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Amsterdam on 15.10.2016

Since we were in the Netherlands at Patty’s place (she lives 20-30 minutes from Amsterdam), I didn’t spend my whole time in Amsterdam (and I am really happy that I got to see way more than what most tourists see). We did go on Saturday though and I was so excited about going.

She had assured me that I’d absolutely love the city (and the Netherlands) but I had been a bit nervous before leaving for our trip since I felt like it was a lot of pressure to go see a place and decide if I wanted to spend a year there or not. I ended up completely falling in love though so we both worried for nothing. Amsterdam was so, so beautiful and I just wanted to stay there for longer. I couldn’t, since I had to come back to Tampere to keep going to school but I’ll definitely be back in the Netherlands soon.

When we were walking around, I asked Patty to teach me some Dutch sentences so  that I could practice my Dutch and talk to the local people (who I didn’t see that many of in the centre of Amsterdam). I actually did pretty well since I did use some of the questions she taught me (that can be found in her EOTO post) and people understood my Dutch even though I have an accent (Patty says I sound cute but she might just say that cause she’s my friend and doesn’t want to hurt my feelings). I was really, really happy. It’s incredible how much I’ve learned by just being motivated to learn.

I did teach the sentences to Patty in Finnish but we were more interested in the Dutch since we were in the Netherlands and in the shopping since we were on the shopping street in Amsterdam. We’ve officially taken our EOTO sessions international now.



15 October 2016 Amsterdam

Lyydia has always wanted to visit Amsterdam. So I took her to Amsterdam. I knew she would really like it but I didn’t knew that she would absolutly LOVE Amsterdam. I’m so happy that Lyydia liked Amsterdam so much! I think I did a good job as a tour guide.

Amsterdam was a perfect setting to do a EOTO session. Lyydia wanted to learn some sentences in Dutch which you could actually use in the city.

For example:

This is such a beautiful city –  Dit is zo’n mooie stad  – Tämä on todella kaunis kaupunki.

Can I walk here – Mag ik hier lopen  – Voinko kävellä tässä?

There’s so many bicycles –  Er zijn zoveel fietsen –  Täällä on niin paljon pyöriä.

There are so many old buildings – Er zijn zoveel oude gebouwen- Täällä on niin monta vanhaa rakennusta.

What does this cost –  Hoeveel kost dit – Mitä tämä maksaa ?

How old is amsterdam –  hoe oud is A’dam – Kuinka vanha Amsterdam on?

Can you help me –  Kunt u mij helpen – Voitteko auttaa minua?

I’m lost –  Ik verdwaald –  Olen eksyksissä

How do I buy a ticket for the tram –  Hoe koop ik een tram ticket –  Miten ostan lipun raitikkaan?

Where does this tram stop – wanneer stopt deze tram – Missä tämä raitiovaunu pysähtyy?

Do you live in amsterdam –  Woont u in A’dam- Asutko sinä Amsterdamissa?

Excuse me, can you please translate this for me – Sorry, kunt u dit voor mij vertalen – Anteeksi, voisitteko kääntää tämän minulle?

Which way do I need to go to get to ____ –  Welke kant moet ik op- Mihin suuntaan minun pitää mennä, jotta pääsisin ____


It was so much fun teaching Lyydia these sentences. And she actually used some sentences in Amsterdam! It was such a good thing to do because what better way to learn the sentences by actually using them.

I’m definitly going to try and use some sentences in Finland as well. I think they are very helpfull because you can find me in the city cenre of Tampere very often.



13 October 2016 Munich airport

Today we started our Autumn holiday travelling to the Netherlands. The reason that we wanted to go to the Netherlands was that I wanted to see my family and Lyydia has always wanted to go to the Netherlands since she met me and she’s learning Dutch.

We had a very rough flight because we had a stopover from 5 hours. But what a perfect setting to do a EOTO session at the airport of Munich! So I wanted to teach each other some travelling sentences that someone could actually use at an airport and the sentences could be very help full at an airport.

These are the sentences that we taught each other:

 I’m really tired = Ik ben heel moe = Minä olen todella väsynyt.

To which gate do we need to go? = Naar welke gate moeten we? = Mille portille meidän pitää mennä?

How was your flight? = Hoe was je vlucht? = Miten sinun lento meni?

