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[Finnish/French] – Typical songs

We met in a lovely café called Pella’s café near Koskipuisto because we wanted to chill and eat some pasteries. I was so pleased because they sold “croissant” and I am used to eat this in France. This time we wanted to know more about culture, music and our taste.


We wrote each other a loooong list of various type of music, old and new. I decided to divide my list par period, from old to new songs. First I wanted Nina to know about the “unmissable/old classics songs”, songs that old and new generations recognize and know. For instance, Edith Piaf or Claude Francois. Then I wanted her to discover French, old, pop music which are very popular, everybody knows the lyrics by heart. This is the kind of music we can dance on it like “Images”, “Partenaore Particulier” or “Indochine”. They are old groups known during the 80s’. This part of the list also contains more romantic singers like Celine Dion or Johnny Hallyday. At the end of the list I put recent songs mostly Rap. In France, we, the new generation listens almost only American songs, and the only French songs I listen to are old or Rap songs.
I hope she will like these songs. As she lived few years in France she told me she knew Celine Dion, Stromae and Edith Piaf. If I remember well, she told me her mom was fan of Celine Dion.

We tried to do a similar list. I haven’t listened to all the songs but the ones that “everyone knows, they are random but good” remind me of French songs. To my mind they must be from the same period of time. I enjoy them they are joyful. She also wrote her favorite music band and songs, I really look forward to listen to them!

Finally, one of the aim of this was to try to recognize some words we have learned so far, but I have to admit that I didn’t suceed at all.


[Finnish/French] – Clothes

This time we wanted to change our habits and meet in a different place. We went to H&M to learn the names of clothing in Finnish and French.
For the exercice to be easier we had written the vocabulary and colors on a paper.


I had learned the colors at school therefore I remembered some words however she learned me how to use the plural. If the word ended with a voyel in singular, in plural we have to add a “-t”. For instance -ä becomes -ät and -i/-it. Another example singular/plural :  -nen/-set .

Even if Nina knows some French, she didn’t know lots of word, only the basics one like “chaussettes” (socks) or “pantalon” (trousers)

After learning all the words we created a small translation test to see if you have understood.

It was an instructive meeting because now I am more confortable during shopping.

[Finnish/French] – Chilling at Torni

We were very lucky because the weather was good therefore we could admire the view and spend a pleasant moment!

I attended Basics of Finnish during this semester and I have just seen that I pass the test before seeing Nina. She was very happy for me and she asked me all the things I learned in Finnish. Discussing about test and everything we started to explain to each other our school system. First, our different schools don’t last the equally.



At the end of Highschool we have an exam which allows us to valid our school years called “Baccalauréat”, kind of “A-levels”. To pass we must have a general average of at least 10/20. If we don’t valid some subject, we can retake once but it is an oral exam. If we don’t pass this exam we have to retake one year again. Furthermore, contrary to Finland one exam never lasts more than 4 hours. I find it awfull to have an 6-hours exam.
Nina explained that their “finals” is called “ylioppilaskirjoitukset” and they have at least 4 compulsory subject tests and they can choose more subjects to have get more points if they fail one subject. If they fail one they have to retake it next semester (autumn or spring). In France we have 8 subjects to pass our last year of study and 3 one year before.

It was extremely interested to learn how works their educational system as it is one of the best of the world. They seem more “indulgent” than us.

[Finnish/French] – Easter/Pääsiäinen/Pâques

As our both country celebrate Easter we wanted to comparate and explain our habits during this Holy day. In Finnish easter is “Pääsiäinen” and in french “Pâques”. Even if they have quite the same traditions we noticed some differences.

