Tenth and possibly the last meeting was at the Pre-Christmas Party for Each One Teach One -students. I actually started to play a game with some other exchange students, and it was really fun. We also ate Japanese Ice Cake, which was good and brought me back memories from last summer when I visited Japan.
Unfortunately, I had to leave quite early, but thanks to all who taught me a new game!
This course was really fun addition to my autumn studies this year. I learned a lot about Mexican and Spanish culture, and a little bit of Spanish as well. I hope I was able to teach even some Finnish for my Spanish group mates, at least I think they learned some cultural stuff as well. Anyways, I really enjoyed this course and can recommend it to everyone interested in different cultures and languages!
At this meeting we went to see a hockey match on Hakametsän Jäähalli.
My Spanish friends hadn’t been in one ever before, and this was only a second time for me as well. We had my boyfriend and two of his friends with us. They told me what was going on and I tried to explain to Lucia, who sat next to me. Unfortunately, others we too far away, there was a lot of noise at the arena.
- Hockey sobre hielo = ice hockey
- Fútbol = soccer
- Rugby = football
- Baloncesto = basketball
- Natación = swimming
- Tenis = tennis
- Balonmano = handball
- Pelota = ball
- Raqueta = racket
- Palo = stick
- Chándal = tracksuit
- Bambas = sneakers
- Bañador = swimsuit
I hope this was a nice experience for Lucia, Constanza, Monica and Georgina.
And hey, Kalpa won!
We wanted to go shopping together and to learn some vocabulary while having fun. It’s not too much to tell about this day, we had fun and spent our money.
Some words I learned:
- Camiseta = a shirt
- Pantalones = trousers
- Tejanos/vaqueros = jeans
- Chaqueta = a jacket
- Vestido = a dress
- Falda = a skirt
- Zapatos = shoes
- Calcetines = socks
We decided to meet at a bunny café, just to have some ‘bunny therapy’ and to learn some animals in Finnish/Spanish.
The bunnies in the café were super cute and we really enjoyed hanging out with them.
The list of the animals I learned at this meeting:
- Conejo = bunny
- Gato = cat
- Perro = dog
- Fish = pez
- Pollo = chicken
- Pato = duck
- Vaca = cow
- Caballo = horse
- Oveja = sheep
- Oso = bear
- Reno = reindeer
- Rana = frog
- Elefante = elephant
- Leon/Leona = lion
- Jirafa = giraffe
- Mono = monkey
This time we decided to bake traditional Catalan treats, Panellets. It’s common to bake them at the time of the all Hallows eve.
For the Panellets you need
- smoothly crushed almonds
- baked potato
- for decoration:
The dough is easy to make, you just need to put the same amount of all the three ingredients.
First, you’ll have to mix sugar and the crushed almonds. After that you can add the mashed potato.
Then you can mix the dough with your hands.
We noticed that the dough had to stay in the fridge a bit before we were able to make small balls from them. So when the dough is firm enough, you can make small balls and decorate them with almonds and coconut flakes. In the traditional ones you have only one almond on top.
You can also mix some cocoa powder to the dough to make some chocolate panellets.
Bake the panellets in 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
They taste delicious!
We planned to see a movie to have some fun time together. We decided to watch Disney’s Coco. We thought it would be good, because it’s about Mexican culture. We searched for a version with Spanish voice over and English subtitles.
Before watching the movie we went through some words about film industry. Alejandra had also made a list for me; a list of family members in Spanish, so I could understand a bit more. I learned words like papá, mamá, hermano, hermana, abuelo and abuela. Alejanda also made me a task to complete the words of Recuédame, Remember me.
We had some trouble with the movie, so we didn’t have time to watch it till the end. I still think this was a fun way to learn about Mexican culture. And I think this time I was more a student than a teacher.
We had our fourth meeting again at the school, where we decided to study more.
The went through the words we learned last time and learn some new, like colors. Here are the ones we learned.
Colores – Colors – Värit
- rojo – red – punainen
- amarillo – yellow – keltainen
- azul – blue – sininen
- verde – green – vihreä
- marron – brown – ruskea
- negro – black – musta
- blanco – white – valkea
Then we thought it would be fun to watch some music videos in our languages and translate them. It was fun, but also useful, when we trained pronunciation. I think this is a fun way to learn new words and also it gives a good understanding or the language.
We decided we should arrange just a basic studying day, since we had so much to learn.
We learned some basic phrases, numbers, the days of the weeks and alphabet.
I can now say:
Yo soy Anni. Cómo estás? Yo estudio enfermería psiquiátrica. Tengo 24 años.
I know that is not that much yet, but at least it is something!
I think this way of learning is quite effective, though learning and teaching at the same time is kind of confusing. Anyway, we thought this was so useful we decided to arrange another meeting like this.
So, more to come soon!
This time my group met at Prisma Kaleva. We thought we’d try to learn some Spanish/Finnish while shopping. We named food items in our languages as we went on in the market.
I learned a couple Spanish words, for example:
- Fruta = fruit
- Plátano = banana
- Cebolla = onion
- Tomate = tomato
- Carne = meat
- Pescado = (dead) fish
- Pollo = Chicken
- Queso = Cheese
- Leche = Milk
When we were done with shopping, I learned about Mexican traffic while we were waiting for our bus. I think the way they personalize their buses is interesting, but having no timetables (or being late 30 minutes) would not really fit in Finnish lifestyle. We are too fond of our rules.
I think teaching to a big group this way isn’t the most efficient. There were too many distractions, so much to see and talk about. I did learn new words and was able to teach some in Finnish as well, but in my personal opinion we could have had much more done in an hour that we spent in the supermarket. But, we’ll learn from this and maybe this was more interesting experience for my fellow students. At least I hope so!
We had our first meeting in a small, old fashioned coffee shop on 10th September. Our plan was to meet up and talk about our learning goals and how would we like to learn. We made a list of activities for 10 meetings that we are planning to have. Our plans vary from a simple studying day to a movie night, where we are planning to watch a new movie from Disney called Coco.
While planning out future meetings, we started to talk about national holidays. It was very interesting, since the traditions in Spain and Mexico are quite different from the ones we have in Finland. To give a few examples, I learned about Dia de Muertos, Castaña and an interesting Christmas tradition involving a present-pooping-log.
We didn’t have time to start active language learning right then, but I really had fun learning about the national holidays,which are, in my opinion, an important part of culture. I’m really looking forward our meeting next week!