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Second Finnish- German meeting


Met with Sophie today for a coffee at the Puisto cafe for our second meeting of Each One Teach One. 

We had a talk about how to say useful daily phrases and also phrases about birthdays and holidays. Such as how to say ”happy birthday” in Finnish and in German ”Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag”.

As for me my German pronunciation is very horrible, we focused on really how to pronounce words correctly. Sophie already has pretty good pronunciation in Finnish but we practiced that a bit more with new words and phrases (e.g ”Hyvää pääsisäistä!”).

We set a date for our next meeting and some plans for our future meetings. The goal is to cook traditional Finnish cuisine for example poronkäristys and perunamuussi and also some traditional German cuisine. I also want to show Sophie the student parties that are not only meant for exchange students, so we practiced few phrases that could be used in the student party also. 




2nd meeting Finnish-German



Today, TT and I got together at the Ravintola Puisto for our 2nd meeting.

We mainly focused on useful phrases today, ranging from sentences you need to introduce yourself (f.ex. Minä olen 21 vuotta vanha.) to phrases you need around the different holidays like “Hyvää syntymäpäivää!” or “Hyvää pääsiäistä!”. We also focused on the right pronunciation of these sentences, which was a bit of a challenge but in the end we both did pretty good.

We also came up with some plans for future meetings. We want to cook traditional Finnish food including reindeer meat and I am still trying to come up with some typical German dish we could enjoy together. Also, we are planning to go to a Finnish party together and I already learned today how to order a beer without letting everyone know that I am not Finnish: “Yksi olut, kiitos.”




First Meeting—Chinese and Cypriot

In our first meeting, we just get straight to the point –Numbers. The meeting took place on the 22nd of February, at the Espresso House café.

At the beginning of the meeting, Hao Xi and I taught the basic rules of number, which are good for foreigners to master the Numbers apace. Base on the rules, we spend about one hour helping our Cypriot friend Natalia to learn them, eventually, she can write, pronounce and spell the Numbers from 1-999 in Chinese. In the process of teaching Numbers, we also taught her the four tones of Chines so that she can pronounce them more accurately.

Moreover, we asked Natalia some slang expression questions we met in daily life, which really confused us. For example, the expression ” shit hits the fan “ means somebody is getting in big trouble. “my life is derailed” means someone’s routine life was stopped by sudden some troubles.

To summarize, it is an amazing experience teaching Chinese to a foreigner who wants to know more about China.

4th Meeting

Bienvenido de nuevo a la Blog!

We had our fourth meeting on Friday before starting our skiing holiday from school. During this meeting, we were focusing on Spanish songs and learning the words through them. It was an actually good way to learn because we had been hearing the words so many times previously and now to really learn what they were singing in the songs.  We will have a week’s holiday now and a break from Spanish studies. I will be going to a Latin country so I will be practicing my Spanish there. After the break, we will have a meeting and also we will go out to a salsa night! We are all very excited about that!

Hasta la proxima vez!

Second Chinese and Cypriot Meeting!

Nǐ hǎo!   你好

The second meeting was about learning the Chinese characters, Pinyin and the pronunciation which I found it both attractive but a bit difficult to learn.  There are different ways to tone the words and is like singing, because your voice should go from low to high, high to low, high to low and high again or flat voice, depending on the symbol they have above them. Please see an example below:

Furthermore, we have learned the numbers and how to draw them, phrases like “I am Maria” which my name is called “ Maliya” in Mandarin language and also words like “people” which is pronounced “yen”= 人. I found a funny song with Chinese numbers, easy to remember, check this out in the link.

To sum up, it is an awesome experience learning Mandarin from Chinese people who know best! Of course, practice makes perfect! 🙂

The fourth meeting with the Romanian girls 🇹🇩🇷🇺

Bună! Hello!

