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Our final trip to Lapland!

We decided to go to Lapland together as our final trip for our Each One Teach One course. It’s a little bit sad to say goodbye to each other, we really treasure the rest of time we had.


We took a train from Tampere passing by Oulu, the scenery along the way was beautiful, and the snow became thicker and thicker. Finally, we reached Rovaniemi. Then we headed to our cozy and warm cottage by bus. After having a short break, we went to the Santa Claus Village. We looked around the village and visited the reindeers and huskies. After that we decided to send some postcard to each other from the Santa Claus Post Office, and I also wrote to my Chinese friends with my best wishes.

Now I have already received the postcard!!! It’s cute with a reindeer stamper.


I really love the apartment that we rented, it’s very warm and comfortable. So, on our second day, we walked through the forest near our cottage, enjoyed the cold weather and did a reindeer sleigh ride! Then we went back to our little cottage and enjoy BBQ together!

It was an awesome experience to walk through thick snow, and saw the sunrise and sunset in a short time. It was soooo beautiful!

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It was a wonderful trip, we really had a great time together. I will stay in Tampere for two semesters, but Khassy will leave before Christmas. But we promised to visit each other in the future, maybe I go to Germany or Khassy come to China. Hope to see you soon, I have already miss you and I believe I will never forget the wonderful time with you guys together!!!

Baking Time!!! (17/12/2016)

This time we decided to go to the pre-Christmas event organized by Tamko, where we could bake the traditional Finnish pastries called Joulutorttu! (I’m not sure whether the spelling is right or not.) We met at Tamko and started our baking! Firstly, we shaped the materials into square and did them into windmill. Then we added the delicious jam, but for me it’s a little bit sour.

While waiting for baking, we talked a lot about the Christmas food in different countries. In China, we usually do not celebrate Christmas, so we don’t have traditional food. Because Christmas is not an official festival for us, and the Spring Festival is the most important one. And we also talked about karaoke, because we noticed that in Finland we didn’t see it. But we do like karaoke in festivals’ time. If we have chance, I really want to go there together with them!

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Then we learned about how to say months in both Chinese and German. It was an interesting time with friends!

English Chinese German
January 一月 Januar
February 二月 Februar
March 三月 März
April 四月 April
May 五月 Mai
June 六月 Juni
July 七月 July
August 八月 August
September 九月 September
October 十月 Oktober
November 十一月 November
December 十二月 Dezember

Leisure Time with Friends (16/12/2016)

After coming back to Tampere from Tallinn, I still a little bit tired because of walking too much. So, this time we decided just met at TAMK and learned something.

I learned how to call different persons:

English Chinese German
Family 家庭 Familie
Father 爸爸 Vater
Mother 妈妈 Mutter
Son 儿子 Sohn
Daughter 女儿 Tochter
Brother 兄弟 Bruder
Sister 姐妹 Schwester
Grandfather 爷爷(外公) Großvater
Grandmother 奶奶(外婆) Großmutter
Aunt 阿姨 Tante
Uncle 叔叔 Onkel
Teacher 老师 Lehrer/in
Classmate 同学 Klassenkamerad
Friend 朋友 Freund
Doctor 医生 Doktor/Arzt
Police 警察 Polizei
Driver 司机 Fahrer


We also learned about how to say weekdays in Chinese and German:

English Chinese German
Week Woche
Monday 周一 Montag
Tuesday 周二 Dienstag
Wednesday 周三 Mittwoch
Thursday 周四 Donnerstag
Friday 周五 Freitag
Saturday 周六 Samstag
Sunday 周天 Sonntag

And about weekday, Chinese is easier than both English and German, because after you have already learned the number of 1-7, you can know how to say the weekday in Chinese.

Tallinn – Here we are! (14/12/2016)

Sooo, we decided to go to Tallinn together. I heard Tallinn is a very beautiful place in Estonia, I’m really looking forward of our trip.

It was a crazy experience. We met at 4o’clock in the morning, took the Onnibus to Helsinki, and then went to Tallinn by ferry. The time of ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn is about 3 hours. It’s a new experience for me, because previously, I usually traveled by bus, train or flight. And a few times I had to took ferry were all short trip just about 10 or 20 minutes. So, this time 3 hours is quite long journey for me, I’m a little bit seasick. The most exciting moment is that we cannot find the right way to ferry station. We almost missed our ferry but thankfully we met some nice people that helped us so much. The craziest part was to run to catch the ferry, the road before boarding is sooooo long! We cannot stop running and got the ferry on the last minute!

After we arrived Tallinn, we headed to the old town. The weather is not quite good, but the scenery is beautiful. Then we decided to eat something at a burger restaurant that looked like bar with a lot of glass bottles. The food was so good and we liked the place so much, we stayed here for a long time. After lunch, we continue to walk around the old town, we all bought some souvenirs for family. There are many street artists, one of them can play a special instrument, although I don’t know the English name of this instrument but it looks very cool.

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We came back to Tampere at 1 o’clock at night, it’s a little bit tired but I really treasure this unforgettable trip with my friends!




Cooking German Food Together! (02/12/2016)

Our fifth meeting, we decided to cook German food together. We met at Khassy’s place again like last time we cook Chinese food. And Khassy invited her German friend Laura, to help us cook together. We cook meat balls by mixing meat, eggs and bread, and I tried the step of making those stuffs into ball although I’m not good at it. Then we cooked mashed potatoes with milk. I really love the taste of this kind of potatoes.

