To Tabea and Tuuli,
One door is closed then the other one will be open!
Firstly, I decide to conclude what I have learnt for almost 3 months participating in this course:
- New friends and new perspectives on life.
- Going exchange to a different country is not a waste of time. Instead, it will be worthwhile experience.
- German language is like other languages, the ultimate goal is to communicate and understand each other. I will not be scared of learning any other language, including Finnish language.
Secondly, here are some words to my dear Tabea and Tuuli. Thank you for all the memories we have created for the past 3 months together. Thank you girls for coming to my life. I could not tell what would happen if I had not participated in this course, what I know certainly is that I am glad to be a part of this course with you two. We all have our own plans for the far away future ahead, let’s remain strong, brave and humble my two girls!
Thirdly, I want to send a message to my coach, Taru. I believe this is again another successful course. Thank you for partly implementing this course for us all. I hope that there would be more and more successful and memorable courses for exchange students as well as degree students like me.
Lastly, to some random readers, this is it!
Everything has beginning and the end. Well, our meetings come to the end.
That 12 meeting was a really nice summary of all. We spend time together with reach discussions about whole our course Each One Teach One. That time also Leila teach me some finish phrases and words, but not only she also present finish literature.
What is interesting that closer to the end we start to understand each other better our vocabulary come more reach. We improve our cultural knowledge now it’s wide, a new view for studying, world and life.
During that meeting, we were more talking about languages. How many languages exist in Finland. Some of them are not using anymore. Language in Finland: Suomi(Finnish), Swedish like official one, but North part use Sami.
There are also several official minority languages: three variants of Sami, Romani, Finnish Sign Language, and Karelian.
We reach together from where come finish language and Leila present me a very important book for finish culture and finish people. Finish bible “Kalevala” The Kalevala or The Kalewala is a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lonnorot from Karelian and Finish oral folklore and mythology.
It is regarded as the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finish litterature. The Kalevala played an instrumental role in the development of the Finish national identity, the intensification of Finlnds language strife and the growing sense of nationality that ultimately led to Finlands independence from Russia in 1917.
For me, it was the first time to try this type of course and write a blog. I was a scared; but finally it better and easy, than I was suspect. That was a great time.
Thank You so much for everyone who was reading my posts, who help me during my studying; thanks TAMK for this amazing possibilities to study in Tampere and try new studying system.
I hope one day to back again to Tampere, during summer time.
Meeting number 9 was a movie meeting. We watched movies from Holland and Finland. The finnish movie that we saw was Lapland odyssey. For a dutch movie we chose New Kids Turbo. Both are worth watching.
Finnish humour in movies is slightly darker than in dutch movies. Though in movies, and in general, dutch people dare to make fun of things that might be considered as taboos.
Todays meeting was about making notes about everything that we have learned during these past meetings. First we wrote down the key subjects that we ended up teaching/learning and then started filling the paper with words we learned in finnish/dutch. We noticed that we had reached the learning/teaching goals that we set for each other at least to some extent. We didn’t really have any expectations for this course since it was a new way of learning for the both of us. But every new thing that we were able to teach each other was an achievement and we are pleased with what we have accomplished.