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The last meeting Romania and Russia

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The last meet came which is very sad. We had a video call where we tried to recap everythig we leaned in the 9 meetings we had. Even if we were sad that we finished the meetings we had a fun time as usual. Me and Cristina are hoping that Yulia will come to visit Romania and meet us in our city, Bucharest. Also, we want to visit her in Russia and explor her city. In the beginning of the course when we were still able to meet face to face it was very fun to spend time together, we found a lot of things that our countires have in common which makes everything more interesting. I thought having online meetings will make the learning procees difficult, but it was simple. We had fun video calls and have the oportunity to see a little bit of Yulia’s home and city. For sure, me and Cristina will call her from Romania to show our city. I find it very interesting that Romania in Russia have many similar traditions and words, even the food is very similar.
I hope we can meet soon and spend some time together again.
It was a nice experience to learn Russian from Yulia. Also, i was glad to teach her the basics of Romanian and show her my country and culture.
We had a fun time!
Good luck girls!!!❤

10th Meeting Romania-Russia

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So this was our last meeting by video chat which was kinda sad but this doesn’t mean we can’t call each other in the future to see how we are doing. And Yulia also told us that she really wants to visit Romania one day as well as us, we want to visit Russia and maybe her city one day. In our last meeting we repeated everything that we learned in 9 meetings and discussed our future plans for the next years that will come. I really enjoyed learning some Russian and teaching Romanian. Where I realized that our countries have a lot of similarities and even if they are kinda far away the similarities makes everything look like it’s one country. Our meetings were funny even the last ones online, video calling in that way we saw some things from Yulia’s point of view and her home also some little bit of the city. So in the end it was not that bad that she had to go back home. It was sad that we didn’t have the opportunity to show her on a video call just a little bit of our city  but we will call each other in the future and show her also show her some traditional dishes made by my mom. I found out lots of things about Russia and it’s similarities with Romania. These things I will never forget. This semester this course was a little bit different because of the pandemic but i did enjoy a lot the time that I had to spend with Yulia at TAMK and at our place as well as her place.  I can’t wait for Yulia to visit Romania and come to my city Bucharest which is the capital. When she will do that I will show her the most interesting things I know and make her the best food. Also I would like to invite her to my country side to see how it is the real Romanian lifestyle. It was my pleasure to teach Yulia Romanian and to learn a little bit of Russian. It is a hard language to learn but not impossible and with a lot of work maybe someday I will be able to speak it.

9th Meeting Romania-Russia

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For the 9th meeting we decided to make pancakes, as Yulia told us that in Russia this is a national dish. In Russian the dish is called blini, in Romania the name of it is clătite. Yulia explained us that in Russia they have a holiday, Maslenitsa, which last a whole week.

In the first day, as I understood from Yulia, Women are baking blini(clătite), and people are having scarecrow that is like a symbol of the past winter. On the 2nd day, people are visiting each other and taste the food they made. On the 3th day, the tables are always full with pancakes, because on this day it is said that the more pancakes people eat, the better. On the 4th day, people are riding horses and have many games, and eat the famous pancakes. On the 5th day, is all about mother-in-low that bakes pancakes for guests. On the 6th day, girls are spending time together for having fun or visit relatives. The last day of Maslenitsa is called Forgiven day, where people are getting ready for a new spring in a new year.

I found this tradition interesting because people must eat pancakes for the entire week.

9th Meeting Romania-Russia

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Me Ramona and Yulia had a video call again to talk about some Russian traditional dessert. As much as I wish this face face to face and not meeting I only had the chance to see the pancakes she made only in the videocall. It was really hard because they looked really delicious. The pancakes look like normal pancakes that we make at home but the only difference is that they put as  filling condensed milk which I never tried on pancakes or salty ones like mushrooms, fish or caviar also never tried.  But the other ones like jam, berries and cottage cheese I have tried, and it is really delicious.

I have learned that this dessert in Russian is called “blini”  which appeared before the IX century.   They also have a holiday and that is the time when they eat this dessert the name it’s  Shrovetide in Russian “Maslenitsa” which lasts a week.

Yulia gave us a list of things that they are doing in this holiday which looks really interesting to me.

  • On the first day of the week, Monday, called “Meeting”. Women begin to bake pancakes and a Scarecrow is installed like a symbol of the past winter.
  • On the second day of Tuesday people go to each other’s houses, tasting the most important dish of the holiday – ruddy, fragrant and hearty pancakes with a variety of fillings.
  • The third day is Wednesday. On this day, the tables on the street and at home were supposed to be full of treats, it was believed that the more people ate pancakes for the whole day, the better!
  • Thursday was supposed to ride in horses, fistfights, various games and of course the increased eating of the main dish-delicious pancakes.
  • Friday – “Mother-in-law’s day”, mothers-in-law bake their most delicious pancakes for guests and their favorite son-in-law.
  • Saturday – girls gathered for fun girls ‘ gatherings or went to visit relatives, again treated to soft, ruddy, incredibly satisfying and delicious pancakes.
  • Sunday is “Forgiven day”, burned an effigy of winter, asked each other for forgiveness for all offenses, meeting a new spring life and celebrating its arrival, having fun and of course eating in huge quantities the main festive dish-Russian pancakes.

Well from what i have read it is a really fun and interesting holiday as you have something to do everyday in that week. And i find it really interesting that they have to eat so many pancakes. Like everyday they have to eat lots of them which i think after this holiday maybe people put some more kg. Sounds funny to me.

In Romania we have something similar to this where we have to eat kinda like a dessert. You can find it in various forms. For example like something baked or like a soup. It looks like an eight (8) or like the infinit sign.

