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Cats and coffee

Organized by Li and my other awesome Chinese friends (+one Japanese) we met at Cafe Purnauskis, which is a famous cat Cafe in Tammela. I have wanted to go there for so long but I didn’t have anyone to go there with.

We had all been busy with school and other things, so it was nice to relax for a while😊 Huang came too with her EOTO partner, Moe. Also Sisi was there too.

Cats were so cute and nice. They didn’t care about me but liked to play with Li and others. We talked a little bit about Christmas and New Year. Cui invited me and my boyfriend to spend Chinese New Year with them on February 😍

Cats Cafe

Last night (27.11.2018) we went to the cats cafe which is located at the opposite of the center square.There was another friend joined us  and she is Huang’s partner who is a Japanese girl.

I think it was a good thing that Jenny really love the cats and she also was interested in the oldest cat in the cafe whose hair is gray with white .By the way ,there were maybe six or eight cats in the cafe,which were not similar to others.I especially like the youngest cat in it and she is so cute,although sometimes she didn’t want to play with me.After having a good time with cats, we left soon because the cafe closed the door at 7 pm.

We also made a appointment that we will meet today at the pre-Christmas party which held by Tamko .I also invited Jenny and Toni to join us and enjoy a Chinese Spring Festival party in February…maybe we should wait for a long time:)

8th meeting :D

Last Thursday we had our 8th meeting at Pyynikki observatory. We met around 5 p.m. It was quite dark. When I first came to Finland, It started getting dark from about 10 p.m. but now the sky is starting to get darker from even 4 p.m. I can’t still get used to it. Anyway, I found the view really fascinating on the top of the tower. It was because many lights made the view more beautiful. And then we went to the café downstairs and got doughnuts and tea.

Gayeon introduced different kinds of Korean songs to Laura first. What made me surprised was Laura’s been quite familiar with K-pop. And then I also prepared some words, sentence about color and day. It’s still difficult to teach Korean, especially grammar.

I learned some verbs and grammar and some words about color and day. I started to study Finnish for the exam, so Finnish is getting easier for me compared to the prior meeting.

We had a good meeting. I’m looking forward to the next meeting.

Observatory and doughnuts

On Thursday we had our 8th meeting (time is going fast!). We agreed to meet at Pyynikintori, and we did, but the traffic was crazy that day, so we were all late. From there we walked a short trip to Pyynikki observatory, which we all had visited before. The view was beautiful at that time of the evening, because it was getting dark.

    

After visiting the tower we went to the cafe and (of course) ate doughnuts and studied.

This time Gayeon introduced me to Korean music and culture around that. It was really nice, because I mainly only know about K-pop, so it was good to hear different music styles and recommendations. I listen to K-pop, so I think Junhyeok and Gayeon were a bit surprised that I knew things about that. The material that Gayeon had prepared was done well.

After that we learned colors and weekdays in both languages, and it was funny that both me and Junhyeok had prepared the same words, but it was nice that we could look on both papers at the same time and search the words. Junhyeok had also prepared his teaching material well. This time I also taught how you use negative form in sentences, or, how to form it.

It is good that we also have sentences to teach to one another, so we can figure a bit how the language works. I always forget to have a rising intonations when saying Korean questions. Additionally I like that in both Korean and Finnish you can shorten sentences so much (when compared to for example how sentences work in English).

Altogether, we had a really good meeting, I really enjoyed it. It is fun to teach and learn languages with them. See you next time!

6th meeting :):)

We went to Tullintori which is the kind of shopping mall. We’d first stopped by a place where I can look around some dresses in there, and then we went to an East Asia market that is in Tullintori. Gayeun bought some Korean food, and I bought nothing. So, in the meantime, I told Laura about something Korean we could see there such as snack, ramen, rice and so on.

And we went to a café to talk about something cultural and study languages. We introduced some Korean food such as Kimchi, Bibimbap, Bulgogi, things like that. It seemed like Laura was familiar with some things to some extent because Laura likes Korean drama. While talking about Korean food, I was craving for Korean food. Because It’s been a long time since I last ate Korean food.

We also talked about Finnish culture like art, music, movies etc. Laura introduced some Finnish pop songs and had us listen to some songs using a cellphone. It was my first time listening to Finnish songs. I thought rock music has been quite popular in Finland. I could’ve introduced some Korean pop songs, but I forgot to do that.

Dresses, mart, and drinks

On Thursday we had our sixth meeting with Gayeon and Junhyeok. We met at Tullintori, because there is a shop called East Asia Mart that sells for example foods from Korea, which I think is nice for exchange students because they get to eat foods familiar for them.

First we went to see some dresses, because I wanted so. 

The dresses were on display in a small gallery, and there weren’t many evening gowns, so it was a quick visit. After that we went to the East Asia Mart. There were a lot of items and foods that you can’t buy from a regular store in Finland. It was quite nice and interesting to hear about the foods there from Junhyeok and Gayeon.

After that we went to a cafe to study.

This time I hadn’t prepared any words in Finnish to teach but instead I told about Finnish culture and made them listen to some Finnish music, old and new. It was difficult to decide what to tell about Finnish culture, and it was also difficult to tell and explain aspects of it. I had prepared some material about it, but I didn’t prepare myself to tell about the culture.

Gayeon had prepared some information about Korean food with pictures. In Korea there are a lot of dishes that we don’t eat in Finland, and there are no translations either. It would be nice to go to Korea sometime and taste those dishes even though they might be a bit too spicy for me.

