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The tenth meeting – Time to say goodbye

We met in Vohvelikahvila with Qian.  The feeling was little sad because this was our last time we met before Qian would go to China. But we didin’t let it matter so much and talked something else because we could keep in touch via Whatsapp and Facebook after she had gone to China. This was Qian’s first time in Vohvelikahvila and how good the waffles were!

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We went through something she had learnt during this course. This easy dialogue we could talk in Finnish:

-MOI MITÄ KUULUU? – HI! HOW ARE YOU?

-MOI! MINULLE KUULUU HYVÄÄ! – HI! I’M FINE THANKS!

-KAUNIS PÄIVÄ TÄNÄÄN. – IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY TODAY.

-KYLLÄ, NIIN ONKIN. – YEAH, IT IS.

-MENNÄÄNKÖ KESKUSTAAN? – WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO THE CITY?

-JOO, MENNÄÄN VAAN.- YEAH, LET’S GO!

 

This course has taught me so much. I have noticed that Finnish isn’t very easy language to teach and learn, because we have all long vocals and hard letters like ’r’ and ’ä’. I’m still  very proud of Qian’s learning and also her English has improved so much during this course. I think my English has also improved and now it’s easier to start talking it to new people. I have learnt so much about Chinese culture and got new perspective for life. Even though I have only stayed here in Finland, I feel like I would have travelled to China and seen all the things Qian has told me. We did and studied everything we had planned during this year. I’m very proud of our job together. But I think the best thing in this course has been the friendship I have got via this. Qian has become a very good friend to me and I’m going to miss her so much. It’s nice to know that we can still keep in touch although she’s in China. Maybe she comes back some day or I’ll go to China, let’s see what future looks.

 

Thank you for this course and thank you Qian for sharing it with me. I will remember this all my life.

 

KIITOS!!!!!!!

 

Merituuli Lehtimaa

The ninth meeting – Spring rolls and Chinese culture

The ninth meeting happened again at my place. Our plan was that we would eat Chinese spring rolls, talk about Chinese culture and learn some Finnish. The spring rolls were so good and we ate them so many! They were filled with vegetables but you can have them also with meat filling.

Then Qian told me something about her school. I was so confused when se told me that they needed to cut their hair when she was younger because school told them to do that. This was based on idea that students wouldn’t need to use their time to do ther hair on school mornings. I think this is really weird habit, but here we can again see the diffrences between our cultures. Other intresting thing that Qian told was that they have military training in the school. In Finland all kind of military training is obligatory only for boys and optional for girls. In China also girls need to accomplish some military training. This means that they practice few hours marching. Qian showed me a little how they need to march and it looked fun!

TEACHING FINNISH:

Here is some useful phrases in Finnish, especially when you are ill.

HELP-APUA     IT IS OK. –EI SE MITÄÄN.          SORRY-ANTEEKSI

I’M SO SORRY-OLEN PAHOILLANI                    FEVER-KUUME

I HAVE HAD FEVER FOR TWO DAYS. – MINULLA ON OLLUT KUUMETTA KAKSI PÄIVÄÄ.

I HAVE STOMACHACHE. – MINULLA ON VATSA KIPEÄ.

I HAVE BACK PAIN. – MINULLA ON SELKÄ KIPEÄ.

I HAVE A HEADACHE. – MINULLA ON PÄÄ KIPEÄ.

I NEED TO VOMIT. – MINUN TÄYTYY OKSENTAA.

I NEED PAINKILLERS.- TARVITSEN KIPULÄÄKETTÄ/SÄRKYLÄÄKETTÄ.

 

Here’s some pictures of yummy spring rolls!

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The eighth meeting – Reindeer and buns

We met with Qian before Finland’s winter holidays. She was going to Lapland so I taught her some words that she might need there. I also taught her to do LASKIAISPULLIA which means buns filled with cream and strawberry jam. We Finns eat them on Shrovetide which is LASKIAINEN in Finnish. We celebrate it before Easter.

Here’s some words and phrases we learnt this time:

LAPLAND-WORDS

REINDEER-PORO             THERE’S A REINDEER-TUOLLA ON PORO.

THERE ARE MANY REINDEER.- TUOLLA ON MONTA POROA.

LAPLAND-LAPPI                 I’LL GO TO LAPLAND.-MENEN LAPPIIN.

I’M IN LAPLAND.-OLEN LAPISSA     GREETINGS FROM LAPLAND.-TERVEISIÄ LAPISTA.

SKI-HIIHTÄÄ    SANTA CLAUS-JOULUPUKKI

 

OTHER WORDS AND PHRASES

PILLOW-TYYNY                            KEY-AVAIN      CANDLE-KYNTTILÄ

CLOTHES-VAATTEET                  I LOVE YOU – MINÄ RAKASTAN SINUA.

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It was really nice to teach some different words and it’s always nice to introduce new Finnish sweets for Qian, because I get a reason to bake. 😉

 

The seventh meeting

Our seventh meeting happened after Christmas. I’m sorry that I have been so lazy to write this blog but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been doing things for this blog. I have enjoyed this course so much and it’s been so great to get to know Qian!

