2nd Meeting: Lyrics lyrics lyrics

For the second meeting we had decided to pick a song text on the language we want to learn and then in the meeting to translate it. For me it was kinda difficult to find a song in German that i liked and didn’t understand. But then we decided just to pick a song from Rammstein and translate that to English together. Because the song wasn’t too hard to understand we made a list of words that are almost the same in German and Finnish, you only need to ad an “i” in the end. Finnish is that simple ūüėÄ

Daniel had picked a classic song with the title Juodaan viinaa. This turned out to be a good practice for both of us. First Daniel translated the text from Finnish to English and after that I translated that to German. With this task I really understood how hard Finnish can be and how much more simpler language English can be compared to Finnish.

Tenth Meeting – Christmas Party!

We met at Janica’s home to celebrate a Christmas Party!

In the begining she showed us a Photo Album of her Exchange to Argentina. It was very fun to see all the pictures and to listen to the stories she told us! She was staying in Buenos Aires, but also had some time to travel to Uruguay and Brasil- It was very funny because when I saw the picture of her in the beach in Montevideo it happens that I live 2 blocks away from the place the picture was taken!

From her visit to Argentina Janica has a mate, so she had it ready when we arrived. Getuar had never tried mate so I was very excited to see if he would like it or not. The mate had some sugar in it, so it was not the original one (it is very bitter) but it was ok for him.

We spent the evening listening to Christmas songs and telling each other how do we spend Christmas time. We had some Finnish Christmas food: joulutorttu, gl√∂gi, ginger breads and chocolate. It was a lovely evening and I didn’t wanted to end!

It was very nice to meet Janica and Getuar so I will be forever thankful to this course of giving me the chance to meet them! I hope we can meet again in the future!

At the end of the meeting Janica was so nice to gave us a ride back home ūüôā

Ninth Meeting – Music!

This meeting was very fun because we talked about music! Music from our countries and music that we like or listen, so we keep playing music the whole evening.

Getuar and Janica knows some music in Spanish but mostly reggaet√≥n¬† and some cumbia, both which I don’t like, so I tried to show them some other styles of Latin American music. I didn’t know that Latin American music was heard here!
Janica likes Latin American music a lot because she says that it has more rhythm and is happier than finnish music. Getuar and Janica like J Balvin and Don Omar. Funny thing is that I don’t know who J Balvin is or what he sings! I have Heard his name sometime but that’s it!

In the other hand, I used to listen to The Rasmus when I was a teenager so I was very happy that I could see them live in Särkänniemi this autumn!! They were a very famous band in Latin America back then.

I showed them some music from Carlos Vives. He is a Colombian singer, that mostly sings traditional Colombian cumbia, ballenato for example.

I also showed them a singer that I am listening a lot nowadays, Natalia Lafourcade. She is a mexican Singer, who has sang rock, pop, bossa nova style, and now she is getting involved with folclore of whole Latin America. I think it is very good to have artists that are getting back to our traditional music!

As Janica has been living in Buenos Aires I asked if she knew the Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo as they were the most famous Latin American back in time. I showed them some classics from this band but failed to show them the song “La ciudad de la furia” that directly refers to Buenos Aires city.

This meeting was a very good one because me talked about a lot of things involving music and traditions and we learned a lot of things!!

Eight Meeting – Family and Relatives

We met at TAMK library again for this meeting. The topic for today is family members and other relationships. I already know most of them in Finnish but  I also learned some new ones.

I really enjoy the process of teaching Spanish, even more than learning Finnish. Sometimes I get very passionate about some topics and start explaining some curious words and grammar issues. I know that they are quite advance topics, but I am not pretending Janica and Getuar to learn them know, but just to make them awake that Spanish can be sometimes very tricky! For example baby in Spanish is “beb√©”, but if you write “bebe” it means drink.

We have a lot of fun telling all the family members, Janica remembers a lot of them even when she stayed for a short time in Argentina! She says she is not good with languages but I don’t think so, I think she has a great capacity of learning and remembering!

