All posts by Leslie Zarate Reyes

Last meeting  :P

For our last meeting we had Christmas party at Tamko. In this party we got to talk with different people from all around the world. First we played some games and then we just sit and talked. There were good snacks and a good vibe. It was a little bit sad because it was the last meeting; however we enjoyed our time there.

I had a great experience with this course and I am glad I took it, I really learnt a lot about Spanish and Swiss culture and also very important I learnt more German language and practiced things that I already knew before. I think that it is nice to learn another language with a native speaker because you learn the correct pronunciation of the words and the real use of them.

I met amazing guys with this course, all of them are really cool in their own way and I hope we keep in touch in the future.

Cooking time!

Since the beginning we wanted to cook traditional food together so for our 9th meeting we decided to do it because we wouldn’t have another opportunity in the future.

Jon cooked a tortilla de patatas, Sam brought Swiss dark chocolate fondue and fruits, my Mexican friends brought the ingredients to make tacos and I brought some nachos and traditional refried beans.

I was putting attention all the time to Jon making the tortilla and I tried to learn the recipe, I would like to cook this when I go back in Mexico. By the way I really liked Jon’s tortilla and I think he is a good cook. Also I really enjoyed the fondue, it was really good chocolate and obviously because it was Swiss.

We ate our dishes all together and enjoyed a good dinner. After this we started with the learning process and we decided prepositions as the topic, these are the propositions that we learn and also some examples:

an = on (attached). “Der Spiegel ist an der Wand”

auf = on (upon). “Der Hund ist auf dem Stuhl”

auf = in (the world). “Der beste Fussballspieler auf der Welt”

auf = in (an event, place). “Ich war auf einer Party” “Ich war auf Mallorca”

aus = from (origin). “Ich bin aus Australien”

ausserhalb = outside. “Ich komme von einer Stadt ausserhalb Berlins”

durch = through. “Ich fuhr durch die Stadt

hinter = behind. “Ich stehe hinter dir”

in = in. “Ich bin in der Schule” Ich sah es in dem Fernseher”

neben = next to “Er sitzt neben dir”

über = across, above “Das Flugzeug ist über dem Flughafen”

zu = to “Ich komme zu dir”

zwischen = between “Ich bin zwischen Jobs”


8th meeting

For or 8th meeting our friend Emilio organized an international party, we decided to go together and take the opportunity to do our meeting.

In this meeting we decided to talk about easy but useful topic related with time, we already knew the days of the week however we reviewed them:

Weekdays: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

Días de la semana: lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, domingo

Following the topic we also learnt some time expressions as:

Morgen=Morning= mañana

Mittag=Midday=medio día

Nachmittag=Afternoon= tarde

Abend=Evening= noche


And lastly we learnt some useful phraseology:

Später=later= después

Bald=soon= pronto

Früher=before= antes

Morgen=tomorrow= mañana

Heute=today= hoy

Gestern=yesterday= ayer

Vorgestern=the day before = anti ayer

Übermorgen=the day after = pasado mañanas


I really enjoyed this short meeting and having on of the best parties at the end.

6th meeting

For our 6th meeting we decided to visit Pyynikki and eat some of my favorite donuts.  We already know some verbs in the different languages German and Spanish, and also we have practiced German conjugation in previous meetings so we considered that the most difficult thing and what we have to study the most are the different conjugations in Spanish, reason why this meeting we practiced some regular verbs with their structures:

Present tense in Spanish– Comer
YO- Como
TÚ- Comes
ÉL(LA)- Come
ELLO/AS -Comen

It seems to be more difficult to conjugate in Spanish than in German, so in addition to the conjugations we talked about some time forms in German language, which are new for all of us, for example:

Past simple – Präteritum
Ich ass
Sie sang
Wir fuhren
Past perfect – Perfekt
Ich habe gegessen
Sie hat gesungen
Wir sind gefahren
Ich hatte gegessen
Sie hatte gesungen
Wir waren gefahren

Bianco Pizzeria :P

This time we went for pizza at the pizzeria Bianco.  Pizza is really good and very cheap so I recommend this place.

Each one teach one it is not only about learning a language, I actually have learnt a lot of the Swiss and Spanish culture, thing which is really interesting for me because I like to know how same things differ, the way how everything works and the way of thinking in the different countries.

So this meeting we mostly spoke about our countries, we spoke about politics and religion. I realized that I don’t know a lot of aspects related to politics, but our conversation woke up in me the feeling of inform myself to know more about this topic.

