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Elisa Parto . Aiping Shi [1st]

15th March, 2018

16:30 at Pella’s Cafe


We are both very happy to meet each other!

Since our intention for join this course is being good friends, we would like to do it in a very flexible way. Compared learning language, we both prefer to know more about cultural differences. We decide to do some activities every time such as shopping, movie, meeting with other friends, travel and eating.

For the first time, we are both a little bit shy, but we still talk a lot. Introducing ourselves, talking about our study, working, family and travelling. So just small chat between girls 😉

I feel very lucky to be group with Elisa, she is super nice and tender person. And we are in the same age, so I think we do not have a big gap to be friends. I also feel like we have same interest, for example, shopping, travel and eating. We follow each other’s instagram and add WhatsApp. This is the important step to be friend 🙂

Looking forward to the next meeting!

6. More Finnish at Tamk

Today we met at TAMKs library. We decided to focus first in Finnish because last time we used English almost all the time. Färhad had text from Finnish course and we used it to start our conversation. I asked questions from there and Färhad answered in Finnish. Questions subject were culture in work. In the picture is questions what we used. We also talked about weather in Finnish. Färhad was speaking really good and he noticed his own mistakes for example the difference between words huone and huono. I think as a teacher I’m better if I compare myself to the first meeting because now my spoken English is much better what it was in the beginning.

After the Finnish part we went to eat and then we continued with English. I told what I’m doing tomorrow and why I wanted to go to Ideapark tomorrow but I can’t anymore. Färhad asked some questions about travelling and I answered to those. I told where I want to travel, where I wouldn’t travel and which country I most like. I told about McLeod’s Daughters series and that I want to go to the place where it is filmed. McLeod’s Daughters is filmed in Australia. And the country what I like most is Iceland! I have goal to get my speaking English more fluent than before and little by little I’m getting there. I still have small pauses while I’m speaking because I forgot what I was saying or I don’t remember word but it isn’t that bad what it was when we started. I just have to keep speaking to learn it.

We will see next time on Sunday. We didn’t plan next meeting but I think we will figure out something. 🙂



Somehow we decided this meeting began at 8.15 am. You know what happened next…

We were all there on time 😀

The learning theme today was direction in German and in Finnish.

The picture was downloaded from the Internet by Tabea. Then we trained to say directions based on that picture in English, German and Finnish and converted them into a table. Pronunciation was a tough task for all of us! At first, we did not expect this task to be that difficult. However, it turned out to be quite challenging. Well a great lesson here, high expectations will get you nowhere.

Then we ended up discussing some basic sayings/greetings in Finnish and German.

Our First Meeting (20/09/2017)

  We have met each other on Wednesday!

(Sungin Yun,Min Song,Kaikai Ji,Xia Chu)

We met in the café and this was our first meeting for formal studying. Yun has already printed a table of vowel and consonant for us and the table clearly showed that how to combine them.And then,Yun taught us how to pronounce vowel,consonant,as well as the combination of them.She said this is foundation of learing Korean.Firstly,it’s a little difficult for us to pronounce them accurately cause there exists many differences between Korean and Chinese and our tongue was just like.. embarrased.But I do believed that we can overcome it with the skills which were taught by Yun!

What’s more,we were been taught some compression for daily use like :hello,bye,brother and sisiter(differ from different gender),I love you,welcome and so on.

Korean is really an interesting language and it’s pronounciation is very cute! Looking forward to the next meeting!



I met up with Mutsumi at TAMK for our first private lesson at monday evening. We had agreed that she will teach me very basics of Japanese and I’ll help her understand the Finnish pronunciation.

We started by her teaching me Hiragana-alphabets and some basic grammar. Learning the rules how to use the Hiragana didn’t appear to be that hard. The hardest part will be memorizing the entire alphabet because of two reasons. First being the obvious one, it is entirely alien to me and secondly I’m not good at memorizing raw data without any logic involved in it. Luckily (and fortunately for me) the two rules of grammar we went through were extremely easy to remember. If you want to turn a sentence into a question you simply add “ka” at the end of the sentence. Another rule she taught me was how to say someone’s nationality. That simply involves adding “jin” suffix to the name of the country the person is from. For example, Finland in Japanese is Finlando, so a Finn is Finlando-jin.

