So I met Erica to do some christmas shopping last week. And again, we ended up talking about the finnish elfes, the “tonttu” that keeps the house clean and takes care of the pets. After our meeting I did some research on that and found out that I actually watched the series called “Tomte Tummetott” from Astrid Lindgren back when I was a child. And the word “tomte” is the swedish “tonttu”, so it is kind of the same elf.
I bought a lot of christmas cards, as they have many different and very funny christmas cards in Finland. Erica told me that it is a very “big business” here and that they even have a special (cheaper) price for the christmas cards during the christmas time. I also learned some finnish from the postcards, like “hyvää joulua” = merry christmas and “ja onnellista uuta vuotta” = and a happy new year.
Updating with some older meetings now! 😀
Our third meeting was in Koskikeskus! We went to the café and donut shop called Arnold’s for practicing free talk/smalltalk in German with Maija and Kaisa 🙂
While we were starting off easily with introducing ourselves again (this time in German only hehe) we went on to talk about more cultural topics like Christmas and childhood right after. It was so interesting to hear about Christmas traditions/rituals in Finland/Tampere! 😀 It made me look forward to the Christmas season here 🙂
While talking, I found out (about my own mother tongue, right XD) that there were two phrases to describe ACTIONS (keep that in mind, it doesn’t always work out, but for ACTIONS, they do!!!) pretty easily in the past and the future:
Ich gehe _________(insert infinitive). = I am going to ___________ (inf).
Example: Ich gehe jetzt schlafen. = I am going to sleep now. (Requires the action of moving, initiating a process; you’re using the present tense but since you are not asleep or in bed yet, it has a futuristic meaning – same as in English, right? 😉 )
Ich war _______ (inf). = I was ___________ (inf).
Example: Ich war einkaufen. = I was shopping. (Also only applicable for actions/processes. Shopping requires moving around, selecting your stuff, paying, etc. – you see the ACTIONS in there? :D)
Maybe, some of you got something out of this post, it might help and come in handy when you are talking about everyday life in a smalltalk! I’d be glad if it helped! 😀 See you next entry! ♥
For our next meeting, we met up at Café Europa to have some awesome pancakes and have a chat about Christmas habits.
We found out that there is no Nikolaus in Finland and that one of the finnish traditional meals on Christmas is a betroot casserole. And I also noticed, that we don´t really have a traditional german food on Christmas. It always depends from family to family.
Another interesting things about finnish life is that it seems like they believe in gnomes – especially in the saunagnomes. So, there is this belief that when you leave the sauna, you put one more bricket of wood in the fire for the gnomes to come after you (in fact, you put the bricket on, that the sauna gets dry, but anyway…. ). I found this a very neat story.
We were also talking about the finnish version of the “Sandmann”, how he is called in Germany. Here they call him “Nukkumatti”. One of the short films that come during the Nukkumatti show ( and every child in Finland has seen it in his or her childhood) is the one that teaches the childs to watch out for the thin ice. In fact, it is a very scary cartoon and all of the guys in our group said that it really had the effect that they didn´t go on the ice.
In Finnish it is called “Varokaa heikkoa jäätä.” and can be translated as “Watch out for the thin ice”
Have fun with this weird film 🙂 click here to watch it
or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpjR5a7IXUU&feature=youtu.be