Hallo, aus dem bewölkten Finnland!
We had our second FaceTime meeting the and seventh EOTO-meeitng with Sophie. We decided to learn weather and the Season vocabulary as the weather in Germany was Aprilwetter (going crazy). I had no previous knowing of this vocabulary but Sophie remembered few words from her fall semester’s Finnish class.
I learned probably my favourite word and sentence today by far, which was the word ”die Wolke” (cloud) and the sentence ”Es its bewölkt” (it is cloudy). The pronunciation and sound of the word and sentence was very funny for me so I think that is something that will stick with me forever.
You can see below the vocabulary what we went through today and learn some words in German:
Season = Jahreszeiten
Spring = Frühling
Summer = Sommer
Fall = Herbst
Winter = Winter
The four seasons are = Die vier Jahreszeiten sind
Weather = Wetter
How’s the weather? = Wie is das Wetter?
Sun = die Sonne
Sunny weather = Es ist sonnig
Rain = der Regen
Rainy weather = Es regnet
Cloud = die Wolke
Cloudy weather = Es is bewölkt — My favourite sentence by far
Snow = der Schnee
It is snowing = Es schneit
Wind = der Wind
It is windy = Es ist windig
Storm = der Sturm
It is stormy = Es ist stürmisch
Warmth / heat = die Wärme / die Hitze
It’s warm / it’s hot = Es ist warm / Es ist heiß
I’m warm / I’m hot = Mir ist warm / Mir ist heiß
Cold = die Kälte
It’s cold = Es ist kalt
I’m cold = Mir ist kalt
Unstable weather = Aprilwetter
Today’s meeting was our first online meeting together with Sophie as Sophie flew home because the COVID-19.
Our agenda for today was about the situation in the world, how the COVID-19 virus has changed our life and the impact in our daily routines. Not the happiest agenda, but very important as it is restricting our lives a lot today.
As I am originally from the Helsinki region the news about closing Uusimaa area was big as I am not able to get home because that for the next 3 weeks (let’s see if will be longer though).
As Sophie is now home in Germany she told about how they are reacting to this virus and also how people in the bigger cities are coping. Which I found very nice that in the bigger cities people are even able to order cocktails to home from restaurants (Yum!) and people are having online live parties from home. Germany has put on very strict regulations as they have over 43 thousand cases. They are fining people if they are not following the new regulations such as meeting only one person outside is allowed.
As for our studies this year we both believe that the university will not open anymore for this semester, as the Finnish government is thinking of continuing the remote work for school.
We both hope that all of you guys are staying safe and healthy!
Today Sophie and I met at my apartment to listen and learn songs that we’ve been listening now and when we were kids.
Sophie played her favourite German artist when she was a child and now what artist she listens today. We listened to different German songs from different genres, such as German punk Feine Sahne Fischfilet which has a more political view in their songs. We also listened to rap: rapper Kontra K (Blei) and Bonez MC (Ohne mein Team), pop, rock etc.
I played my favorite songs from my childhood and also what Finnish songs I listen now-a-days. Artist such as Mamba, Hurricanes, Olavi Uusivirta, Atomirotta etc. Sophie really started to like the Dingo’s song Levoton Tuhkimo.
Playing songs for each other really changed my mindset towards German music as almost the only German artist that I knew was Rammstein. I really enjoyed the rap artist Bonez MC and Udo Jürgens which reminds me of the genres that usually I listen in other languages such as English, Finnish or Swedish.
This meeting today with Sophie was a lot of fun as it was a ride through the memory lane in music. It was fun to listen to music that Sophie listened in her childhood and high school days. Shows how the taste of music changes with the growth.
After this meeting, I might even start to listen to German music, you never know.
Yesterday (Saturday April 14th) we met at Sophies apartment to cook some German lentil soup which consisted of potatoes, carrots, leek, lentils, onions, vegetablebroth and sausages.
While to soup was cooking we taught each other food vocabulary:
- Potato = Kartoffel
- Carrot = Karotte
- Onion = Zwiebel
- Lentil = Linsem
- Leek = Porree
- Cucumber = Gurke
- Vegetable = Gemüser
- Vegetable broth = Gemüsebrühe
- Soup = Suppe
- Fruit = Obst
The soup was very delicious and I believe I will be doing it again by myself. Guten Appetit!
Today, Sophie and I met at Espresso House to have our third meeting for this course. The agenda for today was to learn and teach useful verbs to each other. Some verbs I remembered from my German studies, but few of them were new for me, and it was really good revision of verbs.
Verbs that we taught for each other were to be, to do, to learn, to make, to eat, to drink, to speak, to live, to read and to love.
For next time, we planned to teach more useful sentences. Especially for me I would like to learn sentences that I could use in the future, as now we know the basic verbs.
Met with Sophie today for a coffee at the Puisto cafe for our second meeting of Each One Teach One.
We had a talk about how to say useful daily phrases and also phrases about birthdays and holidays. Such as how to say ”happy birthday” in Finnish and in German ”Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag”.
As for me my German pronunciation is very horrible, we focused on really how to pronounce words correctly. Sophie already has pretty good pronunciation in Finnish but we practiced that a bit more with new words and phrases (e.g ”Hyvää pääsisäistä!”).
We set a date for our next meeting and some plans for our future meetings. The goal is to cook traditional Finnish cuisine for example poronkäristys and perunamuussi and also some traditional German cuisine. I also want to show Sophie the student parties that are not only meant for exchange students, so we practiced few phrases that could be used in the student party also.
We met with Sophie today on Friday for our first EOTO-meeting. We made some waffles at my apartment and went through very basic words in Finnish and in German(berries, cutlery, restaurant words etc). Learned that spoon is Löffel, blueberry is Blaubeere and raspberry is Himbeere.
We had a very lovely time and learned already new things about each others language and culture.
We made a flexible plan for our future EOTO-meetings and we decided to meet next on Wednesday for coffee. We planned an agenda for Wednesday, going trough useful phrases.