The second lesson we held was again in Helsinki on the 8th of October at Café Kaarna in the Forum shopping centre. It had a very relaxed atmosphere with living room-like furniture. The weather was not so good so we just stayed indoors and in one place.
This time we discussed how to find ones way around in Spanish and travel phrases and vocabulary in general. Not exactly a timely topic for me as there are no trips planned to a Spanish speaking country but a common topic to expand ones conversational foundations in any language.
Some example phrases learned:
Perdón, ¿sabes dónde está…? Excuse me, do you know where is…?
¿Cómo voy al aeropuerto? How do I get to the airport?
Tienes que ir en taxi/metro. You have to take a taxi/metro.
A esta dirección por favor. To this address please.
Teneís que ir todo recto y luego derecha. You have to go straight forward and then right.
El crucero Cruiser
El avion Airplane
La calle street
El centro City center
adónde to where
la parada de autobus/taxi bus/taxistop
We sat at the café for couple of hours with my girlfriend quizzing me with the vocabulary and asking some practical example phrases like ¿Como vas a Tampere? – How do you go to tampere? to which I answered Por la mañana en tren – Tomorrow morning by train. In general I’ve been trying to practise my conversational Spanish by speaking phrases in half spanish half english since I realised in how many situations I could say something in Spanish but didn’t know the rest of the sentence. With this technique I found it easier to accustom my spoken Spanish early on because otherwise I would probably just end up putting it off until later forever.