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Coffee and spanish

After work I headed to a cozy cafe – Wayne’s coffee to be clearer, to meet with Janica and Gabriela. We were supposed to learn Spanish.

Janica is local, from Tampere. The encounter with Janica was very funny; I did not realize she is already in the cafe, right in front of me on the queue and simultaneously I texted her to ask where is she. She texted back telling she is ordering a coffee and turned around which resulted in both of us laughing.

Furthermore, Gabriela is from Uruguay – from the same country as famous football players Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez. One interesting point about her hometown Riviera is the fact that it borders with Brazil, and instead of having border control in-between, the only thing that separates the two countries and the adjacent cities is a regular street which people cross for normal things like shopping or buying milk. Maybe Mr. Trump should take a trip to city of Riviera and learn about a cheaper border control option than multimillion fence.

Since my starting level in Spanish language was zero, we started learning the basics. As you might imagine, listening to the famous song “Despacito” didn’t give me enough knowledge to speak Spanish, so we started to learn for example how to say the basic sentences shown below:

My name is – Yo soy

How are you? – Como estas?

Goodbye – Hasta luego!

Bye – Chau!

I live in Tampere – Yo viva en Tampere

Good – bien

 

In conclusion, after the meeting with the girls I was excited about the learning process and I am looking forward for the next meeting to learn more about Spanish culture and language.

Literature. Writers.

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On our list, we couldn’t miss the main library in Tampere. Of course, it’s the best point to take a meeting with literature. That’s the reason, why we decide to make 6 sessions in that special place Tampereen kaupungin pääkirjasto(Metso).

Metso Library is a building designed by the architect Reima and Raili Pietilä, Which when viewed from the sky looks like the capercaillie bird. The library offers newspapers and magazines to read and coffee, free Wi-Fi. There also room for music experts. Lots of selection of books available. If you need local books in several languages this the place. A bohemian architecture invites you to read magazines and literature in any format.

We spend a few time near portages books, but the main point was Russian and finish books. We review a lot of books, was taking about Russian and Finish literature, but not only. Either I and Leila spend time near shells with movies and music.

Finish literature Aleksis Kivi, Russian-

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Aleksis Kivi was a Finnish author who wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish languageSeven Brothers (Finnish title: Seitsemän veljestä). Although Kivi was among the very earliest authors of prose and lyrics in the Finnish language, he is still considered one of the greatest of them all.

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

It was a great time!

See you soon.

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

10TH

PYYNIKIN MUNKKIKAHVILA

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 🙂

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-Minttu <3

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BRANDER CAFETERIA 

First we ordered coffee. Ella had big one and Diego ordered small one.
Un cafe pequeno = one small coffee
Un cafe grande = one big coffee
Topic for our eighth meeting was to translate a small kids book from spanish to english and from finnish to english. Spanish book was about duck family 😀 That`s why I learnt quite weird words…
FOR EXAMPLE:
I learnt that boy duck is pato and girl duck is pata. Same thing for pig (cerdo and cerda).
El mundo es muchisimo mas grande.
The World is much more bigger.
Mama pata paro de hablar.
Duck mom stopped speaking.
Baby duck went away.
Bebe pata se fue.
Ella se asusto.
She got scared.
After 30 minutes we were pretty restless and we decided to make some “useful sentences”.
Estoy muy cansada.
I am tired.
I like hot spanish guys.
A mi me gustan los chicos espanjoles atractivos. <— so important 😀
Hot coffee is also fine.
El cafe tambien es bueno.
Where can I find a toilet?
Donde esta el bano (banjo).
Sorry, can you help me. I am lost. Pleace.
Perdon, me podrias ayudar. Estoy perdida. Por favor.
I over slept.
Me quede dormido.
I feel sick.
Estoy enfermo.
I am getting sick.
Me estoy enfermando.
I am blushing.
Estoy colorada.
Where is my drink?
Donde esta mi trago?
Where is shopping centre?
Donde esta el shopping?
Where is buss station?
Donde esta la estacion?
Train = tren
Right = derecha
Left = izquierda
In front of = enfrente
Behind = atras
Next to = alado
After two hours we were ready and it was time to leave. So stand up and go.
Stand up = levantta te
EOTO
– Minttu <3

5/5

It`s half way !!!

Next Wednesday we decided  to meet outside. First we went to buy ice cream (never too early). After that we search bench where to sit and eat. Just after 5 minutes sitting we saw a squirrel and that`s how we got an idea to study animals 😉

Funny thing is that my dad`s dog is called Perro. I did`t know that it means dog 😀

 

koira – perro                                                                    kissa – gato

sammakko – rana                                                          karhu – oso

kala – pescado                                                               kana – pollo

orava – ardilla                                                                 lintu – pajaro

 

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See you soon!

<3: Minttu

Tea time! – Italian and German girls´diary pt.2

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!

Our first meeting at Oma Cafe – Italian and German girls´ diary pt.1

Hello! I am Melissa and I am an Erasmus nursing student from the city of Padua (Italy).

