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Our third meeting

We met with Vanessa today 23rd February again at the delightful Kulmakonditoria café.
Today we concentrated mostly on teaching German to me and also revision of the words and phrases that we have learned before. I brought the same books with me than last time and also three extra children books from “Was ist was”-series (in German). We started to read the books together with Vanessa. We have had huge leaps forward in learning every time. It has been a great way to learn from each other.

Next time we will go to a waffle café and discuss about the German waffle culture and I’m going to teach Vanessa a lot of Finnish 😀 My mother finally found my childhood children’s books and I’m visiting home this weekend so we will have the books for our next session. We will try and read them together 🙂

Our books to learn German and Finnish. Here is also the three "Was ist was" books that we started to read together with help of Vanessa.
Our books to learn German and Finnish. Here is also the three “Was ist was” books that we started to read together with help of Vanessa.

Our first teaching and learning meeting

This is my first blog post _ever_. That is why I feel a bit insecure writing it, but I hope that I am still able to produce something readable.

I am a 22-year old Finnish girl and my goal is to learn German. Also, I am going to teach some Finnish to my pair. During our first meeting in Kulmakonditoria 4th February we together discussed the contents of the preliminary plan. On 12th February we met again in the same place concerning our first teaching and learning task. Kulmakonditoria is a nice place and it is quite hard to get a table from there, but we have succeeded in having a seat both times.

We both love tea, so we ordered tea and something to go with the tea. Vanessa had Runebergintorttu, which was something that I taught her to pronounce and I also introduced her to the history of the pastry and the actual person Runeberg.  We also discussed the pastries that are associated with Laskiainen.

We spent approximately 1,5 to 2 hours in the café and during this time we taught each other to order food (I learned it in German and Vanessa in Finnish), and we made a food-themed Finnish-English-German vocabulary concerning words that where of interest to us. We also discussed the fact that Vanessa would like to concentrate more on my German teaching and learning and she would like to learn only some Finnish.

Here is pictures of our work after we were finished with the food vocabulary (and the great food : D).

Teaching and learning Finnish-English-German food-themed vocabulary and Finnish grammar
Teaching and learning Finnish-English-German food-themed vocabulary and Finnish grammar
Our vocabulary with all the smudges (my faults) :D
Our vocabulary with all the smudges (my faults) 😀
Our vocabulary page 2, also with all the smudges (my faults) : D
Our vocabulary page 2, also with all the smudges (my faults) : D

All in all, I think we both learned a lot about the languages and also cultures. It was nice to meet at a cafe at this date, because we could see and discuss both Runebergintorttu and Laskiaispulla.

I have noticed that even after a few days I still remember words in German from our vocabulary like Johannisbeere, Blumenkohl and Erdbeere. Now I also remember to write the substantives with capital letter. I also remembr the phrase “Ich nehme…” as I would order something in a store or a café etc.

In my personal opinion, our meeting was awesome and I had a lot of fun!