Tag Archives: French

Meeting #10: Last Meeting & Places to Visit

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

Meeting10_2

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.

Meeting10_1

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.

Meeting #8: Family

So last Friday we gather at TAMK´s library to talk a little bit about the family, We did some vocabulary and i taught Marie some of our costumes and what we normally do. Marie did the same for me and this is what i learned:

Speaking about French family is very complicated because she told me they don’t have a real stereotype about French family. They have small family; the average is usually the parents and 2 kids. A lot of French family have pets, golden fish, cat, dog, guinea pig, rabbit etc.

A lot of French people are Christian, so the Sunday is a very important day. All the Christian go to the church this day. It’s also the day at the end of the week-end, that why they are always making family lunch or dinner Sunday. During the famous holidays and days off (that we will talk about in our next meeting), they always call their family or visit them.

However, she also told me, the French are very independent, so they can go and visit them as well as don’t go at all, they don’t have any obligation and can live many weeks without visit them.

Compare to us, Mexicans, their flag and others things as the Marianne, la Marseillaise (national anthem) or the sentence “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” are not sacred. They are of great importance to them but are not sacred. For example, when we are drunk, all the students sing la Marseillaise.

Here is some of the family vocabulary we learned and translated:

          ENGLISH                                             FRENCH                                     SPANISH

  • Family                                                Famille                                        Familia
  • mother                                                mère                                            madre
  • father                                                   père                                             padre
  • sister                                                    soeur                                         hermana
  • brother                                                frère                                          hermano
  • aunt                                                     tante                                                tía
  • uncle                                                   ancle                                                tío
  • grandmother                              grandmère                                     abuela
  • grandfather                                  grandpère                                     abuelo
  • cousin                                               cousin(e)                                 primo/prima
  • wife                                              femme/epouse                          mujer/esposa
  • husband                                      espoux/mari                            esposo/marido
  • Mother-in-law                              bellemère                                     suegra
  • father-in-law                                bellepère                                       suegro
  • step-sister/brother                   demi-frère                          medio hermano(a)

Meeting #7: Talking about typical French Food

So yesterday, Sunday 23th of April Marie and I gather for our 7th meeting.

We decided -since we both liked each others´ typical foods- to learn a little bit more about the Mexican and French food, respectively.

This is what i learned about french people and their food tastes: for the French people, the food is very important. It’s a moment when we are with your family or your friends, when we share our life with the others and they enjoy to eat. They usually start with a starter, after with the main course, after that we are forced to have cheese, because it’s a tradition in France, and at the end a good desert. Obviously, they also have a glass of wine with them every diner.

Marie talked about the typical dishes they eat all around the year:

  1. The first one is the most amazing one and it’s almost the same than the dish we cooked on our session #6. It’s LA TARTIFLETTE. It’s just potatoes, bacon, onions and a loooooot of cheese! This plate came from Savoie who is actually the region in France when you are going to practicing ski.
  2. The second one is LE COQ AU VIN. It’s very simple: a cock marinated in wine with onions, carrots and mushroom.
  3. After, they have LE POT AU FEU. You have to take some vegetables and a little piece of meat. You put everything in a big pot with a lot of water and cook it little by little.
  4. This is the most famous one in Bretagne, a region in the North-East. It’s LA CREPE.
  5. They also have LE CASSOULET. This is actually white beans, duck confit and sausage. It came from the South of France.
  6. The last one is maybe the most traditional plate from France: LE BOEUF BOURGUIGNON. You just have to cook beef inside Bourgogne’s wine. Give some vegetables and potatoes with it and that’s it.

Maybe i´ll try to cook some of this dishes when i get back home in Mexico… They sure sound delicious!!!!

Meeting #5: Gratin Dauphinois

In this meeting Marie and me met at TOAS City and decided to cook a traditional French meal.  It took us about 3 hrs to make this “GRATIN DAUPHINOIS”.

The gratin dauphinois is one of the best known dishes of traditional French cuisine.