Nina told me that one of the festivities here  is “virpominen”, when all the children in the neighborhood dress up like trulli, or witches, and carry brightly-decorated willow branches door-to-door to wish “vitsa”, or “Happy Easter!” to their neighbors, receiving candies or coins in return.
In France children only do that in Halloween. When it is Easter day, generally parents or grand parents hide some chocolate, usually Easter Bunnys, eggs or chicks, and children have to find them in the garden or in the house. The story is that bells go to Rome for Holy week that is why, for mourning,  they don’t ring during this week and on Sunday they ring again and while they are coming back from Rome they drop chocolate eggs over gardens. I really loved thos celebration when I was a kid because it was nearly the only moment of the year I could eat lots of chocolate and it was very funny to look for chocolate.

However, in terms of cooking we eat the same meal which is a leg of lamb, most likely because it is the Christian tradition. In France, flageolets beans join the lamb, for starter we eat asparagus and for dessert, chocolat eggs, of course. Nina told me they have a special Finnish dessert called “mämmi”, made of rye, that you generally love or hate (she hates it).



[Finnish/French] – Third meeting at my place

During our third meeting we talked a lot about our previous week because it was the holidays and I spent one week in Lapland and one week in France. Therefore we talked about what we did and the difference in terms of holidays  in Finland and France.

Until high school we have holidays every 2 months : 10 days in October which are called “la Toussaint” next we have 2 weeks for Christmas, then winter holiday when we usually go skiing, in April 2 weeks and then summer holidays in July and August.

The first week of February I had the chance to go to Lapland it was one of the best trip I have ever done. As Nina has never gone there I told her and Getuar what I have seen and done like husky safari, nothern lights, breathtaking landscapes… I showed them some pictures as well.

After we hanged out arounf and played cards together. Nina taught them some games like Risti7 and regular Seiska which was quite similar to one of a game we have in France. I taught them “la bataille corse” and “le speed”. To my mind they appreciate these games because they bith required rapidity.

Forth Meeting – Reviews

Review French!
time & place :
19th Febrary, 12:00 – 14:00, Fazer cafe in Tampere city

On this day, we also had so long meeting as we couldn’t meet for a long time. Soo, Daye, and I already visited Lapland, and the holiday were coming soon however, all of four traveled separately in different dates. Thus, we also made this meeting so long that it could cover two meetings! We arranged this meeting on Facebook, we talked a lot other things also. For example, he taught us simple greeting words in French :
Good morning = Bonjour Good evening = Bonsoir Good night = Bonne nuit
For me, it’s good to learn different greetings and hellos!

This day, we reviewed what we learned last meeting, and Daye presented about her lecture, traveling Korea.

Review with Brunch
 Guillaume and I had brunch together, doing some reviews. Those desserts were expensive, but they were good 🙂 I ordered only one pulla, so those pictures are Guillaume’s menu! He said that the croissant is different from that of France. Anyway, I forgot almost everything, so I had to recall before coming here 🙂 I succeded to remember numbers and the funny dialogue that he taught. Also, I remembered some weird chesses and Normandie! He was pleasant with my memory. Other Korean girls also remembered some, they remembered numbers which I couldn’t recall! We also asked him whether he remembers Korean words or not, he remembered a few of them, but I was quite satisfied 🙂
He mentioned the new song of Korean girl group, I was also surprised more. I thought he knows more than me about k-pop, as I’m the person not interested in songs and dramas. However, we have the common hobby, League of legend! I really want to play with him someday!

#3 Learning basic French and Korean

4.2 Sat, 17:00-20:00 Learning basic French and Korean

After Guillaume’s perfect lecture, we had time to learn French and Korean from each other. For me, French is hard from the first time. I cannot read any word written in French in a right way. He explained that French often ignores the last letter of the word for convenience in some cases like it has some successive consonant. However, he tried to make us understand each things and gave us many basic expression which are useful for us. Even after the class, he sent a video to help us learn French. And three of us taught Hangeul(Korean alphabet) to Guillaume. It is composed of basic 14 consonants and 10 vowels and we use them combining different ways like ㄱ+ㅏ+ㅇ=강, ㄴ+ㅏ=나. After practicing those, we also practiced some simple expressions and words.

