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Exploring Tampere from unusual side or Vintage is always in fashion

It was 7/03, winter is still here but show is slowly melting into rain, that’s why my teacher Selina invited me to explore Vintage clothing shops.  I’m really in small, cosy, rich for historical moments things and the idea of “doing Vintage shops hooping” was really for me.

We visited 4 different shops, enjoyed talking with sellers, tryied some clothers and.. what else do girls need?) After we decided to go a cute “Kaffila” for driking a hot coffee with traditional laskiaispulla and learn Russian and Finnish.

Speaking about Russian: we started with an alphabet and pronunciation of difficult sounds.

Speaking about Finnish: Selina told me about the difference between speaking and literary Finnish, for ex. in real life it’s better to say “mä on Sasha” instead “mina olen Sasha”, that’s why now I knew more useful for real life phrases  =)

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“How to not get lost?” – Second French-Finnish meeting

 

I met today (13th March) with Joona for our second meeting. We decided to meet up in TAMK and our meeting lasted about an hour. It was pretty short this time but we were both busy this week and decided to meet for a shorter time instead of not meeting at all J I started as French teacher and then Finnish learner.

 

– For the learning session, I wanted to focus on directions. It is something really important and I could not remember it so this was the perfect opportunity to re-learn it again! It was great to learn with Joona because he gave me some typical sentences (like “I go to the store” or “turn left”) that will be easier to remember. He also taught me the official written way of saying it as well as the spoken language which is exactly what I want to learn during this Each One Teach One course. In addition, he showed me a video of a Finish-English vocabulary rap music (Paleface: Hip Hoppi Englanti)!

– For the teaching session, as Joona wants to learn something useful during a trip to Paris, we continued our trip to France by studying the directions and personal pronouns. It was nice to speak French again with him, he is pretty good at French language and I am really impressed by his pronunciation!

At the end of our session, we were both pleased with the learning and teaching outcomes! It was a great session and I am looking forward to the next one! 😀

First French-Finnish meeting

I met today (8th March) with Joona for our first meeting. We decided to meet up at my flat and our meeting lasted about two hours. 1h during which I was learning Finnish and 1h to teach French.

For the learning session, I had two main objectives; I wanted to learn about negative sentences in past tense, with some new verbs and vocabulary as well as help me with my Finnish language exercises. It was great to have him to teach me all of these because now I feel more comfortable speaking in the past tense and I understand the grammar a lot better. Furthermore, having him to help me with my homework was really nice as he explained me the lessons with his own words and helped me understand the exercises.

 

– For the teaching session, Joona wanted to learn the basics at first. We started by the alphabet. That was a really fun moment because even if it is almost the same as in Finnish, the pronunciation is a lot different. I enjoyed teaching it to Joona! We helped ourselves with the “alphabet song”. In addition, I taught him the numbers until ten and used pictures that “explained” the pronunciation using phonetics. It was really useful!

At the end of our 2h, Joona showed me a video of a stand up comedian making fun of the Nordic countries, and explaining how Finland is different from the other Northern countries. It was a really nice moment and I learned something about Finnish culture!

This was a great session because we started by setting goals for this meeting and we managed to do everything we wanted to 🙂 Really looking forward to our next meeting next week!

 

First meeting

I met with my pair for the first time on 21.2.2019. The meeting took place at TAMK, and we ended up finding a table in the library. I’m teaching my pair Finnish, and as it was the first meeting, we started from some very basic stuff; we went through the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, months and some basic greetings, as well as how to introduce yourself in Finnish and talked a bit about pronunciation and writing.  All in all, it was very fun, and I really enjoyed our meeting.

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!

 

My Final Course Meeting FIN-GER

In my last official meeting to finish the course we talked a bit about everything. Everyone is different and faced different difficulties over the time. I can motivate myself quite well to go into verb conjugation and learning phrases and vocabulary. But I do need some help with the local cases, when it comes to the “open places” not everything is as clear as I would want it to be. The consonant graduation is also something I still struggle with every now and then (especially when you combine my two “problem fields” of the Finnish language 😉) For example: NK – NG; sänky – sängyt – sängyssä BUT sänkyyn. [Liisa nukkuu sängyssä. / Minä menen sänkyyn.]

