Today’s meeting was all about getting into the “Finnish-zone”! To accomplish the right atmosphere, we met in one of the oldest cafés in Tampere: Café Siilinkari! A place full of memories of people who live(d) and visited Tampere! Before we started our lesson, we have enjoyed something delicious and exchanged a few personal things, just like meeting friends for a coffee and an afternoon of laughter. That’s exactly how it feels when we get together!
I’m quite interested in learning as much Finnish as humanly possible in the short amount of time I have during the semester, but for some reason I feel like the Basic Finnish courses/books give/s me about 80% vocabulary/phrases I can hardly use in day-to-day conversations. And that’s where Antero, and the Each-One-Teach-One course, comes in! Kiitoksia! I want to use my knowledge in the real world not just in theory! That’s why I asked a hundred questions. From “Mikä bussi menee Keskustasta TAMKiin?” [lit.: What bus goes from the city centre to TAMK?] or “Saisinko jälkiruoka?” [May I have a dessert?] to “Mistä musiikista sä pidät?” [What kind of music do you like?] – everything that sounds worth knowing at this moment! Of course, there is plenty more, but we got a lot of useful sentences we will learn by heart, so we can interact with the locals in their native language soon!
I liked this meeting a lot because I realized that I know more than I thought and I’m starting to get a feeling for the word order of the Finnish language just as the suffixes which are quite crazy in Finnish! But I love it. The more I learn the more I enjoy learning such an amazing and rare language.
I’m really curious where this journey will take me! It’s for sure one of my favorite experiences in learning a new language so far! 🙂
We had our last meeting in Kahvilla again, because it is cosy place and it’s not far from Satu’s and my place. We started the conversation with the activities that we have been doing for the last weeks. I’m living in Toas City with other exchange students and as the spring semesters comes to an end, we give a lot of goodbye-parties. It’s hard to see your friends leaving after living together for four or five months. Satu told me about her job in the pub and about her summer job. She will work on summer festivals and she is very excited about it.
Satu prepared a small test about Finnish language and culture. The test contained 7 questions and I was able to answer 5 questions correctly. I almost knew the answers to the two other questions.
- What is the approximate population of Tampere
- What are the names of the two ice-hockey teams of Tampere
Tappara and Ilves (the last one I forgot, because I cheered for Tappara)
- How do you say in spoken Finnish ‘minä olen’.
Mä oon (I forgot this too, because I always speak the written language)
- Name three traditional Finnish foods
Mustamakkara, cloud berry jam, karelian pie
- How do you order a beer in a Finnish pub?
Moi, (yksi) olut kiitos.
- What is the filling in Karelian pier
Rise, eggs, butter
After the test we spoke about our plans in the future and I told Satu that she had to visit me when she would be on her exchange next year. She’s going to the Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but she promised that she would visit Belgium too. It is not that far anyway. I told her that I could guide her some Flemish cities and that I could show her interesting places in Belgium.
I enjoyed this course very much and I think it was very interesting to learn something about Finnish habits and culture. I liked it to teach my own language and I enjoyed to show off my country.