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Here is the short list of what I learned from this class

Bonjour = Hello

Je m’appelle Daye = My name is Daye

Comment t’appelles tu? Comment vous appelez vous? = What is your name? (familiar/respectful)

Ravi de te rencontrer = Nice to meet you

Merci = Thank you

Pardon = sorry

Au revoir = Goodbye

Il fait froid = It’s cold

Il fait chaud = It’s hot

C’est na nuageux = It’s cloudy

Il pleut = It’s raining

1=un 2=deux 3=trois 4=quatre 5=cinq 6=six 7=sept 8=huit 9=neuf 10=dix

#1 First meeting for Ice breaking

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


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.

Meeting #10: Last Meeting & Places to Visit

Marie and I met at City Toas for our last meeting on Monday 1st of May.


We liked each other culture so we decided that it would be nice to get to know each of our countries a little bit better. Getting to show (and learn) places to visit on the other persons country sounded fantastic. So each one of us made a list of the most turistic places (and the best places we belive there are) and try to show the other person those places, with pictures and also explainin about the culture of the place and what you can expect to find there. I liked this meeting, it was fun, we learned even more about the French/Mexican culture and i think that even though France is quite far from Mexico,  I will return some day to visit the places Marie told me about.

These are some of those places she talked to me about:

There ara a lot of famous places in France, so she divided them in regions:

First of all, they have Paris, the capital. There is a lot of things to visit: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, etc

Then on the first region on the North West is “Bretagne” (in blue)

  • There is Saint-Malo with “le Mont Saint Michel”
  • You also have some cities as Brest, Deauville, La Baule, they can go in these cities for a week-end, taste some oysters, molds, delicious fishes.

The second region, South West, is composed by Bordeaux and Bayonne (in red)

  • The surfers go there to enjoy the waves.
  • In Bordeaux, you can also visit famous vineyards. And if you go to Bayonne during the summer, you have the feria, everyone is partying in the streets dressed in white and red.

The third one is in the South East called “La Côte d’Azur” (in yellow)

  • It has some famous places as Marseille, Cannes, Saint-Tropez or Nice.
  • It’s where we go when you want to enjoy the sun in France.

The last one, represented by a star in the map is les Alpes, a famous place for the ski with Val d’Isere, Courchevel or Megève.


Meeting #9: Important Days / Holidays

For this meeting we decided to speak about the important dates of our home countries.

Mexicans have a lot of important/holy – days. We like to party and take the day off work or school on those kind of days.

What i learned from Marie are the most important days in France. Such as:

  • The first Holiday is January 6th , it’s called Epiphany. It’s actually a Christian feast day where French celebrate the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ, with the visit of the Magi. During this time, they eat “la Galette des Rois”. Inside the cake, you have a piece and the one who found it is the King or Queen.
  • After, they celebrate the 14th of April, who is “Vendredi Saint”. It’s also a Christian feast, who is commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. It’s the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. On April 16th , they have “le Dimanche de Pâques” for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. And on the 17th of April, they celebrate “le Lundi de Pâques” who is the day after the Sunday of the resurrection of Jesus.
  • Then on May, the  first of May, they have as in a lot of country, the Labor Day. On May 8th, they celebrate the end of World War II in Europe and the winning in front of the German in 1945. The 25th of May, they have “l’Ascension”. It’s another Christian feast 4 days after Easter, it’s the last meeting of Jesus with his apostles, and his ascension into heaven.
  • The 4th of June, they have la “Pentecote”, Christian too, it refers to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. On July 14th , they have the Nationale feast also called Bastille Day to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille that took place on July 14th, 1789.
  • The 15th of August is “l’Assomption”, the celebration of Mary the Virgin, the Mother of Jesus.
  • The first of November, they have “La Toussaint”, commemoration of the Dead.
  • On November 11th, they have the “Armistice 1918”, celebrating the end of the World War I, between Allies and Germany.
  • And finally on the month of December they have Christmas during the 24th and 25th.

Some of our holidays are quite similar, since most of French and Mexican people are Christians, though it’s important to mention that we celebrate some of those important dates a little bit different.