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Fifth Meeting – What time is it?

For this meeting we met at the Waffle Café again!

We learned about how to say the time. Telling the hour in Finnish is quite similar to English, but is Spanish it is slightly different. What we did was drawing some clocks with different cases and wrote the time in Finnish and Spanish. I think we need to practise a lot to learn it properly.

We learned the greetings we should say depending on the time of the day.

We also talked a bit about Lapland because I really want to go there this year. Getuar has never been there but Janica has worked there during Christmas season some time ago. So it was good that she could gave some tips 🙂

Fourth meeting – Days of the week

We met in the Waffle Café which is a lovely place with delicious food!

The topic for this meeting was the days of the week. I already know them in Finnish but Getuar was learning them in Spanish for the first time. I told them that the names of the days comes from the planets and sun and moon.
Lunes (Monday) comes from Luna (Moon). Martes (Tuesday) comes from Marte. Miércoles (Wednesday) comes from Mercurio (Mercury). Jueves (Thursday) comes from Júpiter. Viernes (Friday) comes from Venus. Sábado (Saturday) comes from the Hebrew Sabbath. Domingo (Sunday) comes from Sol (sun).

I think it is easy for me to remember the days of week in Finnish because I can relate most of them to the English, but I think to Getuar it might be more difficult to remember them in Spanish because you cannot relate the days to Finnish nor English.

In this meeting we also started talking about Christmas traditions. We wanted to know the differences and similarities on how we celebrate Christmas. The conversation was very interesting.

For example, in Uruguay families get together for dinner at Christmas Eve and at midnight we hug and congratulate each other and there are Fireworks, after that we open the presents. In Finland there are not Fireworks at Christmas, and for example in Janica’s family they open the presents in the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

We had to leave because the Café was closing, but the conversation was so interesting that we will continue talking about that. We also think it would be a good idea to have a Christmas party together!

First meeting – Coffee and introductions

Our first meet was held at Wayne’s Coffee, after some weeks of deliberation on when to meet. Initially we were a group of 5 people, but in the end just 3 of us remained: Janica, Getuar and me.

I arrived to the Coffee in the exact moment when Janica and Getuar was meeting each other in the line. I was a little bit nervous about the expectations they would have for learning Spanish. But I was relieved after meeting them. They are so nice!

The first thing we did was buying some coffee and sitting to introduce to each other, we have a very nice talk about who we are and what we do.

Janica is from Tampere and last semester she went to Argentina for a exchange, for me that was a relief because she is used to hear people speaking like me (for example uruguayan and argentinian people will pronounce the word ‘Yo’ as “Sho” instead of “Io”).

Getuar is from Espoo but he is studying at Tampere. Getuar is a triplet! so he has 2 sisters. He was born in Finland but his parents are from Albania. I really liked to hear about the story of his parents.

I told them that I am from Uruguay, from a city called Rivera which is located in the border with Brasil. In the other side of the border there is a Brazilian city called Santana do Livramento, and the only things that divide the two cities is a street and a park. You can cross freely from one country to the other whenever you want.

We started to learn basic vocabulary. We learned how to introduce ourselves, how to say hello/goodbye and some other useful phrases:







I really liked this meeting  because I was able to meet Janica and Getuar and also to learn some new vocabulary. I am looking forward for the next meeting.


Coffee, tea, and donuts at Pyynikin Munkkikahvila.

Jacqueline, Maria and I met for the first time at this famous Coffee Shop near the Main square of Tampere. I recommended this location because of their donuts, which are supposed to be super delicious (They weren’t lying!).

