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Chapter # 2

Talking time

Welcome back! So our German – Russian meeting was simple. We decided to talk about history. The topic for our discussion was Чернобыль – Tschernobyl – Chernobyl.

«a town near Kiev in Ukraine where an accident at a nuclear power station in April 1986 resulted in serious radioactive contamination in Ukraine, Belarus, and other parts of Europe»

We met for a lunch at TAMK canteen. We found an extremely interesting theme for each other. Also, we started to research some information, movies, pictures about it. I remember my History classes in my school it was so informative and amazing. I think all people should talk about it for the future as a huge bad lesson for humans. It’s so important in our days because we have a lot of nuclear and other dangerous energy which can potentially hazardous for all of us.

You can read and watch more: 

https://web.archive.org/web/20120322030018/http://www.chelu.eu/Blog/?p=88
https://www.instagram.com/chernobyltour/?hl=ru 
https://web.archive.org/web/20120322030018/http://www.chelu.eu/Blog/?p=88
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5196166/
https://www.netflix.com/fi-en/title/70233317

 

Walking-Talking

Tampere is a lovely cityIMG_6746, I can understand this during our five meeting. Interesting architecture, specials place, museums, parks everything in the small city. Of course that in this list I couldn’t put another point of touristic places like cafe, restaurants, and shops. During our walking Leila was teaching me how to say directions in finish, we were talking about the weather and comparing how this sound in Russian, Finish, Ukrainian, Polish and Portuguese languages. Our day we finish in nice café Living room were was talking and trying to read book Russian and finish.

 

QUESTIONS:                                                                   DIRECTIONS: 

Miten since pääsee?                                                       Oikealla on the right
How do I get there?                                                         Suoraan straight
Onko see kaukana?                                                         Kääntyä vasemmalle to turn left
Is it far?                                                                                 Kadun yli across the street
Onko sinulla karttaa?                                                     Joen varrella by the river
Do you have a map?                                                        Tuolla there. Täällä here     

WEATHER / SÄÄ

What’s the weather like today?Millainen sää tänään on?
Such a beautiful day!              Onpa kaunis päivä!
On huono ilma                           It’s a bad weather
Aurinkoinen                                Sunny
On aurinkoista                           It’s sunny
Kylmä                                             Cold
Windy and cloudy                     Tuulinen ja pilvinen
Rain and fog                                 Vesisade ja sumu
Snow and ice                               Lumi ja jää
Warm                                              Lämmin

#3 – Free talk in German

Updating with some older meetings now! 😀

Our third meeting was in Koskikeskus! We went to the café and donut shop called Arnold’s for practicing free talk/smalltalk in German with Maija and Kaisa 🙂

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While we were starting off easily with introducing ourselves again (this time in German only hehe) we went on to talk about more cultural topics like Christmas and childhood right after. It was so interesting to hear about Christmas traditions/rituals in Finland/Tampere! 😀 It made me look forward to the Christmas season here 🙂

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While talking, I found out (about my own mother tongue, right XD) that there were two phrases to describe ACTIONS (keep that in mind, it doesn’t always work out, but for ACTIONS, they do!!!) pretty easily in the past and the future:

Future:

Ich gehe _________(insert infinitive). = I am going to ___________ (inf).

Example: Ich gehe jetzt schlafen. = I am going to sleep now. (Requires the action of moving, initiating a process; you’re using the present tense but since you are not asleep or in bed yet, it has a futuristic meaning – same as in English, right? 😉 )

Past:

Ich war _______ (inf). = I was ___________ (inf).

Example: Ich war einkaufen. = I was shopping. (Also only applicable for actions/processes. Shopping requires moving around, selecting your stuff, paying, etc. – you see the ACTIONS in there? :D)

Maybe, some of you got something out of this post, it might help and come in handy when you are talking about everyday life in a smalltalk! I’d be glad if it helped! 😀 See you next entry! ♥

Theresa ♥

#1 – EOTO starts! How to teach German in a One-Way Learning Group

On Thursday I had my first meeting and lesson with my 3 German students! 🙂 We’re a one-way-learning group of 4 students with me teaching two Finnish girls and one exchange student from Portugal. I personally was very excited about this because this also meant managing interests of three different students while teaching a language. I have been teaching English to a younger student back then when I was in high school  and I hoped it would be around the same now, but frankly, that was some years ago and now I have 3 students instead of one, so I was nervous about this one.

We met at Keskustori fountain and then decided to go to Coffee House because we wanted to get a table and be in a warm place. Luckily we had enough space and I just shoved two tables together to get a big one hehe 😀

Because they all wanted to learn how to talk and hold conversations in German mainnly, we started our session with how to introduce ourselves in German, then we moved on to the basic pronouns and the verb “to be” = sein in German.

Basically, I did some kind of introduction and basics roundup with them. I explained some specialties from the German alpahbet like the “ß” or “z” and “ä, ö, ü” though the last ones are so similar to the Finnish “ä, ö, y” that my Finnish students had no problem with it 🙂 German articles “der, die, das” and “ein, eine, ein” were difficult to explain because there is no logic behind it, when does what article come, it’s just vocabulary and for German people: intuition (sad truth). Pronunciation has also been questioned several times and I had a pretty difficult time with that because I know there are rules for that. Far too many ones though and far too many exceptions so I had a hard time getting all of those together as far as possible. Teaching makes me realise how strange and unlogic the German language actually is altough is comes naturally to me because it’s my mother tongue. The Finnish girls could only laugh about that because their own language is even more difficult haha, yeaaaah that’s so true 😀

They were also super lucky to had some German lessons before so this was only a repitition for them, while Joao, our Portuguese exchange student, had to keep up with that. After teaching some more basics like how to build up a simple sentence and giving out more examples and rules about conjugating verbs and teaching more vocabulary in context, Joao had to leave for homework.

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Because Kaisa and Maija, the Finnish students, also wanted to learn about writing mails and letters in German and they are advanced with that language already, I pulled out my laptop and explained some basic rules and teached them examples and phrases from my own letters that I have been writing for application training etc.

I wrapped everything up with showing them briefly how to start and end informal letters for a change that could be used in letters/mails to friends or on postcards! 😀

Here’s the Doc for people who are interested in that as well: lesson1_useful phrases

My first session was very funny even though I had the feeling there was a lot of different things happening at the same time, my students told me they were able to keep up (I hope this is true hehe). One even told me that she liked my way of teaching and found it good which made me really happy and made me feel more confident about this 🙂 Seems like I can do this! I am also very grateful that they just ask me about things that they want to know or don’t understand just like that and aren’t shy about asking; it makes it so much easier for me to teach that way.

I’m looking forward to the next sessions! I like my EOTO group a lot! See you again next week! 😀