For the first Finnish lesson with Mutsumi I had decided to focus on one of two hardest parts of Finnish language foreigners have problems with: pronunciation. I noticed, during the street food fiesta meeting, when I was writing couple of Japanese sentences down in Roman alphabet, or Romaji in Japanese, that Mutsumi corrected me when I made mistakes despite the fact I was writing them down the way they sounded like in Finnish. It gave me an idea that if she isn’t able to pronounce Finnish the correct way, then maybe Japanese will help her speak it easier.

I started by giving her short and simple words to pronounce just to see how she would pronounce Finnish in different situations, such as the cases of double letters. Pronunciation proved to be off, as I suspected, and the simple word “tee” (which is “tea” in English) finalized the pattern she was using; she was reading them as if they were English. As we discussed this for short while, Mutsumi mentioned that she was feeling abandoning her attempts trying to speak Finnish. She was so revitalized after she learned she should not try to say the words with English pronunciation, but instead in Japanese. With this new realization, her Finnish was at par with the native Finns! Both of us were extremely happy about the situation. Only letters she had problems with are U, Ä and Ö, but with practice she managed to pronounce them the correct way. Now she only needs to keep up practicing so those sounds come out naturally.

I’d say it was lesson well spent for both of us!

#9 Korean playing culture by Jieun

[9] 12.5 Fri 14:00-16:00 Korean playing culture by Jieun


We didn’t have much time to meet again now because Hyunsoo would leave 17th of May and the rest of us also in 2 or 3 more weeks. I felt our time disappeared in an instant. This time Jieun brought Korean room culture to hang out. I didn’t realize that Korea is full of entertaining places like these much before she taught them. She prepared a bundle of rooms Korea has commonly.

PC room : consisting of hundreds of computers with cheap price and foods we can enjoy.

Singer room : similar to garaoke but more focused on fun and various scale from small to large.

Comicbook café : plenty of comicbooks to read under limited time that we paid.

Escape room : we need to escape from the room using some tools prepared in the room

Multi room : Nintendo wii, X box and playstation for playing

Public sauna : hot sauna, ice sauna, common area with TV, restaurant, game place and hot bath

Pet café : café with dogs, cats, sheep, raccoon, even turtle of some amphibian

Making café : many themes to make rings, pottery, cakes, cellphone case and so on

Counseling café : we can take some tests or counsel in cozy atmosphere

She also introduced Korean holidays designated as national holidays especially New Year’s Day, and Chuseok(Korean Thanksgiving Day). In lunar New Year’s Day we eat tteokguk(ricecake soup Hyunsoo taught us before) and it is considered that we get one year older by eating it and Korean call it sebae to bow older people in that day. In Chuseok, we also have special foods called songpyeon, which is a half-moon shaped ricecake with the smell of pine and Ganggangsullae, Korean traditional play for that day. Actually it is not common these days so I just knew that Ganggangsullae is for Chuseok. I got new information even of Korea thanks to her.

#6 Korean foods by Hyunsoo

[6] 11.3 Sat, 14:00-19:00 Korean foods by Hyunsoo


Waiting for Guillaume


Hyunsoo taught us about Korean foods. Even though I knew all of them, I really wanted to try them because it had been already 3 months to live in Tampere. All of us missed Korean food and that situation was so fun. It looked hard to explain the type of Korean food in English because it doesn’t have proper words for this kind of food but Hyunsoo explained them in the best way. So we can feel the whole food in the PPT. In the PPT, there were three main parts; main dish, side dish and desserts.

Main dish was composed rice, rice soup, rice cake soup and soup with dumpling. And side dish was more that those because Korean people eat numerous side dishes at once mainly with the rice. 국(Guk, common soup), 탕(Tang, stiff soup), 찌개 (jjigae, stew), 구이 (gui, grilled dish) 전(Jeon, pancake), 국수(Guksu, noodle), 찜(jjim, steamed dish), 조림(jorim, food boiled down in soy sauce or other seasonings), 나물(namul, vegetables), 튀김(tuigim, friew food), 젓갈(jeotgal, salted seafood), 김치(Kimchi, Korean traditional cabbage cuisine). They made me drool over a lot and even now writing this I got hungry. And for the traditional desserts, Hyunsoo introduced 떡(tteok, ricecake), 엿(yeot, taffy), and 화채(Hwachae, fruit salad). She showed us also the most famous food like Kimchi, Bulgogi and Bibimbap. The last things were Korean drinks such as soju and makgeoli followed by her favorite foods 삼겹살, 막창, 곱창 which are specific part of meat. She also prepared a lot of video but there was the most impressive one to us where a foreign guy ate all Korean foods with satisfied face. His eyes were always glittering when he saw the foods.


