This week the girls and I met at their home. And they prepared for me the national dishes of Romania. The first is Mamalyga, which is made from corn grits. I tried mamalyga in Russia, but it is not so popular as in Romanian cuisine. Ramona also cooked meat sausages sent by her mother from Romania. Thank you girls for dinner! At dinner, we learned that we have many common national dishes, such as borsch, cabbage rolls with meat and pancakes. With each meeting, we learn more about each other’s countries, cultures, traditions and dishes. Especially with regard to dishes and some products, we believe that our two countries are somewhat similar to each other!
In this meeting with the girls, we learned about family members. Now I know how mom, dad, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt, brother, sister will be in Romanian. This time we learned basic verbs such as do, read, teach, know, love, live and others. For me it was not easy, but very interesting. We also told to each other more about our countries, about culture and showed our national money. Ramona and Cristina showed me 1 Leu which depicted the Prime Minister and historian Nicolae Iorga. In turn, I also showed Russian banknotes. The 50 rubles banknote is dedicated to Saint Petersburg, 100 rubles – the city of Moscow, the Bolshoi Theater. And 1000 rubles – the city of Yaroslavl, a monument to Yaroslav the Wise.
At the first meeting, we found out that there are several similar things between our countries: some words, as well as national dishes. This time, the girls and I taught each other the alphabet so that we could pronounce each letter correctly and be able to read correctly. The Romanian alphabet was not that complicated, and I was very interested in this process. In addition, we did not forget about numbers, Ramona and Christina taught me to count to 10. Next time we’ll know more. We also learned basic phrases such as: Hello, how are you? what’s your name? my name is… I live in … and others. It was very exciting! I like that our meetings are very lively and funny!
Yesterday, on the 4th of February, we had our first meeting where we got to know each other much better and share our experience about being a student in Finland. Me and Cristina had the chance to teach Yulia some basic greetings in Romanian, and she taught us the baisc greetings in Russian. It is a nice oportunity to learn Russian, also to know more about each country. We found out that we have a lot os similar food and that we have a few similar words such as: yes = Da, mother = mama.