Last Sunday(October 7th), we went to the Pyynikki observation tower. The reason why we chose there to meet is that I really wanted to eat the famous donuts of the cafe on the side of the tower! We enjoyed the very sweet donuts and a cup of coffee.
Also, we talked about each other country’s education. I was very surprised to hear that Chinese students go to school early in the morning and go back home at 12am!
Then, we had a great view of Tampere from top of the tower. But it’s so cold, so we couldn’t stay there so long.
On a pretty Saturday morning, me and my chinese friends + Tony, met on Sokos. They had wished I could teach them finnish names of the basic foods, drinks, desserts and so on. I had already prepared a paper for them with most common finnish foods.
As we learned, we disscused diffrences between Chinese cusine and finnish cusine. I learned that in China, chocolate is very bad compared to Finnish chocolate. Maybe it’s because Finnish chocolate is pretty preservative free and made in Finland?
It was also intresting to learn, that unlike in finnish, chinese words are based on something. Like Blueberry (Mustikka) is in chinese Lánméi, meaning blue colored berry. “-méi” means berry. Also that “Huang” means yellow.
We didn’t plan our next meeting yet, but it will hopefully take place this week. We are already half way done with our course! I hope we will still keep in touch after it ^^
Our 4th meeting took place in Pyynikki Observation Tower on offical Tampere day. It was also China’s National day which was very nice coincindence.
With Li and Cui we walked in Pyynikki’s surroundings, talked about nature and our past week. They were really impressed about Finlands nature and sights we had over Pyhäjärvi. Then we went to Tower and then to have tea/cocoa to towers cafe. We talked about China’s National day which seems very grand.
Later on Sisi and Huang joined us and we went to tower for a second time. Li was very brave to come all the way up for a second time even thought he doesn’t like high places <3.
I taught them some very basic nature words like kivi, puu, maa and käpy. We agreed to meet next Saturday and go shopping in the grocery store so I can teach them names of vegetables, fruits and so on ^.^
We had our first Japanese-Chinese meeting at a department store RATINA on September 14th. My pair Huang had known that RATINA was on sale, so we decided to meet there.
First, we looked around the entire RATINA. There were a lot of shops and we talked a lot while walking around. For example, about the difference in uniform. Most Japanese high school students go to school wearing uniforms like jackets and skirts, or shirts and pants, but according to Huang, Chinese high school students go to school wearing jersey. I was surprised to see the actual picture because the Chinese uniforms was like gym clothes to wear in physical education class in Japan.
Then we sat on the bench and taught the name of countries each other. Although there are kanji (Chinese character) in Japan, it is difficult for me because the pronunciation is quite different from that of Chinese.
After all we just bought a snack at a grocery store despite sale, but it was a really good time talking with Haung!
Our third meeting was at Li’s home near Lukonmäki.
Li, Cui, Huang and Sisi had made some traditional chinese food because of their friends 20th birthday! Me and my boyfriend were invited to join also and it was so much fun! I was suprised how birthday party starts: first you sing, then birthday girl/boy blows away candle and then do somekind of prayer.
It was my first time eating chinese food; there were sushi, põ, tomatoes with sugar, pumpkin… I feared they would be very spicy but suprisingly they were not. I really liked pumpkin and põ.
We discussed some table manners and differences between China-Finland. In China, the oldest person/-s start the dining, then the younger ones (grandparents->parents->you->your younger siblings). It’s done so to show respect to your elders. Dinners are also very lively in China while in Finland, you eat in silence because Ruokarauha (food peace?).
We also discussed dinners in diffrent holidays, traditional foods, table wear’s in finnish and chinese. I love how observant they are: they make good points that made me laugh when I realized how anti-social and shy we finnish people are.
Our Chinese friends made some very good questions I have to think through for our next meeting (like why finnish food is usually so salty, finnish small talk..)
Yesterday (Wednesday 12.9) was my groups 1st meeting in Moro Skybar. My two chinese friends had bought another chinese friend Ruonan with them and I bought my classmate Meri and my boyfriend Toni. I was worried it would be awkward but mood was very relaxed and easy with some hot beverages and juice.
My chinese friends were very impressed by the beautiful view we had. We changed a few words before moving onto learning part.
I taught them numbers from 1-10, weekdays, months and seasons. They asked some other questions like how to pronounce their home addresses here in Tampere and how to say I love you <3 and so on. It was very funny and delightfull to teach them and we concluded finnish R is hard to pronounce! I have to agree chinese isn’t easy either!
They are very intrested in finnish nature, so we agreed to go boat trip to Näsijärvi next spring/summer with my boyfriends boat and do some spring celebration on Spring.
Some of the things I learned:
-I love you: =Wo ai ni
-How to write my name: 珍妮
Our next meeting will be in Sauna next week! I am anxiously waiting to see how that goes and learn more~~
13th, Dec. Yun,Xia,Min,Kaikai
Today we learned about how to say months , weekdays，weekends and time in Korean and Chinese.
We have learned from Monday to Sunday in Korean， January to December，and how to decscribe years. An interesting point is the weekdays in Korean has the same pronunciation with the five elements （metal，wood，water，fire，and earth） in Chinese pronunciation！Asian countries always have some common things hahah ^_^ ~
So I think I can express the exact day in Korean now！
6th，Dec. Yun，Xia，Min ，Kaikai
The 6th of December 2017 is 100 years independence day of Finland and so we went to the central square watched the firework and shows together！
The groud piled up with sick fresh snow and the light brightly across it，everything looks so beautiful.We watched an awesome show and firework together ，besides，all of us are excited about the special evening！By the way，Isac is amazing pop singer！
We took many photos that day but due to the cold weather we back home right away when finished all these events..This was also my first time to see so many people together in Tampere ..lol 🙂
15th, Nov. Yun,Xia ,Min and Kaikai
We have learned two songs today！
During the first meeting，Yun has told us that the Chinese song <Tian MI MI> is very popular in China and that was also the reason why we taught her this song！And also we loved an episode from a Korean drama（picture below）called ,<걱정말아요 그대> which we really wanted to learn.
Both of us are familiar to the tune of the songs，the problems is the pronunciation of the lyrics.But with the help of each other，we can read the lyrics by ourselves，although，only one paragraph..
I really love this songs so that I have used half an hour to remember it!This songs reminded me of the warm pictures in the drama!
Our third meeting on 28.10.2017. Yun sungin，Kaikai Ji，Min Song ，Xia Chu.
We invited Yun to our home and cooked lunch together.The menu contained Chinese patties，Tofu，Scrambled egg with tomato，vegetable soup.
All the dishes was easy to cook except the patties. Honestly，I was not good at dealing with flour but luckily Min was！I cooked filling and then we made patties together. Korean also have similar food so Yun could do patties very well~We called the Chinese patties “Big dumplings” jokingly..LOL…Tofu is also a traditional chinese food which is made of beans.But that day，the dishes with tofu we cooked was a little bit salty T T ！As to the Scrambled egg with tomato，I bet all the Chinese people can cook it and love it very much!
After lunch,we continued learning basic Korean and Chinese for one hour.We taught each other some word can used when eating and how to described weather.