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Finnish-German, second meeting

Me and Kira finally met for the second time! For our second meeting we had decided to bake something from Germany together but I didn’t know what exactly. When I got to her apartment she told me that we would make “Kartoffelpuffer”, which I had never heard of. They were kind of similar to pancakes but made from potatoes. Kira told me that you can eat them either sweet or salty. We ate them with apple sauce and they were good! Surprisingly good even.

We had German music in the background while we revised (and learnt) some words related to kitchen and cooking. Most kitchen words were already familiar to Kira, but I learnt many new words. For example die Pfanne (pan) and das Mehl (flour). We also talked about some traditional dishes of both Finland and Germany.

For our next meeting we’re going to make some Finnish dish or dessert together, but I haven’t decided what yet!

Finnish-German first meeting

Kira and me met yesterday for the first time! We went to Cafe Puisto, which is a really nice cafe/restaraunt right in the centre of Tampere. First we got to know each other a little bit in English but soon switched to Finnish and German.

Kira understood almost everything I said in Finnish and also spoke Finnish really well! Me on the other hand had problems remembering even basic words, but lucky for me I have a good teacher. We went through some basic words, like animals, family, countries and means of transportation. She only had a couple of words that I had to help her with. I was happy and quite surprised that I remembered even a few words in German since it’s been some time since I last studied German and was never very good at it. Kira also taught me many new words but I’ve already forgotten them since I only heard them and didn’t see them written down.

I had fun and I’m already looking forward to meeting her again!