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First Finnish-Russian meeting

It was our second first meeting already, before our official first meeting me, Ilona and Maksim cought up in the university to see each other and discuss what are our expectations of the course, what do we want to learn and where do we want to meet. We decided to meet in the Public House Huurre. It was a bit hard for me to find the place, but with help of Google Maps I managed to meet my new friends.

When we met we ordered food and drinks and had time to know each other better, trying to use Russian and Finnish words. I was surprised with my level of Finnish it was better than I expected it to be!   I’ve learnt how to katso a menu, tilaa hampurilainen and of course say kippis! After that we decided to play a board game Alias. It’s a word explaining game, we modified rules a bit so we could study through playing: we just tried to use only Finnish and Russian for explaining words and I have to admit it was really good practice. Sometimes it was difficult to explain something, but this feeling that we all learning and we have nearly the same level of language we want to know made us more confident in speaking. During this game I learnt quite a few words:

Repairing – remontti – ремонт
Blood – veri – кровь
Self service – itsehuolto – самообслуживание
Bathrobe – kylpytakki – халат
Tiger – tiikeri – тигр
Chair – tuoli – стул

So I can definitely say that it was super productive and I had real fun! I believe that this is the best way to learn language. Se oli ihana guys! See you next week 😉

Our First Meeting

Last Monday the girls and I had our first meeting. We went to a cafe and I had a piece of carrot cake, which was delicious but really expensive (I’m not used to these kind of prices yet).

During our meeting we talked about what kind of thing we would like to do during this course and we came up with some great ideas mainly focused in trying to show each other different aspects of our culture. Because we’re four spanish talking girls and one finish, we thought we could share with Anni the differences between each one of our cultures. We also talked about what do we want to learn about each language. I think these course would be so much fun and the girls seem so kind already.

Now I leave you with a picture of the leftovers of our amazing meal:

The leftovers of our first meeting

First meeting

Gayeun, Laura, and I had the first meeting this Friday.

We met at Tampereen Vohvelikahvila which is a small café and stayed for about 2 hours there.

We taught our own languages to each other eating some coffee and waffles by using some handouts prepared for the meeting. Above all, the waffle and coffee were good.

we started off with basics such as the alphabet, numbers, and greetings or something. I was taught some words and expressions by Laura, but these aren’t familiar to me, so it wasn’t easy for me. Also, Laura probably felt difficult in learning Korean, because Korean has nothing in common with Finnish and English. We didn’t do many things at our first meeting, but it was a good start. I’ve never taught someone my mother tongue in English, so it was pretty awkward for me. I believe everything is going to get better over time.

I think we’d better talk about not only language but our cultures next time.

I’m looking forward to our next meeting.

Studying between waffles

Hello!

Today we met for the first time to study each others languages, Finnish and Korean. We went to Tampereen Vohvelikahvila, a famous cafe in Tampere for it’s delicious waffles. It is quite cozy little cafe, small, but very popular.

The whipped cream on my and GaYeons waffles had time to melt a bit, but the waffles were tasty anyways. I do recommend!

We had prepared some studying material, for example alphabets and introductions to teach. There is quite a difference between Finnish and Korean alphabets, and some sounds are strange also. Some letters in Korean alphabets sounds exactly the same for me.

Here is a picture, where you can see the Korean alphabets, and some material, that I had prepared. In my material (on the right side of the picture) there is words in Finnish in the first column, then the second column is for the English equivalent, and then there is empty column to put translation in Korean. We also went through numbers 1-10 in both languages.

As a teacher I gave GaYeon and JunHyeok a lot of information about Finnish language, and I hope I didn’t confuse them with my passionate explanations. 🙂

In the future, I think I have to think more carefully how I teach, and maybe add some useful complete sentences to the material. It is a bit difficult to teach when you don’t really know where to start.

As a student learning Korean, the most difficult thing to me to learn will be learning to pronounce the different sounds correctly. I am glad that I have two teachers, because everyone teaches differently, so I will learn in two ways and maybe understand a bit better.

All in all, I think we had a great start for our language learning sessions, and we get along really well. I’m looking forward for our next meeting.

-Laura

First meeting: Getting to know each other

Hello! I’m Tiiu, a 20-year-old finnish girl. I’m studying social services at Tamk for a second year now. There are three of us in this learning group: me, Kaisa and Renata. The languages and cultures are finnish (surprisingly..) and portuguese. I really knew nothing about Portugal, not the language nor the culture, so the learning process for me was about to start from the bottom. Our first meeting took place at a cafe. We decided to use our first meeting just chatting and getting to know each other better since we hadn’t really talked that much beforehand. We thought that after we learned to know each other better the whole process would be easier, more interesting and also we’d get a lot more out of it – you know, the teaching and learning stuff.

 

While getting to know each other we discussed about some cultural stuff and also compared the languages just a little. It was mostly me and Kaisa (we both being Finnish) asking Renata how it has been for her being here in Finland. How the weather has felt, since it’s so different here. We talked about the places to visit here in Tampere at this point of year and that have we visited them – the museums, skating routes, some student activities (..mostly parties and because of that, bars/clubs) and so on. We told each other about our lives, like family and home. Since Renata had been in Finland for a few weeks already, she knew some basic finnish. How to say hello and ask what’s up for example, the most basic stuff. Me and Kaisa wanted to know those in portuguese, so that we’d have something to start with. Unfortunately we didn’t write them down while we were at it, so I had to look them up on internet afterwards (how to write them I mean). So I learned that in portuguese, hello is olá. Asking what’s up can be done in multiple ways, for example “tudo bem?” or “como está?”.

