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!
Yes, it was time for a fun topic again! We looked at some proverbs/idioms/whatever you like to call them and also tried to translate them – word to word. We have some crazy proverbs here in Finland, and we have tons of them. We had to pick some randomly, because going through all of them would have taken around a year or two maybe?
We found out that there are some same proverbs in Portuguese and Finnish, and those go to other languages too, like English. For example: early bird catches the worm. We all have our own versions of that one. But we also had some different ones and it was fun hearing them and especially teaching them – trying to explain what “Rakkaudesta se hevonenkin potkii” means.. I mean, the horse too is kicking because of love? Makes no sense like that! But it was fun to explain.
This time we talked about seasons. What are they like and things to do on each season. Before starting, I really didn’t even know if we have the same seasons. Like, do they have winter in Portugal? Apparently they do, but it’s like finnish summer. Which is so unfair. I want that sunny and warm weather too that they have there! Even though I like winter, snow and ice and everything – it’s cool. But it’s got to get warmer on summer, really. Oh and we also went through the months again, maybe I’ll even remember them soon.
I also learned that the rest of the seasons, spring, summer and autumn, are pretty similiar in Portugal. So it was quite difficult for Renata to come up with stuff to do in each season, when you can do same thing every month, every season. Our seasons differ quite much so me and Kaisa came up with some different things.
Okay this time we thought that maybe we could take a topic that’s a little easier and maybe funnier. We (okay at least I) had had so much work to do so it was a great idea to do something like this. Sooo the topic of the meeting: the most finnish/portuguese movies and TV-shows we could come up with. You know, those that you just must see. Even though we soon realised that we ourselves A. don’t know what are THE movies and TV-shows and B. after googling them realised we haven’t seem like half of them. But hey, it was still fun!
Okay on the top of our finnish list, I got to mention this. A true Finn has seen Tuntematon sotilas, which translates to Unknown soldier. A movie about a war against Russia, when Finland got its independence. And TV-shows, well the most iconic finnish TV-show has to be Salatut elämät, Secret lives in translation. Also learned that Portugal isn’t that big in the movie/TV-show industry. Not many big movies and the TV-shows were mostly soap operas (okay, what is finnish TV..). But very much reality shows! Thumbs up from me, love it.
The 5th time we met again in our favorite place, the Tribe Tampere workspace. One of the subjects we talked about on this day was the strangest food we ever ate and Monji “won” with the experience of eating whale meat. We finished this slightly disgusting talk and Monji invited us for a small barbecue party with some of his friends.
In the evening we followed his invitation to Rauhaniemi, it was the first time that I was grilling this year – the perfect start into the summer. Alisa and I were amazed when we saw Monji grilling with chopsticks, something that is just normal in Japan:
Four girls from China, Taiwan and Japan joined us there and together we had a great time on that evening.
||die Wurst; das Würstchen
We splitted the fourth meeting into two because Monji was only able to meet on Thursday and Alisa only on Friday. For me both days were okay, so I first met Monji in TAMKO’s office where he told me that his Erasmus year is already ending in May. We talked about his future plans, he hopes that he can find a job in Germany before his Visa is running out and I think that based on his German skills he might have a chance.
The next day Alisa and I met again in the Tribe Tampere space where this time we were welcomed by a big fluffy dog!
After stroking him extensively we started to practice some Finnish and German. I tried to tell her from when to when I am going on holidays, but talking about dates in Finnish is still very hard for me.
I am in France until the 20th of August = Olen Ranskassa kahdeskymmenes elokuuta asti
Then we compared the longest words of our languages – and discovered that there is not much difference!
The longest Finnish word:
lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas (61 letters)
The longest German word:
Grundstücksverkehrsgenehmigungszuständigkeitsübertragungsverordnung (67 letters)
And of course, there exist a lot more ridiculously long words in both languages, for example epäjärjestelmällisyydestäänköhän and Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.
For our second meeting Alisa, Monji and I met at TAMK as it was the most convenient place because of our different schedules. During this session we practiced the German modal verbs which Alisa just learned in the German class. At the same time, I could also revise these verbs in Finnish, whereby I have to admit that it is way easier in Finnish than in German because there are no irregularities in the conjugation and the sentence structure stays pretty much the same.
The structure of sentences was the next problem we were facing on this day. It seems like every word you add to a German sentence changes the whole order of the rest of the words. But after a while of translating various sentences, Alisa and Monji realized that if there are two verbs in one sentence, the second verb stands always at the end. And there are actually clear grammatical structures:
|be allowed to
|be able to; can
|have to; must
|be supposed to
At our next meeting, the fifth one, we discussed about some vocabulary again. This time it was groceries, so we made it simple and made shopping lists thinking about the basic things that you buy when you go to a grocery store.
Since it was about vocabulary, I ran into the same problem again with learning Portuguese: there is so freaking much to remember. How to pronounce, how to write, how does this exact word work on a phrase and so on. Even with simple things like saying one word aloud, you have to know how to do it. Ok, you have to do that in English and Swedish also, but somehow they don’t seem all that hard, but quite simple instead.
Obviously this topic is quite useful – it’s good to know what different foods are called if you ever go to Portugal. I still can’t remember the pronouncing things, so I’m just gonna have to stutter the word like it’s written and hope that the one listening to me will understand what I mean. But anyways: very useful, good meeting. I wonder what we’ll come up with next.
This one was one of the most interesting topics for me: how we celebrate the biggest holidays of the year. So in our fourth meeting we discussed about three major holidays: Christmas, Easter and New Years. The point was to see how the ways to celebrate these holidays are different, or if they are the same. I honestly knew nothing about how they celebrate these holidays in Portugal but I had a feeling that it wouldn’t be the same. We talked about traditional foods we enjoy on holidays and also traditions themselves.
While thinking about what to tell about Finnish traditions we thought that it’s kinda hard since everyone has their own traditions. For example, we really don’t have traditions for Easter. But we managed to come up with some common ones to tell Renata about. It was interesting to hear about these holidays in Portugal. For example the foods they eat at Christmas – can’t even imagine some of them. We also went through some vocabulary about these holidays, like how to wish “Merry Christmas” in both Finnish and Portuguese.
Like I said in the beginning, I found this topic quite interesting. I’d like to see and experience these holiday celebrations in foreign countries myself. I mean, I love Finnish traditions with all my heart and woudln’t change my Christmas for anything in the world, but still. It would be kinda cool to see how different it can really be.
In our third meeting we discussed about some basic language stuff. We learned how to say hi and goodbye, how to introduce yourself and so on – basically the things you need for Portuguese small talk if you ever travel to Portugal. Since Renata already knew the most basic things in Finnish, we came up with something else instead, starting with different animals. Then we tried to gather some useful phrases in Finnish, like how to tell whether you like something or not. And then colours. So this meeting was all about the basics of each others language.
I learned that Portuguese is pretty damn dissicult. There is all this stuff about having to know whether the word is feminine or masculine or something? And then it effects the way you use it in a phrase. Then there is like a million ways to pronounce things and different letters combined mean some weird sounds in the middle of the word. We went through how you say each word but honestly I’m forgetting most of it in seconds since there’s so much to learn – can’t keep everything in my head. Oh and also there are different markings above the letters and they also make the letter sound different. I’m really starting to love how Finnish is pronounced exactly like you write it.
But yeah, this meeting was definetely full of stuff. I got so much new information about Portuguese that it’ll probably take weeks to figure all this out, if I even can. Thank god for simple pronouncing, Finnish language I love you.