This Sunday we decided that it was time for us to chill out a little bit, so we met at Anni’s appartment to watch a movie.
We thought that we could watch something that ilustrates our cultural background so we decided we could watch pixar’s Coco, because it’s almost Halloween and in Mexico that means it’s almost El Dia de los Muertos, which is the festivity represented in the movie.
Before the movie we talked about a little bit of cinema vocabulary like genres of movies, cameras, actors. Soon we found out that it’s difficult to find a movie in spanish with english subtitles because normally it’s the other way around so we struggled a bit with that.
During the movie we made a list of vocabulary based on family because it’s the main focus of the film and we also did this fill the gap thing with the main theme of the movie “Recuérdame”. All in all, it was a good day and it was great to see these movie with mexican people that can explain to you how they celebrate this day.
So after our first study day, the girls and I met again last monday to continue with our basic vocabulary and greeting.
We spend the first half of the “class” going over what we learned last time to refresh a bit and to see what could we do next. We went over days of the week, numbers, greetings and added colours and months to the ist. After that we thought that we could try to learn in a momre dynamic way. We come up with the idea to try to translate simple songs into each others languages, so Anni choose a Finnish lullaby for us, and we showed her a traditional spanish kids song.
This was Annis choice:
And we showed her Susanita tiene un ratón (which means Susanita has a mouse):
We moved on to some other music and kid shows like the Moomins, to end up sharing mutual songs but in different languajes such as Hakuna Matata from The Lion King. It was son funny to listen to songs we already knew in a complete different languaje.
Over all, I think this day was more of a relaxed study day but also interesting because we could see each others culture based of the music we listen to as kids. I realized that it’s easier for me to learn a languaje if I listen to music and try to translate the lyrics than trying to memorize all the vocabulary. So I think I’ll keep doing some research on my own about Finnish music to help myself with the pronunciation and vocabulary.
Last Wednesday the girls and I decided that we should have a regular study day so we can learn the basics first to then biuld up our vocabulary in the next meetings. We met at TAMK campus and sat down trying to figure out what the basics of our own languaje were.
We tried doing some grammar and the verbs conjugations but we realized that’s kind of difficult for a first session, at least in Spanish. After that we figured out that we could start with some vocabulary such as numbers, days of the week, and then we created an alphabet where we put a word in each language for each letter. We also created a list of greetings that could be useful in everyday life or to introduce ourselves.
For our next meeting we thought we sould continue with a second study day, but planning a little bit more before the meeting so we know what we want to learn. We also thought that it would be fun to try to translate songs into each others languages.
This Monday, the girls and I went to Prisma, a big supermarket to shop together and learn a little bit about food. I was really looking forward to ask Anni about some dishes I’ve seen in the last month which were kind of a mistery for me.
We went around the different sections and learn how to say some of the tipes of food such as: Hedelmä, Banaani, Sipuli, Salaatti, Tomaatti, Avokado, Liha, Kana, Kala, Lohi, Kalkkuna, Juusto, Makkara… The teaching part was also great and interesting because I could see the differences between not only Finnish culture and gostronomy, but also Mexican and Spanish.
The hardest part I think it was to try to remember each word, that’s why we decided to create a list so it would be easier for us.
Last Monday the girls and I had our first meeting. We went to a cafe and I had a piece of carrot cake, which was delicious but really expensive (I’m not used to these kind of prices yet).
During our meeting we talked about what kind of thing we would like to do during this course and we came up with some great ideas mainly focused in trying to show each other different aspects of our culture. Because we’re four spanish talking girls and one finish, we thought we could share with Anni the differences between each one of our cultures. We also talked about what do we want to learn about each language. I think these course would be so much fun and the girls seem so kind already.
Now I leave you with a picture of the leftovers of our amazing meal: