Learning Finnish, 3rd meeting


Because of the COVID-19 situation, the campus was closed and we have to move the meeting online. Today we had the third meeting via ZOOM. In this meeting, we talked about some questions about cultures. One asked several questions that he was interested in and the other one gave the answers. Here are our questions and answers.


Q: When did children move out from their parents’ house in China?

A: After marriage or working. In China, most of people still live with their parents when they are studying in universities. After they find their jobs, they will move out of their parents’ house, but it still depends on which cities they work in. If the place is close to their parents, they may still live with their parents.


Q: Does the big market sell the whole raw meat instead of package meat in Finland?

A: No, actually considering the problem of health, the meat will be package fully so there is no raw meat selling in the market.


Q: Do people generally have Taichi every day in China?

A: Actually, people will do a kind of activity but not Taichi, we called it “Square dancing”. People especially the old, they will do this in the square at night. This kind of activity will make them bodies stronger and healthier. At the same time, there will be a leader in the crews, who shows how to do the dance correctly.


Q: What do Finnish do after working?

A: In summer, people will go to the bars for fun. In winter, people will go Sunna, and at the weekend, people often do sports such as snow skating, hockey and build bodies.


Q: What do you think of the difficulty of Finnish?

A: I think the most difficult part is the length of the Finnish words, as you know, some words like porridge rice, it is Riisipuuro in Finnish, you can see it is a word so you have to spend more time to remember these words. Another part is the grammar; it is not a easy part for the basic learner.


Q: How many different Chinese languages do you have?

A: In general, there are 56 nations in China and some nations they have their own languages. For the different accents of Chinese languages, we have 5-6; the most famous one is Cantonese. In north of China, we have the similar accents, the standard Chinese pronunciation is based on north accent.


Q: Can you make an example for different Accents of Finnish?

A: Yes, for example, there are different accents between Helsinki and Tampere. For example, Minä, we say Mie in Helsinki and Mi in Tampere.

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