For our 9th meeting we went to see an ice hockey game in Tampere Ice hall. The game was between Tappara and KooKoo. Tappara is one of the two hockey teams in Tampere and the opponent team came from Kouvola which is a city in southeast Finland. We had seats that were really close to the action because of the student-priced tickets. Tappara was in the lead the whole game and ended up winning with 3-0.
During the breaks we talked about popular sports in our countries. Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in Finland. Other popular sports are skiing, football and ‘pesäpallo’ which is similar to baseball. Popular sports in the Netherlands are football, volleyball, hockey and ice-skating. We also taught each other some ice hockey and sports related words.
This time we vent to see an ice hockey match as ice hockey is usually thought of as something that Finnish people just love. Also in my opinion it is such an important part of Finnish culture that I just simply had to take Fruzsi and Boti to see some.
We decided to go to see a match between Tappara and Ilves as they both are local teams from Tampere. In the beginning of the match I explained Fruzsi and Boti the basic rules of the game.
The match ended:
So, we were able to see lots of goals!
However, now when I think about it, I’m not quite sure, what did I actually learn this time. It was my turn to be a teacher, so perhaps I could have written down the rules to make them easier to follow? Maybe I should have given the written rules to Fruzsi and Boti before the match to make the game more understandable? Also, I wonder, if it would have been more exciting, if we had a team to cheer for?
Of Hungarian culture I learnt that there is snow also in Hungary in winter time and that kids use to play ice hockey with each other outdoors. However, even so, hand ball is seen as the most popular sport in Hungary.
Today we had our tenth meeting. We went to the Jäähalli and watched the icehockey game between Tappara and Ilves, the two local teams. The best game in the whole season (said the commentator before the game). The atmosphere was great. The first third ended with no goals, but in the second Ilves made two goals. In the end of the second third Tappara made also a goal, so it was only 1:2. We sat in the fanblock of Tappara, so the people there were really sad. In the last third it seemed that Ilves would win. But 2 minutes before the end Tappara equalized. The fans celebrated this loudly. And just 5 seconds before the end Tappara made another goal and so they won with 3:2! It was a really exciting game!
The third meeting with Bryan was in TAMK Y-campus. And this time it was my turn to teach some Finnish to Bryan. He is taking Finnish lessons in TAMK like many other exchange students are doing, so we needed to think what to cover during our lessons. And the first thing that came to mind was that Finnish spoken language is very different from written language that is taught in official classes.
We went through some basics like
Minä olen = mä oon (I am)
Sinä olet = sä oot (You are)
Hän on = se on (He/She is where actually most Finns use word “it” instead of formal “hän”)
And so on…
We also had some vocabulary considering Tampere like
Manse = nickname for Tampere that is a short version of Manchester as Tampere is viewed or at least was viewed the city of working class like Manchester in England
Hakamettä = Hakametsä, the name of icehall in Tampere
And then I told him something about two ice hockey teams in Tampere. It is very very important sport here. And btw, today will start the finals of Finnish national hockey league and Tappara from Tampere will be playing! So find yourself a nice pub to watch a game and cheer for Tappara!