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Good news is … I am back 🙂

This time our group decided to meet again at Tuuli’s apartment. We studied lots of new words in both German and Finnish. I would like to share with you guys some few things that we had done so far.

1, Learning new words: Learning theme was food and clothes.

2, Culture exchange:

I have to say that I was quite amazed at how things working here in Europe. We discussed the Finnish schooling system, different types of high schools in Tampere and very interesting topic: kindergarten fee. It surprised me since I thought that it was very expensive to pay for kids in kindergarten here in Finland, however, it turned out that it would depend on parental income. We actually googled that and found out that the fee was actually not that high! German kindergarten also shared quite same system. I assume that it is standard system in Europe?

Siinä kaikki! This is all we did for the second gathering!

Comment je peux aller à la Tour Eiffel?

Our second meeting was in Coffee House at Keskustori. The topic of our lesson was French. All of us had a few skills, so we could start by introducing ourselves in French.


Bonjour. Je m’appelle Sabrina et je viens d’Allemagne. Je vive dans Titisee-Neustadt, une petite ville dans le sud d’Allemagne. J’ai vingt-six ans. J’ai un frère. Il s’appelle Simon.

After the introduction we thought about everyday dialogues which could be when we are in France. And then we practiced them. We decided that asking for the way and ordering in a restaurant are useful skills.

Asking for the way

Bonjour. Excusez-moi. Je suis perdu. Comment je peux à la Tour Eiffel?
Vous devez tourner à gouche et aller tout droit jusqu’à la rue Quai des Tuileries. Puis vous devez tourner à droite. Vous prenez la prochaine à gauche et traverser le Pont Royal. Alors vous devez marchez le long de la rivière jusqu’à Le Pont d’léna. Vous devez tourner à gauche y aller tout droit. Et voilà, vous arrivez à la Tour Eiffel!
Merci beaucoup!
De rien!

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Ordering in a restaurant

Bonjour. Combien personnes vous êtes?

Nous sommes deux personnes.
Vous peux prendre cette table.

Avez-vous déjà décidé?
Oui, je veux un hamburger avec des frites, s’il vous plaît.
Voulez-vous des entréés?
Non, merci.

Et voilà, un hamburger avec des frites. Bon appétit!
Merci beaucoup!

C’était bon?
Oui, c’était très bien.
Voulez-vous des desserts?
Oui, je veux de la glace, s’il vous plaît.

Je veux l’addition, s’il vous plaît.
Il fait 50 euros, s’il vous plaît.Et voilà!
Au revoir!
Au revoir!

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I learned French many years ago. I thought I’ve forgotten everything, but that wasn’t so. I could remember many things.

Our next lesson will be German.

Learning Dutch from Belgian guy

hollandflagIt’s been a while since we had our first meeting with Anna and Bryan. Anna is a fellow Finn and Bryan is an exchange master’s student from Belgium who was willing to teach us Dutch language. Not an easy one. belgiumflag

We met back in February or already in Jan, I’m not sure, but anyway we set up some goals (1st meeting) and interest and made some kind of a timetable at and obviously decided to meet for the first lecture. That session was held on 16th of February what was our 2nd meeting.

It was first Bryan’s turn to make some sense to Dutch language for me and Aeoto1nna. He had made these really cool sheets for teaching. We learned Dutch alphabets, how to greet people and of course, pronounciation which is not very easy for a Finn. At least to remember. And to me those hard consonants are quite hard to utter. But it definitely felt like I learned a lot even in that short period of time. In the end of the lesson Bryan told us some facts about Belgium:


* Belgium was founded in 1830
* There are three official languages: Dutch, German and French
* They’re known for chocolate, beer, waffles and French fries (And I’ve tasted all of them when visiting Brussels and they’re the best!)
* A few years ago Belgium had no government for 541 days!
* They have 2 kings and 2 queens


My friend and me having a waffle in Brussels back in the days. I recommend!




Unti next time!

Each One Teach One #2

For this second meeting, Beatrice and I met us at home, in TOAS City. That’s not very original but I am sure you will understand why.

We needed quiet because, to finish the French pronunciation that we started the last time, we worked with a french song.

Bon Entendeur, "Le génie" We chose a part of the song “Le génie, Gainsbourg, March 2014″ from french artists: Bon Entendeur. We have already listened this song together, we like it each other and it seemed us interesting to work with; they are more speaking than singing and it was a funny way to work. It permitted us to check vocabulary as well.

If you want to listen it, click here! (we worked from 41:45 to 46:34 )


In Italian, Beatrice taught me many things to express the time. I learnt the days, the months, some usual expressions to speak about the date and how to tell the time. It could seem idiot but I think it is important to know.


Next time should be less theatrical for me because we planned to go outside to learn some common expressions used in the street!