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4th meeting Chinese-English

Affected by the coronavirus epidemic, we choose to meet each other online. In our fourth meeting, Natalia and I were talked about 10 most common verbs in Chinese and the name of different kinds of western food like Check pea, Black Olives, Halloumi ( a type of cheese) and so on. The meeting was held online on the 22nd of March.

The meeting started with Chinese teaching, so I have listed the name and pinyin of all the 10 verbs, although they are 10 simple verbs, they can be used in almost all conversations, so I had to take a lot of time to explain them clearly and give as many examples as possible to help her understand. Fortunately, I can share my screen to show what I want to display which is made the teaching much easier.

After that, Natalia introduced me to the most common foods in her country and what ingredients and steps are needed to make them. Also, we discussed some slangs in English like ”you guys rock” which means well done, that is really amazing and interesting for me.

To summarize, it is an amazing meeting and I have learned a lot of interesting information.

3rd meeting Chinese-English

In our third meeting, Natalia and I were talked about how to speak year, various colours and family members in Chinese and different kinds of western festivals and we also discussed the situation of coronavirus in Tampere and how to protect ourselves. The meeting was held at café Europa on the 14th of March.

The meeting started with Chinese teaching, so I have listed the name and pinyin of all kinds of colours for her so that it easier to remember. I found I could guide her to discover the rules and connections behind it so that she can better understand and master while I was teaching. So, in the following time, I adopted that method and found that it is indeed more effective.

After that, Natalia tried to describe some most typical and popular western festivals for me, like Karnavalia Festival, Easter Holidays and Orthodox Christians Festival. During the process she told me when are these festivals, why do people celebrate them and how do they celebrate them.

To summarize, it is an amazing meeting and I have learned a lot of interesting information.

Second Meeting—Chinese, Greek and Cypriot

Yia sas!

In our second meeting, Natalia, Katerina and I were talked about some daily dialogue in different situations and they also shared some funny things about Greece and Cyprus to me. The meeting took place at café Europa on the 7th of March.

At the beginning of the meeting, I taught them how to read and write weekdays and months in Chinese and with my help, they also summarized a rule which helps them to remember these words more easily.

Moreover, in the next part of the meeting, we discussed some amazing things which are about the most sought-after celebrities, songs and some must-try food in Greece and Cyprus. For example, one of the most popular songs in Cyprus and Greece is called ‘Bonita’, which is written by a Cypriot singer — Elefthesia, many people like this song, especially young people. In addition, they taught me how to greet people while sharing me typical traditional food in Greece and Cyprus, like ‘yia su’ means ‘hello’; ‘efxaristo’ means ‘thank you’.

To summarize, it is an amazing meeting and I have learned a lot of useful and interesting knowledge from it.

First Meeting—Chinese and Cypriot

In our first meeting, we just get straight to the point –Numbers. The meeting took place on the 22nd of February, at the Espresso House café.

At the beginning of the meeting, Hao Xi and I taught the basic rules of number, which are good for foreigners to master the Numbers apace. Base on the rules, we spend about one hour helping our Cypriot friend Natalia to learn them, eventually, she can write, pronounce and spell the Numbers from 1-999 in Chinese. In the process of teaching Numbers, we also taught her the four tones of Chines so that she can pronounce them more accurately.

Moreover, we asked Natalia some slang expression questions we met in daily life, which really confused us. For example, the expression ” shit hits the fan “ means somebody is getting in big trouble. “my life is derailed” means someone’s routine life was stopped by sudden some troubles.

To summarize, it is an amazing experience teaching Chinese to a foreigner who wants to know more about China.