Monthly Archives: February 2018

4. Game café Taverna

We met today at the game café Taverna in the Tampere city center. It was my first time there and the place was nice! There was a lot of games what to play. Definitely I will go again to Taverna. First we played Junior Alias because there was easier words to guess. I explain the words in Finnish and Färhad guessed. He understood my explanations well but some of the words I used was harder to understand because I spoke native Finnish. I think my skills at being teacher is getting better or Färhad is getting better to read me. 😀

We had also other game which name was “Mitä otsassa”. We used words from this game so we didn’t play with the real rules. We played it by asking questions and guessing the right word. First it was really hard to think right questions to get closer. But it got easier by asking more. Also I explained words in English and Färhad had to guess what the word is. So I had to use English also. When I was explaining words in Finnish and after that I used English it was really hard to remember basic English words because you had to think so much in Finnish. We changed these games after playing few rounds so both of us had to think.

It was really nice to play with Färhad and we had funny moments during the games. For example I tried to ask questions and I asked “Can you eat it?” and the word what I had to guess was a child. Haha, I can’t get over this one.

And about my speaking English, I have to say that it isn’t better but I have more courage to speak it in public. I don’t think it so much anymore what I’m saying. That’s a little progress.

3. Meeting at Tampere city center

Today we had a meeting at Tampere city center. We met at the railway station and walked first to Stockmann. It was pretty hard for me to talk and think at the same time we walked around the Stockmann. We decided to walk some café and we chose Pella’s cafe. It was my first time there! Färhad got the change to order something in Finnish. There was so nice lady behind the counter who used Finnish and English when Färhad ordered his hot chocolate. It went well. I took also hot chocolate and I have to say it was really good!

During drinking the hot chocolate we talked about horse riding and cultures. I showed few videos about my riding with Icelandic horse and tried to tell when I change gait. I helped Färhad to translate Finnish questions which he had from one game where you have word or picture on your forehead and you ask questions and try to guess what you are. Then I got the idea that we could play some game when we meet next time. It would help me to speak more English and Färhad could use Finnish as much as he can!


This time my speaking English skills wasn’t that fluent what it was last time. I think I was little bit tired and it felt really annoying that I didn’t remember all the words immediately. Next week we planned to meet two or three times. We could play some games and go to Ideapark!


Second Meeting——Direction and appellation in Slovenian

Today we learn the direction and appellation in Slovenian. The following is the words:

Slovenian English
sever north
sug south
vzhod east
zahod west
gor up
dol down
levo left
desno right
napres forward
nazas backwards
spredas front
zadas back
Slovenian English
mama mom
ata/oce dad
brat brother
sestra sister
babica grandma
dedek grandpfather
hcerka daughter
sin son


From this learning, I find that the pronunciation of mom is very similar in the word.Different countries’ languages have the common voice.

Nowadays more than 6,000 spoken languages of human beings are similar in pronunciation and have similar meanings, especially the terms referring to family members and relatives like Mom and Dad. One linguist says that because babies are likely to associate the first sound they would make with the person they first knew – parents.

Second meeting at TTY

Our second meeting was at TTY. Today was really sunny and beautiful day but we still stayed inside. We decided to begin with my English skills and after that we switched the language to Finnish. I asked did Färhad know some good videos about the speaking English and he showed really good videos. We watched two of those videos which told us how you talk when you are on phone and small talking in business meeting and conference. Videos raised few questions for me because there was words and phrases I didn’t knew or remember. Videos were really useful and I’m going to watch and use those more! Speaking English is so clear in the videos that you will understand everything. I really recommend to watch those! Here is link to the video which is about speaking on the phone. After that I thought that I would try to speak on the phone and use videos phrases to help me during the speaking but we didn’t have time for that because we started from questions. But I want to try it sometime!

After the videos Färhad asked few questions from me. I told what kind of magazines I read and do I like reading. Also we discuss mobile phones and its side effects to human. Färhad showed me one picture about phone which is changed to prison. It really made me think my answer. If you want to see the picture you can google it by “banksy modern prison”. I didn’t want to put the picture here because the copyrights. I think my speaking English was little bit better what it was last time. I had a lot more courage to speak it and I think my weekend helped me a lot with that. I had riding lessons in English so I had to used it!

Then we started to have a conversation in Finnish. Färhad wanted to know how to order food at the restaurant or fast food restaurant. These sentences and words were easier to explain if I had to explain something. Also it was really nice to notice how much Färhad knows already Finnish words. It is nice to teach the language when he have some familiar words where to link the new ones! Next time we will see at Tampere city centre.

First meeting in tamk cafe

What a beautiful day it is! I met my new friend Timi today at TAMK cafeteria , who comes from Slovenia. It is a great honor for me to teach a foreign student Chinese in Finland.

At first, we introduced ourselves, which includes the name of us, where we came from, how old we are, and what we studied at TAMK and home university. Thus,we have a good understanding of each other, Timi also shows a great passion of Chinese studying. Next, we made a preliminary plan for the course, like daily greeting, that is we have learned today.