So our first meeting went quite well – it was nice and we got to laugh. We got along well and for that reason I’m looking forward to our next meetings – maybe we’ll even have a clear subject next.

 

Firts meeting

We met at the TAMK´s library at our first meeting. First thing we would do, was plan our future meeting´s and expectation´s. Mirwaisi knows finish much more than I know Persia. So, he has to start for the basic´s whit me. While my teaching is more about conversation and correcingt his grammar.

 

Persia

First Mirwaisi taught with me Persian alphabets. We star learning by turning my name Anna to Persian alphabets. And some other words e.g. my daughter’s name Maija and Afganistan, which is Mirwaisi´s home country. I learn about that there are as much Persian speaking people as German speakers. So the language area is quite big. I learn also that people in Afganistan speak Dari and the Tadžikistan´s speak tadžik and the Iranians speak Persia, but they all understand each other’s. In the end Mirwaisi shows me some internet links where I can discover more about the language.

 

Finish

At the end we talk in finish about our free time and our hobby´s. Turned out that we both like to do sport. Mirwaisi go to the gym very often and I like to move outdoors by running or bike. We ended up planning our next meetings. How we going to go playing some different sport. Next time we will go to the swimming hall toghether.

First Meeting – Getting to know each other

In the first meeting, we met at TAMK’s lobby, and we introduced to ourselves. Our group is formed by five people: Tomi and Ivan, from Germany; Kasimir, from Switzerland; Loy, from Malasya, and me (María), from Spain.

After that, we went to have lunch together at TAMK’s cafeteria and then, we met in a classroom to discuss about how we would make our preliminary plan.

We agreed that we would learn German, Mandarin, and Spanish, so we would use all of the three languages in every meeting.

Our intention is to meet at least once a week, except that we need to meet more times or if plans that would be good to do in a group arise, in which case we will see each other twice a week. We will try to meet every Monday for at least two hours, starting in the third week of September and finishing in the first week of December.

During that time, we will prepare typical dishes from each country, we will go to play sports and to watch an ice hockey match, we will meet at some different bars and go sightseeing.

In this first meeting, we learned how to introduce ourselves in all three languages.

Our first meeting

Hi!

My name is Maria and I am from Finland. I made my “Each one teach one” course with Kurumi (who is from Japan) and Eetu (who is from Finland). Our first meeting was in Lielahti’s Wayne’s Coffee because Kurumi and Eetu live in Tesoma and I live in Lentävänniemi.

We got to know each other better and I brought some Finnish sweets (Fazer’s chocolate and salty liquorice). Kurumi prefer chocolate but as she was brave she also tasted salty liquorice!

We also started to study (both Finnish and Japanese) and our first meeting lasted many hours. It was pretty challenging because Eetu was way better in Japanese than me. Anyway, we started from the basics because I knew only a few words in Japanese and Kurumi could only say “moi” in Finnish. We studied basic phrases and numbers.

We really enjoyed our first meeting!

With love,

Maria K

 

#1 First meeting for Ice breaking

25.1 Wed, 16:00-18:00 First meeting and Ice breaking

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Actually this was the first time that we met together. There were Guillaume, Jieun and me. And we just noticed that Hyunsoo would join our group. After the formal meeting for Each One Teach One class, we went to the cafeteria in TAMK and had time to know each other more than only introduction.

Guillaume seemed very interested in Asia and he can even speak some Japanese already. He introduced himself as a big fan of K-pop and he knew plenty of songs and singers more than Jieun and me. We talked about basic things about each culture and Finnish life here. For example, fashion, weather, politics and so on. Guillaume also showed us the video of Ma Yun, the founder of Alibaba showing his nice philoshophy.

Hyunsoo, Jieun and me already knew each other. Hyunsoo came from the same university in Korea as mine and we had had dinner together in TOAS city with other friends. Jieun is also the same and we were friends from 3 years ago. I felt so comfortable by the reason that I was already familiar to them and and he was a lot greater than I expected. I looked forward to other meeting following later.

Our first meeting at Oma Cafe – Italian and German girls´ diary pt.1

Hello! I am Melissa and I am an Erasmus nursing student from the city of Padua (Italy).

I will spend here in Tampere just three months so i decided to enroll in this course in order to learn as much things as possible and also to meet new friends and spend good time with them. I decided to start to learn German because in my country I have already studied Spanish and French and I am really interesting in learning also this difficult language. For this reason, my Italian friend Marta and I, met the German girl Anna the 2nd of February at Oma Cafe. During this first meeting we talked about our own culture, country, field of study and also about ourselves in order to know better each other and to start to decided how to plan our “Each one teach one programme”. We went to Oma Cafe because is a very familiar location where you can taste very good cakes and drink a good Expresso (the first thing that we taught to Anna is the “Italian coffee break with Expresso”).

From this first meeting I learned that not all German people are serious and strict like they seem (maybe cause of their strong accent and pronunciation), because Anna is a very nice girl with a sweet voice also if she is speaking German. I also understand that German language is very difficult because is full of diphthong, consonant and strange sound, but it will never be more difficult than Finnish language, so I am very hopeful to learn the basics of German during this meetings.

It was a very nice evening and I am sure that the next meetings will be very interesting and full of fun!

See you next time, Auf Wiedersehen!