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Third meeting German-Finnish

Hey there!

For our third meeting we were meeting at my place to play monopoly! Ninni luckily owns the traditional edition in Finnish language. We learned useful phrases such as “sinun vuoro” or were discussing the texts written on the cards ( trying to translate it first without any help but then asking Ninni to confirm it…. ), street names, where they are located in Finland and so on! As Christina and me were  v e r y  excited during the game we could not help ourselves but complain in german with each other so I guess Ninni got some very useful phrases as well from this meeting.. 🙂

Before starting the game we went to S-Market to get some snacks. We decided to go for ice cream as there are quite a lot of different flavours here in Finland compared to Germany. In the supermarket we were able to improve our vocabulary regarding food and also ‘rehearsing’ from the second meeting when we have been to the restaurant. Not only different ice creams were discussed but also fruits, vegetables and so an. We thought this is very useful for basic grocery shopping as well as going to cafés, restaurants and so on…

 

Fourth meeting is not agreed yet because we have the skiing break and I am going home.

Bis Bald!!

Second Meeting Finnish-German

Hey there!

As we already agreed on at our first meeting, we wanted to go to a restaurant together for the second time. We decided to meet up at Le Momento at Ratina. Ninni helped us in translating the menu as there was only a Finnish one available – luckily… 🙂

We already knew some of the names because of our Finnish class, others were new and some were also quite easy to figure out because they come from german/english language.. still it is always good to see, that you make progress and actually do not need someone anymore to completely help out when you are ordering something!

Every time we go to a restaurant, and in the majority cafes, we always recognise  that it is different to Germany. Only in more expensive restaurants in Finland a waiter comes to your table to order, usually you have to go to the counter. In Germany, no matter where you go to, you will always be served at the table… Minor stuff, but something we still are confused about from time to time!

Next meeting time is not yet settled, but we know we are going to play Ninni’s new board game – Monopoly – together.

Hei Hei ja Nähdään!

First meeting Finnish-German

MOI!

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!