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8. Meeting at UTA

Today we met at University of Tampere. We were at library. We explained words and guessed them. Färhad explained in Finnish and I in English. It was fun like before. Färhad explained great. We used this word generator to help us to choose words what to explain. Our guessing and conversation led us to these Finnish phrases: “Koko Kokko kokoo koko kokkoa koko kokolla,
koko kokolla kokoo koko kokko koko kokkoa” and “Keksijä Keksi keksi keksin. Keksittyään keksin, keksijä Keksi keksi keksin keksityksi”. These were almost too hard to say quickly also for me. Färhad looked confused when he heard those. We also talked about current news.

I had this word “quilt” which meaning I didn’t knew and I explained it like word “guilty”. But it was still really good explanation. 😀 Today I was little bit tired because I had three night shifts before. But still my speaking was okay. We started with Finnish so it helped me to get used to translating again. These meetings are so fun and I’m not afraid anymore to speak English.

I forgot to take picture so we have to be without now.

 

Let’s talk about education

Our fourth meeting was about the education systems. We met this time, how appropriate, at the university.

My expectations were that the Finnish and Dutch education system are pretty similar, but that was not the case. It’s totally different from each other.

The Finnish school system starts at age 6. Kids will start preschool. At age 7, kids will go to basic education. The basic educations has 9, sometimes 10 years. The 10th year is for those who need a little bit more time and for those who can’t decide what to do next. Most pupils are around 15 or 16 when they finish basic education.

After basic education, pupils can choose between Upper secondary school and Vocational school.

Upper secondary school

This is kind of similar to high school. This will take 3 years, and this is particularly theoretical education. Pupils will get different kinds of subjects and after Upper secondary school, Pupils can to vocational school, university of applied sciences or university.

Vocational school

Vocational school is a school for pupils who already kind of know what they want to become. This is particularly practical education, you can study for cook for example. This will take 3 years and after vocational school, pupils can look for a job and gain work experience, do another vocational qualification, go to university of applied sciences or go to university.

University of applied sciences

Most pupils are around 18 or 19 years old when they finish upper secondary school or vocational school. One of their options is going to the university of applied sciences. This will take 4 years and after finishing the university of applied sciences, you will get a Bachelor’s degree.  With a Bachelor degree and work experience, it’s possible to go for a Master’s degree.

University

The other option is going to the university. This will take 5 years. After the 3rd year, students will have their Bachelor degree. After the 5th year the students will get their Master’s degree. After getting a Master’s degree it’s possible to get a licentiate and a doctor’s degree.

 

A fun fact about the school system in Finland are the graduation caps. After graduating Upper secondary school, Finnish students will get a graduation cap.

Differences

Like I already said before, the Finnish education system differs a lot from the Dutch system. In the Netherlands, children will start school when they are 4 years old. They will start high school when they are about 12 years old.

Another really big difference between the systems is the fact that in the Netherlands, after elementary school, pupils will get classified on level. The level decides to what school they will go after high school.

It was really interesting to see the 2 education systems next to each other and it was also interesting that the systems differ a lot from each other. After seeing them next to each other I can’t say which system I think it’s better, because they both got their pro’s and con’s.

 

#5 – Talk to someone different! at Tallipiha

During our 5th meeting, I invited my friend Anna-Maria from Germany, who came to visit me in Finland, to our EOTO meeting. The goal of this was to let Maija and Kaisa talk to someone else than me. They could try to get to know a complete stranger by asking her questions in German and trying to understand her replies.

Maija’s idea was to show us around in the small district with shops and cafés called “Tallipiha”. I have been in Tampere for a while already but didn’t know that place. The café was really cute, I liked the interior style a lot.

I decided to try out Finnish lemonade and a kind of candy, omg, it was so strange but good. Both of them 😀

My lemonade tasted like forest haha
I had no idea what I was eating but I think it was a chocolate covered marshmallow with candy cane sprinkles (strange combo, right? XD)

Because we were all students it was easy for them to get along with my friend, we could talk a lot about the education system in Germany and about our hometown, Osnabrück.

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Some words to remember about the education system that sound very similar to the English words:

Schule = school; pupil means: Schüler and has the same word-stem

Universität = university

Schulsystem = literally: school system; or rather: education system

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Basically we practiced a lot of free talk on that day 🙂 After our meeting I had to leave to finish an assignment but my friend and Maija went for some shopping in Tampere and probably more talking together 😀 It’s great to see them getting along and I bet it was fun! 😉