Junhyeok had prepared some basic words about culture and question words and location words also. It is fun to learn about how to make sentences in Korean. I still struggle a bit reading Korean, but I’m getting better slowly.

I think this meeting was good and we were comfortable with each other. See you next time!

Ratina’s Shopping center: dinner and hot chocolate

For our fourth meeting we went for a dinner to a restaurant in Ratina’s shopping center called Tratto. There we ate dinner, Junhyeok had pasta, Gayeon had risotto and I had a pizza. I also ordered some bread for us all, that was some kind of oily bread. Gayeon had cold, so I was worried about her slightly.

The restaurant was nice and had minimalistic feeling. We talked a bit about some cultural rules around eating, and there is not so much difference between Finnish and Korean manners around dinner, for example can your elbows be on the table (it does not matter in both cultures). In Finland it is usual to pay while on the table, but in Korea I heard they pay privately.

After eating we went to a different place, not far away from the restaurant, to drink some coffee (or I had hot chocolate) and to study. That was a good idea. I had prepared some words around food and restaurant. This time I remembered to take a copy of the material that I was teaching to myself also! Gayeon and Junhyeok are starting to pronounce Finnish words quite well already, and I was proud of them. This time I emphasized the letter “L” and how short it is in a word.

In my teaching I like to make sure that all the words are pronounced to the letter, because it is rather important in Finnish language, because the meaning of the word can change fairly quickly. I tried to prepare a bit less material to teach to Junhyeok and Gayeon than the last times, so that it would be less tiring and there would be less new words to learn. Also I would not be so tired to learn some Korean afterwards. I may need to be more careful on how I explain words or parts of the words, so that I will not confuse with my teaching.

Junhyeok took the lead in teaching me this time. I had not had time to practice Korean since I had exam that Friday, and I had exams also yesterday and today. It was good that he had prepared some revision, so I had good time learning, even though I did not remember much Korean that day for some reason.

Junhyeok taught me well, and I also copied words in Korean from Gayeons translations. It was fun even though I probably pronounced Korean very interestingly.  Writing Korean is a bit like drawing, and the letters are written in blocks. In the picture above you can see how to combine Korean letters! I think I will not be able to write Korean fluently easily.

At the end of our meeting I gave Gayeon and Junhyeok reflectors, because it is going to get dark and everybody in Finland have reflectors (or should have them) during winter. For our next meeting I will try to memorize the Korean letters and also how to pronounce them, and I am looking forwards seeing Gayeon and Junhyeok after two weeks.

 

Fourth meeting

We met in a restaurant in Ratinas shopping center for dinner last Friday. We each ordered different food. I ate pasta. This pasta was pretty good except it was a little salty. After dinner, we went to a café nearby to study. I learned lots of Finnish words about food and restaurant there.

Also, I taught Laura a conversation in cafes and how to pronounce Korean letter which is Hangeul. I thought the way to pronounce alphabet is the most important because we don’t use the Roman alphabet. I hope Laura find it easy although I thought her that poorly.

At the end of our meeting, I was given a gift which is a reflector from Laura. I was going to buy that, so I was really happy with that.

We will talk about our own food next time. I’m looking forward to our next meeting.  

Loppu hyvin, kaikki hyvin. – Ende gut, alles gut. (:

Today’s meeting was all about getting into the “Finnish-zone”! To accomplish the right atmosphere, we met in one of the oldest cafés in Tampere: Café Siilinkari! A place full of memories of people who live(d) and visited Tampere! Before we started our lesson, we have enjoyed something delicious and exchanged a few personal things, just like meeting friends for a coffee and an afternoon of laughter. That’s exactly how it feels when we get together!

I’m quite interested in learning as much Finnish as humanly possible in the short amount of time I have during the semester, but for some reason I feel like the Basic Finnish courses/books give/s me about 80% vocabulary/phrases I can hardly use in day-to-day conversations. And that’s where Antero, and the Each-One-Teach-One course, comes in! Kiitoksia! I want to use my knowledge in the real world not just in theory! That’s why I asked a hundred questions. From “Mikä bussi menee Keskustasta TAMKiin?” [lit.: What bus goes from the city centre to TAMK?] or “Saisinko jälkiruoka?” [May I have a dessert?] to “Mistä musiikista sä pidät?” [What kind of music do you like?] – everything that sounds worth knowing at this moment! Of course, there is plenty more, but we got a lot of useful sentences we will learn by heart, so we can interact with the locals in their native language soon!

I liked this meeting a lot because I realized that I know more than I thought and I’m starting to get a feeling for the word order of the Finnish language just as the suffixes which are quite crazy in Finnish! But I love it. The more I learn the more I enjoy learning such an amazing and rare language.

I’m really curious where this journey will take me! It’s for sure one of my favorite experiences in learning a new language so far! 🙂

Näkemiin!

Second meeting

We met at the Metso library and look around the library last Friday. I went there for the first time. The library had a lot of books and many sections where I can listen to music and play instruments which were very interesting. Also, the library was very clean and good.

While spending some time on the tour of the library, we found some books about Korea. They had a few books about North Korea. It’s pretty surprising because I’ve never seen books about North Korea in South Korea. After the tour, we studied Finnish and Korean at the café on the third floor.

I learned about cutlery and food in Finnish. I think the words that I was taught are going to be very helpful when I go grocery shopping. Learning Finnish has been quite difficult for me so far because it looks like English in mixed order and every single word is new to me. So I need to learn some words by heart.

The second meeting was very good. Hopefully, The next meeting will also be good.