This week the girls and I met at their home. And they prepared for me the national dishes of Romania. The first is Mamalyga, which is made from corn grits. I tried mamalyga in Russia, but it is not so popular as in Romanian cuisine. Ramona also cooked meat sausages sent by her mother from Romania. Thank you girls for dinner! At dinner, we learned that we have many common national dishes, such as borsch, cabbage rolls with meat and pancakes. With each meeting, we learn more about each other’s countries, cultures, traditions and dishes. Especially with regard to dishes and some products, we believe that our two countries are somewhat similar to each other!

Third Meeting

Third Meeting

Hei! Hallo!

This time we decided to go to Tessa‘s place and play Monopoly. The original plan was to study numbers and also eventually street names.

After playing for a short time we discovered that from Monopoly we can learn much more than that. The board game and its instructions were in Finnish so every time we stepped on the “sattuma” field Tessa and me tried to read the card out loud and Ninni corrected us and taught us how to improve our pronunciation. In the beginning, it was really hard reading the cards especially since there were really difficult words but after a while, Tessa and I got better and it became easier!

Every time Ninni stepped on of Tessa’s or mine streets we asked the to be paid sum in German. In the beginning, this was easy for Ninni but got harder when the sums increased.. but Tessa and I were there to help!

As Monopoly is not known to be one of the calmest and friendliest games we got to teach Ninni some very useful curse words and vice versa. To sum up we had a very funny but intense afternoon!

Luckily for us to calm our nerves we had gone to buy ice-cream beforehand!

Happy holidays! Schöne Ferien!

Chinese and Cypriot Cultures First Meeting!!!

In our first awesome meeting we had the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and to share information for Cypriot Culture as well. The meeting took place on Monday 10th of February, at the Tamk cafeteria.

Our Chinese friend and teacher Zonghang – call him King; and his invited friends, they talked about the traditional Festivals, but they described the Spring Festival more which is their grandest one with a 7-day long holiday, every year usually between January 21st and February 20th.  The dates are around the Chinese solar term the “Beginning of Spring”, that is why it is called Spring Festival.

Moreover, our Chinese friends shared three “Must” destinations which are Shanghai, Beijing and Cheng Du and then, we have talked about their Traditional food. They showed to us many pictures of their delicious food, referring that with every dish there is also rice accompaniment. Additionally, they reassured that not everyone in China eats dogs, cats, snakes and insects but only a small group of people in South China. On the other hand, there are some Chinese who loves a specific type of bug that is “cicada”. Lastly, they have explained about the 56 Dynastic ethnic groups, showing to us pictures!

The Cypriot team, we found it wise to show Cyprus in the map, since it is a beautiful island in Mediterranean Sea, which unfortunately is not so famous, although it is a tourist destination and there are amazing places to visit because it is a combination of sea, mountains and a shiny sun, almost all year round. Talking about Cyprus traditional food was a pleasure, since there is none, local or tourist, who can forget the rich super flavours of our cuisine. We love Food!! For instance, “souvla”, “ofton kleftiko”, “koupepia”, special recipe of oven pasta etc.

Lastly, I believe that both groups we have enjoyed this interesting meeting!

Thank you everyone! 🙂

First meeting with Finnish-German


We met with Sophie today on Friday for our first EOTO-meeting. We made some waffles at my apartment and went through very basic words in Finnish and in German(berries, cutlery, restaurant words etc). Learned that spoon is Löffel, blueberry is Blaubeere and raspberry is Himbeere.

We had a very lovely time and learned already new things about each others language and culture.

We made a flexible plan for our future EOTO-meetings and we decided to meet next on Wednesday for coffee. We planned an agenda for Wednesday, going trough useful phrases.



First Meeting Finnish-German


Today TT and I had our first meeting. We met at her place and bonded over some waffles. While enjoying our food we talked about basic Finnish and German  vocabulary concerning food. I for example learned that strawberries are mansikat in Finnish and knife and fork is called veitsi ja haarukka  . In general we got an overview about each others existing knowledge of the respective language.

We had a great kick-off meeting and will meet again next Wednesday for coffee and will discuss useful everyday phrases then.

Hei hei,