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Studying between waffles

Hello!

Today we met for the first time to study each others languages, Finnish and Korean. We went to Tampereen Vohvelikahvila, a famous cafe in Tampere for it’s delicious waffles. It is quite cozy little cafe, small, but very popular.

The whipped cream on my and GaYeons waffles had time to melt a bit, but the waffles were tasty anyways. I do recommend!

We had prepared some studying material, for example alphabets and introductions to teach. There is quite a difference between Finnish and Korean alphabets, and some sounds are strange also. Some letters in Korean alphabets sounds exactly the same for me.

Here is a picture, where you can see the Korean alphabets, and some material, that I had prepared. In my material (on the right side of the picture) there is words in Finnish in the first column, then the second column is for the English equivalent, and then there is empty column to put translation in Korean. We also went through numbers 1-10 in both languages.

As a teacher I gave GaYeon and JunHyeok a lot of information about Finnish language, and I hope I didn’t confuse them with my passionate explanations. 🙂

In the future, I think I have to think more carefully how I teach, and maybe add some useful complete sentences to the material. It is a bit difficult to teach when you don’t really know where to start.

As a student learning Korean, the most difficult thing to me to learn will be learning to pronounce the different sounds correctly. I am glad that I have two teachers, because everyone teaches differently, so I will learn in two ways and maybe understand a bit better.

All in all, I think we had a great start for our language learning sessions, and we get along really well. I’m looking forward for our next meeting.

-Laura

Learning Dutch from Belgian guy

hollandflagIt’s been a while since we had our first meeting with Anna and Bryan. Anna is a fellow Finn and Bryan is an exchange master’s student from Belgium who was willing to teach us Dutch language. Not an easy one. belgiumflag

We met back in February or already in Jan, I’m not sure, but anyway we set up some goals (1st meeting) and interest and made some kind of a timetable at and obviously decided to meet for the first lecture. That session was held on 16th of February what was our 2nd meeting.

It was first Bryan’s turn to make some sense to Dutch language for me and Aeoto1nna. He had made these really cool sheets for teaching. We learned Dutch alphabets, how to greet people and of course, pronounciation which is not very easy for a Finn. At least to remember. And to me those hard consonants are quite hard to utter. But it definitely felt like I learned a lot even in that short period of time. In the end of the lesson Bryan told us some facts about Belgium:

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* Belgium was founded in 1830
* There are three official languages: Dutch, German and French
* They’re known for chocolate, beer, waffles and French fries (And I’ve tasted all of them when visiting Brussels and they’re the best!)
* A few years ago Belgium had no government for 541 days!
* They have 2 kings and 2 queens

 

My friend and me having a waffle in Brussels back in the days. I recommend!

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Unti next time!

The best vohveli in the world!

Last week we met at the best waffle-place that I have ever been to! I can´t remember the name, but it was near the Sokos Hotel by the river in Tampere.

So while eating our waffles (in finnish: vohveli) we first made some german grammar lessons… what was really difficult even for me, because it is so hard to explain, why you write some verbs like this and the other like that. It feels like, for most of the verbs we don´t have any general rules to conjugate them. As a native, you just KNOW it without knowing why.

After that, we tried to repeat the numbers from 1 to 10 in finnish. And I still have problems with them. But a good news was that the other numbers are very easy to learn, because they are always set together from the already known numbers. That was kind of surprising, because I thought that finnish language always takes the most complicated way. But I was wrong.

As we already sat in a café, we learned how to order something and how you order especially in singular and plural.

In the end, we messed around a little bit and learned some more or less unuseful things in finnish. Like saying that you are very cool. (“Mä oon niin siisti”). Maybe I can use that to impress someone one day in a funny way.