You should try Korean BBQ someday if you read this now!!


#3 Learning basic French and Korean

4.2 Sat, 17:00-20:00 Learning basic French and Korean

After Guillaume’s perfect lecture, we had time to learn French and Korean from each other. For me, French is hard from the first time. I cannot read any word written in French in a right way. He explained that French often ignores the last letter of the word for convenience in some cases like it has some successive consonant. However, he tried to make us understand each things and gave us many basic expression which are useful for us. Even after the class, he sent a video to help us learn French. And three of us taught Hangeul(Korean alphabet) to Guillaume. It is composed of basic 14 consonants and 10 vowels and we use them combining different ways like ㄱ+ㅏ+ㅇ=강, ㄴ+ㅏ=나. After practicing those, we also practiced some simple expressions and words.

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Here is the short list of what I learned from this class

Bonjour = Hello

Je m’appelle Daye = My name is Daye

Comment t’appelles tu? Comment vous appelez vous? = What is your name? (familiar/respectful)

Ravi de te rencontrer = Nice to meet you

Merci = Thank you

Pardon = sorry

Au revoir = Goodbye

Il fait froid = It’s cold

Il fait chaud = It’s hot

C’est na nuageux = It’s cloudy

Il pleut = It’s raining

1=un 2=deux 3=trois 4=quatre 5=cinq 6=six 7=sept 8=huit 9=neuf 10=dix

#2 French cities and foods by Guillaume

4.2 Sat, 12:00-17:00 French cities and foods by Guillaume


Guillaume prepared super good PPT to explain us French culture related to the cities and the foods. I hadn’t heard that France has many territories which are not directly attached to the mainland. Furthermore, I didn’t know that France has lots of province and beautiful places that I should visit. I thought Paris is the city that even one week is short to visit all of great places but other city also looked gorgeous especially French names were so hard to remember for me I had to write something during the class.

2 3 41 first two – Picardie, left bottom – Nice (Cannes), right bottom – Normandie

I was fascinated in Picardie, Nice and Normandie. I saw many pictures of Picardie’s lavender fields on the Facebook and that place was really spectacular. I really wanted to be in the middle of the field. Nice must be the second most famous place following Paris in my opinion. It has incredibly beautiful sceneries all over, especially emerald-colored sea. And there is Mont Saint Michel in Normandie and if I visit there and get a good timing, I could see the road across the sea to there. It has limited time to enter because the way to there disappears during rising tide.

Needless to say French food, they were all great and I love that France have plenty of fancy dessert which can be tasted easily to everyone. All the video Guillaume showed us were good to see and feel the real France. We all really thanked the effort of him.

#1 First meeting for Ice breaking

25.1 Wed, 16:00-18:00 First meeting and Ice breaking


Actually this was the first time that we met together. There were Guillaume, Jieun and me. And we just noticed that Hyunsoo would join our group. After the formal meeting for Each One Teach One class, we went to the cafeteria in TAMK and had time to know each other more than only introduction.

Guillaume seemed very interested in Asia and he can even speak some Japanese already. He introduced himself as a big fan of K-pop and he knew plenty of songs and singers more than Jieun and me. We talked about basic things about each culture and Finnish life here. For example, fashion, weather, politics and so on. Guillaume also showed us the video of Ma Yun, the founder of Alibaba showing his nice philoshophy.

Hyunsoo, Jieun and me already knew each other. Hyunsoo came from the same university in Korea as mine and we had had dinner together in TOAS city with other friends. Jieun is also the same and we were friends from 3 years ago. I felt so comfortable by the reason that I was already familiar to them and and he was a lot greater than I expected. I looked forward to other meeting following later.