Daily greeting:

Hello—Dober dan (Zdrauo)

My name is— Moje ime je

What is your name— Kako je ime tebi?

Good bye— Adijo

Second meeting in Campus cafe

We meeting with Ilia in campus cafe at friday  16.2 time 11.30.

Now we have with textbooks. We can teach each others. We start pronunciation. I try express russian alphabets and Ilia repair my express. Russian s have  many forms and them are difficult separate. Then Ilia try express finnish alphabets. Almost all go right but ä, y and ö is difficult express.

We speak normal questions, like “What is your name”, “my name is Miika”. “Nice to meet you” or “where you are from?” Ilia explain to me russian culture and what you can´t say unknown people or known people.

It was little stressful try learn russia because I´m not good understand english and I don´t understand much what Ilia speak english. We talking 2 hours together and it time passed fast. It was good and nice experience learn russia.

To next time we writing short story from own life on own language.

First meeting in Campus cafe

We meet first time with Ilia in Tamk campus cafe. We talking together and thinking what is this course schedule and goal. I want learn more pronunciation russia and Ilia want learn more finnish normal conversations. Ilia wants meet 3 times in week because earlier he was in finnish language course some meet 1 time in week and not remember next time much finnish.

We go through what we know others languages. I know little words of russia. Alfabet I know and how pronunciation them. Few words also I know.  I was last autumn in russian basics course.

First meeting we centralize plan how we learn each other. Next time I promised take my finnish-russia textbook and he take his own finnish-english textbook.

It was little exciting and hard try learning english and russia.

Board Games and Chilling



After a long time, we finally able to meet all three of us. We decided to meet in my place and eat something and play Finnish board games. I’d just moved during the holidays, so I was really excited to show them the apartment. Also, a big part of our meeting this time was to see how everyone was doing since we haven’t met in a long time because of the holidays.

During eating we discussed everything between land and sky but mostly about Spanish and Finnish cultural differences and weather since Teresa had visited Spain during the holidays and it had been almost 20 degrees there. That’s really crazy to think when you look outside here in Finland. We explained her the meaning of “loska”, Finnish word for snow when it’s more like slush and how it differents on “räntä”, Finnish “loska” raining from the sky but before it hits the ground.

We played for example Afrikan tähti (Afrika’s star) since it’s a board game designed and made in Finland. I though I was good in the game, but Teresa ended up winning twice, how embarrassing for Finns! During the game we learned some of the terms related to that game in Finnish and Spanish but had too much fun to start getting papers and writing them down. Maybe we’ll have to have another game night to remember them 😉

First meeting at TAMK

Our first meeting was at TAMK’s library. We thought it would be the best place to start this course and the meetings. At the start we plan little bit our meetings more before we started our conversations.

We started to speak Finnish by reading two conversations out loud. Färhad had those conversations in Finnish from other course. In the other conversation was talked about where are you living and in the other one was talked about eating and they decided to go to eat pizza. Those small conversations were spoken Finnish. Also Färhad wrote some Finnish questions down and asked them from me and I answered in Finnish. Questions was for example “mitä kuuluu”, “missä asut” and “milloin olet muuttanut Tampereelle”. Teaching was fun! But some things were hard to explain in English. For example it was hard to explain why question “milloin olet muuttanut Tampereelle” is better than “milloin olet tullut Tampereelle” in that case you have been living in Tampere a long time. I think my skills to teach and explain things will get better during the meetings.

After speaking Finnish was my time to speak English. Before the first meeting I was really afraid about that how it’s going to go. I don’t like to speak English in the places where somebody can hear you. But it wasn’t that bad what I had imagine. Färhad asked me general questions about my hometown, family and studies etc. It was hard to answer fluently to some of those questions (for example studies) because I didn’t remember all vocabulary. But it went pretty well for the first meeting and it was easy to answer questions which was familiar to me. I will be better!

First meeting was great and useful. I’m really excited about these meetings! Before we finished our first meeting we planned when and where to meet next time.

Firts meeting

We met at the TAMK´s library at our first meeting. First thing we would do, was plan our future meeting´s and expectation´s. Mirwaisi knows finish much more than I know Persia. So, he has to start for the basic´s whit me. While my teaching is more about conversation and correcingt his grammar.



First Mirwaisi taught with me Persian alphabets. We star learning by turning my name Anna to Persian alphabets. And some other words e.g. my daughter’s name Maija and Afganistan, which is Mirwaisi´s home country. I learn about that there are as much Persian speaking people as German speakers. So the language area is quite big. I learn also that people in Afganistan speak Dari and the Tadžikistan´s speak tadžik and the Iranians speak Persia, but they all understand each other’s. In the end Mirwaisi shows me some internet links where I can discover more about the language.



At the end we talk in finish about our free time and our hobby´s. Turned out that we both like to do sport. Mirwaisi go to the gym very often and I like to move outdoors by running or bike. We ended up planning our next meetings. How we going to go playing some different sport. Next time we will go to the swimming hall toghether.