This airport is really nice= Dit vliegveld is echt mooi = Tämä lentokenttä on todella kiva.

Do you want to go grab a bite? = Wil je iets eten? = Haluatko mennä syömään?

Are we going to be in time for the next flight? = Zijn we optijd voor onze volgende vlucht? = Olemmeko me tarpeeksi ajoissa seuraavalle lennolle?

Excuse me, can I get through? = Sorry, mag ik er langs? = Anteeksi, pääsenkö läpi?

I’m having a little bit more difficulties with learning Finnish because Lyydia is teaching me the real deal now. But I’m happy that my pronunciation of Finnish is going very well.

I can sense that Lyydia is getting more used to Dutch now. I’m so proud of her!

Munich airport on 13.10.2016

We were flying to the Netherlands on a Wednesady and our flight was actually quite tough. We had a 6 hour layover in Germany and we left from Tampere at 1:30 in the morning so we were really, really tired since it was such a long day for both of us.

We had a lot of time at the airport as mentioned and we wanted to teach each other some more Dutch and Finnish. This time Patty wanted us to do actual sentences that we could use at an airport and I was really excited to learn all that since we were travelling to the Netherlands and I could use my Dutch there.

Some of the sentences that we taught each other were these:

 I’m really tired. = Ik ben heel moe. = Minä olen todella väsynyt.

To which gate do we need to go = Naar welke gate moeten we? = Mille portille meidän pitää mennä?

How was your flight? = Hoe was je vlucht? = Miten sinun lento meni?

This airport is really nice. = Dit vliegveld is echt mooi. = Tämä lentokenttä on todella kiva.

Do you want to go grab a bite? = Wil je iets eten = Haluatko mennä syömään?

Are we going to be in time for the next flight? = Zijn we optijd voor onze volgende vlucht? = Olemmeko me tarpeeksi ajoissa seuraavalle lennolle?

Excuse me, can I get through? = Sorry, mag ik er langs = Anteeksi, pääsenkö läpi?

I felt like these sentences were all really useful to remember in actual life when you’re traveling in either Finland or the Netherlands. Pronouncing Dutch isn’t the biggest struggle for me anymore; I think I’m getting more and more used to it. It was a little difficult to try to remember all these sentences (and some more) after one sitting. So I think I need to review them a lot in order to remember them and be able to use them. Overall though I’m happy with the session we did since we were really tired but we still stayed motivated in trying to learn our languages.

Teaching Patty was a bit harder this time since some of the sentences in Finnish were really difficult and it was hard to understand why some words are conjucated the way they are and even more difficult to explain. I think she still did a great job since Finnish really is super difficult and Patty pronounces it all really well.

Pancho Villa on 5 October 2016

We went to a Mexican restaurant Pancho Villa in the city of Tampere. We really felt like eating fries, so we ordered them there. The fries were really good.

And of course we taught each other Dutch and Finnish during our dinner. Lyydia taught me a few random words like: cold, autumn, rain, lipstick, sauce, fries, restaurant and soda. It was so awesome to learn these random words that you could actually use.

Lyydia did a great job in pronounicing the Dutch words as usual. And I think I did a great job as well.

We didn´t do that much this time because we just wanted to have a relaxing EOTO for once because we are always very studious and serious about learning a lot of words in one session.

Pancho Villa on 5.10.2016

Patty felt like getting french fries so we went to get some at Pancho Villa and we decided to teach other some more words in our languages. It was a really nice, quiet kind of place since we were sitting in a booth away from all the other customers in the restaurant and we had plenty of time to discuss the different words for the things that were around us.

Patty thought me random words in Dutch. I learned how to say lipstick,  french fries, soda, rain, cold, autumn and other words that came right into mind when we sat there. It was a really cold autumn day and she taught me how to say that it’s really cold outside. I think I didn’t learn as much as I usually do but I did still learn plenty of new words that I’m trying to memorise now.

When it came to teaching Patty, I thought her almost all the same words and she did a really good job in pronouncing them all. I think she’s getting used to the way Finnish is spoken and she’s getting the hang of having a better accent when she speaks.

We’re still following our plan pretty well since we are learning tons of new vocabulary every time we see each other and have an EOTO session. I’m happy with both of our progress.

