For our first meeting we decided to go to a café – of course a Finnish one! In the beginning we tried to find out at which level we are in the language we would like to learn and how confident we are to actually use it. Christina and me are living in Finland now for 1 1/2 years and still order in English when we go somewhere – so first thing we learned: Yks kahvi – kiitos! Definitely not too difficult, now we just have to work on our courage… We told Ninni, how to do that in German and figured out that there is a slight difference. In Germany you have to be a bit more polite and therefore use appropriate courtesy formulas, which actually should be done in many more situations.
For the next time we will see, we agreed on going somewhere to have lunch and discuss more about food, simple everyday expressions in German and Finnish as well as cultural aspects in general!