SYYSFEST was here, and we went as a group of people, it was the perfect place to try out my Finnish. I tried using the basic stuff like Anteeksi, Moi, Moro, Kiitos, Kippis… I’ve had feedback from my friends on how to improve my pronunciations and what I’m doing wrong, and which letters to emphasize to make it sound more Finnish. In addition to that, I was told to have a change in tonality when speaking, to accentuate the questions and statements.
I was told that Kuitti is a receipt and Pussi/Kassi are bags in which Pussi is a smaller bag and Kassi is bigger. Muovi is plastic so I should say “Anteeksi, yks muovi kassi kiitos”. I still need to learn how to say “Can I have” instead of just demanding it, but that’s too complicated for me now.
we got a nice “Kuva” while riding the “Vuoristorata”. A lot had happened that day, but that’s all I remember so far.
We went to Aloha Ramen to try the noodles there and get an overall patch, though they were out of overalls we did enjoy the wonderful food. I had told them how I always mistook pork steak for cow meat steak in markets and they’ve told me that “Pihvi” is steak and “lehmä” is a cow and “sianlihaa” is pork. I hope from now on I don’t get surprised on why the meat tastes different.
We mostly chatted about how to pronunciations occur and how to make them sound genuine Finnish. I tried to repeat sentences Roope gave me and I attempted to say them, although I was told I had a good accent, I feel like before concentrating on accents I need to be able to form sentences because I froze when I asked for an English menu in Zarillo a couple of weeks ago saying “UHMM ENGLANTIA MENUA” and then everyone laughed at me (well no one laughed but I knew they were dying on the inside). I was determined to be able to get grammar correctly but it seemed very complicated. So my next mission is to be able to say simple sentences or get a better understanding of the grammar.
We had decided to meet at my place and I wanted them to try some Lebanese food, I made something called Manoushe’ Kishk which is basically a Pizza dough with a mix of tomato, onion, greek yogurt, kishk powder, olive oil… They said it was nice, then I made them try some Lebanese drinks in which they hated, after that I wanted them to try the thyme mix manoushe in which they said it was too dry (they are right, I’m not the best at cooking)
But between cooking and talking, I’ve learned a lot about Finnish cuisine as well:
Haarukka = Fork
Veitsi = Knife
Lusikka = Spoon
karjalanpiirakka = karelien pie
munat = eggs/ (slang for balls)
They also taught me how to properly make a dough since I wasn’t really able to, and they taught me that I should put egg butter on the karjalanpiirakka and told me about reindeer meat and how to cook it.
The third meeting was through discord, due to the tasks we had we learnt a lot about each others during the chat. I was asked a lot of questions about my country and how different it feels between the two countries. In which I learnt the words:
Country = maa
Dialect = murre
accent = accentti
We also discussed their viewpoints on the matter and I learnt:
Bank = Pankki
Musta Makkara = Black sausage
100 = sata
200= kaksi sataa
Also apparently, a good housewarming gift for someone who got a new house is Finnish bread and salt to keep the good spirits and bring luck or something.
My group and I had been overwhelmed with tasks, even though we managed to meet and learn stuff from each other, we didn’t have time to write them down, so in the next couple of weeks I will be writing about all of those meeting. Tursajaiset was just around the corner, the whole class voted on dressing up as Nerds (nörtit) , In that event I was able to learn quite a lot of stuff related to the culture of finland, like how Finland doesn’t really celebrate Halloween, as for easter, children wear witch costumes which is creepy for me.
I was able to share some of my country’s culture/history as well, mostly the dark stuff like our history in which the ottoman’s hold of the country and the present enemy countries.
For some reason I only knew how to count to 5 in Finnish, and they helped me out with the rest. Kuusi = 6, Seitsaman = 7, kahdeksan = 8, yhdeksan= 9, kymenen= 10
Our first meeting with the group was in a bar called save-file, our introductions were really nice, we got to know everyone, luckily we kind of knew each other from the orientation day since we are all from the same major. One of the first things we did was drink shots, mine was called nenä shotti (Nose Shot) which one of the first body part names that I learn in Finnish. One of the other first words that I needed to know is the word “question” in which Rama and Roope gladly babbled the word “qysymys”, at first I thought that they were mocking, another word is cellphone = kännykkä / puhelin. We then proceeded to drink and play while chatting about my culture and sharing my information regarding food and the unique tastes of Lebanon, maybe we might have a culture food day. In some occasions I needed to indicate on some stuff so they taught me the word “This” which is “Tämä” or “that” = “tuo”.
“Kana muni munia” = “the chicken is laying eggs”
“mies leipoo piirakka” = “the man is baking a pie”
“Kuusi palaa” = “Six of them returns” / “the spruce is on fire” / “the spruce returns” / “Six is on fire” / “ your moon is on fire”/ “your moon returns”/ “six pieces”
After that information, I needed more drinks, got drunk and forgot the rest of the evening.