# 4. Open your mouth!

Hello EOTO Family! It’a  pleasure to read your blog posts which are full of great memories, pictures and experience. Carry on!

The continuous round of events makes my learning and teaching experience harder. Schedule is rigid. Amount of projects goes off-scale. However, I’m full of enthusiasm to actually obtain knowledge I might be using in the future. Thanks to Sebastjan, I made a progress in understanding grammatical rules of Finnish language. During our last lecture we revised material about Possessive Suffixes. We have also covered how to create a noun from the verb. I’ve learnt that “minen” is a key in turning verb to a noun. For example:

Juoda (to drink) – Juovat (they drink) – Juominen (drinking).

Pydän auton ajamisesta. – I like driving the car. 

After that we also checked the text I’ve been listening to last time. We translated every single sentence and analyzed every single steam. It was relatively easy comparing to the next part of the lecture when my lovely teacher insisted on speaking practice. I do realize that learning without practicing leads to a dead language. But I didn’t expect that we would actually come to the stage of speaking. So, picture the scene: we are sitting in front of each other, I’m sweating and rolling my pen, I have a voice vibratory with excitement and nervousness. It’s time to open my mouth. Sebastjan was gentle and understanding. he asked question related to my daily life. I understood every sentence and I even succeeded to answer with some assistance. But there’s always a trick at the end. I realized that nobody is going to use a language for dummies. Nobody is going to speak slowly avoiding colloquial expressions.  On the agenda we have speaking, speaking and… speaking again!


Let’s move on to the next part when I performed as a teacher, a good one I hope. It’s time to leave Russian pronunciation for now and start enriching vocabulary. Sebastjan wrote down a text about himself including his age, family, country of origin, occupation etc. Brief insight into his personal life will help to make new connections with Russians (if he gets a chance to meet one). Sebastjan did an excellent job and got invisible 5+! Moreover, we practiced writing, listening and reading once again. Later on we looked through numbers which he actually already knew (or he’s just a Russian spy)! We did several exercises to memorize numbers. I still stick to the theory that learning by heart goes better through writing. Only combination of mechanical and visual memory can transfer knowledge from passive to active use.

Russian matreshka (матрешка)  cultural way to practice numbers!


Your Russian matreshka Yuliya. Cheers! 


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