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! 🙂
Yesterday we continued our language learning journey at Hanna’s place. Hanna made a “finntastic” ham-cheese-pie for us which we enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere while there were soft Christmas songs played and us having a good conversation about what has happened over the last week. It’s really nice because meeting on Monday and therefore, starting the week with our EOTO get-together has almost became a tradition over the last couple of weeks.
Now, that it’s nearly December and the semester is ending soon we decided to give it a go and see how far we have come. Every one of us gave the others in their target language an overview of oneself. It’s great to see that we all managed to learn good pronunciation and some basic language skills as well. I’m really sad, that our time in Tampere is almost over and so is this course. It’s been a good decision to join the course, even if I was a little late. 😀 I met three wonderful people and learned a lot about the Finnish language and about Finland on the way. I will surely continue learning and hopefully coming back to Finland in the future. If I return it’s hopefully not just for holidays but maybe for a lifetime.
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!
Yesterday we met at Café Europa to continue learning in a playful way.
We decided to play “Alias” – we didn’t played it with its actual rules because Melanie and I don’t know that many Finnish words yet, so we picked the words from the cards we already know and explained them to Hanna and Antero in German! They had to guess the word in German. 😉 When it was their turn, they explained one of the easier words from one of the cards in Finnish. And Melanie and I had to guess!
It was a very playful and fun way to practise our listening comprehension skills! It’s also good to learn some new vocabulary. I was really happy about recognizing one or more words on one card because it felt like I made quite some progress in the last three months. Of course, I still don’t speak Finnish, but I get more comfortable with the language and when I see combined words, I can guess what they mean.
Besides working on my vocabulary knowledge I’ll try to write some easy sentences in Finnish and bring them to our next meeting. I feel like I know quite a few words by now but feel uncertain how to put them into sentences. That’s something I would like to work on in the future! 🙂
In order to have more time for studying, we decided to arrange our meeting in the evening this time so nobody would be in a rush. We wanted to meet in Pella’s cafe, Maksim was a bit earlier to the meeting and he said that the place is really crowded, then I offered to go to the cafe Europa, I’ve been there a few times and I saw that there are usually a lot of students working on their assignments. We are continuing the work with the Finnish-Russian books named “Пора!”This time we decided to pay more attention to exercises and vocabulary. And that was more challenging than just reading 😀 But I think we managed pretty well!
We remembered hot to say days of the week, months, seasons, talked about favourite subjects at school, practised how to say time and many other useful things in everyday conversation. I really liked studying in that cafe, it is a very cute place, but probably it is better to come for studying during the daytime because in the evening (especially Saturday evening) they put music on and it’s time to relax1 😉
Yesterday we met for the 7th time. This time we went to see a concert, and of course we studied a bit before the concert.
The concert was in Pyynikkisali, and the performers were all students in TAMK. We met at the hall of the Musiikkiakatemia’s campus, where we studied. This time I thought it would be nice to teach a bit about grammatical aspects of Finnish language, but it was slightly difficult to find a good book about it in English, quite a lot of the books in Metso library where I went were in Finnish, surprisingly.
I prepared only few things to teach, so that there would be enough time to study before the concert. And we had perfect timing in our teaching/learning process. My copying machine didn’t work properly, so the material I had prepared didn’t have all those nice columns it has had before. It went fine. I maybe rushed a touch in my teaching.
As a learner I’m now trying really hard to read Korean letters, but now I’m mostly struggling with the reading of vowels. Pronunciation isn’t good either, but I’ll keep on practicing. For some reason it is difficult to remember the Finnish translations for the words for me.
After the study session we went to the concert, MusTen duettokonsertti was the name of the concert.
This is the picture of Pyynikkisali before the concert. It is a familiar concert hall for me because I have performed there myself several times during my last studies in TAMK.
I think we all enjoyed the concert, and it was good that we went this week there, because last week’s concert would have been mainly only violinists performing in the concert. This was more interesting concert for us three.
