All posts by Vilma Korhonen

Last meeting (Fin-Ger)

We met for the last time at Pyynikki observation tower and café. I had heard that the doughnuts there are good and it was nice to finally get to taste one. Martin showed us some pictures from his trip to Lapland and we talked about the Santa Claus village among other things. I’m going to spend the next semester in Vienna so we also talked I bit about that. I got some advices and we even talked about possibly meeting in Austria. After chatting for a while we decide to go up to the tower to look at the views.

I really enjoyed this course because we did things that I probably otherwise wouldn’t had done. I didn’t learn that much of German grammar but instead a lot of Germanys culture. The course was great and I would definitely recommend it to others too!

Trampoline jumping (fin-ger)

For our 9th meeting we met at a trampoline park in Kauppi Sports Center. It was exciting to meet there because I had never been in a trampoline park before, but I had several times thought of going there.

We started by jumping on a big area which consisted of smaller trampolines. You were even able to jump on the walls and I thought that was really cool. The jumping was surprisingly hard and from time to time I was thinking that I really was out of shape.

We also jumped to an air mattress and a foam area. We tried to do some tricks (and we didn’t even end up dead) and it was nice to notice that you still are able to do flips and stuff. I really enjoyed my time there and I will definitely go there again!

Eight meeting at the pre-christmas party

Our eight meeting was at the pre-christmas party at Solu. We had a long talk about cars and road conditions and everything else related to that, and even if I don’t know anything about cars I thought the discussion was very interesting. I had always been wondering why cars are able to go for example 260 km/h because obviously you can never drive that fast in Finland. But in Germany there’s usually no speed limits on the highway and you can drive as fast as you want to. That was a really cool thing to learn.  The beginning of the evening was a bit awkward since I didn’t know anyone there, but the evening turned out nice after all.

Seventh meeting at Pella’s Cafe

Our seventh meeting took place at Pella’s Cafe. It was nice to meet there because I had never been in that cafe before even though it’s apparently quite popular in Tampere. I wasn’t able to join our last meeting, so actually this was our groups eight meeting.

We started by just talking casual things and catching up with everything. We also discussed about typical pre-christmas traditions in Finnish and German cultures. It was quite worrying that I almost couldn’t come up with any Finnish traditions, but instead Swedish things were very easy to name.

In the end we planned our upcoming meetings. We spent over two hours at the café and even though I was super stressed I enjoyed our time there.

Sixth meeting at Tamk (Finnish-German)

Our sixth meeting took place at Tamk. We decided to meet in the evening, but it wasn’t such a good idea because everyone had a long day behind and it was hard to concentrate on the learning part. But because we dont have much time left, I think it was good that we had this meeting.

We hadn’t prepared any study material, so we just translated some basic sentences in Finnish and German. We repeated the numbers and tried to have some short conversations in the other language. I will have my last German exam in two weeks, so it was nice to get some rehearsal.

Fifth meeting (Finnish-German)

For our fifth meeting we decided to go ice skating to Hervanta ice rink. I really looked forward to this meeting because I did synchronized skating for twelve years and it had been a long time since I last was on the ice.

When I came to the ice rink I got a bit confused. I was expecting a big ice hall, but instead there was only this tiny building. The ice (there were actually two ice rinks and a cafe) was underground, so that explained it.

It was very wonderful to do ice skating even though it felt terrible to not be able to do all the tricks I once thought were easy. I got a bit distracted by the lovely ice and forgot to participate in the conversations with Martin and Pinja. I really enjoyed the time there and I decided to go there more often.

Cinnamon buns and Karelian pies (Finnish-German)

For our fourth meeting we decided to go to Martins flat and bake Karelian pies and cinnamon buns. They are both very traditional in Finnish food culture and it was nice to bake something for the first time in a long time. I actually had made Karelian pies once before but I really didn’t have any knowledge of the right technique, so it was nice that we had our great teacher Pinja with us.

We all had prepared some learning material and this time we learned some baking vocabulary and phrases in German. I had prepared some Finnish every day phrases and a formula to clarify how the numbers “grow” from the number ten using different endings behind the numbers. Pinja had written a long word list including for example different berries and baking words.

Even tough it took us many hours to prepare the pastries it was a really fun night! The company was great and the Karelian pies and cinnamon buns turned out super tasty.

Third meeting at Kintulammi (Finnish-German)

On our third meeting we went hiking to Kintulammi. This time our group was a little bit bigger than usually, because we had three extra Germans with us. Kintulammi is located about 20 kilometers from Tamk so we went there by car. The weather was really nice because the sun was shining and the temperature was not too cold.

We found a huge rock called “Kirkkokivi” (church rock / stone.) We all climbed there, some of us easier than others haha. The tall Germans climbed there with just a few steps, but I had some real struggles to get on the top of the rock. After that we continued hiking and we found some lingonberries and cranberries to eat. We even tried how lichen tastes.

This time we focused mostly on the beautiful nature instead of learning. However we taught some of the tree names in Finnish. We also talked about travel cultures and how Finns and Germans spend their holidays.


Meeting at Fazer Cafe (Finnish-German)

For our second meeting we met at Fazer Cafe. Before we ordered anything we taught the Germans how to order a coffee in Finnish. Their pronunciation was good and the waitress easily understood what they were saying. After placing our orders we went back to our table.

Martin had prepared some German phrases for us and me and Pinja tried to pronounce the sentences. They were quite simple and I understood most of the sentences, but I still managed to learn some new words, such as “übersetzen”, “wiederholen” and “die Auskunft”. Pinja had also prepared some Finnish learning material. We rehearsed the numbers and taught some phrases in Finnish too.

We also talked a bit of the German grammar rules. I asked how do they know if a word is feminine (die), masculine (der) or neutral (das) but apparently there are no strict rules to them. I’m having my second German course at the moment and knowing the article before a word is really difficult to me. I find it also really hard to know when you do or don’t pronounce the letter “H” in a word.

Lastly, we started to talk about payment culture in Finland and Germany. Cash is not anymore that common in Finland, and usually everything is payed with a payment card. However, it’s still more than normal to use cash instead of a card in Germany. I find it pretty weird, because I think it’s so much easier to pay with a card.

Our first meeting (Finnish – German)

We had our first Finnish-German meeting at Salhojankatu Pub. At first we planned to go to Telakka, but they had some kind of event there so we decided to go to a place where we didn’t have to pay to get in.

We taught the Germans how to introduce themselves in Finnish. Then we started to talk about different dialects in Finland and Germany (and even Austria), and it was interesting to hear that there is a dialect in Germany that older people don’t understand at all. We also taught how to count from one to five and how to order a beer.

It started to get cold, and we went inside to the pub. There we continued learning the numbers, and we even tried to memorize the numbers in French, Spanish, Swedish and Hungarian. We found some random (and really difficult!) words in German at the pub, and we tried to learn to pronounce them correctly.

We also planned some upcoming meetings and just talked about random stuff before we left the pub.