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10th meeting Finnish-German

Kira and I met for the last time on Sunday. We went to Cafe Katto, which is a cafe on the roof of Finlayson that has a great view. We talked about buildings and their names because we could see a lot of those from the roof.  We also talked about school systems and the differences between the two countries. Overall it was a very nice last meeting!

9th meeting German-Finnish

Today we revised some of the topics that we had talked about in earlier meetings. Mostly basic stuff, like family words and colors. It´s been a long time since we went through those, so I needed the revising. Some were easier to remember than others.

Next time is our last meeting. We´re going to meet in the city but we didn´t decide what we´re going to do yet!

8th meeting German-Finnish

On Saturday we had a meeting, where we practiced ordering stuff at a cafe and at a restaurant. Kira told me, that she usually starts ordering in Finnish in Finland, but might change to English. I don’t remember ever ordering in German, but hopefully I’ll be able to in the future.

We started by going through useful phrases, some of which were familiar and some were not.  In the end, we had some practice conversations, where the other one was the customer and the other one the waiter. This was helpful since these are the kind of conversations that you probably will be having in a foreign country!

7th meeting German-Finnish

Me and Kira met to talk about hygiene products and cosmetics since those are things that you need in your everyday life, and therefore being familiar with those words might come in handy one day. We said the word first in English and then I tried to guess them in German and Kira in Finnish. We both knew some words already but we had some new ones too.  I´m looking forward to traveling to Germany and being able to use these words!


Finnish-German 6th meeting

Once again, we had a Teams meeting. Like always, we catched up in Finnish and learnt some new words. We talked about our summer plans, and overall things related to summer, like festivals, drinks, outdoors etc. We played Pictionary to make learning new words a little bit more fun.

5th meeting: Finnish – German

Me and Kira met on Teams on 28th of April to talk about work related stuff.  We also hadn’t met for a while so it was nice to catch up. Kira knew most of the words in Finnish, but she learnt some new ones too. Most of the words were completely new to me, so I have to revise them to remember them all.

Finnish-German 4th meeting

This morning Me and Kira had a different kind of meeting, because we didn’t meet in person but in Teams. We played Pictionary by sharing the screen and drawing something on paint. Then the other one would have to guess the word in the language they are currently learning.

I had fun playing this game! Time went surprisingly quickly while drawing and learning new words or trying to remember some old ones. We drew words related to for example nature, sports and school. Some new words that I learnt were der Taschenrechnen (calculator) and der Regenbogen (rainbow).

Finnish-German 3rd meeting

Some time ago I went to Kira’s place and we made German dessert, so this time she came to my apartment and we baked something Finnish! We made korvapuusteja, cinnamon buns. It was the first time for both of us. Finnish music was playing on the background, of course.

We talked mostly in Finnish. We talked about school, student events, our overalls etc. We also tried to remember kitchen and baking words. Kira also reminded me of how to tell the time in German, which I had forgotten for the most part!

Since it was the first time baking cinnamon buns for both of us, we put too little cinnamon and sugar inside them but next time we’ll know better! I didn’t have a rolling pin but a bottle in a bag worked at least almost as well. Kira’s buns looked soooo much better and prettier than mine, but luckily it didn’t affect the taste. They still tasted good:)

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!