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4th meeting Finnish/Japanese. ADJECTIVES!

This time we chose to learn some adjectives in Finnish and Japanese. Yuiko found this great website that had many adjectives in Japanese and English! I learned that in Japanese language adjectives are divided into 2 different categories. First one being i-adjectives and second  one called na-adjectives. We chose to only focus on i-adjectives during this lesson. It means that they end with a letter i.

Here are the adjectives we teached to each other and also practised how to pronounce them

  • Iso / Big / Oki
  • Pieni / Small / Chisai
  • Kallis / Expensive / Takai
  • Halpa / Cheap / Yasui
  • Matala / Low / Hikui
  • Uusi / New / Atarashi
  • Vanha / Old / Furui
  • Hyvä / Good / I
  • Paha / Bad / Warui
  • Vaikea / Difficult / Muzukashi
  • Helppo / Easy / Yasashi
  • Lähellä / Near / Chikai
  • Kaukana / Far / Toi
  • Monta / Many / Oi
  • Vähän / A few / Sukunai
  • Nopea / Fast / Hayai
  • Myöhässä / Late / Osoi
  • Hidas / Slow / Osoi
  • Pitkä / Long / Nagai
  • Lyhyt / Short / Mijikai
  • Kuuma / Hot / Atsui
  • Kylmä / Cold / Samui (temperature) or Tsumetai (object)
  • Lämmin / Warm / Atatakai
  • Viileä / Cool / Suzuhi

Out of all this words in Japanese, my favourite was “warm – Atatakai” because it was easy and fun to pronounce. It was also engouraging to notice that now I can read most of the japanese words that only use hiragana as a writing method. However there are still a lot of work in front of me! I hope Yuiko can arrive to Finland soon as possible so we can level up our studying process even further!

3rd meeting Finnish/Japanese

This time we went trough 10 sentences/words that Yuiko prepared beforehand. First she told me how to pronounce them in japanese and after I helped her with the finnish pronounciation. Our study material included questions like

  • Where is ___? / ___ wa dokoni arimasu ka? Missä ___ on?
  • Where is this? / Koko wa doko desu ka? / Missä tämä on?
  • What is this? / Kore wa nan desu ka? / Mitä tämä on?

Some sentences that you can use in a restaurant like

  • Im ready to order / Chumon o onegaishimasu / Olen valmis tilaamaan

(NOTE: I told Yuiko that on my opinion we rarely tell the server that we are ready to order. Often we order the food before sitting down or the waiter/waitress comes to table without need to ask.)

  • I would like to order this / Kore o onegaishimasu / Haluan tilata tämän

Lastly we learned some usefull  everyday sentences/words like

  • Yes & no / Hai & Ie / Kyllä & ei
  • Understood / Wakarimashita / Ymmärrän
  • That sounds good / I ne / Kuulostaa hyvältä
  • Cute / Kawaii / Söpö
  • Handsome / Kakkoii / Komea

Yuiko said that her favourite finnish word this far is söpö because of how it sounds like.

Time goes fast when you are having fun!



Second meeting, Everyday sentences!

Me and Yuiko met in Zoom again, but this time we agreed to change the date from Friday to Sunday. Reason being that Yuiko was attending to a classical concert and arrived back home late on the evening (time difference between Finland and Japan is 6 hours).

I brought with me 10 useful everyday sentences that might help her during her time in Finland. After explaining the word order and her practising to pronounce them couple of times, she translated and teach me the sentences in Japanese.

  • Mun nimi on (nimi) / My name is (the name) / Watashi no namae wa (name) desu
  • Mikä sun nimi on? / What is your name? / Anata no namae wa?

I learned that Japanese people rarely ask a name of a person

  • Mukava tavata / Nice to meet you / Yoroshiku onegaishimasu
  • Mitä kuuluu? / How are you? / Gengidesuka?
  • Olen kotoisin Japanista/ I am from Japan / Watashi wa Finland shusshin desu.

For me we changed Japan to Finland for obvious reasons.

  • Anteeksi, voitko toistaa? / Sorry, can you repeat that? / Sumimasen, mo-ichido onegaishimasu
  • Hyvää huomenta! / Good morning! / Ohayo!
  • En ymmärrä / I dont understand / Wakarimasen
  • Puhutko englantia? / Do you speak English? / Eigo o hanashi masuka?
  • Apua! / Help! / Tasukete kudasai!

Yuiko wanted to learn practical Finnish, so for example I teach her both “Mikä sun nimi on and mikä sinun nimesi on” but we focus more on spoken language.

It was very fun time and I hope Yuiko can arrive to Finland soon enough. She told me that the expected date would be around December. For next lesson she will bring her 10 sentences and we will do the same thing. Cant wait!

First meeting Japanese/Finnish/English

Our group chose to do meetings as pairs since our starting levels on Japanese are quite different. Me and Yuiko agreed to meet on friday afternoons and we also planned to have a group meetings once a month. We will complete our meetings on Zoom, until Yuiko can arrive to Finland.

Last friday we started our teaching/learning by getting familiar with weekdays in Finnish and Japanese. Yuiko also learned the numbers 1-10 in Finnish. Apparently numbers in Japanese are difficult, so we chose to focus on those on a later date.

Getsuyoubi – Maanantai – Monday
Kayobi – Tiistai – Tuesday
Suiyobi – Keskiviikko – Wednesday
Mokuyobi – Torstai – Thursday
Kinyobi – Perjantai – Friday
Doyobi – Lauantai – Saturday
Nichiyobi – Sunnuntai – Sunday

I also learned that Otsukaresamadesu is a very common phrase in Japanese society and it means “thank you for your hard work”. I shared 2 videos for Yuiko, first one teaching how to pronounce the letters ä and ö and second one  being a Finnish stand-up comedian explaining that you can use the phrase “Noniin” almost in every situation.

Lastly Yuiko showed me pictures of her trip in Finland. She visited Helsinki and Tampere.

I really enjoyed our first actual teaching/learning meeting and cant wait for the next one!