I met today (8th March) with Joona for our first meeting. We decided to meet up at my flat and our meeting lasted about two hours. 1h during which I was learning Finnish and 1h to teach French.
– For the learning session, I had two main objectives; I wanted to learn about negative sentences in past tense, with some new verbs and vocabulary as well as help me with my Finnish language exercises. It was great to have him to teach me all of these because now I feel more comfortable speaking in the past tense and I understand the grammar a lot better. Furthermore, having him to help me with my homework was really nice as he explained me the lessons with his own words and helped me understand the exercises.
– For the teaching session, Joona wanted to learn the basics at first. We started by the alphabet. That was a really fun moment because even if it is almost the same as in Finnish, the pronunciation is a lot different. I enjoyed teaching it to Joona! We helped ourselves with the “alphabet song”. In addition, I taught him the numbers until ten and used pictures that “explained” the pronunciation using phonetics. It was really useful!
At the end of our 2h, Joona showed me a video of a stand up comedian making fun of the Nordic countries, and explaining how Finland is different from the other Northern countries. It was a really nice moment and I learned something about Finnish culture!
This was a great session because we started by setting goals for this meeting and we managed to do everything we wanted to 🙂 Really looking forward to our next meeting next week!
On our sixth meeting we talked about time, so it was mostly about vocabulary. Useful words, some numbers (only in Portuguese of course since Renata already knew numbers in Finnish), times of day or whatever they are called, then a little larger amounts of time like months and so on. Oh and also the most useful phrases when talking about time, for example “What time is it?”.
Portuguese names for months were pretty similiar to the English ones – that was a relief. I mean, the language has been so damn hard to get into, so it was nice to have something that was quite simple. Other words around time, like a minute or a second, were also quite similiar. Like in Finnish too. But yeah without any further wondering, this meeting was again very useful if I ever travel to Portugal (okay, also if I ever learn the language… So difficult!).
For this meeting we went to Hesburguer because I really wanted to try Finnish junk food ;P we also had some discount coupons so we decided to use them.
The topic of the meeting were the numbers. I already learned them in my Basics of Finnish course but I thought it was good to remember them, and also Getuar don’t know the numbers in Spanish. We learned to count from 1 to 100. Janica remembered pretty well how to say numbers in Spanish.
They also told me that when people talk in Finnish they might say a shorter version of the numbers so I will be very aware when I go to the supermarket to recognize the numbers.
The meeting was very fun as we were eating hamburguers and also telling some stories about our lives.
Hey everyone! 🙂
My name is Elisa and I’m a student here in TAMK. This is my fourth and final year of vehicle engineering studies. I am teaching Finnish to my pair Jocelyn who is teaching me Dutch.
Our first meeting was 19th October and it took place at the new cafe and restaurant Puisto in Koskipuisto. The cafe was really cute and there were many different delicious-looking cakes and pastries. I chose blueberry tea and a piece of lime and white chocolate cake. It was really good!
I was excited to learn some Dutch because all I knew about the language was that it kind of sounds and looks like English and German combined. I learned numbers from 0 to 100. First I repeated the numbers after Jocelyn and it was surprisingly easy. That was probably because I used to study German when I was younger and they sound somewhat similar. After repeating the numbers, I tried to write them down but I got almost all of them wrong the first time. While writing them down correctly I learned some things about pronunciation for example the letter v is pronounced as ’f’ and ’ij’ is pronounced as ’äi’ like in the Finnish word for mother ’äiti’.
Jocelyn already knew the numbers in Finnish because she is taking the Basics of Finnish course. I taught her the shorter spoken language versions of numbers. We also taught each other how to say hello and goodbye.
Until next time!
Our THIRD MEETING was great. We cooked a typical Hungarian dish together at Flóras place – Túrógombóc 😊 Túró in Englisch means quark cheese and gombóc dumpling, so Túrógombóc is a sweet dumpling made with quark cheese. In Hungary Túrógombóc is usually served with sour cream, breadcrumbs and icing sugar. I really enjoyed it – it was delicious! 😊
Since the prepared dough must rest for one hour in the fridge, we took advantage of this break to improve my Hungarian skills. Flóra teached me the Hungarian numbers 0 to 30. She told me the numbers and I wrote them down. My immediate reaction was – oh no, not that difficult letter again! I must confess that I have some reluctance in saying the letter GY (the pronunciation is so difficult – hopefully for all German people and not only for me 😊). Apart from the difficult pronunciation, counting in Hungarian is not that difficult. For example, 35 can be formed by using 30 (harminc) + 5 (öt) while connecting them: 35 = harmincöt. The numbers from 11 to19 and 21 to 29 are trickier, because you must add en or rather on between them.