So we met in the city and shopped a little. I told about my Christmas and my family’s traditions on Christmas to Qian. We have noticed during this course that it’s funnier to teach and learn Finnish while we are doing something like shopping. So we went to clothing store H&M and I taught some clothing words and some other words also.

20160129_163235MITTENS-LAPASET                                                 JACKET-TAKKI                              SCARF-HUIVI

JEANS-FARKUT                                                        HAIR-HIUKSET                          SHOES-KENGÄT

GLOVES-HANSKAT                                                 HAT-HATTU                                  BELT-VYÖ

GLASSES-SILMÄLASIT                                            BEANIE-PIPO                               VEST-LIIVI

PURSE-LAUKKU                                                       T-SHIRT- T-PAITA

It was so nice to meet after Christmas holiday!

 

Our little Christmas party – 6th meeting

We had a little Christmas party in my place with Qian before Christmas. I’m sorry that I haven’t updated these before. Anyway, my purpose was to introduce Qian some Finnish food and sweets. I teached Qian to bake Christmas tarts and make eggbutter to Karelian pies. We also tasted some Fazer’s chocolates and candies. All these we ate with glogg! 🙂

After eating and drinking Qian introduced her home town from youtube and I teached her some Finnish.

Who are you? – Kuka sinä olet? I’m Qian Sun. – Olen Qian Sun.

What’s your name? – Mikä sinun nimi on?

Where are you from? – Minkä maalainen sinä olet?    I’m Chinese. – Olen kiinalainen.

What language do you speak? – Mitä kieltä sinä puhut?   I speak Chinese. – Puhun kiinaa.

Where do you live? – Missä sinä asut?      I live in China. – Asun kiinassa.

What’s your education program? – Mikä sinun koulutusohjelma on?

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It was very nice to teach our traditions to Qian! And I think that Qian is brave because she’s always ready to taste and experience something new! 🙂

-Merituuli Lehtimaa

Meeting in grocery store Lidl – fifth meeting

We met in grocery store Lidl with Qian before Christmas. Qian wanted to know more what things are really sold in Lidl and what all the Finnish names of things and food means. It was really  fun and useful for me also to brush up the names of  groceries in English. I noticed that we have some words in Finnish that we can’t even translate into English, such as “terttutomaatti” and “kirsikkatomaatti”.  So here is now the words we learned at Lidl.

Beef-Pihvi        Chicken-Kana    Cow Mince- Naudan jauheliha

Pork-Sika         Cow-Nauta

Fish-Kala          Salmon-Lohi

Milk-Maito       Juice-Mehu

Salt-Suola        Pepper-Pippuri

Apple-Omena    Grape-Viinirypäle

Tomate-Tomaatti         Little tomatoes-kirsikkatomaatti

Many tomatoes together-Terttutomaatti    Cucumber-Kurkku

Plum-Luumu       Pear-Päärynä

Mint-Minttu        Liquorice-Lakritsi

Pumpkin-Kurpitsa       Ginger-Inkivääri

Eggplant-Munakoiso      Onion-Sipuli

Garlic-valkosipuli        Broccoli-Parsakaali

Cauliflower-Kukkakaali     Gabbage-Kiinankaali

Kiwi-Kiivi         Lemon-Sitruuna

Lime-Lime            Mango-Mango

Orange-Appelsiini

Shampoo-Shampoo     Hair  Conditioner-Hiusten hoitoaine

Tooth paste-Hammastahna

At the store we went through these words together so that I said the Finnish word first and then Qian repeated it couple times after me. She pronounced them very well, I think! 🙂

This was different but  funny way to teach Finnish!

-Merituuli Lehtimaa

4th meeting – Shopping in Koskikeskus

Our fourth meeting happened in Koskikeskus before Christmas. There we shopped together and talked about Christmas traditions and I showed Qian some popular Finnish products.

Because Christmas is gone, I’m going to tell you about Chinese Spring Festival, which Qian told me about. She told that they don’t celebrate Christmas like we Finns or it’s not so big thing in China. Chinese Spring festival is more like our Christmas and New Year. It’ll be celebrated on 8th February and it’s like Chinese “New Year”. Then they have fireworks, they meet their relatives and usually parents give their kids presents or money.

In Koskikeskus I introduced Qian some Finnish design. We visited Marimekko, which is popular Finnish company founded by Armi Ratia in 1951. Marimekko produces different textiles, such as clothes and curtains. It also produces containers, like mugs and glasses. These products can be recognized by Marimekko’s famous figures. Here’s some Marimekko’s famous design.


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I also taught Qian little Finnish. We studied months and colours in Finnish.