I will spend here in Tampere just three months so i decided to enroll in this course in order to learn as much things as possible and also to meet new friends and spend good time with them. I decided to start to learn German because in my country I have already studied Spanish and French and I am really interesting in learning also this difficult language. For this reason, my Italian friend Marta and I, met the German girl Anna the 2nd of February at Oma Cafe. During this first meeting we talked about our own culture, country, field of study and also about ourselves in order to know better each other and to start to decided how to plan our “Each one teach one programme”. We went to Oma Cafe because is a very familiar location where you can taste very good cakes and drink a good Expresso (the first thing that we taught to Anna is the “Italian coffee break with Expresso”).

From this first meeting I learned that not all German people are serious and strict like they seem (maybe cause of their strong accent and pronunciation), because Anna is a very nice girl with a sweet voice also if she is speaking German. I also understand that German language is very difficult because is full of diphthong, consonant and strange sound, but it will never be more difficult than Finnish language, so I am very hopeful to learn the basics of German during this meetings.

It was a very nice evening and I am sure that the next meetings will be very interesting and full of fun!

See you next time, Auf Wiedersehen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning French for the first time – little bit confused but more excited for the next time

 

Last Friday was little bit special for me in terms of learning. When I usually take a bus to center of Tampere on Friday evening, it is generally for shopping or going out, but this time I made an exception – believe it or not, it was for the meeting to learn a new language – French. I had to meet with Morgane, who is from France and Nina, who is, like me, from Finland.

The purpose was to meet for a cup of coffee and teach each other some basics about our languages, Finnish to Morgane, and French to me and Nina.We had decided to meet  at Cafe Europe which is located in the center of Tampere. The clock was running and I managed to find my way to the meeting place. When I got there, I ordered a hot chocolate to set my mood right and to get relaxed because it was about to go down (not in the terms of partying: D) with a fun group in a stylish cafeteria.

Firstly, I did not know much about the French language or any words beforehand, therefore I was excited and open to learn. Actually, with the wonderful “teacher”, Morgane, I managed to learn basics of French language; as example to say my name:”Je m’appelle Getuar”. Furthermore, I learned some greetings, phrases and numbers. To be honest, initially, since I speak four other languages myself, I thought French must be easier to understand, but that was not the case. To be exact, pronunciation and writing in French was little bit confusing, but on the other hand I learned much more than I expected from one meeting. I started from zero knowledge and ended up with the ability to express myself and have a basic conversation with words like Bye – Salut, Hello – Bonjour, Welcome – Bienvenue, Fine – Bien, Thank you – Merci. Therefore, it was an rewarding and educational experience overall.

As I mentioned above, in terms of learning, the experience was fruitful indeed. I feel I learned much more compared to, for example, sitting in the classroom in a French class. The small group (three people), the location and surroundings (nice, cozy cafe) and enthusiastic learners were the three factors which made the learning easy and fun! Specially, the small group was crucial in order to stay concentrated because when it comes to a new language you can become frustrated pretty easily, but in this case I could ask as many questions as I wanted and Morgane had time for me, therefore I did not get deconcentrated. On the contrary, if I would be at school in a class, I could not interrupt the teacher as many times I would want. On the whole, I think this kind of “meeting and learning” – practice is a really great possibility to learn, and I would recommend it to everyone who has the chance to sit down face-to-face with a foreign language speaker.

Eventually, Nina and I taught Finnish to Morgane. She already new basics, therefore we focused teaching her some complicated issues, for instance: the difference between “väärä ” and ” vaara ”. It is very important in Finnish to have letter ” A ” or ” Ä ” in the right spots, since the whole meaning of the word can change with one letter. Since my mind was still comprehending all the things I learned, I could not teach Morgane as much as I initially planned to, so Nina took the leading role as a Finnish “teacher”. : P Altogether, we all had fun, the hot chocolate was delicious, and we learned new things, therefore it was a Friday evening well spent. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn French, and the meeting gave me motivation and made me eager to learn more. Waiting impatiently for the next meeting.

8/ Ice Hockey

Because we like done various things and as I said before, we like learned our culture but also discover together the Finnish culture. So we decide to meet in the Ice Hockey stadium to watch a match of the Tampere’s team : Tappara. Our seat was really nice because we were high so we can see everything !

During the break we tried finnish food and enjoyed to look the supporters of Tappara playing, dancing etc.

It was my first hockey match so I didn’t know the rules or nothing so I asked Xavier because he went already there. So I learned some basics, enough to understand the game.

We really enjoyed the match and we were absolutely focused on it. I loved the atmosphere with competition but not too much, the music and everything ! I discovered a new sport and I think that it’s one of my favorite because I enjoy watching it, it was not boring. During the breaks, we also talked about the sport in our country.
For example, which sport we prefer or which team we support. I explained that in Paris, when you are a supporter of the team against Paris-Saint-Germain and that you are in the stadium, you really need to be careful because the fan can be mad with you and go until the fight.

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