25 October 2020
For the second meeting Néd and I decided to go check out Tallipiha (Stable Yard) in the centre of Tampere. In the past it was a part of the Finlayson factory community and where the factory owner kept his horses. This time around we didn’t see any horses but they did have some fluffy sheep we got to pet!
Apart from the cute animals Tallipiha has a cozy café and some little shops that offer a wide variety of handmade goods. We took a stroll through the shops and sat down with a coffee to have our second lesson. Each of us had prepared a list of ten useful verbs conjugated in three different tenses. We went through them and agreed a good way to make sure they really sink in would be to have a small test , so our plan is to do that in two weeks. I personally think verbs are usually the thing that can slow you down most while trying to make a sentence in a foreign language because you have to think about who you are talking about and when the action happened (and possibly other things as well, like has the action been finished or is it still ongoing etc). So if you can learn even a few forms of the most used verbs, it can be a giant leap forward in your communication.
However we also realised it could be a good idea to go over some simpler things as well, so we talked about the numbers and the days of the week. I must say numbers are tough for me in any language but oh lord was my French rusty. (But it’s okay, we’re here to learn! And what’s the logic of seventy being sixty-ten (soixante-dix) anyway?) The French pronunciation is also a bit tricky, I feel like I could do it better before but now my tongue doesn’t remember how to make all the sounds! On the other hand Néd has some enviably good pronunciation with Finnish. All in all it was a great lesson and I really appreciate having this opportunity to brush up my French in good company. 🙂 Next week we’ll look at some more numbers since we’ll be talking about how to tell the time, I’m sure it’ll be good practice for both of us!