While eating, we talked about some words in Chinese and German with weird pronunciation. That’s so funny because some words in German I really cannot pronounce. And I also asked Khassy something in Germany, like some famous places to visit, some famous delicious food and drinks. I know the sausage and beer are famous in Germany. So, I am looking forward to travel to Germany in the future.


I really enjoyed eating and cooking with them! I hope next time we can have chance to eat local traditional German food together!

Photo Time! (20/11/2016)

img_9140This time we met at Mediapolis, Khassy has her interesting homework to make photos of different tongues. So Xulei and I decided to ”provide” our own tongues to be ”models” of her photography. That sounds a little bit weird but we really had the wonderful time together. Khassy looks very professional to use those photographic facilities, she took a lot of photos with different lighting intensity to make shadow. And I’m also interested in photographing so I asked Khassy to teach me how to use those stuffs. Then after finishing her homework, they became my models to let me take photos for them.

Khassy brought some German Christmas sweets like chocolate, cookies and cake. I really love sweets, they are very delicious. We also talked about different sweets in our countries, like KINDER chocolates in Germany, BIG WHITE RABBIT in China. I still remember I love eating Kinder eggs when I was a child, because there are little toys in the egg.

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Those snacks are very delicious, For me, it was a great experience to be a photographer.

Learning to say colors! (02/11/2016)

So, this time we decided to meet at the main campus, because all of us choose the course called Basic of Finnish, then we just have our EOTO course before Finnish class.

There are so many people in library, at last we find a quiet place and firstly chat for a while. Before Khassy came, I was watching a Chinese drama, then we talk about this good drama called Nirvana in Fire. This is a costume drama, so we also talked about a little bit history, I really recommend Khassy to watch it because it is so wonderful.


The place we stay in has a big colorful toy, so we began to learn colors in Chinese and German. The pronunciation of the colors in Chinese were very difficult, while the German colors name easier because of their resemblance to English.

English Chinese German
Red 红色 Rot
Blue 蓝色 Blau
Black 黑色 Schwarz
White 白色 Weiss
Yellow 黄色 Gelb
Green 绿色 Grün
Orange 橙色 Orange
Pink 粉色 Pink
Rose 玫红色 Rosa
Brown 棕色 Braun
Gray 灰色 Grau
Purple 紫色 Lila


Enjoying Chinese Food Together! (17/10/2016)

This is our fourth meeting, we decided to cook some Chinese dumplings. We met at Khassy’s apartment, she lives in the TOAS city and there is a big kitchen in the building to use. We bring some carrots, pork, and flour. Firstly, we put flour and water together, then make the dough into the “wrapper” of dumplings. Then cut carrots and pork, mixed them together. Just put those stuffs into dough, and make every shape you want.

We had so much fun while cooking. We talked a lot about Chinese and German food and we also talked about traditional events in our home country. Like in China, there is a beautiful love story called the Cowherd and Weaver Maid. But at that moment I forgot the name of this story. Because of this story, now it is a tradition to celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day once a year on July 7th of the lunar calender.

Because it’s the first time for Khassy to make dumplings and I’m also not good at that, our dumplings have all kinds of special shapes. But those dumplings are still delicious. We really had great time with each other.





Confusing Learning of Number (07/10/2016)

So, our third meeting but the second course to learn some German and Chinese was in the main campus, there is a big room underground. All of us like this quite place with good environment. And I bring a Chinese knot to Khassy, it is a traditional gift which means lucky or happiness.


And we learn number today, there is a little bit different about the unit. For instance, in English or German, we formulate 10,000 as ten thousand, but in my country 10,000 is “万”, just one character. It’s a little bit confused but interesting.

Number English Chinese German
1 One Eins
2 Two Zwei
3 Three Drei
4 Four Vier
5 Five Funf
6 Six Sechs
7 Seven Sieben
8 Eight Ache
9 Nine Neun
10 Ten Zehn
11 Eleven 十一 Elf
12 Twelve 十二 Zwolf
13 Thirteen 十三 Dreizehn
100 Hundred 一百 Hundert
1000 Thousand 一千 Tausend

The First Meeting in TAMK! (13/09/2016)

Our first meeting was in the main campus. There are three members in our group. Xulei and I have known each other because both of us come from China and we also have the same university. And here we met Khassy the first time, the German girl who can speak both German and Spanish. We decided to meet at the library of the main campus, just get to know each other and learn some basic greetings in Chinese and German.

English German Chinese
Hello! Hallo! 你好!
How are you? Wie geht es dir? 你好吗?(今天怎么样?)
I’m fine. Mir geht es gut. 我很好。
My name is… Mein name ist… 我的名字是…(我叫…)
Thank you! Danke! 谢谢!
Good morning. Guten morgen. 早上好。
Good afternoon. Guten tag. 下午好。
Good night. Gute nacht. 晚安。
Bye. Tschüss. 再见。

And the second time we went to Pyynikki, originally, we planned to learn something after exploring this interesting place, but we were too tired due to the long walk journey. So, we just enjoy this beautiful scenery and try the famous Tampere doughnuts. It was also a wonderful meeting for us!

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