramona-Andreea Ion

We met at the y campus last friday, 13/09, for the first course. It was easy for us because we knew each other already. Me and Cristina taught Sara the basics of romanian and Sara taught us the basics of spanish. Our first lesson it was very interesting and we had a chance to know each other better..

the first meeting in library

Today we had our first meeting in Campus Library. That was really awesome. And finally I learnt how to say I donnot need receipt in Finnish from Jenni, because I am always confused when I am checking,though understand what do people say, but I do not know what exactlly it is. And we know some basic words from both languages. And I realised how hard Chinese and FInnish are and they are totally different langauges. I feel hard to teach Jenni how to learn Chinese meanwhile i feel hard to learn Finnish. Also ,today we shared something about culture and we get to know each other better. Still, we are planning to go to Finnish Fish Market next Sunday, I have the chance to see something very Finnish. I am really excited because it sounds interesting and i have never heard about that. I am looking forward that !