Our seventh meeting was at Kurumi’s place and she taught us to make sushi. I was always wanted to learn make sushi so I was pretty excited! That was the fourth meeting we spent with cooking or baking and that’s why this meeting was quite similar to our previous meetings.
We made maki rolls and I guess that was a good choice because I have heard that nigiri sushis are much more difficult to make. I have always loved sushi but that was the first time I made sushi. Learning was quite easy beacuse I had a very brilliant motivation to learn! Before this meeting I thought that making sushi was much more difficult but now I learnt that I was totally wrong. Now I can also make sushi all by myself!
This kind of practical learning was suitable for me because I needn’t to understand every single word in English. I could just watch and “imitate”!
Today is the official crêpe day! Crêpe is a thin pancake type food, which can be eaten savory or sweet, just like a Finnish ‘lettu’. To celebrate this great day, Morgane and Getuar came over to my place to bake crêpes together! Morgane brought a surprise ingredient: goat’s cheese!
Morgane had a recipe ready, and there we listed the ingredients in French, English and Finnish, so everyone could learn something new! Also, we could revise the numbers when reading how many grams of everything we needed for the mix. “Soixsante grams de sucre! – Sixty grams of sugar – Kuusikymmentä grammaa sokeria!” We didn’t really have a scale so we just estimated the amounts with flour and sugar but still the crêpes turned out delicious! We added some chocolate spread on top of it, it was so very delicious. I ate so many my tummy hurt! Morgane also made a crêpe with goat’s cheese, honey, and almonds, I have never tasted something like that, it was quite interesting.
Making crêpes was very fun, the flipping part was scary at first, I was afraid that I would throw the whole damn crêpe to the sink by accident. But everything went better than expected and I succeeded on my first try! I had a great teacher, after all ;)!
To make the evening even more French, welistened to some French music, and I tried to listen to and recognize some words that I would understand, I remembered things like: une fleur – a flower, chercher – to look for, travailler – to work… It was fun and develops your language ear!
I’m learning German in a group of four people. Our teacher is Michel, a native German speaker so will help us to bring our language skills to a practical use.
The first meeting I participated was held in Tamko office where we had coffee and discussed our personal levels. I soon realized that Dominique and Petr understand German much better than I do but that’s okay, I like a challenge 😉
We talked about German holidays, casual habits and how different the youngster cultures are. We compared these factors and discussed on how we spent Christmas and how are the school holidays divided in each country. Then we talk about sightseeing in Berlin and places that we should visit there. Michel provided us with interesting facts and told us about the history and how it’s affecting the educational system in Germany nowadays.
After Solu we had lunch together and Michel taught me some business culture issues that I was interested in. My vocabulary is quite poor but I learnt a lot of new words even though Michel had to use some English every now and then.
Das ist alles.