This Friday, Huang took me Moro Sky Bar. The bar is on the top floor of Sokos Hotel, so we could overlook Tampere and the view from there was very good! We learnt about some phrases and greetings over orange juice. A question on “I ” in Japanese from Huang was very difficult, so I couldn’t give a good answer. I want to find out a good answer by the next meeting. Anyway, it was a good time and I wanna go to there again!
Last Monday, we met and enjoyed sushi at Itsudemo which is a Japanese restaurant with Huang and her friend. I was very glad to hear that Huang said that it was very delicious, because sushi is traditional Japanese dish and my favorite food. And she tried wasabi(Japanese horseradish), but she added it too much and almost cried.
Then, we talked about Japanese movies and TV program and learnt some phrases and the words on family members. Actually, it was second for me to go this restaurant, but I really enjoyed sushi and talking with my friends!
Our fourth meeting was in Pella’s cafe on November 4th.
Actually, we met at Sokos first but there is not suitable place to learn, so we walked around the center of city looking for a place we can learn. Then, we found Pella’s cafe and enter it. I was glad to be able to go there because the symbol of the cat of the cafe is cute and I wanted to go there! The sandwich I ate was very good. We talked a lot and learned some words about animals. And surplisingly, we met at a Halloween party at the night! We met twice a day.
This time we went to Stockman on wednesday 31.10. Cui and Li had hoped to learn the finnish names for make up, cosmetics etc.
I teached them the basic stuff like
- lipstick= huulipuna
- powder= puuteri
- concealer= peitevoide
- eyeliner =silmien rajauskynä
- cream= voide
and so on….
Lii and Cui were really nice and made me a paper with most common cosmetics. It really helps to see how the word is written.
We agreed to meet next week and go bowling! It will be a little more relaxed setting without teaching so much. It also will be our 9th meeting and we are almost done with the course O.O It’s been so fun and enlightening experience <3
We met and ate traditional dishes of each other’s country in apartment of Huang’s friend at a night of holidays. I cooked rice, miso soup, and Nikujaga(meat and potato stew flavored with soy sauce). Huang and her friend cooked many Chinese dishes and all of them were very good! I was surprised because there are the dishes similar to the dishes which they cooked like dumplings and candied sweet potatoes in Japan. We talked about table manner and culture each other while eating. Then, we learned words on colors at my apartment because her friend’s room and my room are in same building. It was very good time!
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!
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..)