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Our last meeting (Fin-Rus)

On the 6th of December it was Finnish Independence day and we thought that it would be a nice idea to arrange our last meeting then 🙂 We met in the city centre and went to the coffee place in Tampere Hall to enjoy the last cup of coffee in this company together this year because the second period is almost done and we will have our winter holidays. We shared our plans for Christmas and New Year, summed up all our meetings and made our own feedback for EOTO course what we’ve learnt and what did we like about it. We all agreed that it would be nice to continue getting together for language practice and just for fun as well.

After coffee we attended the Christmas market in the city centre, it was full of nice stuff, we learned some new words about Christmas and holidays and didn’t notice how time flew and suddenly fireworks started! That was amazing!

After watching it we said bye-bye to each other, wished luck in future language studies and went home. 🙂 Thank you EOTO for the opportunity to meet nice people!

 

Pre-Christmas Party

Our last meeting was EOTO’s Pre-Christmas party at 28.11.18.

We met at TAMKOs Solu. Our usual gang was there with few extra. We played Chinese word game where game leader gives one, same word to everyone but one. Then everyone has to describe their word and after one round everyone has to guess who has the different word.

While we played, we ate some snacks and Warabi Mochi (Japanese delicacy) that Moe had made. It was quite diffrent from what I have ever tasted but quite good. I was sad to learn they don’t like salmiac 😭

(Picture from Japan entire.com)

This was our last, official meeting with my dear friends but we agreed to meet outside EOTO too since we have gähad so much fun and why stop now?

This course was one of the best courses I’ve had during my 3,5 year in TAMK ❤️

Chatting in Moro Sky Bar

On Thursday we had our ninth meeting at Moro Sky Bar.  The tower is quite high so the views are nice also. We hadn’t talked about preparing material to teach and just to be sure I prepared a little bit to teach, which went like it did previous times. We have our own style in studying and teaching that we all know, so it is easy to teach and learn in our group.

I don’t really remember many Korean words yet and my skills in writing Korean are a bit lacking too, but you can’t learn a new language in a short period of time (especially if you don’t have much time to review and go through what you have learned). All in all this is a good basis for me to continue learning Korean.

After studying a bit we talked about differences between Korea and Finland. We talked for example about the weather, how dark it is and how there is not much of snow like one could expect when coming to Finland. It was good to just relax and chat and enjoy each others company.

Next time will be our last time at the pre-Christmas party and I will try to think of something good to bring there. See you there!

Cosmetics

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

Fireworks

This time we enjoyed our time  at the Tampere Festival of Lights. I had trouble of finding them since there were so much people! There were music, light art and some fireworks! Li and Cui had their usual gang with them (Sisi and Huang).

It was very nice event even thought stage was little small and quite far away. Pete Parkkonen sung very nice love songs. Firework was amazing and more prettier than our Independence day celebrations. They said they liked it very much.

After event we walked around the city admiring lights of the city that were now lit. Because it was already so late, not many places were open. We talked about the purpose of the Light Festival, little bit of local history and just general stuff.

We ended up going to Plevna Cinema to warm up and decided our next meeting date.

(Picture is from Valoviikot facebook page, I forgot to take fotos :<)

Clothes & Golden Unicorn

After a weeks break, we could arrange our schedules and meeted at Ratina Shopping Center. This time the agenda was to learn clothes, colours and accessories. We had prepared short papers for each other with most common clothes and colors in english-finnish and english-chinese.

I learned that colors forms describing word +sè. Like grey is “dirty color”, so it’s Huī sè. Same goes for many clothes, example pants and shirts. Duǎnkù (=shorts),  “Duǎn-“ is short and “-kù” at the end means pants, so short pants.

After a long visit in Kappahl, we were all so hungry that we went for lunch in Golden Unicorn (Li’s and Huang’s workplace). Food was so delicious! I really loved fried chicken and ice cream with fried banana.

 

 

Consonant gradation for verbs

Today’s (8th October 2018) meeting was all about grammar.

Unfortunately, everyone had quite a busy schedule, so we decided to meet between our lectures at TAMK.

We focused mainly on the conjugation of verbs and therefore on the consonant gradation of Finnish verbs. When conjugating verbs, you also need to think of consonant gradation. Each verb type has its own rules. Of course, we also covered some German verbs which we found useful to know. It was interesting to see that the entire group seem to have at least a little fun while doing grammar (it’s obviously necessary to know some basic grammar, but it can also be enjoyable) – especially if you found some rules and repetition in different words/verbs.

I already know quite a lot verbs, especially the basics:  kirjoittaa, nukua, lukea, puhua, tehdä, käyttää, myydä, ostaa, oddotta, olla, opiskella, syödä, juosta, juoda, mennä, tulla, istua, asua, kysyä, katsoa, sanoa

Writing them down here makes me extra aware of how many verbs I already know by heart! That’s amazing! The easiest way for me to learn them is to remember to which verb-type they belong.

For example, the most common is Type 1, which ends with a vocal + ä/a (asua, istua, sanoa, kysyä …) this type is probably the easiest to conjugate since you only cut of the ä/a and add the ending of the person

asua → asu

asun / asut / hän asuu / me asumme / te asutte / he asuvat

It’s easy like that! I wish everything of the Finnish grammar would stick in my head like that, but it’s still a long way to go. Anyway, even baby-steps will get me to a good level of Finnish in the future! 🙂

Chinese food with friends

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.

Kuvan mahdollinen sisältö: teksti

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..)

Sauna & Swimming

On our 2nd meeting we went swimming and sauna to Kaleva’s uimahalli (Tampere swimming center). Even thought few of us had a little cold it was so much fun!

My boyfriend Toni came with us too to support and guide Lee, so he wouldn’t feel lonely. I was with Cui, Huang and Sisi (a new chinese friend!)

I was so proud of them how well they handled Sauna. We talked about swimming and relationships in Sauna before going to swim. I was suprised that they don’t swim in chinese schools.

After the swimming we sat down to cafeteria to learn few things. I taught them numbers from 10-20 and how numbers are formed (tens-ones) and family members.

I learned family members in chinese and learned there are diffrent pronounciation for A:  ā,  á, ǎ, à and a.  I also learned that chinese alphabets are not pronounced as they are written. Pronounciation is a clear problem for me xD.

We agreed to meet next sunday to have chinese home made dinner with them! I am anxiously waiting to eat some chinese!!

 

Tenth meeting: goodbyes

The last meeting. It was time to say goodbye. Since it was the last meeting, we decided not to take a topic like we had had before. We decided to talk about the course, what we had done and what have we possibly learned. We also talked about our plans and stuff, since we won’t be seeing each other anymore all that often, if ever.

This course has given me quite a lot. Before this, I knew literally nothing about Portugal. I had never heard the language or learned about portuguese culture. The whole country was a mystery to me. Now I know the basics of the language, although I’m having hard time trying to learn and remember it. I also know how they celebrate some holidays, what you can do there and stuff like that. And I think that I learned new things about Finland too during the course. When you have to teach stuff about this country, you got to know stuff about this country. And I don’t think I have thought about all these things that much before. I think I have taken all for granted before, or haven’t even realised some things. All in all, I had a blast during the whole course and I’m happy that I took it! Thank you Kaisa and Renata for being my group, a very good one, and for every meeting we had! This is the last you’ll hear from me in this blog I guess, so goodbye to everyone reading this also. And have a great summer you all!