Monthly Archives: April 2015

3 forms of Sound in Korean; 6th meeting

2nd April 6th meeting with Olha 🙂

I taught how can she say places in Korea. and what is expression to ask direction.

and practice some pronounce which are difficult to distinguish to foreigner.

In consonants, we distinguish as basic form(예사소리) such as ㄱ(g),ㄷ(d),ㅂ(b),ㅈ(z) and strong-sound and fortis. Basic forms are transformed to two forms, 거센-소리 and 된-소리. 소리 means sound, so 거센-소리(ㅋ(k),ㅌ(t),ㅍ(p),ㅊ(ch)) is strong-sound and 된-소리(ㄲ,ㄸ,ㅃ,ㅉ) is a fortis.  Adding one more ㄴ(n), ㄹ(r), ㅁ(m), ㅇ sounds are told 울림-소리(ringing sound). These difference make a word having different meaning even they have same vowels.

  1. 공 – 콩 – 꽁

공 ; a ball

콩 ; a bean

꽁 ; 꽁하다 (as a verb, having small mind)

  1. 자 – 차 – 짜

자; ruler

차; tea

짜; 짜다. ( to be salty)

Our eleventh meeting, extra post

We went to my home town with Vanessa on 28th and 29th April. We spent the night in my childhood home. During the adventure we also visited my grandmother.

We had lot of traditional Finnish foods to taste and we also went to sauna. Of course, my very Finnish-mannered terrier also participated in sauna 😀

During the beautiful first day of our arrival we went handcar driving, which was very interesting for me also. I have never even myself did that, even when I have lived very close to the museum railway.

Handcar in Minkiö museum railway
Handcar in Minkiö museum railway
We had to sift gears by ourselves while driving the handcar and to make sure that the gears are in correct positions
We had to sift gears by ourselves while driving the handcar and to make sure that the gears are in correct positions

We needed to check that the tracks were correctly positioned with the gears

We needed to check that the tracks were correctly positioned with the gears.

While driving handcar, we had to cross a log bridge, which was quite scary : D
While driving handcar, we had to cross a log bridge, which was quite scary : D
We also crossed roads with the handcar
We also crossed roads with the handcar

We had real fun! We will also meet in the future for example during Vappu, but this is my last post here. The course is completed, but my exiting journey to German culture has not ended 🙂


WE had a 15 minutes meeting in the cafeteria today, discussed a little bit about Finnish numbers, I learned them by hard and happy about that. We tried to spell big numbers and it was quite challenging, but I managed.
Also we repeated numbers in Russian, Tinja could not remember them all, but I would say that she know 60-70%, which is really really good!

#8 Coffee at Tamko office

Today Luis and me were drinking a coffee at Tamko office. Because of the Vappu week they blew up a lot of ballons and Luis and me talked a little bit in Spanish and he taught me a couple of vocabulary from objects which were around us.

For example:

ballon = globo

coffee = cafe

cup = taza

office = oficina

plant = planta

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Moreover he taught me that in the Spanish language there are never words who have double letters like “ff” in the english word coffee or “ee”.

It was a pretty nice afternoon 🙂

Last meeting: Spanish food, Paella!

Before we made traditional Korean and Finnish food was time for Spanish food and I decided to make chicken paella for Haley.

First we met in my apartment in Lapinkaari and we practice Spanish the class was a vocabulary lesson, I explained to Haley how to pronounce different places in Spanish like Escuela (School), Bar (Bar), Biblioteca (library), Estación de tren (train station), Mercado (market), librería (book shop)…

The pronunciation of Haley was really good, she could understand all the Spanish sounds and pronounce them. Finally, she asked me all the questions that she had about Spanish grammar and vocabulary.

When we finish our Spanish class we started to prepare all the ingredients for the Paella and we went to the share kitchen in Lapinkaari. We made the chicken paella together, I explained to Haley that meat paella is originally from Valencia and my grandmother was from there, so in my family we use to cook this paella on Sunday.

Once the paella was ready we came back to my room and was time to eat it! Was delicious, the flavours were more or less the same as the paella that I cook at home and Haley said that was delicious so I was glad that she like it!

