We had our last meeting in Kahvilla again, because it is cosy place and it’s not far from Satu’s and my place. We started the conversation with the activities that we have been doing for the last weeks. I’m living in Toas City with other exchange students and as the spring semesters comes to an end, we give a lot of goodbye-parties. It’s hard to see your friends leaving after living together for four or five months. Satu told me about her job in the pub and about her summer job. She will work on summer festivals and she is very excited about it.
Satu prepared a small test about Finnish language and culture. The test contained 7 questions and I was able to answer 5 questions correctly. I almost knew the answers to the two other questions.
- What is the approximate population of Tampere
- What are the names of the two ice-hockey teams of Tampere
Tappara and Ilves (the last one I forgot, because I cheered for Tappara)
- How do you say in spoken Finnish ‘minä olen’.
Mä oon (I forgot this too, because I always speak the written language)
- Name three traditional Finnish foods
Mustamakkara, cloud berry jam, karelian pie
- How do you order a beer in a Finnish pub?
Moi, (yksi) olut kiitos.
- What is the filling in Karelian pier
Rise, eggs, butter
After the test we spoke about our plans in the future and I told Satu that she had to visit me when she would be on her exchange next year. She’s going to the Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but she promised that she would visit Belgium too. It is not that far anyway. I told her that I could guide her some Flemish cities and that I could show her interesting places in Belgium.
I enjoyed this course very much and I think it was very interesting to learn something about Finnish habits and culture. I liked it to teach my own language and I enjoyed to show off my country.
On our 7th meeting I learned Korean language and it was a very interesting meeting, as Ssong taught me some Korean grammar, which was very useful. We practiced Future tense and he helped me to remember a grammatical structure in a casual speaking level by teaching me a song, which the primary school kids learn to remember it as well 🙂
It was :
거야, 거야 Will, will
할거야. I will do.
혼자서도 잘 할거야. I will do everything well for myself.
It was funny that he said I have to sing the melody of the song as well and as we were sitting at the cafeteria side of the lobby, there were so many people around us and all of them watched me singing this funny song 🙂 Anyway, I’ve learned this grammar structure very fast and now I can make the sentences really easily.
E.g. 나는 문을 닫을거야 (na-neun mu-neul dad-eul-go-ya) I will close the door.
Also he taught me how to say phrases in future, with probability 50% of doing it.
E.g. 나는 뭔가를 할수도 있어 (na-neun mwon-ga-reul hal-su-do iss-o) Maybe I will do something.
After that we had some chat in English and we just talked about his future graduation and plans for a future job. During our chat as always I corrected his mistakes and I think his English was improved since the first time we have met for EOTO.
Updating with some older meetings now! 😀
Our third meeting was in Koskikeskus! We went to the café and donut shop called Arnold’s for practicing free talk/smalltalk in German with Maija and Kaisa 🙂
While we were starting off easily with introducing ourselves again (this time in German only hehe) we went on to talk about more cultural topics like Christmas and childhood right after. It was so interesting to hear about Christmas traditions/rituals in Finland/Tampere! 😀 It made me look forward to the Christmas season here 🙂
While talking, I found out (about my own mother tongue, right XD) that there were two phrases to describe ACTIONS (keep that in mind, it doesn’t always work out, but for ACTIONS, they do!!!) pretty easily in the past and the future:
Ich gehe _________(insert infinitive). = I am going to ___________ (inf).
Example: Ich gehe jetzt schlafen. = I am going to sleep now. (Requires the action of moving, initiating a process; you’re using the present tense but since you are not asleep or in bed yet, it has a futuristic meaning – same as in English, right? 😉 )
Ich war _______ (inf). = I was ___________ (inf).
Example: Ich war einkaufen. = I was shopping. (Also only applicable for actions/processes. Shopping requires moving around, selecting your stuff, paying, etc. – you see the ACTIONS in there? :D)
Maybe, some of you got something out of this post, it might help and come in handy when you are talking about everyday life in a smalltalk! I’d be glad if it helped! 😀 See you next entry! ♥