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Romanian – Spanish // 7th meeting

Date: 12-11-2019. Participants: Cristina Dimitru, Ramona Ion, Sara Campos.

Today we had our last meeting and we spent it creating some dialogues in Romanian and Spanish. I think this task was very useful because it really makes you think about the language and use it in a more realistic way. It felt very challenging at first, but we helped eachother and I think we did a good job together. Being able to construct a basic conversation was very satisfying considering that my romanian level is still pretty low, and it encouraged me a lot to keep studying. We also recorded eachother while reading some of the dialogue, which felt a bit awkward at first but we couldn’t stop laughing while the others were recording.

It feels a bit sad that this was our last meeting, but I think we all enjoyed a lot getting to know eachother and eachother’s culture throught this course. I didn’t have high expectations at the beggining because I had never thought about learning Romanian but now that it’s over I can say that it was a great experience. Not only did I learn the basics of a new language and got to know about a different culture, but I also made two new friends along the way. I think this method of learning was very fun and rewarding at the same time and you get a completely different experience to other language lessons. I’m very glad to have enrolled in this course and to have learned so many new things.

Romanian – Spanish // 6th meeting

Date: 07-11-2019. Participants: Cristina Dimitru, Ramona Ion, Sara Campos.

For our last meeting I went to Ramona and Cristina’s place again so we could take a look at the triggers. We had a bit of a hard time in the beggining because we couldn’t properly understand the task, but we came around to it. The topics we chose for our triggers were: places, food and emotions. We went through the vocabulary and decided that we would leave the dialogue for a different meeting since we ran out of time.

On top of that, we talked about Romanian and Spanish nightlife and party culture, and we also showed eachother some popular musicians and singers from our countries. Ramona and Cristina baked some brownies and we had a very nice time. It’s a bit sad that this course is coming to an end soon but I really enjoyed it.

Romanian – Spanish // Fifth meeting: Spanish lunch!

Date: 02/11. Participants: Cristina Dimitru, Ramona Ion, Sara Campos.

Now it was time for Ramona and Cristina to come to my place and let me cook for them. I tried to make something different than the stereotypical traditional Spanish food and decided to make something I would actually have with my family for lunch on a Saturday or any day when we have a bit more time to cook. I cooked huevos rotos con chistorra (fried egss with potatoes and spanish sausage) and for dessert I made torrijas, which is actually a very traditional dessert made with bread dipped in milk and cinnamon and then frying it. I was a bit nervous because I had never cooked this for other people but I think it came out pretty well in the end! It made me really happy to see that Cristina and Ramona seemed to like it and it reminded me of my home as well. During lunch we talked about different traditions and festivities of eachother’s countries, our plans for the next month and a half we have left in Tampere, going to University in Romania and Spain, etc. I also had the chance to teach them a few bad words in Spanish whenever I burned myslef while cooking hahaha.

Romanian – Spanish // Fourth meeting: Romanian dinner

Date: 24/10. Participants: Cristina Dimitru, Ramona Ion, Sara Campos.

On our fourth meeting, Ramona and Cristina invited me to their house to have a traditional Romanian meal. The dish they cooked was called mămăligă cu brânză și ouă, or mămăligă with cheese and eggs. While cooking we talked about our trips during the autumn vacation and the trips each one of us has planned for the next months. Then it came the time to eating the mămăligă and I was very surprised! The flavour was very nice and nothing crazy, but the texture was something I had never tried before. I enjoyed it and realized how different Spanish and Romanian cuisines are. I really appreciate that they cooked it for me and I loved how excited they were about this dish.


After dinner, we had a cup of hot chocolate and talket about our experience in Finland in general. We talked about the differences that we see now that we have been here for two months, especially between Finnish people and Spanish and Romanian people. We also discussed our personal experience meeting Finnish students and making friends here. It was very nice to talk about our personal lifes and I feel like we’re getting to know eachother pretty well. It was a really nice evening and now I’m looking forward for them to come to my place so I can show them some of my favourite Spanish dishes!

Romanian – Spanish // Meeting at TAMK

Date: 4-10. Participants: Cristina Dimitru, Ramona Ion, Sara Campos.

This day we met at the TAMK cafeteria to have lunch together and just catch up with eachother since it had been a long time since we had seen for the last time. After lunch, we headed to the y campus to study a bit. For this meeting, Ramona and Cristina taught me  human body vocabulary, as well as some basic verbs and prepositions. On my side, I had prepared some accentuation exercises and prepositions but I had a problem sith the printer so we had to improvise a bit. I taught the girls clothing vocabulary and some verbs and prepositions as well.

I think this was a really fruitful meeting because with the things we learned today we can start building some basic sentences and that always makes you feel like you’re making progress while learning a new language.

For our next meeting I will be going to Cristina and Ramona’s place and they will cook a traditional dish. I’m very excited about this, as I’ve never tried Romanian food. Also, they brought me Romanian money! It was relly sweet of them and made me really happy.


Romanian – Spanish // Second meeting at Taikapapu coffee shop

Date: 20-09. Prticipants: Cristina Dimitru, Ramona Ion, Sara ampos.

For our second meeting we met at a coffee shop in the city centre called Taikapapu. I began by explaining more clearly Spanish pronunciation and we also went through the rules of accentuation. This is something a lot of non-native (and even some native) Spanish students struggle with, but Ramona and Cristina got it since the beginning! Then I showed them some basic vocabulary: weekdays, months, colors, family relatives… Then they showed me the same things in Romanian. one of the things that I find the most challenging is pronunciation, because Romanian has some vowel sounds that don’t even exist in Spanish. Another thing is that, since both languages have so much in common, it is very temptating to apply the Spanish grammar to everything in Romanian.

After the teaching part, we just had a nice conversation about our everyday life in our hometowns over our coffee. Later they took me to a local asian supermarket because we had been talking about the food we missed from our homes. Not only did I find some nice snacks there (sunflower seeds are the most typical Spanish snack and I can’t find it anywhere in Tampere!), but we also talked about traditional food and ingredients from each one’s cultures.

It was really nice to meet in a more casual setting and get to know more about Romanian culture in a more personal way. For the next meeting we agreed on having a picnic (if the weather allows it).

Romanian – Spanish // First meeting.

Date: 13/09. Participants: Cristina Maria Dumitru, Ramona Andrea Ion, Sara Campos.

For our first meeting we decided to meet at the Y campus in TAMK. Ramona and Cristina started teaching me the most basic stuff about Romanian: common phrases, pronunciation, introducing myself, etc. Then I taught them basically the same thing in Spanish, but I promised to give a better explanation about pronunciation the next time because there are a lot of different rules for pronunciation in Spanish, shome of which are completely opposite to those of Romanian!

I think it was very nice for our first expecience. I already knew Ramona and Cristina before starting this course so this is also an opportunity to get to know them better. I had never thought about learning Romanian before, but it seems like a very interesting language and I’m excited to learn more about it.