These are some of the words we learned:
Finnish, Spanish, English:

√Ąiti, madre/mam√°, mother.
Isä, padre/papá father.
Veli, hermano, brother.
Sisko, hermana, sister.
Isoäiti, abuela, grandmother.
Isoisä, abuelo, grandfather.
Täti, tía, aunt.
Setä, tío, uncle.
Vanhemmat, padres, parents.
Serkku, primos, cousins.
Tyttö, chica, girl.
Poika, chico, boy.
Ystävä, amigo/amiga, friend.
Tyttöystävä, novia, girlfriend.
Piokaystävä, novio, boyfriend.
Vauva, bebé, baby.

This was a really nice meeting, for the next ones we are planning to have a Christmas party at Janicas’s place and going to Vapriikki Museum.

Seventh Meeting – Help! I have a Finnish test!

We met at TAMK library this time. I have Finnish test and I need to study so Janica and Getuar will help me ūüôā

We talked about colours and adjetives. Most of the words were not new for me but I needed to learn it by heart

This meeting was pretty fun, because we sat in a computer to write all the words and we “played a game”. The game was that Getuar wrote a color in English and I had to say it in Finnish and Janica had to say it in Spanish, so it was kind of a Memory Game. I didn’t remember most of them but Janica has a very good memory and said almost all the colours by heart! It was a very fun way to review our knowledge!

We did a similar thing with the adjectives to describe things. Here are some of the adjectives we talked about:
Finnish, Spanish, English:

Uusi, nuevo, new.
Vanha, viejo, old.
Nuori, joven, Young.
Iso, grande, big.
Pieni, chico/peque√Īo, small.
Pitkä, alto, tall.
Lyhyt, corto/peque√Īo, short.
Kallis, caro, expensive.
Halpa, barato, cheap.
Kuuma, caliente, hot.
Kylmä, frío, cold.
Kaunis, linda/hermosa/bonita, beautiful.
Komea, lindo/hermoso/bonito, handsome.
Onnellinen, feliz, happy.
Surullinen, triste, sad.
Hyvä, bueno/bien, good.
Paha/Huono, malo, bad.

Thank you Janica and Getuar for yor help! We also had a very fun time!

 

Sixth Meeting – Months and some Uruguayan culture

For this meeting we chose Kaffila Café. It was a very cold afternoon so it was great to meet in a warm and cozy place!

We learned about the months. We had a lot of fun learning them and trying to get the meaning of each month in Finnish. It seems that they are somehow related to the season and the things going on in the nature at the time. I think it is very interesting!

I showed Janica and Getuar some pictures about Uruguay’s tradition and culture, mainly about music and food.

Music: I showed them some traditional music we have. There are 2 musical rhythms that are related to the Carnival: Murga and Candombe. In Uruguay the Carnival is very important, specially in Montevideo where it takes place the longest Carnival celebrations in the world (it lasts more than one month).

Murga:

Candombe:

Another traditional music is Tango. It was born at the same time in both sides of Rio de la Plata, in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, so this rhythm we share with Argentina.

Food: I think one of the most important beverage we have is Mate. Getuar is fan of football so he always see the player Luis Su√°rez with his mate. I explained to him what it is and how we drink it. I am not a mate drinker (I like it very much though), so I am not used to drink it, but my parents drink it everyday. Janica also knows mate because she was living in Argentina, and she has one in her house! So she promised to invite us to drink mate sometime.

In rainy days is a tradition to make Torta Frita and eat it drinking a good mate.

We are fans of Dulce de Leche and Alfajores. 

I was very happy to share a lot of things about my country and Janica and Getuar were very interested in it!  

 

 

 

Fifth Meeting – What time is it?

For this meeting we met at the Waffle Café again!

We learned about how to say the time. Telling the hour in Finnish is quite similar to English, but is Spanish it is slightly different. What we did was drawing some clocks with different cases and wrote the time in Finnish and Spanish. I think we need to practise a lot to learn it properly.

We learned the greetings we should say depending on the time of the day.

We also talked a bit about Lapland because I really want to go there this year. Getuar has never been there but Janica has worked there during Christmas season some time ago. So it was good that she could gave some tips ūüôā

Fourth meeting – Days of the week

We met in the Waffle Café which is a lovely place with delicious food!