Ingredients (serves 3):

  • 800gr of potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 300ml cream
  • 300gr of cheese
  • A little butter to spread a glass mold

 

Method of preparation:

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into slices, then cook in water.
  2. Pour the potatoes into a mold where they are stirred with the cream and the finely chopped garlic clove (do not break the potato slices)
  3. The premix is poured into a pre-oiled glass mold.
  4. Put a thick layer of cheese on top and cook for 40-45 minutes in an oven at 170 ° C
    To serve

 

THIS IS THE RESULT: We had a great time preparing this dish! And better still it tasted awsome! I would recomend peopole to try it, it’s easy to make and i, for sure, will make it again when i go back to Mexico. Here are some pics of the day…

1 2

3

Meeting #3: Body Parts and Animals Names

We met on Wednesday 15 in a place to eat waffles for our third meeting.

meeting3

Acording to the plan proposed we were suppoused to study numbers and colors, but we had already seen them in other sesions, so we decided to start with body parts.

It was fun, we had a really nice time, and we got astonished about how much some words are pretty much alike (or at least they have a very similar pronunciation). And even though it is not so simple to remember the words that are a lot different we enjoyed the time we spent and had fun trying to pronunce the words properly.

HumanBody

We also decided to learn how to say that something hurts or that you feel ill, this is what we learned:

        ENGLISH                                     FRENCH                           SPANISH

  • Sick                                            Malade                            Enfermo
  • Headache                            Mal à la tête               Dolor de cabeza
  • Throw up                                  Vomir                               Vomitar
  • Flu                                                Toux                                    Tos
  • Pain                                       Douleur/mal                        Dolor
  • I have pain in/on …        Je mal à la/ou…       Tengo dolor de/en…

After we finished with the body parts we realised we still had some time free, so we decided to look up for some animal pictures and start saying their names. It was a good oportunity to learn new vocabulary and see some really cute animal pics!!! These are some of the animals’ names we translated:

          ENGLISH                    FRENCH                   SPANISH

  • Dog                              Chien                          Perro
  • Cat                               Chat                            Gato
  • Fish                           Poisson                         Pez
  • Rabbit                      Lapain                        Conejo
  • Lion                              Lion                           León
  • Horse                        Cheval                        Caballo
  • Ants                          Fourmis                    Hormigas
  • Spider                      Araignée                      Araña
  • Mosquitoes           Moustique                Mosquitos
  • Fox                             Renard                         Zorro
  • Monkey                      Singe                  Chango-mono
  • Cow                             Vache                           Vaca
  • Pig                              Cochon                 Puerco-Cerdo
  • Bird                            Oiseaux                     Pájaros
  • Wolf                              Loup                           Lobo
  • Frog                         Grenouille                     Rana
  • Giraffe                         Girafe                         Jirafa
  • Sheep                       Mouton                     Borrego
  • Tiger                            Tigre                             Tigre
  • Mouse                        Souris                          Ratón
  • Duck                          Carand                          Pato
  • Bear                             Ours                              Oso
  • Owl                          Chouette                       Búho
  • Eagle                           Aigle                            Águila
  • Dolphin                  Dauphin                        Delfín
  • Hen-Cook-Chicken    Poule-Coq/Poulet    Gallina-Gallo-Pollo

[Finnish/French] – “Chandeleur Day”

“Chandeleur Day” is a really known and popular in France. This year we celebrated it in February 2th. It is a “Crepe Party”. Every family cook sweet and savory crepes in which we usually put ham, cheese, typical meat or jam, chocolate, whipped cream… We drink cider or beer with them. Therefore, as I really like this day because I come from the part of France where they have been created I wanted to share this succulent meal with Finnish people. We bought the ingredients and cook together.

I brought the recipe to teach some vocabulary in Finnish and French:

FRENCH

ENGLISH

FINNISH

250g de farine

flour Jauhot
4 oeufs Eggs

kananmunat

50cl de lait

milk maito
1 pincée de sel A pinch of salt

Ripaus suolaa

60g de sucre

Sugar sokeri
50g de beurre fondu Melted butter

Sulatettu voit

Confiture de fraise

                         framboise

                         abricot

                         mûre

Strawberry jam

Raspberry

Apricot

Blackberry

Mansikka hillo

Vadelma

Aprikoosi

Karhunvatukka

Miel

Honey hunaja
chocolat Chocolate

suklaa

Cidre

Cider

siideri

Cuillère à café

Tablespoon ruokalusikka

Cuillère à soupe

Teaspoon

teelusikka

Cuillère

Spoon

lusikka

Crepe Crepe/ pancake

lettu

I was really surprised that they think that as I am French I know perfectly how to make crepes and that they were going to be the best in the world. First I showed them how to cook crepe and then successively we made crepe. Moreover I teach them how to flip a crepe, it was very funny and excited.