I can say that I learnt a lot about Spain and Switzerland, about the system of government that both have, what works well and what works not so well, politics, regulations etc., I enjoyed a lot to hear about this topic and I believe that everyone should be aware of what is happening around the world in the aspects related to politics, some things that happen inside different countries have a big impact in the whole world.

We also talked about religion, easier topic and also interesting, all of us had a lot of things in common however religion has different impact in the society of each country, I believe that of all Mexico is the country in which religion still being very present in the people.

Learning food vocabulary

For our fourth meeting we decided to meet in Sam’s place, we bought some snacks and Emilio brought a Mexican sauce called “Valentina”, this is a sauce that we always add in our food back in Mexico, it is a little bit spicy but delicious. It was a really nice idea to bring this sauce because with this our friends had the opportunity to taste something Mexican, for our surprise Sam had a spicier sauce. We had fun trying both sauces while our mouths were burning.

We decided to learn vocabulary related to food this time, Jon and I were the people in charge to write all the vocabulary in Spanish with the translation in German, I also had lots of fun because Jon has different vocabulary in Spanish for some food so we were laughing about the different words that we use for the same thing.

It was a really complete learning session; we learned vocabulary for fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products. We wrote them and after we read them, making sure that we were saying the words with the correct pronunciation.  As it is a large vocabulary we will need a lot of personal study,  these are just some words of all the ones that we learnt:

Fruit – La fruta – Die Frucht

🍎La Manzana – der Apfel

🍌El Plátano – die Banane

🍓La Fresa – die Erdbeere

🍈El Melón – die Melone

Vegetables – la Verdura – Das Gemüse

🥦El Brócoli – der Broccoli

🥕La Zanahoria – die Karotte

🥔La Papa / Patata – die Kartoffel

🌶El Pimiento – die Peperoni

Meat – La Carne – Das Fleisch

🐖Pork – El Cerdo – das Schwein

🐄Beef – La Vaca /Ternera (for small beef) – das Rind

🦃Turkey – El pavo – der Truthahn

Dairy Products- Los Lácteos / El Lácteo – Die Milchprodukte /Das Milchprodukt

🥚Egg – El Huevo – das Ei

🧀Cheese – El queso – der Käse

🥛Milk- La leche – die Milch

Meeting at Rodeo Bar

For our third meeting we decided to go to Rodeo Bar, we were very excited about going out together and try a place like this for our meeting and at the end everything worked really well. We could have fun, have some drinks and at the same time learn useful phrases for environments like this.

We learnt basic things that we use in a bar like:  “ein (klein/gross) Bier bitte” (to ask for a beer), “wo ist das WC?” (to ask where is the toilet), “was ist dein Name” (to ask for a person’s name) ,” kannst du Spanisch sprechen?” (to ask if the person speaks Spanish), “Kann ich deine Number haben?” (to ask for the number of a person).

I think that it is good to learn things that we can actually use in our lives as young people, with all of these common and easy questions we feel prepared to go to a Swiss/German bar, and we actually practiced these questions with German speakers while we were there, which by the way was really funny.

Finally we took the opportunity to learn colors, as it was a simple topic that we could add to our meeting:


Red – rot

Blue – blau

Yellow – gelb

Brown – braun

Green – grün

White – weiss

Orange – orange

Puple – violett

Black – schwarz


Fazer Cafe


For our first meeting we decided to see each other at Fazer Cafe on Monday, 17th September. I really liked this place because I love coffee, I think drank many cups of it, also I love Fazer chocolates and this time I asked to the cashier for a recommendation and she told me that I should try liquorice coverd with chocolate, we shared some of these and it was cool, because this was something new for all of us. I don’t love liquorice but with chocolate the taste was better and nice.

I enjoyed this meeting because we talked a lot about our cultures, things and how it is life in each country. It is really interesting for me to talk about this and also it’s great to have the opportunity to discover different perspectives and ways of thinking among people from different places.

About the teaching process, we reviewed some expressions and words that we already knew from each language and we learnt numbers from 1-10 in Spanish and German, looking at the difference between numbers in Spanish and Italian, as the difference between the pronunciation for numbers in Swiss German and German.

Also as Spanish speakers we tried to teach the difference between verbs ser and estar, this was really difficult to explain but I hope we can explain better both verbs and practice them in the next meetings so they will be clearer.