EOTO 27 September 2016

Today Lyydia taught me how to count in Finnish from one untill ten. It was a lot of fun. In my opinion it wasn´t that difficult to count from one untill five in Finnish, but it got more difficult from six untill ten. And Lyydia also taught me the Finnish slang. Thankfully counting in slang isn´t that difficult as counting in official Finnish.

I taught Lyydia how to order a drink in Dutch.  And how to say I´m sorry I don´t understand you among other usefull things. I think she did a great job. It suprises me how fast Lyydia picks up the Dutch lines and that she remembers everything the next day.

It was a lot of fun to teach Lyydia these sentences because I know that she will really use these sentences when she wants to visit the Netherlands.


learning on 27.9.2016

Besides reporting and reflecting on my learning and teaching experience, I have to make a confession. I’m going to Holland in a few weeks! Me and Patty found cheap flights and Patty’s boyfriend has a birthday during our fall break so we thought, ”Why not?”

I’m so excited to go! I get to see Holland and practice my Dutch and eat Dutch food and meet more Dutch people. And this way I can really figure out if this is a place I want to spend my exchange in, since I’ve never been to the Netherlands before.

During our EOTO session, Patty taught me more sentences in Dutch that will probably be useful in two weeks. She taught me how to order a drink in a bar, how to introduce myself in more detail while meeting someone and how to say that I only speak a little bit of Dutch among other useful phrases and sentences.

It feels like I’m building up on my Dutch, a lot. At this point, where I’m starting to know more words, I think I need to start trying to memorize all the old ones really well before learning new material in order to keep actually learning and building up my language skill.

When it was my turn to teach Patty Finnish, I taught her the Finnish numbers from 1 to 10 in both the actual way and the slang that people use while speaking. They were pretty difficult for Patty to remember so I didn’t teach her any more numbers since the numbers in Finnish are a real mouthful.

All in all, we had a lot of fun, as usual and we’re both enjoying our EOTO experience.

The cutest café in Tampere called Oma on 16 september 2016

Lyydia brought me to this cute café in Tampere called Oma. This café is seriously amazing and we spend a lot of time there. The hot chocolate is so good. It’s the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life. You can find Lyydia and me at this café very often.

You can imagine that Oma´s is the perfect place to do a EOTO session. So on the 16th of September we had one. Lyydia wanted me to help her with the pronunciation of the Dutch language. And she wanted me to teach her some sentences that she could actually use in the Netherlands. So I taught her sentences like: hey how are you? How do you like it here? What are you studying? I think Lyydia is very good in remembering sentences. And that’s amazing because she is learning such a different language.

Lyydia taught me a lot of verbs and words which I think are very useful. I also learned how to say what’s mine in Finnish. I really liked to learn verbs. It helps me understand the Finnish language a lot better. I can even understand some Finnish words when I hear Finnish conversations on the streets.

I had a great afternoon and I’ve learned a lot. We laughed a lot in Oma’s and I believe that fun is one of the most important things in life. Especially when you’re trying to learn something.



Oma on 16.9.16

We met up at Pyymäen Oma, which is my favourite café in Tampere since it’s so cute and welcoming and homely and we’ve coined it as our café since we’re there really, really often. I taught Patricia some verbs and words in Finnish and helped her create sentences with that and I’m so proud of how well she did. Of course it’s impossible to remember a lot at once but she did an amazing job at trying.

Then, in turn when she taught me more Dutch, I got to know a few sentences that I think I might actually use. How are you, my name is, I’m from Finland; the basics. I felt like I’m really starting to build up my Dutch since I remembered most the words she had taught me earlier and now I got to know more. I could go around saying ”Hi, how are you?” to people from the Netherlands in their own language.

We had a lot of fun. Again. We just have a lot of fun hanging out together and I’m happy we can include learning each other’s languages in the time we hang out. And everytime we teach each other our languages, we have a laugh. There always seems to be something funny. I don’t think that teaching Patty is too difficult since she’s open to learning and like me, she’s more of a language person (than a math person) so we’re similar in that way and we maybe understand how to teach each other better since we’re similar in that way.

I was really happy with the progress I felt I’d made. I think I’m really learning and it makes me really happy since I’m so motivated to actually learn Dutch and then speak it. This course really is one of the most rewarding that I’ve taken since I feel like I’m learning so much each single time I’m having a meeting for it and it’s like an instant reward in itself.