My favorite crepe is a savory one with goat cheese, almonds and honey. At first, they were very hesitant about the ingredients because when they tried goat cheese they don’t really like it but when they tasted the crepe they really enjoyed it especially Getuar. Nevertheless, unfortunately, the cider hasn’t been so famous.

16991032_1185775321531010_1491861845_o

[Finnish/French] – First meeting in a café

Our group is composed of three people: 2 Finnish, Getuar and Nina, – 1 French, me. I learn Finnish and teach them French. We decided to teach some language backgrounds but we are also really interested in culture.

Our first meet was in a lovely café to be more comfortable. As I am learning basics of Finnish and Nina knows already some basics words in French, our first meeting was focused on Getuar to teach him some basics sentences in French like saying hello, thanks, how are you, bye, my name is … During this meeting we spoke a lot to know each other and we have already noticed lots of differences between our two culture about education and way of living.

This is our first teaching. We translate it in English to understand better:

ENGLISH

FRENCH

FINNISH

Hello/ Good morning

Bonjour

Moi! Hei!/ Hyvää huomenta

Good evening

Bonsoir

Hyvää iltaa

Good night

Bonne soirée/Bonne nuit

Hyvää yötä

Goodbye

Au revoir

Näkemiin

Bye

Au revoir/Salut

Moi Moi/ Hei Hei

See you later

A plus (tard)

Nähdään myöhemmin

See you tomorrow A demain

Nähdään huomenna

How are you?

Comment ça va? Mitä kuuluu?
Fine and you? Bien et toi?

Kiitos hyvää. Entä sinulle?

Thank you (a lot)

Merci (beaucoup) Kiitos

Your welcome

De rien

Ole hyvä

Sorry

Désolé/Pardon

Anteeksi/ Sori

It’s ok/Never mind Ça ne fait rien/Ne t’inquiète pas

Ei se mitään

Nice to meet you

Ravi(e) de te rencontrer/Enchanté Hauska tavata!
Me too/ The same Moi aussi/De même/Pareil

Kiitos samoin

Welcome!

Bienvenue! Tervetuloa

Yes

Oui

Kyllä/ Joo/ Juu

No Non

Ei

What is your name?

Comment t’appelles-tu?

Kuka sina olet?/
Mikä sinun nimi on ?

My name is

Je m’appelle

Olen/ Minun nimi on

I knew that French was difficult but during this first meeting I noticed that teaching French is really a difficult task. Our language is very complicated. We don’t pronounce all the letters of a word and lots of sounds are the same but can be written differently. Moreover, Finnish and French language don’t pronounce letters in the same way. For instance, in France the letters “Y” and “I” have the same sound but in Finland their “Y” is pronounced as an “U” for French people. On top of that, contrary to France there is no gender in Finland so it was a bit complicated to explain that things have a feminine and a masculine and that it depends only on the word, there is no rule. Therefore I teach them some word which show that is a feminine or masculine word:

Feminine word article : une, la, l’

Masculine word article : un, le, l’

Next time our meeting will be more focus on culture. I will cook a typical French meal: Crepes because it will be “Chandeleur Day” in France.

Learning French for the first time – little bit confused but more excited for the next time

 

Last Friday was little bit special for me in terms of learning. When I usually take a bus to center of Tampere on Friday evening, it is generally for shopping or going out, but this time I made an exception – believe it or not, it was for the meeting to learn a new language – French. I had to meet with Morgane, who is from France and Nina, who is, like me, from Finland.

The purpose was to meet for a cup of coffee and teach each other some basics about our languages, Finnish to Morgane, and French to me and Nina.We had decided to meet  at Cafe Europe which is located in the center of Tampere. The clock was running and I managed to find my way to the meeting place. When I got there, I ordered a hot chocolate to set my mood right and to get relaxed because it was about to go down (not in the terms of partying: D) with a fun group in a stylish cafeteria.

Firstly, I did not know much about the French language or any words beforehand, therefore I was excited and open to learn. Actually, with the wonderful “teacher”, Morgane, I managed to learn basics of French language; as example to say my name:”Je m’appelle Getuar”. Furthermore, I learned some greetings, phrases and numbers. To be honest, initially, since I speak four other languages myself, I thought French must be easier to understand, but that was not the case. To be exact, pronunciation and writing in French was little bit confusing, but on the other hand I learned much more than I expected from one meeting. I started from zero knowledge and ended up with the ability to express myself and have a basic conversation with words like Bye – Salut, Hello – Bonjour, Welcome – Bienvenue, Fine – Bien, Thank you – Merci. Therefore, it was an rewarding and educational experience overall.