It was a great meeting with a lot of fun and good talks about this and that 😊 For the next meeting, we will meet at my place and cook some typical German (or rather Swabian) filled “raviolis” called Maultaschen.
For the second meeting, on the 18th of September, we met in a bar called Mallashovi.
We had drinks and played two games at the pool. While playing, we thought that it might be a good idea to take advantage of the colors and numbers of the balls to learn the colors and numbers in German, Mandarin and Spanish, so every time it was our turn we had to say the color and number of the ball that we hoped to put into the hole.
We weren’t very good at playing, but anyway we had lots of fun!
After playing, we sat at a table and wrote on a sheet of paper all the words we had learned in all three languages, so that we would not be forget them.
It was a fun meeting!
Y-campus it’s a lovely place to start a travel into the language world. Nice time to discover university recesses and language reaches. Our second meeting with Leila we spend by trying to get closer contact with Russian language. During this conversation, we were working with vocabulary part in general. For me, it was a good possibility to better understand Leila skills to used words and understanding possibilities. We practice numbers, colors, some daily life words, presenting phrases, question such us:
Я тебя знаю
Do you know?
I know you
Как тебя зовут?
Меня зовут Надежда
О чем эта книга?
Wait a minute.
What is your name?
My name is Nadiia
About what is this book?
черный, белый, коричневый, розовый, серый, золотой, оранжевый, синий,
black, white, brown, pink, gray, gold,
orange, dark blue
First we decided to meet at Cafe Aitoleipä 12.00. I was there one hour before (because of the Easter someone needed to find out is it open, because internet didn’t tell). At 11.45 I went there again, but it was full. I had time, so I tried to find a better place for us (place where we can at least sit). Just 200 meters from Cafe Aitoleipä there is Pyynikin munkkikahvila, and it was not full. I sent a message to every one and we decided to go to Pyynikin munkkikahvila. < —–There you can get Tampere’s best doughnuts by the way 😉
I went inside to wait others, because NYSSE (Tampere’s public buss) was late again. When everyone arrived we started to test our learning by using Quizzlet. We went through all our previous meetings and tried to remember words what we should have learned. I can tell you that mine were bit lost…
Diego did same thing (but of course he tried to remember Finnish words) and he was pretty good. Great job Diego and thank you for our learning 🙂
On Tuesday afternoon, after a good coffee and a delicious cake, Anna, Marta and I started our third meeting of “Each one teach one” in New York cafè.
Last time we didn’t finished to explain all the numbers because we were a little bit tired from the practical training and the University, so for this time we decided to start from numbers between 11 and 1000. In Italian language, numbers are not so difficult, infact Anna was very good and she learned them very fast. In German language, in my opinion, they are easy until 10, but from 11 to 1000 they are very difficult and full of consonant! I think that I will train a lot on write them correctly and also on pronunce them in the correct way. After numbers we start to go through days and months and I learned how to say my birthday: “Ich habe am 16 juni Geburstag”. More or less months are very similar and i didn’t found problem to learn them (At least one thing is easy =D).
Time goes very fast when you like do something and for us is everytime in this way. I am very happy because, also if it is difficult, i am learning a lot of new words and how to make short sentences.
See you soon! Lot of kisses from the cakes’ addicted!
With this cold and snowy weather, the best thing is an hot Tea at Cafe Europa! Here took place our second meeting of “Each One Teach One”.
Marta and I started to teach Anna some Italian useful words and numbers with a power point on the computer. Anna seems very interesting in learning Italian and she learns in very short time! Thanks to this course i realized that Italian language is very difficult to learn but also to teach and Marta and I hope to be a good teachers for Anna!
Today is also my first official lesson of German language and i am very determined in learn German because i think that is a very difficult but useful language. Thanks to Anna (I am not so good in pronunciation but, anyway Anna is very nice and patient with me =D) now i know a lot of new German words like “Hallo, Ich bin Melissa. Wie heiBt du?”, “Guten Morgen/ Guten Abend/ Gute Nacht/ Danke/Bitte”, “Ich bin 21 jahre alt, Wie alt bist du?”, the verb TO BE and TO HAVE and numbers from 1 to 10.
I don´t see the time of next meeting. See you soon Girls!