Yesterday, on the 30th of May, Sofia and me had our last meeting. As mentioned in the last blog post we wanted to meet physically for this one. Since the weather was nice we decided to go to Cafe Katto, a cafe on top of Finlayson. From there we had a pretty good with of the city and went through some different buildings in Finnish and German, like church/kirkko/Kirche and university/yliopisto/Universität. After that we also talked about the differences in German and Finnish education and school systems.
I ordered my drink in Finnish, just like we practiced in our 8th meeting, and it was pretty easy! Unfortenately Sofia couldn’t order in German here, but I’m sure she would have managed well! 😀
Here you can see the nice view from the roof of Finlayson:
On the 28th of May Sofia and me had our second last meeting online and decided to revise some of the topics that we already talked about before. We started to go through family members which took surprisingly long because there are quite many. 😀
After that we also revised the different colours in German and Finnish. In the end we planned that we would have our next – and last – meeting not online, because the weather was getting warmer and we wanted to meet in a park or cafe.
In the picture below you can see pretty much all existing coulours in Finnish and German!
Sofia and me had our 8th meeting on the 22nd of May online and decided to talk about to order something in a cafe or restaurant. First, we went through different vocabulary and sentences in both languges and ended the meeting with roleplays where Sofia had to order something in German and I had to order something in Finnish. It was fun to have the roleplays because we immediately got to use what we just learned!
Here’s how you can order a hot chocolate in Finland and Germany:
Moi, ottaisin yksi kaakao, kiitos. (Hello, I take a hot chocolate, thank you.)
Hallo, ich hätte gerne einen Kakao. (Hello, I would like to have a hot chocolate.)
In the pictures below you can see some more sentences that are useful when being in a cafe or restaurant in Finland or Germany:
On the 20th of May Sofia and me had our 7th meeting online (as usual). We talked about different hygiene and make-up products. We figured out that for most make-up products there are German and Finnish words but it‘s more common to just use the english words, for example foundation, highlighter and mascara. We also covered really basic words like shampoo and soap, which are really useful when you need to buy them in a different country.
Sofia and me had our 6th meeting on the 17th of May online via Teams. Since it was slowly getting warmer and the summer holidays had just started we decided to talk about summer and vacation vocabulary. To make it more exciting we played pictionary, where one person draws a picture and the other person has to guess what it is. In my opinion that‘s a really fun way to learn some new words or refresh vocabulary that you already know. We included for example words like different fruits, and summer activites like swimming. You can see some of our amazing drawing skills in the picture below! 😀
We also talked about our own summer plans. Unfortenately travelling outside of Finland is quite difficult because of the corona situation.
On the 28th of April Sofia and me had our 5th meeting online in Teams. Since it was just a couple of days before the 1st of May we first talked about German and Finnish traditions to celebrate the 1st of May. In Finland it‘s called Vappu and usually people (mostly students) celebrate in the night before and wear their graduation hats. On the next day, the actual 1st of May, many people have a picnic in a park and buy a vappu balloon. In Germany the 1st of May is called Tag der Arbeit which means day of labour, therefore it‘s a bank holiday to give the workers a rest on that day. In the night before people also celebrate, traditionally dancing around a Maibaum (=maytree, decorated tree).
After that we talked about work vocabulary in Finnish and German including words like salary/palkka/Gehalt as well as some sentences that can be useful in a job interview. In the picture you can see a mindmap that we created with the words!
For the last meeting, we didn’t have anything specific to talk about in mind. So we went through some words, some poems, songs, foods that I learned earlier. I got stuck with some of the words again and promised myself to practice more. Umair gave me more links to practice the Urdu language.
We talked about job opportunities and our plans for the study because Umair was not going to come to Finland for his master’s. He got admitted to a university in Australia. I congratulated him on his achievement.
This time the meeting was brief. We wished good luck to each other and said goodbye.
Now I can read small words and write them too. I can speak a little and understand most of it. I really enjoyed learning Urdu.
In our ninth meeting, we decided to listen to Urdu and Bangla songs. I used to listen to Hindi and Urdu songs when I was a teenager. I knew some of the popular Urdu bands. So we talked over the songs and the bands for hours.
We played a game where we each played a song in our language and the other one had to tell the meaning of the lyrics. The song Umair played on youtube was a nice melody. I couldn’t get the whole meaning but I was close and got to know some new words too. On the other hand, he could not get the meaning of the song that I played on youtube as I wasn’t teaching him a lot of Bangla words. We laughed while guessing some of the words. We had a lot of fun!
We met again after a long time in mid-April. The Arabic month Ramadan just started. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. Fasting from dawn to sunset is obligatory for all adult Muslims which means Muslims refrain not only from food and drink, but also sexual relations, and sinful behaviour. And after thirty days of fasting, we celebrate Eid al-Fitr. It is also called the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’.
We both were fasting on that day. The days were getting longer in Finland. I had to fast for 16 to 17 hours (dawn to dusk). On the other hand, Umair had to fast for 12 to 13 hours because he was living in Australia. He couldn’t come to Finland due to the Covid-19 situation. We talked about how we celebrate Eid in our countries. Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr begins at sunset on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon. If the moon is not observed immediately after the 29th day of the previous lunar month, then the holiday is celebrated the following day.
Our experiences were pretty much the same. We celebrate this day by praying, eating, and visiting relatives and friends. We decided to meet on Eid day via zoom meeting and said goodbye.
On our 7th meeting, we revised the words that Umair was teaching me. I learned more words regarding time, colour and family. We have similar words in the Bangla language too. This time I tried to write the words in Urdu.
I was still struggling with reading Urdu. I was trying and getting stuck with the words. I wasn’t reading Urdu enough. So Umair gave me some links where I can practice reading.
I was able to read small words like red (Lal لال ) or green ( Hara ہرا). The words I learned were
Black Kala كالا
White Safaid سفيد
Red Lal لال
Pink Gulabi گلابى
Orange Narangi نارنگی
Yellow Peela پیلا
Green Hara ہرا
Blue Neela نيلا
Father Baap باپ
Mother Maa ماں
Son Beta بیٹا
daughter Beti بیٹی
sister Behan بہن
brother Bhai بھائی
What time is it? وقت کیا ہوا ہے؟ (Waqat Kia Huwa Hai?)
It’s two o’clock دو بز گئے ہیں (Dou bajj gaye hain)
It’s quarter past two سوا دو ہوئے ہیں (Sawa dou ho gaye hain)
It’s half past two ڈھائی باز گئے ہی (Dhai bajj gaye hain)
It’s quarter to three پونے تین ہو گئے ہیں (Ponay teen ho gaye hain)