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Pea soup and pancakes

We spent our sixth meeting at my place. The goal of this meeting was to teach Kurumi to make traditional Finnish foods, pea soup and pancakes. That meeting was quite similar to our last meeting (then we taught Kurumi to bake christmas pastries).

As we were a little lazy (at least I was) we used canned pea soup. As I am a vegetarian I didn’t taste pea soup but Kurumi said it was delicious. We told her that pea soup is very inexpensive food and because of that it is warmly recommended for students.

I love to make pancakes so it was such a pleasure to be a teacher when we made them. Kurumi loved them too so I gave her a recipe.

The most difficult thing in teaching was my poor English. (Suprise!) But I hope my English will improve at the same time when I’m trying to use it!

After we were finished eating we started to study phrases like “I am”, “you are”, “he is” (both in Japanese and in Finnish). Before this meeting I couldn’t say “my name is Maria” in Japanese but now I learnt. We also talked small phrases in Japanese and that was different from our previous meetings. We also enjoyed delicious Japanese snacks Kurumi brought us.

 

#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! 😀

A teacher who learns

Although our second meeting with Emilia was on the 23 of September, I was totally snowed under studies, so only now I can write about my impressions. As the previous lesson was dedicated to Swedish language, this time my partner was taught Russian.

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Initially, we started form the alphabet. It consists of 33 letters whereas 26 is the number for English. Actually, the pronunciation of letters is mostly the same, but the way they are written is absolutely different. And for beginners it is very confusing.

For me, it was easy to explain these basic things. However, everything turns into another way, when we switched for grammar. I found myself unable to describe properly rules to Emilia. Therefore, language border was faced. Hope, that such obstacle will be overcome.
Moreover, I told her about pronouns in Russian language. And warned her about furher difficulties in the way how all words changes depending on their place in the sentence. This will be a real torture.

Of course, it did not go without common phrases. It is extremely important to know how to grate in Russian:)

Overall, this lesson was a great experience. You are gaining teaching skills, develop your speech and vocabulary, trying to be understood by others. As I mentioned in the previous note, “Each one teaches each one” course, in my opinion, is aimed at developing a mixed diversity of skills and this is amazing! Every lesson includes so much new information not only real studies but also self development. Suppose, the last one is even more significant and helpful in the future.
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