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Market Day

This Monday, the girls and I went to Prisma, a big supermarket to shop together and learn a little bit about food. I was really looking forward to ask Anni about some dishes I’ve seen in the last month which were kind of a mistery for me.

We went around the different sections and learn how to say some of the tipes of food such as: Hedelmä, Banaani, Sipuli, Salaatti, Tomaatti, Avokado, Liha, Kana, Kala, Lohi, Kalkkuna, Juusto, Makkara… The teaching part was also great and interesting because I could see the differences between not only Finnish culture and gostronomy, but also Mexican and Spanish.

The hardest part I think it was to try to remember each word, that’s why we decided to create a list so it would be easier for us.

10/ Christmas Market

Four our last appointment, we decided to go to the little Christmas Market. In fact, to see each other in another meeting will be complicated because we all have exam, trip and go back home in different dates.

So we met each other in front of the Fazer coffee with 4 of us and a Russian friend of Tanja and Magdalena. We went to the chocolate shop and after to the coffee shop. We decided to not learn vocabulary because we preferred learned culture by talking. And I’m happy that we were thinking in the same way.

So we discuss food, Christmas, and our daily life in our home country. This time we also talked about Russia because the German girls and me went in Saint Petersburg so we were asking the Russian girl about language or her daily life here.

 

To make an overview of our semester just in a word I will say : surprised. In fact, I didn’t know what can I expected from this course. I wanted something cultural but not learning or teaching in a way to organized because I was afraid to be born. But I had the perfect member that is to say in a same way of thinking. We made a preliminary plan with some ideas that we did as the cooking event, the coffee meeting but also other things and every time something new. We learned vocabulary but also the recipe, talked about the prejudices and compared it with the reality so the culture in general and the quotidian life of every member and I think this important because there is some part of the culture that is general but not something that we did. So I liked it because now I can imagine a day of each member.
I was afraid to teach because it was my first time but it was easy because we all understand easily and even we different culture we were nit judging but totally in a way of learning and discovering.
The another part that I really liked is the fact that we also talked about the Finland and finish culture. But also compare our experience here so the things that we liked or not and things that surprised us for example.

Now I delete some prejudices that I had on the germans and discover a new country. Thanks to this course I wanna go to Germany to try some food and discover this country. Of course I want to return in Spain too, nd my door is open to be guide in Paris !

Learning German, Day 1

 

 

27/09/2014

Germany and scotland

 

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).

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We would walk around discussing the products, for example honey is Honig, and discussing what the people were selling.

honey

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”.

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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!

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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!