8th Meeting Romania-Russia

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For the 8th meeting me and the girls decided to start a new topic about summer and learn new words in each language again. Talking to Yulia and Cristina was fun as usual and we had a chance to discuss about when me and Cristina will return to Romania.

I started to like Russian language more than i was expecting and every word that i learn it sounds intreresting to me. Also, the fact that we have many common words it is nice!

Some of the words I learned in this call are:

  • Summer – leto
  • Flowers – tsvety
  • Sea- More ( which in Romanian is Mare)
  • Traveling – puteshestviya
  • Sun – solntse
  • Swimming – plavaniye
  • January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August,  September,  October, November, December – Iyanvar’, fevral’, mart, aprel’, may, iyun’, iyul’, avgust, sentyabr’, oktyabr’, noyabr’, dekabr’ ( which are again very similar to the Romanian language)

7th Meeting Romania-Russia!!!

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For the 7th meeting we had a video call to get to know each other culture much better. Because me and Cristina cooked for Yulia while she was in Tampere, for this call we decided that she will teach us how to make a traditional Russian soup called Shchi. With this call we had a chance to learn more words in Russian too. The ingredients are:

Beef – govyadina

Cabbage – kapusta

3 potatoes – kartofel’

1 onion – luk

2 tomatoes – pomidory

1 carrot – morkov’ ( which is again a similar word in romania, morcov)

2 garlic cloves – chesnok

Dill – ukrop

Sour Cream – smetana ( in romanian is smântână)

We had a nice time learning new things! Can’t wait the next call with the girls!

8th Meeting Romania-Russia

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Me and Ramona called Yulia again to talk about some words in Romanian related to the Summer as it is on it’s way to us. Those are some of the words we talked about. Was funny to realize that again some words are exactly the same in Russian and Romanian for example June and July.

Summer – leto ( Vară in RO )

Flowers – tsvety ( Flori )

Ice cream – мороженое ( Inghețată )

Sea- More ( Mare)

Traveling – puteshestviya ( Călătorie )

Sun – solntse ( Soare )

Swimming – plavaniye ( Înot )

January- Iyanvar’ (Ianuarie)

February-fevral’ (Februarie)

March-Mart (Martie)

April-Aprel’ (Aprilie)

May-May (Mai)

June-Iyun’ (Iunie)

July-Iyul’ (Iulie)

August-Avgust (August)

September-Sentyabr’ (Septembrie)

October-Oktyabr’ (Octombrie)

November-Noyabr’ (Noiembrie)

December-Dekabr’ (Decembrie)

And again lots of words are really similar to each other.

7th meeting Romania Russia

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Me and Ramona called Yulia today so she could show us how she makes a soup, more exactly all of her ingredients. It was really funny to realize that it looks and it has the same ingredients just like the Romanian soup that we use to eat back home.  She gave us the list also:

  • Beef – govyadina
  • Cabbage – kapusta
  • 3 potatoes – kartofel’ ( In Romanian it’s similar “cartof” )
  • 1 onion – luk
  • 2 tomatoes – pomidory
  • 1 carrot – morkov’ ( In Romanian it’s “morcov” )
  • 2 garlic cloves – chesnok
  • Dill – ukrop
  • Sour Cream – smetana ( In Romanian it’s “smântână”)

And it is exactly like ours. We talked about this and it was interesting to see that we have the same dish just with a different name. In Romanian it is “Ciorbă de varză în stil Rusesc”. Which kinda translates to Cabbage soup in Russian style.

10th meeting with Romanian girls 🇹🇩🇷🇺

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In our last online meeting with Ramona and Cristina, we repeated everything that we taught in 9 meetings and discussed our future plans for life. I really enjoyed learning Romanian with them, they help me to know a lot of new things. Our meetings were always very lively, fun and there were no barriers between us. I will also buy a Russian-Romanian PhraseBook so that I don’t forget what the girls taught me, as well as learn new topics, expressions and words. The EOTO course is very useful and interesting, it really helps to understand the culture, language and traditions of other peoples.In addition to all this, I Invite Ramona and Cristina to visit Russia, as well as to see my city – Yekaterinburg.

Bye! Good luck!

9th meeting with Romanian girls 🇹🇩🇷🇺

Bună! Privet!

At this meeting we decided that I will cook something tasty and chose that it will be a pancakes. I also told Ramona and Cristina the story of this treat. In Russian this dish called «blini». Pancakes is a national Russian dish, which appeared before the IX century. There are also different fillings, which can be either sweet (berries, jam, condensed milk, cottage cheese) or not sweet (meat, mushroom, fish, with red and black caviar). With this dish we have a holiday Shrovetide in Russian – «Maslenitsa» which lasts a week. Next year we will celebrate this holiday from March 8 to March 14.

SHROVETIDE WEEK:

  • On the first day of the week, Monday, called “Meeting”. Women begin to bake pancakes and a Scarecrow is installed like a symbol of the past winter.
  • On the second day of Tuesday people go to each other’s houses, tasting the most important dish of the holiday – ruddy, fragrant and hearty pancakes with a variety of fillings.
  • The third day is Wednesday. On this day, the tables on the street and at home were supposed to be full of treats, it was believed that the more people ate pancakes for the whole day, the better!
  • Thursday was supposed to ride in horses, fistfights, various games and of course the increased eating of the main dish-delicious pancakes.
  • Friday – “Mother-in-law’s day”, mothers-in-law bake their most delicious pancakes for guests and their favorite son-in-law.
  • Saturday – girls gathered for fun girls ‘ gatherings or went to visit relatives, again treated to soft, ruddy, incredibly satisfying and delicious pancakes.
  • Sunday is “Forgiven day”, burned an effigy of winter, asked each other for forgiveness for all offenses, meeting a new spring life and celebrating its arrival, having fun and of course eating in huge quantities the main festive dish-Russian pancakes.