So first meeting with my German friend Tom was a fun one considering that we didn’t really have anything planned. We decided to take a walk down Hämeenkatu street to find a cafe. Turns out there was a little Market on in the town square so we had a wee gander (A little look).
We would walk around discussing the products, for example honey is Honig, and discussing what the people were selling.
There was strange little wooden baskets that we decided must be for either timbre or shopping but I sadly didn’t get a picture!
Afterwards we decided to walk to the observation tower and on the way we discussed how in German, objects can be male of female, for example a lamp is female (ein lampen) where a bus is male(ein bus). I was also taught numbers 1-10 and the phrase “Ich Bien” meaning “I am”.
We also discussed what Tom would like to get from this experience, we decided more practice with tenses and just more practice speaking English in general. We also disused words with the same meanings and in what context you would use them. For example when to use stadium and when to use arena and also when using “me too” and “me neither”.
We reached the observation tower, eventually after getting a bit lost, and it was really great!
Coming back to town we decided to head down towards the harbour where there was another market and I learned how to greet people depending on what time of day it is.
Good Morning – Guten Morgen
Good Day- Guten Tag
Good Evening- Guten Abend
Good Night- Guten Nacht
We also disused the different words used in Scotland, for example in Edinburgh and the East you use “Ken” as is “Know” where it’s not very common in the west, and other Scottish phrases like “it was pure dead brilliant” meaning “It was really good!”.
Tom went on to explain that after WW2, when Germany was split into the West and East side the language went separate paths too. He told the story that he had work experience on the other side of Germany and he found it difficult to understand people, even though they were speaking German. How crazy is that?
I’m really pleased I’ve taken part in this program, even though it’s only the first meeting I’m sure I can walk away with knowing a lot more about the German language and the culture which is fantastic. Can’t wait for the upcoming weeks!
Maybe next time I’ll take a notepad to jot down what we’re discussing, I’ve probably forgotten a lot!