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6th Meeting: The School Systems


On the seventh meeting I helped Daniel with his Finnish homework. We went through some of the grammatical cases. This was quite hard but a good practice for me because I found it easier in German than in English. I also think it was clearer for Daniel to get to hear the system of the cases in his mother language.

Somehow, we ended up talking about the school systems in Germany and Finland. Explaining the school system in Finland took under five minutes where as the German system has so many possibilities it took almost ten minutes to go through.

Kuvahaun tulos haulle german school system
The German school system
Aiheeseen liittyvä kuva
The school system in Finland. (NB: You can still apply and get in to a university after vocational school even though the chart says differently)

After this meeting I’m not blaming myself for not understanding the system while i lived in Germany. Now that I’ve seen it written down I can see how I might have misunderstood some of it. What also makes the system so complex is that different states might have different systems but they still need to be compatible in the national level. Sometimes simple might actually be better, in my opinion 😀

#5 – Talk to someone different! at Tallipiha

During our 5th meeting, I invited my friend Anna-Maria from Germany, who came to visit me in Finland, to our EOTO meeting. The goal of this was to let Maija and Kaisa talk to someone else than me. They could try to get to know a complete stranger by asking her questions in German and trying to understand her replies.

Maija’s idea was to show us around in the small district with shops and cafés called “Tallipiha”. I have been in Tampere for a while already but didn’t know that place. The café was really cute, I liked the interior style a lot.

I decided to try out Finnish lemonade and a kind of candy, omg, it was so strange but good. Both of them 😀

My lemonade tasted like forest haha
I had no idea what I was eating but I think it was a chocolate covered marshmallow with candy cane sprinkles (strange combo, right? XD)

Because we were all students it was easy for them to get along with my friend, we could talk a lot about the education system in Germany and about our hometown, Osnabrück.

Some words to remember about the education system that sound very similar to the English words:

Schule = school; pupil means: Schüler and has the same word-stem

Universität = university

Schulsystem = literally: school system; or rather: education system


Basically we practiced a lot of free talk on that day 🙂 After our meeting I had to leave to finish an assignment but my friend and Maija went for some shopping in Tampere and probably more talking together 😀 It’s great to see them getting along and I bet it was fun! 😉