The topic for this meeting was the days of the week. I already know them in Finnish but Getuar was learning them in Spanish for the first time. I told them that the names of the days comes from the planets and sun and moon.
Lunes (Monday) comes from Luna (Moon). Martes (Tuesday) comes from Marte. Mi√©rcoles (Wednesday) comes from Mercurio (Mercury). Jueves (Thursday) comes from J√ļpiter. Viernes (Friday) comes from Venus. S√°bado (Saturday) comes from the Hebrew Sabbath. Domingo (Sunday) comes from Sol (sun).

I think it is easy for me to remember the days of week in Finnish because I can relate most of them to the English, but I think to Getuar it might be more difficult to remember them in Spanish because you cannot relate the days to Finnish nor English.

In this meeting we also started talking about Christmas traditions. We wanted to know the differences and similarities on how we celebrate Christmas. The conversation was very interesting.

For example, in Uruguay families get together for dinner at Christmas Eve and at midnight we hug and congratulate each other and there are Fireworks, after that we open the presents. In Finland there are not Fireworks at Christmas, and for example in Janica’s family they open the presents in the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

We had to leave because the Café was closing, but the conversation was so interesting that we will continue talking about that. We also think it would be a good idea to have a Christmas party together!

Third meeting – Learning numbers

For this meeting we went to Hesburguer because I really wanted to try Finnish junk food ;P we also had some discount coupons so we decided to use them.

The topic of the meeting were the numbers. I already learned them in my Basics of Finnish course but I thought it was good to remember them, and also Getuar don’t know the numbers in Spanish. We learned to count from 1 to 100. Janica remembered pretty well how to say numbers in Spanish.

They also told me that when people talk in Finnish they might say a shorter version of the numbers so I will be very aware when I go to the supermarket to recognize the numbers.

The meeting was very fun as we were eating hamburguers and also telling some stories about our lives.

 

Second Meeting – Supermarket time!

For this meeting we met in the supermarket that is downstairs from Stockmann. I really wanted some help with the name of the foods.  So we started to wander in the supermarket naming the food in Finnish and Spanish.

I am not a good cooker and I don’t cook for myself in my country that’s why I don’t know much about food or different types of one kind of food. Knowing that, imagine what happens when I go to a supermarket where everything is in Finnish, I have no clue of what to do!

One thing that¬† I wanted to know is why there are a lot of types of eggs, in my country as far as I know (you shouldn’t trust me) there are 2 types of eggs, the white ones and the brown ones. But here you can see at least 5 different boxes with different colors and names, but the eggs are all white! Janica and Getuar started to translate the names to me and I discovered that the names depend on how the chicken lives, etc.

Another difficult thing for me was the milk. At first I thought that the light blue one was the one with no fat. But one day I translated it from Finnish and it said it was non fat milk, but when I translated from Swedish it said fat milk! The conclusion is that you shouldn’t trust the translator! Light blue means non fat milk, dark blue means with little fat, and the red means with more fat.

I also learned the name of some animals, fruits and vegetables.

As Janica lived in Argentina for 3 months she started to remember the names of the things we where talking about. Getuar is starting to learn Spanish from zero, so he learned a lot of new vocabulary, but what got stuck in his mind was “Arroz y br√≥coli” which means “Rice and broccoli”.

These are some of the words I learned:
Finnish, Spanish, English:

Liha, carne, meat.
Munia, huevos, egg.
Kevyt, liviano, light.
Porkkana, zanahoria, carrot.
Leipä, pan, bread.
Luomu, org√°nico, organic.
Kanan, pollo, chicken.
Nauda, vaca, cow.
Kalkkuna, pavo, turkey.
Jauheliha, carne picada, minced meat.
Basilika, albahaca, basil.
Kinkku, jamón, ham.
Maito, leche, milk.
Juusto, queso, cheese.
Appelsiini, naranja, orange.
Omena, manzana, Apple.

This meeting was very useful for me as now I understand the products in the supermarket better!

One funny thing that happened in the end of the meeting (was not funny in that moment) is that I lost my cellphone in a bench inside the supermarket. I realised about the loss when we were already upstairs, so we came back, someone found it and we had to pick it up on the third floor. I was so thankful that nobody stole it, in my country probably I would have never seen it again!