As our each one teach one blog comes to an end for us this was probably one of the most important classes. Because we want to test again our languages skills like in the beginning. Maria and I want to know how much have we improved during the last four month. Furthermore, we want to go home with a confident feeling that we can say: “Yes I have learned some Spanish or German!”
When I prepared myself for the class I looked at Marias goals for the course and prepared a small test for her. The test was about the introduction in German and some important German words which are good to know. The second part of the test was about the Austrian culture and dishes. This part was still mainly in English. In the first part Maria did an amazing job. I was really impressed about her improvement with her German languages skills. She was perfectly able to introduce herself in German. In the second part, she was even able to remember some German dishes. I think Maria can be satisfied about her knowledge. However, during the test, we found out that for Maria it is also important to ask for the right direction. Therefore, we will do in the next session some of this vocabulary. That when Maria is visiting Germany or Austria she can ask for the right way in German.
In the second part, we went throw all my mistakes and the vocabulary lists which I made after the fifth lesson. I must say these lists helped me a lot to improve my languages skills. We spoke about several topics during the class. For example, my day, sports and the Austrian Culture. When I think back to our previous lessons especially at the beginning I was not so confident to speak Spanish with Maria. Because we do also a lot toghether beside each one teach one. Now, I just try to speak with her in Spanish.
All the best
We had our last meeting in Kahvilla again, because it is cosy place and it’s not far from Satu’s and my place. We started the conversation with the activities that we have been doing for the last weeks. I’m living in Toas City with other exchange students and as the spring semesters comes to an end, we give a lot of goodbye-parties. It’s hard to see your friends leaving after living together for four or five months. Satu told me about her job in the pub and about her summer job. She will work on summer festivals and she is very excited about it.
Satu prepared a small test about Finnish language and culture. The test contained 7 questions and I was able to answer 5 questions correctly. I almost knew the answers to the two other questions.
- What is the approximate population of Tampere
- What are the names of the two ice-hockey teams of Tampere
Tappara and Ilves (the last one I forgot, because I cheered for Tappara)
- How do you say in spoken Finnish ‘minä olen’.
Mä oon (I forgot this too, because I always speak the written language)
- Name three traditional Finnish foods
Mustamakkara, cloud berry jam, karelian pie
- How do you order a beer in a Finnish pub?
Moi, (yksi) olut kiitos.
- What is the filling in Karelian pier
Rise, eggs, butter
After the test we spoke about our plans in the future and I told Satu that she had to visit me when she would be on her exchange next year. She’s going to the Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but she promised that she would visit Belgium too. It is not that far anyway. I told her that I could guide her some Flemish cities and that I could show her interesting places in Belgium.
I enjoyed this course very much and I think it was very interesting to learn something about Finnish habits and culture. I liked it to teach my own language and I enjoyed to show off my country.
Hi people! I cannot believe that it’s already November. Time slips by… I look back and I see that proudly saying both me and my student Sebastjan made a very good progress. We both opened up in speaking and learning. It is the main purpose of EOTO, isn’t it?!
Lecture # 9 was super relaxing and comfortable. We discovered a hidden magic room with sofas, coffee machine and a beautiful view from the window. During our last lecture I realized that underestimation of my student’s abilities led to the feeling of long-windedness. Simply speaking, Sebastjan was so quick to grasp that eventually I saw his bored face. Advice for all teachers: never think that your exercises are too difficult for a learner, some of them have hidden talents. Just like Sebastjan, who memorized personal pronouns of nominative case already during the lecture. So I prepared a bunch of practical exercises for my gifted student which were based on personal suffix and gender. Talking about gender, throughout EOTO program I figured out that Russian language is much more complicated than the Finnish or English even though I’m supposed to be called a native speaker. Just compare:
My (English) – Minun (Finnish) – Мой, Моя, Моё, Мои (Russian).
And who is the Boss right now?!
Comparing to many other languages in the world, Russian has its major complication in terms of grammatical gender of verbs, nouns, pronouns and even adjectives. Moreover, mixing up the gender/ending might be very offensive. So don’t get slapped, use the proper ending!
As for Finnish part of the lecture, we checked some questions which I prepared at home. I conscientiously analyzed every single link Sebastjan gave me last time. I did lots of tasks, reading and even listening; the last one was slightly annoying. 🙂 After all we’ve been caught by a teacher who was actually making coffee in that secret classroom. But as they say, always take an opportunity. So I asked that guy what is the difference between Finnish uncle Eno and Setä. Apparently, eno is a mother’s side and setä is a father’s brother. It was a good sign that teacher had over the barrel!
P. S. This’s a really good website for those who is practicing Russian personal pronouns. This link is a perfect database for Russian language essentials.