First and foremost, we sat down for a while and we began to talk a bit about ourselves, where our hometown is and what are our plans for the rest of the meetings. We of course began with the elementary phrases all people need to know when they are learning a new Language:

English Español Deutsche
Hello! ¡Hola! Hallo
Good morning! ¡Buenos días! Guten Morgen
Good afternooon! ¡Buenas tardes! Guten Tag/Guten Abend (evening)
Good night! ¡Buenas noches! Gute Nacht
My name is_______, nice to meet you! Me llamo_________. ¡Mucho gusto! Mein name ist_______ schön dich kennen zu lernen
What is your name? ¿Cómo te llamas? Wie Heißt du?
How old are you? ¿Cuantos años tienes? Wie alt bist du?
I am..years old. Tengo______ años. Ich bin____Jahre alt.
And you? ¿Y tú? Und du?
Thank you! ¡Gracias! Danke!
You´re welcome! ¡De nada. Bitte sehr!
Could I have a tea? ¿Me podría dar un té? Könnte ich einen Tee haben?
Can you give me a tea? ¿Me puedes dar un té? Kannst du mir Tee geben?
I want a tea, please. Quiero un té, por favor. Ich will einen Tee, bitte.

everything was pretty much straightforward, but then we digress a bit. We started to chat again and somehow I ended up inviting Jacqueline and Maria to a mexican party, it was a party for the mexican Independence Day. And now we had our second meeting already aranged. TO BE CONTINUED…

Our first meeting


My name is Maria and I am from Finland. I made my “Each one teach one” course with Kurumi (who is from Japan) and Eetu (who is from Finland). Our first meeting was in Lielahti’s Wayne’s Coffee because Kurumi and Eetu live in Tesoma and I live in Lentävänniemi.

We got to know each other better and I brought some Finnish sweets (Fazer’s chocolate and salty liquorice). Kurumi prefer chocolate but as she was brave she also tasted salty liquorice!

We also started to study (both Finnish and Japanese) and our first meeting lasted many hours. It was pretty challenging because Eetu was way better in Japanese than me. Anyway, we started from the basics because I knew only a few words in Japanese and Kurumi could only say “moi” in Finnish. We studied basic phrases and numbers.

We really enjoyed our first meeting!

With love,

Maria K


9th meeting: at Ida’s place

This time Ida invited me to meet at her place – and that was a very interesting experience, among other things because I had never been to a studio apartment before. It is actually really nice; Ida told me this is the best floor plan she’d seen/experienced. Ahoul I maybe apply for a studio? Hmm… Not that a shared apartment is bad or anything, though.

Anyway, another thing that caught my attention was, of cause, the big bookshelf. Looking at it, I discovered Ida and I share another fantasy book series, though that one I simply read, not became a fan of.

And then coffee! – I learned some more about how to make espresso. For example, that teapot-like thing I sometimes noticed in shops but never understood what it was for turned out to be an espresso-maker. Shame on me, I didn’t know that.

Then Ida decided to show me her hometown via GoogleMaps, and then we both started showing each other the important locations in our life. It was fascinating, because not only we’re from different countries, but Ida is from a very small place, while my home city is huge, so it is like two different worlds!

We got so excited about GoogleMaps that we spoke Finnish for nearly two hours, until it was time for me to jump on my bike and ride home before it got too dark. Well, all Swedish next time!



First we decided to meet at Cafe Aitoleipä 12.00. I was there one hour before (because of the Easter someone needed to find out is it open, because internet didn’t tell). At 11.45 I went there again, but it was full. I had time, so I tried to find a better place for us (place where we can at least sit). Just 200 meters from Cafe Aitoleipä there is Pyynikin munkkikahvila, and it was not full. I sent a message to every one and we decided to go to Pyynikin munkkikahvila. < —–There you can get Tampere’s best doughnuts by the way 😉

I went inside to wait others, because NYSSE (Tampere’s public buss) was late again. When everyone arrived we started to test our learning by using Quizzlet. We went through all our previous meetings and tried to remember words what we should have learned. I can tell you that mine were bit lost…

Diego did same thing (but of course he tried to remember Finnish words) and he was pretty good. Great job Diego and thank you for our learning 🙂

