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Baking some muffins & dessert talk

As we both had time on Wednesday again, we meet for some baking in the kitchen. We got a gluten-free baking mixture and baked some muffins then. I´m gluten-intolerant, so it´s sometimes a bit hard to find something, but Finland has a pretty good selection of gluten-free stuff. The muffins turned out pretty good.

We both like desserts and talked about the typical desserts of our countries like chocolate and waffles for Belgium and Rote Grütze, apple strudel and kalter Hund for Germany.

Guilio told me the words for the ingredients for the muffins in French:

des œufs = eggs = die Eier

le lait = milk = die Milch

le chocolat = chocolate = die Schokolade

le sucre = sugar = der Zucker

la huile = oil = das Öl


I have a bit of a hard time with the French pronunciation because it´s very different from my language, but he told me how to speak it right. Also the French articles are a bit easier than the German one´s.



Getting to know each other & basics of French/ German & Finnish

Our second meeting was on Tuesday the 15th and we meet in our kitchen again which is a pretty convenient place for both of us. Both of our schedules were pretty busy, so it took a bit to find a time that was good.

We talked again about ourselves and why we actually chose Finland. Guilio visited some friends on their exchange and liked it. That´s why he wanted to do it himself, but didn´t know where. First he thought about Canada, but a friend of him did his exchange here in Tampere and told him that it was great, so he decided to do it here as well. So far he enjoys it here a lot. We talked a bit about the experience for both of us so far and it was really interesting to hear about a different perspective because I´m a full degree student here and doing my bachelor.

We decided to just do some basics then like:

je suis = Ich bin = minä olen =  I am

tu es = Du bist = sinä olet = you are

il/elle/on est = Er/Sie/Es ist = hän on = he/she/it is

nous sommes = Wir sind = me olemme =  we are

vous êtes = Ihr seid = te olette = you are (plural)

ils/elles sont = Sie sind = he ovat = they are


merci = Danke = kiitos = thanks

salut = Hallo = hei/moi/terve = hello


I remembered something, but not all. It´s been quite a while since I learned some French and it was nice to try to speak it again.

First meeting/ Belgium & Germany

It was quite funny because we found out, when we wanted to meet up, that we live in the same house (Lapinkaari) and even on the same floor almost next door to each other. We joined this course quite late as we only got the mail that there´s someone that wants to learn the language we chose in October.

Our first meeting was just a short one on the 26th of October, where we discussed our plans and what our level in the languages are that we want to learn which is French for me. We meet in our common kitchen and just talked a bit about basic stuff, what we are studying, how long we are staying here, where we are from and so on. I got to know that Guilio is 21 from Bruges in Belgium and is doing his exchange at TAMK. We are actually both studying IB. There was not that much time on that day, so we decided that we talk more the next time then.

I´m posting this a bit late because my schedule was really busy. Also it was just a short meeting, but I think it still counts for getting to know each other.