And this is when I’m happy to have (at least) two lovely Finns by my side who can help me with figuring out why things are like this. In this case there wasn’t really an explanation why the consonant graduation doesn’t apply, so I take it as given. It’s just like Helsingissä and Helsinkiin. Someone decided that it’s like this. I just need to remember and learn it this way. 😀

Review:

My Finnish has improved considerably since the start of the EOTO course (or coming to Finland in general) – as I would have hoped. While I still feel that I am obviously still floundering in the basics, I do now have a reasonable grasp of the grammar and my vocabulary has grown and grown. I can now construct very basic sentences. While the grammar is often not quite right, the message in the sentence can usually be understood. Moreover, I have memorised a few little phrases (which makes it sound like I know a lot more than I do!) and I really should build on those and increase them. As my vocabulary has grown, I’ve become more familiar with the grammar. I am finding that reading Finnish is getting easier: I am able to pull more and more out of passages of text. I also got a Finnish book from the TAMKO Office which functions as motivation that someday (maybe in a year) I will be able to read it and understand the general message of it. Besides learning the language, I also learned more and more about Finns and their culture. I realized that when I got more familiar with the language. I think you can’t get into the Finnish culture if you don’t have a reasonable idea about how the Finnish language works. I enjoyed this journey a lot and when I return home at the end of December, I will surely continue my Finnish studies! 😊

Lunch at School (Fin-Rus)

We were planning to have lunch at school together for a long time and finally, we did it 🙂 I again asked my friend to join us, so we had a long conversation about music, travellings and hobbies. It was interesting to know that Maksim listens to Russian music band Kino, which I like as well and Viktor Tsoi is a legend in Russia.

We discussed countries as well because it was a cyber Monday and me and my friend got really cheap tickets to Amsterdam! we were excited that moment that couldn’t talk about something else 😀

After all, my friend said that she really found the idea of this course super cool because it’s not only the opportunity to learn the new language, but also a chance to meet new friends 🙂

Quick, but productive meeting in Public Corner

Every Saturday evening I know that I will meet Maksim and Ilona and I really look forward to these meetings, that makes it even sadder that these are our last meetings. But we are trying to have fun, enjoy each other’s company and do our best in studies.

That Saturday I was after work and felt sick, but our meeting is a must! I couldn’t skip it, I had a small surprise for guys, one of my Russian speaking friends joined us and actually, she was a great help for me in explaining some really difficult things to guys. We went quickly through some exercises and even though we faced a really difficult grammar topic as a dative I  was so glad to see that guys almost don’t have difficulties there! So proud of their progress! 🙂

Pyynikintori (Fin-Rus meeting)

As it is the end of the 2nd period, we all having problems to find the time which suits everyone. This time we decided to meet at Pyynikki Observation Tower, so we could study drinking coffee and having one of this delicious doughnuts and also we were planning to go up to the  top of the tower, but since it’s getting dark really fast now and the weather was freezing, we decided that we feel pretty comfortable inside as well.

It was Saturday’s evening, so I wasn’t that surprised that place was busy when we arrived, so we didn’t have much choice than study outside for some time, well….it wasn’t too bad, taking into account that we had a cup of hot coffee 😀 We continued to study with our favourite book and this time we translated text and discussed relevant topics. The difficulty of the text was that it was full of Russian sayings, which are really tricky to translate sometimes. Sometimes it is difficult even to explain because mostly it goes from the culture. However, we managed to find some similar phrases in Finish as well.

Eventually, we got cold and changed our location 🙂 But when we moved inside we mostly were talking and sharing our stories and some cultural experiences.

I really like d this meeting, it was super cosy and warm 🙂

Pre-Christmas party

We had our last meeting on Wednesday at the Each one teach one -courses pre-Christmas party. There we played games, for example Twister and cards against the humanity, and talked and met with other members of the course, which was interesting.

During this course I taught Finnish and learned some Korean, and I am happy that I met Junhyeok and Gayeon, because I learned many new things thanks to them. I will continue my Korean studies in some way.  It is a bit weird to think that there is no weekly meeting with them anymore because you get used to that.

This autumn has gone fast and I am really glad that I took this course. I am very grateful for both Gayeon and Junhyeok that they took this course and taught me Korean language and culture. I think I will try to keep some sort of contact to them maybe as pen pals.

After the party Junhyeok gave me a gift, thank you, it is a really thoughtful and beautiful gift 😀

 

Gayeon and Junhyeok, thank you for this autumn and I hope to meet you someday again, perhaps in Korea! 🙂