Last two times we met to watch movies, a subtitled Russian and Finnish ones. Frankly speaking, I didn’t like neither of those and with my knowledge it seemed too early to watch a movie in Finnish and understand anything but greetings and the clothes’ names. However, this course has been a very nice experience! Kiitos Paljon!
Yet again, this time’s learning was by speaking and naming everything we were able to find on our way from the city’s market square ( keskustori) through all the clothing and bookstores.
The next meeting we held was in the store again! This time we went for second-hand though. I was interested in the vintage-looking sweater, so I had the following (or almost like that, I don’t remember the precise conversation) with the salesperson (myyjä):
Me – Hei! Mitä tämä pusero maksaa?
Myyjä- Se maksaa 13 euroa
Me- Hyvä on. Minä otan pusero ja punainen sateenvarjo
Myyjä- OK! Ne tekevät yhteensä 20 euroa
Me – Tässä!
Me – Kiitos, hei-hei!
Myyjä – Moi-moi!
This meeting I’m going to write about, took place in the grocery store. In order to apply our knowledge straight away, we decided not to spend much time in the classroom. Plus, we all needed to go grocery shopping, so after revising the names of the products we were going to buy, except for ice cream, had to figure it out on the field, because it was an unplanned purchase 😀 Anyway, here’s some vocabulary I have learned( aka products I bought): banaani, tomaatti,appelsiini,sipuli,valkosipuli,munakoiso, omena,meloni,peruna, mehu,kahvi,tee,leipä aaaaaand jäätelö!
Last time that we met by far, we met on Friday at TAMKO, not the best place to be in the mood for studying, huh? and so it was…Even though, we didn’t go through any formal course material this day, we talked a lot about travelling and what are the best ways to travel the Europe, trying to say how to get from one place to another in Finnish or English language. We talked about different countries and cultures.
And again we met with the cup of coffee the other day 😀 It was Saturday so TAMK ruined our plans a bit, we were planning to meet in the Library to have a typical learning session but being there at two we couldn’t get in! #hämmästys
In spite of that, we didn’t loose the motivation to learn so we went to our group’s favorite cafe for Each One Teach One course. There we talked about our lives , tried to simply explain current news in Finnish or Russian. Basically, this lesson was dedicated to building simply structured everyday conversations…and doing my course homework 😀
This time (now it’s two weeks ago) our meeting was scheduled to a Saturday morning because of my absence on the weekdays . We met at TAMK, but not wanting to go to a library we spent our quality time learning languages in y-campus.
Things I taught:
-The 2nd chapter of the Russian language book we use, focusing mainly on pronunciation and putting stresses correctly – very different in Russian comparing to Finnish
-Starting to go into he/she/it differentiation details in the language
Things I learned:
Following the chapter’s content, we were discussing clothes this time and in addition to learning names of different pieces of clothes, we were naming and describing the clothing we wear.
After we went through all the words in the book, as I said before we started to describe our clothing, and that’s where we needed some extra words and Tero wrote us those.
Not long ago we had another meeting with my group, this time we met in a far more interesting place to study comparing to the university, we had our session in a cafe – cafe Europa.
This decision was influenced the most by the fact that after a busy week of studying we were all sick of the formal atmosphere! In addition to this, Mira and were taught couple of sessions before how to order a coffee in a cafe, so we had a chance to apply our knowledge!
However, the first thing we did is that we set the agenda planning that first Tero teaches me and Mira Finnish and evaluates how we made the orders and after that me and Mira would start to teach Tero Russian, and so we did.
Let’s go step by step through our session, at first, as it was planned, we went to order a coffee, Mira did it great! Me…well…not so great, as the waitress had a hard time understanding what I want from her, but Tero was there to help me out! Now I know, that I should have spoken a bit clearer and louder, then I would be fine. 🙂
This lesson was all about informal communication (though for Finnish we looked through the book as well (I still have to think of my exam :P) so now I know the content of the second chapter , because we went through it about three times, first me reading the stuff, then Mira, than me, the Tero correcting us , and then all over again. By the way, the content of the second chapter of the book was about communicating in the second-hand stores as well as ordinary stores, those were our next destination this day.
Going back to the learning of communicating using informal words, we discussed about music a bit, now I can express my opinion about rap in Finnish & tell people to shut up, both in polite and impolite ways (there were some people talking too loud so I applied my knowledge straight away!)
This time we were teaching Tero almost same things in Russian that he taught us in Finnish,except that we didn’t have Russian course book with us, but there was a need to go through the alphabet again, so we didn’t really need it. We also used visual objects that we had around us by learning how those are called in Russian and in Finnish, visualization helps a lot!
To sum up, the atmosphere in the cafe which is really different comparing to school really helped me to remember a lot more than I would have in other case. Knowing what to say in everyday situation is one of the most important language aspects so I’m glad we lad this session going on like that.
So we had our first meeting with a group lately. As I presumed we decided to divide ourselves into two subgroups so that the learning and teaching of the languages would go more effectively for each of us.
We started out first meeting with teaching Tero Russian. To make the process more structured and goal-oriented after revising the alphabet we took a book from the library and started working with that. We went through some Russian names, numbers, focused on pronunciation and teaching him phrases and expressions that are actually used in real-life -Russian (because not everything that’s written in the book, sounds right).
The second part of our meeting was dedicated to learning Finnish. Tero had to teach both Mira and me. The first thing on our agenda was to get a book for Finnish as well. We took the one I am going through on my Finnish lessons. As Mira is only starting learning the language and I remember pretty much nothing we started to go through the book from the beginning. Rapidly went through the alphabet, names, numbers (the only thing I knew very well already) and how to pronounce them. Then we did couple of exercises from the book, finding some mistakes I made while doing those myself. In addition to this, Tero translated us one Finnish song that I like, which brought me an idea to learn the language using songs also, I think it’s pretty fascinating. Maybe we’ll try it next time with Russian as well.
To sum up, during our first meeting I learned and taught pretty much the same things in different languages, now I know how to greet people, which concrete words should be used where/when/to whom. I also learned how to have a small talk in Finnish and I know the meaning of a song I like (though I liked it much better when I didn’t understand the lyrics:D ).