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This is our last meeting for EOTO, because we don’t have more time, but we will try meet again before we will come back to our countries. Was a pleasure teach Spanish to Haley and also learn Korean and Finnish from all my EOTO members. Thanks to Essi, Yeaeun and Haley to be my partners in this course!

9th meeting: Korean food and homemade cake!

Haley, Yeaeun Essi and I decided to make a traditional Korean Food together. We made Bulgogi which is sweet tasty pork with onions and mushrooms and Dak bukumtang which is made of chicken and it has spicy tasty, at the beginning I was a little bit scared about the spicy food, because I hear that the Korean food is really spicy, but at the end I could eat it perfectly!

Haley and Yeaeun bought all the ingredients before our meeting and once we arrived to Essis’s house we started to cook together. Essi bought a rice cooker when she went to Japan two years ago with her family, so the rice was perfectly cooked in the rice cooker automatically.

First, we started with the Dak bukumtang, because need more time to be ready, Yeaeun explain us how to make this Korean chicken spacy soup and we helped her to do it. Once the soup was in the pot, we started the Bulgogi, Haley explain us how to prepared this dish.

Once we finished to cook was time to eat! We prepared a rice bowl for each one and we ate those delicious foods. As I said before, the Dak bukumtang was spacy, but with the rice Essi and I could eat well.


After finished our meals we started baking a homemade chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. When the cake was in the oven, than needed more than 45 minutes to be done, we decided to go to the lake near Essi’s house to walk and enjoy the nature of Finland. The weather was really nice, was a sunny day!

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Finally, we came back when the cake was ready, so we finished to make it, preparing the vanilla frosting and then was time to eat our delicious homemade cake, we ate all the cake!


Was one of our last meetings, I’m going to miss my each one teach one members and our meetings!

4th meeting

Hello everybody!

In our last meeting we watched a french movie, “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis”.
We decided this movie because we found out that we have almost the same movie in France and in Italy. Thus, next movie we are gonna watch it will be “Benvenuti al nord”. It has almost the same plot that’s why I think it could be useful for both of us.

Instead usual popcorn we had baguette, cheese and wine, which was so delicious 🙂


Countries and nationalities in Spanish

Zsofia gave me some homework! It was about countries and nationalities. It doesn’t seem too difficult accept for the nationalities when I need to remember the right ending and the accents. So I made a couple of mistakes.. I should also have a better look at the conjugations of the verbs and specially the ones that are irregular. Some of the conjugations of the verbs have to be learnt by heart for example the verb “to be.” It is an irregular verb just like in French.

I’m still a beginner in Spanish but Zsofia on the other hand is incredible good in Finnish! It feels unreal that she understands me and replies with nearly perfect sentences. I don’t know what to teach her anymore 🙂

But what I’ve learned is that behind the scenes there is a lot of work. It ain’t easy to learn a foreign language specially Finnish. Maybe you’ve seen the photo where there are 9 different meanings for “Kuusi palaa” 😉

More Dutch basics!


Fourth meeting took again place at Y-campus. Bryan thought me more basic Dutch like numbers, colours, some verbs and personal pronouns. He had again made nice learning sheets for me. 🙂

We also talked about Belgian towns and cities, which ones I should visit when going to Amsterdam for exchange and of course travelling while in there. Seems like everything is right next to each other. So I will deffo visit those recommended places. I also told Bryan that I’m a big fan of films and rock music too, so he gave me few names to listen to as well as some films that he thought are good to watch.


I’ve had a go with the recommended music and I quite like this band called Gorki. I don’t really understand anything yet, obviously but at least my ears get used to Dutch language. 🙂

And here’s also nice video from them with subtitles:

Each One Teach One #4

Bienvenue_chez_les_CH'TISThis meeting has been very relaxing an funny because we decided to watch a movie!

We were speaking about this idea since a long time, we had a intense week last week, with many exams, and so, we thought it was time to do it!

We watched a french movie, Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, which is a French Comedy, in French with English subtitles.

You can see a trailer here!

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To stay in the “French mood”, I brought red wine, cheese and “baguette”, to introduce French food to Beatrice!:)