5 October 2019: First meeting at “Friends and Burger” ( Hämeenkatu 17, 33200 Tampere)
Our group consists of one German(Felix) and two Chinese(Menglin and Man Seng). Through planning , we had decided to have our official meet-up at a particular restaurant for dinner and discussion sessions about this course “each one teach one”.
Upon arrival, we chose a place in the restaurant to settle down. Then, we went to place orders of the scrumptious burger. While waiting for the burger, we did a small introduction of ourselves in English then in German and Chinese. We discuss and chat about our experience so far in Finland, our own culture and traditions, our traditional cuisine and more. There were similarities and also differences between the language, culture and traditions between German and Chinese which makes everything much more fun and interesting to learn and know about.
Here is some basic German that I learned that day:
- Guten Tag = Good Day
- Auf wiedersehen = Bye
- Mein Name ist = My name is
- Ich bin = I am
Although it’s only the first meeting but I think this module are precisely useful to me. This is due to the reason that it would definitely help me to improve my communication skills through all the meetings and meetup. I believe this skill is one of the most important skills that a person needed to have in today’s employ-ability market. Language are fun to learn but I still had to put in more effort in order to fully absorb the knowledge and the basics of a whole new language.
I’m excited for the next meeting and I strongly believe that it’s going to be interesting and fun-filled.
Today we met for the very first time with Lu at the school library in TAMK. We discussed a lot of our lives and got to know each other a little bit. It was very interesting too see how China and Finland are so different kind of countries, yet we found common ground and share same expectations and difficulties as a generation. I think we are going to have fun and get along fine during this course.
As I am new to Chinese language Lu taught me some basic phrases like saying hello, I’m sorry, I like you and so on. I’m fascinated how beautiful language Chinese is, both written and pronounced, although I think my attempt to write Chinese was like 3-year old’s. We also revised Finnish phrases and pronouncing.
We also talked a little about our lives as students, housing conditions and so on. Now that I have seen pictures of the school Lu goes to in China, Shandong University, I can’t help but to feel amazed. It looked very futuristic and wonderful. Perhaps I will see it with my own eyes someday.
We met at y-kampus on February 15, and we were all there.First, we discussed the ten topics/sites we are going to do/see and drew up the draft.
The first meeting started at 1:30 p.m. and ended around 2 p.m.During the meeting, we briefly introduced ourselves.Our Dutch teachers are Ryan and Merlin, and our Chinese teachers are Changling, Huaicheng and Jiaqi (me).
We taught them the Numbers from 1 to 10 in Chinese, as well as the pronunciation and handwriting of these Numbers (simplified Chinese).
1， 2， 3， 4， 5， 6， 7， 8， 9， 10
一， 二， 三， 四， 五， 六， 七， 八， 九， 十
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 😍
This Tuesday, our group and other two groups met at cats cafe together. There were 7 Each One Teach One’s members including me! We enjoyed to touch cats and to take pictures. All cats were very cute, but they didn’t care about me at all. The cats are fickle😂 Anyway, it was a good experience for me since I had never been to cats cafe.
Last Sunday, we met at Huang’s friend’s apartment and tasted Chinese traditional sweets named Tangyuan. It was very delicious! I like Chinese food very much!
By the way, I thought that Huang and her friend, Li made all of this sweets, but in fact they bought these dumplings. I learned that it is very difficult to make these dumplings and useually people who want to eat it buy it at supermarket even in China later😂
After enjoying dumplings, we talked a lot. The English education system and Japanese movies were our topics of chattering. It was good time and we made a plan for our last Each One Teach One meeting.
We met at restaurant of TAMK and ate lunch together. While eating, we talked a lot and made some meeting plans not only as Each One Teach One buy also as friends! I’m looking forward it very much! I learnt a Chinese word “fish” this time.
Then, we moved to library and took photos because we wear similar ear-rings together. We carried out what we had promised! It was very good time.
Last Sunday, we made Japanese sweets together at my apartment. The name of it is “Shiratamadango”(a kind of rice cake ball). We enjoyed cooking it and eating it with “Aoko” (sweet red-beans paste). I was very happy because I could eat it not only after a long time but also with best foreign friend! Then, we learnt about expression “I” in Japanese but our lesson became a drawing lesson after all.
At the end, I gave her handcrafted accessories that were made by my aunt. It made her very happy and she said “beautiful” many times. I was very glad to hear that. We promised to wear it next meeting!
Yesterday, Moe invited me to her apartment to cook tranditonal Japanese sweet “白玉团子”, it taste very good!! I could not describe by my English language, if Moe could understand Chinese very much, I would speak to Moe how it is delicious for me!
And then we start our lesson, Moe found a video for me to understand the different experssion “I” in Japanese systerm.
At the end of our meeting, Moe sent me a little gift! So beatuiful these are! Moe said it made by her aunt, and her aunt said let her send the little gift to other countries` friends! And I am so glad to become one of her bset “foreign friends”!
I love Moe and I love Japanese! So nice they are!
Last Sunday, I took Moe to the Moro sky bar, and that day is so good with a wondful weather, so we could took several good pictures with blue sky!
And we also enjoy the drink and learn something about “greeting”(it is different from the last one, it is more daily talking
But when we started learning something about “I” in Janpanese, I felt very confused cause there are so many different ways so express “I”, so i asked Moe tell me more next time, after of all, this is a good day for having a view!