January-Tammikuu February-Helmikuu

March-Maaliskuu   April-Huhtikuu

May-Toukokuu    June- Kesäkuu

July-Heinäkuu      August-Elokuu

September-Syyskuu    October-Lokakuu

November-Marraskuu    December-Joulukuu

green-vihreä    blue-sininen

orange-oranssi    yellow-keltainen

purple-violetti     black-musta

white-valkoinen     red-punainen

grey-harmaa

Then we took mirrorselfie 😉

This was a lovely day!   -Merituuli

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Third meeting – Trip to Pyynikki

Our third meeting  placed in Pyynikki. Qian’s Chinese friend and my boyfriend also came with us. At Pyynikki we watched views from Pyynikki’s lookout. My Chinese friends really liked our Finnish  nature. I’m glad that they see Finland in autumn, because it’s so beautiful right now. We talked about Finnish trees and Qian asked about the English names of the trees, but I had to admit that I didn’t remembered any of them. That’s why  it was hard to teach them in Finnish also. And that’s why I want to add them now in my blog post so everyone can learn these trees in Finnish!

spruce-kuusi

pine-mänty

birch-koivu

aspen-haapa

maple-vaahtera

oak-tammi

rowan-pihlaja

 

After enjoying and photographing the views of Tampere, we climbed to Pyynikki’s  tower to marvel more views. From there we could see whole Tampere. Luckily it was sunny day, so Tampere looked very beautiful and it was great to take some pictures. After this we went to have some coffee and Pyynikki’s famous buns! When we had some coffee I teached a few words and numbers in Finnish. Otherwise we talked about our school systems and army in Finland and China. I learned that kids in China starts to study English at the age of six. In Finland we start to study foreign languages when we are about nine years old. But I think that is better to start younger to study languages. I would have liked to learn them earlier. In that way you’ll get good basis to your language skills. About army we talked about because my boyfriend is there right now. In Finland every boy over 18 years old have to go to army. In China there are so many people that every boy don’t have to go to army. If person wants to go to army he can go and he’ll get real salary of it.  After having coffee and buns we greeted to each other happy holiday because our autumn break was about to begin then. This was a very nice meeting I think! Now let the pictures show you how beautiful this day was!

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The second meeting

Our second meeting with Qian happened at my place. We didn’t do anything special, we focused on Finnish this time. I taught Qian to pronounce vowels and consonants. We also practiced days and months in Finnish and some common phrases.

Age limits and social media

Cultural differences between Finland and China are intresting and strange at times. Intresting difference is the using of the social media. In Finland we couldn’t even think life without Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. We use them all the time and these channels are all around us. People talk about these channels in TV, in radio, in magazines and even in the news! In China they don’t have this kind of culture. They can’t use these channels there. But Chinese have different applications to connect their friends. These applications have similar qualities as facebook and other channels.

But then I found about the strange difference between our cultures. In China people have no age limits, especially talking about alcohol. Alcohol can be bought by anybody, it doesn’t matter if the person is a child or an adult. I think this is really weird. But maybe it depends on our very strict limits and law in Finland. Finnish people can’t buy alcohol before they turn eighteen. If minor gets caught by holding alcohol, it’s a crime and if someone buys alcohol to minor, it’s also a crime.

That was our second meeting. I think that it’s amazing to learn new things about China and it’s great to teach Qian. Ultimately we took a selfie, of  course!

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Me and my new lovely friend Qian!

The first meeting

Hi!

I’m a Finnish girl Merituuli and I live in Tampere and I study nursing for first year. My partner in this EOTO-course is Chinese Qian Sun and I teach her Finnish. So my job is only teach Qian but of course I’m also learning new things about Chinese culture and Chinese people. At the same I can brush my English skills, because it’s our only common language with Quin. I’m so excited about this course!

Our first meeting

We decided with Qian that she would cook for me some Chinese food. We met at her apartment. She cooked for me potatoes, meat, cabbage and rice in Chinese style. It was so good! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures about the food, because we were too hungry to take pictures,haha! 😀 It appeared that Chinese food is more spicy than Finnish food. I couldn’t even eat as more as I would like to eat, because I’m not used to spicy food. Anyway, it was so tasty and after that I have used more flavours when I cook for myself. Another interesting thing in Chinese food was that they heat their salad like Qian heated cabbage and added some flavours and salt in it. It was strange for a Finn who has all her life eaten raw salad without any added flavours. Whereas Qian thought that it’s odd that almost all our food is raw and cold, like salad and milk. But anyway, I have to say that change is good, I loved that cabbage, it was also very tasty! For a dessert I had brought Finnish chocolate, Fazer’s ”Salmiakki and chocolate”- chocolate. Happily Qian liked it,  because not everybody likes the taste of salmiakki.

Teaching

We didn’t only eat when we met. I also taught Quin Finnish. Quin practised vowels and consonants in Finnish and also some phrases.  All went well but I noticed that pronouncing letter ”R” can be hard for foreigners. But then I thought that it’s also hard for us Finns when we learn talking as kids. Teaching was fun and hard at times.  Finnish can be hard language because it’s so different compared with, for example, English and Spanish. All in all, our first meeting was funny and I learned many new things, and I hope Qian learned too. I’m really looking forward our next meetings!