Hello! I’m Tiiu, a 20-year-old finnish girl. I’m studying social services at Tamk for a second year now. There are three of us in this learning group: me, Kaisa and Renata. The languages and cultures are finnish (surprisingly..) and portuguese. I really knew nothing about Portugal, not the language nor the culture, so the learning process for me was about to start from the bottom. Our first meeting took place at a cafe. We decided to use our first meeting just chatting and getting to know each other better since we hadn’t really talked that much beforehand. We thought that after we learned to know each other better the whole process would be easier, more interesting and also we’d get a lot more out of it – you know, the teaching and learning stuff.
While getting to know each other we discussed about some cultural stuff and also compared the languages just a little. It was mostly me and Kaisa (we both being Finnish) asking Renata how it has been for her being here in Finland. How the weather has felt, since it’s so different here. We talked about the places to visit here in Tampere at this point of year and that have we visited them – the museums, skating routes, some student activities (..mostly parties and because of that, bars/clubs) and so on. We told each other about our lives, like family and home. Since Renata had been in Finland for a few weeks already, she knew some basic finnish. How to say hello and ask what’s up for example, the most basic stuff. Me and Kaisa wanted to know those in portuguese, so that we’d have something to start with. Unfortunately we didn’t write them down while we were at it, so I had to look them up on internet afterwards (how to write them I mean). So I learned that in portuguese, hello is olá. Asking what’s up can be done in multiple ways, for example “tudo bem?” or “como está?”.
So our first meeting went quite well – it was nice and we got to laugh. We got along well and for that reason I’m looking forward to our next meetings – maybe we’ll even have a clear subject next.