See you next week! 😀
Long time since my last post, but it was a really busy time for me, I finished the first period and went for the autumn break to my hometown to visit my family. After coming back I contacted guys so we could get back to our language studying 🙂 It was a bit difficult to arrange the meeting because we all have our own studies and it is difficult to find a suitable time for all of us. The initial plan was to go to study to Metso library again because we found that way the most effective for us, but since we agreed to meet on weekend and library closes quite early on Saturday and Sunday Maksim offered to arrange our meeting in his apartment. He gave us an address and after finishing work I moved there. I got a bit lost, but again Google maps saved me and I found the place!
Maksim’s place is really nice and it was a good choice for studying, Maksim made tea for us and we started to study, that time we decided to concentrate on chapter 2 and basically on the reading part. We went through the texts and translated them into Russian from Finnish and vice versa. During our reading, we discussed topics about Russian and Finland and asked each other about details we don’t understand well. Unfortunately, time flew too fast and I and Ilona had to leave. But that was definitely a nice and productive meeting.
On Thursday 1st of November it was time for the 10th and last official meeting for me and Meguru. In fact we’ve already met more than ten times, but we agreed to have ten official meetings to write about on this blog. Remembering to write the learning diaries has been the hardest part of this course.
We met at restaurant Itsudemo for sushi buffet lunch since both Meguru and I had never been there before and wanted to try it out. There were some types of sushi which Meguru said he’d never seen in Japan, such as corn and kiwi sushi. Not to mention one that had whipped cream, strawberry and banana in it, like a cake. I’d never seen such sushi before either. As for the taste, you’ll know when you try. But I won’t be doing that again… The lesson: It’s good to appreciate other countries’ culture and even combine with your own, but often things are better left alone if you don’t know what you’re doing. Well, at least the sushi was fun to take photos of.
Is it a slice of a roll cake? Is it sushi?
While eating we talked in Japanese and reviewed the Finnish which I’d taught Meguru during this course. Meguru had been using the app which I recommended in the previous meeting, and I felt so proud when he remembered various words well, such as food items and colors. I’d been worried about not teaching enough grammar, but since Meguru has said that it’s better to focus on vocabulary and culture, I’ve tried to do that.
I was finally able to use properly polite Japanese for most of the time while talking. Before taking this course, I’d mostly just talked in a casual style with people who I’m close enough with to do so, but it may come off as rude to others. I was aware of that, but haven’t had many chances to practice polite style. I’m thankful to Meguru that he was patient with me and often corrected what I said. Because the styles differ in word choices and grammar, it’s not that easy to switch between them, especially as a Finn who’s used to casual Finnish being used even in formal situations. I’ll continue working on this even from now on.
After lunch we walked around the lake shore in Eteläpuisto and continued talking. It’s good to balance enjoying food culture with exercise, and also important to enjoy the rare Autumn days in Finland which aren’t rainy.
All in all, this has been a very fun course. I’ve learned many useful things, not only about Japanese or Japan, but even Finland.
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
On Thursday we had our sixth meeting with Gayeon and Junhyeok. We met at Tullintori, because there is a shop called East Asia Mart that sells for example foods from Korea, which I think is nice for exchange students because they get to eat foods familiar for them.
First we went to see some dresses, because I wanted so.
The dresses were on display in a small gallery, and there weren’t many evening gowns, so it was a quick visit. After that we went to the East Asia Mart. There were a lot of items and foods that you can’t buy from a regular store in Finland. It was quite nice and interesting to hear about the foods there from Junhyeok and Gayeon.
After that we went to a cafe to study.
This time I hadn’t prepared any words in Finnish to teach but instead I told about Finnish culture and made them listen to some Finnish music, old and new. It was difficult to decide what to tell about Finnish culture, and it was also difficult to tell and explain aspects of it. I had prepared some material about it, but I didn’t prepare myself to tell about the culture.
Gayeon had prepared some information about Korean food with pictures. In Korea there are a lot of dishes that we don’t eat in Finland, and there are no translations either. It would be nice to go to Korea sometime and taste those dishes even though they might be a bit too spicy for me.
Junhyeok had prepared some basic words about culture and question words and location words also. It is fun to learn about how to make sentences in Korean. I still struggle a bit reading Korean, but I’m getting better slowly.
I think this meeting was good and we were comfortable with each other. See you next time!