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-Minttu <3



First we ordered coffee. Ella had big one and Diego ordered small one.
Un cafe pequeno = one small coffee
Un cafe grande = one big coffee
Topic for our eighth meeting was to translate a small kids book from spanish to english and from finnish to english. Spanish book was about duck family 😀 That`s why I learnt quite weird words…
I learnt that boy duck is pato and girl duck is pata. Same thing for pig (cerdo and cerda).
El mundo es muchisimo mas grande.
The World is much more bigger.
Mama pata paro de hablar.
Duck mom stopped speaking.
Baby duck went away.
Bebe pata se fue.
Ella se asusto.
She got scared.
After 30 minutes we were pretty restless and we decided to make some “useful sentences”.
Estoy muy cansada.
I am tired.
I like hot spanish guys.
A mi me gustan los chicos espanjoles atractivos. <— so important 😀
Hot coffee is also fine.
El cafe tambien es bueno.
Where can I find a toilet?
Donde esta el bano (banjo).
Sorry, can you help me. I am lost. Pleace.
Perdon, me podrias ayudar. Estoy perdida. Por favor.
I over slept.
Me quede dormido.
I feel sick.
Estoy enfermo.
I am getting sick.
Me estoy enfermando.
I am blushing.
Estoy colorada.
Where is my drink?
Donde esta mi trago?
Where is shopping centre?
Donde esta el shopping?
Where is buss station?
Donde esta la estacion?
Train = tren
Right = derecha
Left = izquierda
In front of = enfrente
Behind = atras
Next to = alado
After two hours we were ready and it was time to leave. So stand up and go.
Stand up = levantta te
– Minttu <3

Second meeting (Cafe Brander)

Well, this time the meeting, as I had hoped, was in a quieter place. Brander is located in a shopping mall, too, but it is quite cozy, and we were lucky to have one of the tables in the corner, with armchairs instead of chairs. There were some other customers, too, which made me even more nervous, because this time we had agreed to speak mainly Swedish.

We started, however, with Finnish and talked about coffee, and so I learned that espresso is actually prepared very differently from ordinary (for lack of a better term) coffee. I love coffe, but I didn’t know that. It isn’t about languages or cultures, but still a good thing to learn 🙂

Then came the dreaded Swedish part – but, to my surprise, it went ok, and not only in comparison with the previous meeting when I only managed a couple of sentences and then gave up. Wasn’t perfect, though: I even forgot some words I generally know well. But it is a usual thing when a language is not practiced enough – these days barely at all, actually. But that is why I am taking the course – to practice and become more fluent.

Ida later remarked that it is very weird for her to speak slower than usual and to watch out she does not use dialect forms or words. Something familiar to me, too, when I teach language to beginners.

We also talked about Swedish in different parts of Sweden and on the Åland Islands. I was surprised to learn that the language there is more like the language in Sweden (Stockholm especially) than in Finland. Makes sense, though, I guess.

So, looking forward to next time 🙂

Our first meeting at Oma Cafe – Italian and German girls´ diary pt.1

Hello! I am Melissa and I am an Erasmus nursing student from the city of Padua (Italy).

I will spend here in Tampere just three months so i decided to enroll in this course in order to learn as much things as possible and also to meet new friends and spend good time with them. I decided to start to learn German because in my country I have already studied Spanish and French and I am really interesting in learning also this difficult language. For this reason, my Italian friend Marta and I, met the German girl Anna the 2nd of February at Oma Cafe. During this first meeting we talked about our own culture, country, field of study and also about ourselves in order to know better each other and to start to decided how to plan our “Each one teach one programme”. We went to Oma Cafe because is a very familiar location where you can taste very good cakes and drink a good Expresso (the first thing that we taught to Anna is the “Italian coffee break with Expresso”).

From this first meeting I learned that not all German people are serious and strict like they seem (maybe cause of their strong accent and pronunciation), because Anna is a very nice girl with a sweet voice also if she is speaking German. I also understand that German language is very difficult because is full of diphthong, consonant and strange sound, but it will never be more difficult than Finnish language, so I am very hopeful to learn the basics of German during this meetings.

It was a very nice evening and I am sure that the next meetings will be very interesting and full of fun!

See you next time, Auf Wiedersehen!