As I mentioned above, in terms of learning, the experience was fruitful indeed. I feel I learned much more compared to, for example, sitting in the classroom in a French class. The small group (three people), the location and surroundings (nice, cozy cafe) and enthusiastic learners were the three factors which made the learning easy and fun! Specially, the small group was crucial in order to stay concentrated because when it comes to a new language you can become frustrated pretty easily, but in this case I could ask as many questions as I wanted and Morgane had time for me, therefore I did not get deconcentrated. On the contrary, if I would be at school in a class, I could not interrupt the teacher as many times I would want. On the whole, I think this kind of “meeting and learning” – practice is a really great possibility to learn, and I would recommend it to everyone who has the chance to sit down face-to-face with a foreign language speaker.

Eventually, Nina and I taught Finnish to Morgane. She already new basics, therefore we focused teaching her some complicated issues, for instance: the difference between “väärä ” and ” vaara ”. It is very important in Finnish to have letter ” A ” or ” Ä ” in the right spots, since the whole meaning of the word can change with one letter. Since my mind was still comprehending all the things I learned, I could not teach Morgane as much as I initially planned to, so Nina took the leading role as a Finnish “teacher”. : P Altogether, we all had fun, the hot chocolate was delicious, and we learned new things, therefore it was a Friday evening well spent. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn French, and the meeting gave me motivation and made me eager to learn more. Waiting impatiently for the next meeting.

27.1. ~ Comment allez-vous?

Bonjour! Salut! Coucou!

Je m’appelle Nina, ravi de vous rencontrer! Yesterday was the first time we officially met with Getuar and Morgan after the course info on Wednesday. We met at Café Europa in the evening, sat down and bought ourselves some nice coffee and hot cocoa.

Morgan is from France, Paris, and both me and Getuar are from Finland. Morgan teaches us some French and we help her learn Finnish. Getuar is new to the language, but I know a bit French from elementary and middle school. Morgan is also new to Finnish. Our plan was to meet at the café to hang out and teach each other about the languages. Morgan had prepared a great list of common greetings and phrases in French, which we went over together. We also practiced the alphabet, some pronunciation, numbers, days of the week, and random words like “pain, vin et fromage!” In the process of learning, we could apply the words in a practical concept, such as numbers with how to say one’s age; J’ai vingt ans = I’m twenty years old.

The list was a great way to review some basic French, I was very surprised how much I could remember. I learned new things as well, and noticed how important to pronounce the words clearly. I have to pay more attention to listening what I’m saying, because many words are written differently than how they’re actually said in French. Sentence structure and verb conjugation is slowly coming back to me, and the articles before the words. This first time was a good way to ease in to the language on my behalf at least, Getuar got a lot of new material to go over, I hope he’s not too confused, hehe! Morgan is a great teacher, because she explains thoroughly why the sentence or word is pronounced the way it is, and how it differs from English.

This style of learning a language I think is the most productive way of learning, because you can ask anything you want and you can choose what you want to learn, instead of just sitting in a classroom and going over books with twenty-something other students. The teacher seldom has time to pay very close attention to every single student’s learning capability, sot this close contact, practical language learning is, in my opinion, the best way to stay motivated and interested in the language. It’s also a great way to get to know new people!

Morgan is taking a Finnish class, so we are not sure what they have been learning so far, so we decided to to teach Morgan at least the weekdays for now. We also went over some expressions, words and the importance of double letters in words and the difference between ‘Ä’ and ‘A’ (or ‘O’ and ‘Ö’.) Teaching others makes you actually notice some new things in your own language as well, and thinking of the rules of the language and the technique to pronounce different vowels. Example words are important, and putting the learned things into practical concept, for example weekdays with the expression ‘Today is…’ or ‘Yesterday was…’ The grammar is hard one to teach in a simple way, but it’s something that’ll come later on, I think!

My expectations for this first meeting were quite similar to what we actually accomplished; we had fun together and had a great communication, learned some basic things in each other’s languages, and made it fun. It’s also good to know, that you don’t have to know everything, we can always google things..! I wish we had more time to teach Morgan some other Finnish words, but next time I’ll prepare something fun for her to learn!

I’m hoping to meet up with my group soon again, we’ll decide  the date soon in our Whatsapp group 🙂