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Meeting at a department store

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!

 

Chinese food with friends

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.

Kuvan mahdollinen sisältö: teksti

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..)

Moro!

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:

-Numbers:

0 Líng
1
2 Èr
3 Sān
4
5
6 Liù
7
8
9 Jiǔ
10 Shí

-Months:

一 月 yī yuè January
二 月 èr yuè February
三 月 sān yuè March
四 月 sì yuè April
五 月 wǔ yuè May
六 月 liù yuè June
七 月 qī yuè July
八 月 bā yuè August
九 月 jiǔ yuè September
十 月 shí yuè October
十一 月 shíyī yuè November
十二 月 shíèr yuè December

-I love you: 我爱你 =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~~

The ninth meeting – Months ,weeks Learning

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!

 

The seventh meeting – 100 years! The Independence Day !

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 🙂

The forth meeting ~ “song”ney day!

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!Chinese delicacy weekend~

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.

Moomins Museum And Shopping

Last Friday we have been to Moomins Museum together!(Sungin Yun,Kaikai Ji,Min Song,Xia Chu)

Moomins museum is free to public from 3pm to 7pm on the last Friday of each month so we met each other at 3pm in front of the museun.We have took many group photoes which were helped by another cute Korean girl.Then we have looked around in the museum.Yun knew a lot about Moomins so she introduced to us briefly.There also voice introduction on each exhibition stand in English,Finnish and Japanese. Besides,we talked about the comic 《Up》,cause a moomins’ castle in the museum let us thought about the castle showed in the moive which seems very cozy!At last,we found a room where we can draw Moomin and stick our painting on the wall.We all draw it but it seems I am not a good drawer..

After about one hour,we left the museum and went shopping in downtown area.We have talked about the trend in our own country also.

Hope to see you guys next time !

Cooking a Chinese dish!!

After a very exciting shopping tour to get the ingredients, we met at Loys place to cook the Chinese dish. When we arrived, Loy had prepared a lot of stuff already and we could start with the cooking right away (or he started cooking, we took care of the wine 😉 ). It was interesting to watch him cooking because he did many things different than I would do. I don’t remember the name of the dish, but it was something Loy usually cooks at home for dinner with his family. There was noodle soup with meat 米粉汤( mi  fen tang ), egg-plant filled with minced meat 酿豆腐 (Yong Tau foo), choy sum vegetables 炒菜心(chao cai xin) and a chili-soy-sauce for dipping. It was delicious!

Of course we also talked about differences in table manners. One example: in Chinese culture it is allowed to drink the soup from the plate / bowl, since they usually don’t use spoons, here it wouldn’t be polite.

Shopping for a chinese dish

One of the many good things of other cultures is their food! This is why we decided to cook a chines dish. But of course, if we want to eat something, we have to buy something first. This is why we met in the city for some shopping activity.

First station was the Asia-shop. There we could get the ingredients; a normal store here does not sell. For example, they have a large variety of soy sauces, rice noodles, chilies and some special vegetables. And there were many more things to discover, such as special cooking gear or Asian candies. We bought all the things we needed (rice noodles, soy sauce, choy sum chilies and some candy 😉 ) and continued to the next store.

It was the S-market we went next. There we found meat, egg-plant, garlic and chives.

With this, we are all set and looking forward to the cooking!

Here some easy vocabulary:

English                     Chinese                         German                       Spanish

Soy Sauce                酱油 (sheng chou)     Sojasauce                    Salsa de soja

Meat                           肉 (Rou)                          Fleish                             Carne

Pepper                      胡椒 (Hujiao)               Pfeffer                            Pimiento

Egg plant                  茄子 (Qie zi)                 Aubergine                    Berenjena

Garlic                          蒜 (suan)                       Knoblauch                   Ajo

Chili                             辣椒  (Lajiao)              Chillischote                  Chili

Noodles                     面 (mian)                      Nudeln                           Noodles

Vegetables                菜 (cai)                          Gemüse                          Verduras

Rice cracker              米糕 (mi guo)            Reiswaffel                     Toritas de arroz

Salt                               盐 (yan)                        Salz                                  Sal

Sugar                           糖 (tang)                      Zucker                            Azúcar