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# 10. Is it the End or just the Beginning?!

Dear EOTO family,

Sadly and happily speaking, this is my last blog post because we taught the last lesson to each other. Personally for me, the End of something big is usually the Beginning of something enormous.

We had a really great time with Sebastjan! I can open you small secret we’ve been keeping outside this blog for about a year. We’re soul mates. Meaning that these lectures are just one possibility among many others to learn from each other. Moreover, we’re planning to continue our Finnish-Russian cooperation as long as we need it. Frankly speaking, we’ve been critically busy for a while that’s the reason why we officially complete EOTO requirements and unofficially continue to share knowledge with each other! The End is just the Beginning. It was a good start on the way to a bigger journey! We both laid the foundation of language ground.


Our last lecture happened to be outside of TAMK or Demola. We decided to mix business with pleasure. We scheduled the meeting and I needed to buy shoes. Being creative, we found a solution – shoe store! We’ve visited several boutique in Koskikeskus. Meanwhile we both practiced numbers reading the price tags. I tried to say quite a few Finnish expressions regarding size, color, price etc. It’s been fun! This nonbinding to learning lecture gave us much more than banal desk-to-chair type of lesson.
After shopping we kept the tradition which is named Plevna. We love Plevna. Couple of beers, nice talk, some cultural dialogues and languages practice was the best ending of EOTO you could ever imagine.

I also prepared some small surprise for my student. With a help and creativity of Babbel language web platform, I created a list of specific vocabulary for Sebastjan which is fun to learn and easy to remember. I hope this small gift will motivate him to continue learning without my supervision! (www.babbel.com)

EOTO is more than a known abbreviation for me. It’s:

Each One Teach One

Each One Inspire One

Each One Encourage One

Each One Elevate One

Thank you an opportunity to experience cultural and knowledge exchange! Positive vibes are in the air! P. S. My next blog is dedicated to a short gallery (some picture went missing due to problems with storage space). I hope you’ll be able to feel our great atmosphere! Good luck with the rest of your EOTO meetings!

Cheers. Yuliya!

Second episode: Actually learning, kinda

Few days ago we had our second meeting.

We met near TAMK and walked to the city to visit a local watering hole. During our quite a long meeting, we again discussed about the images people around the world have of citizens of our countries (Relating to some recent news) and the prejudices. But this time we also spent time learning some language. We went over greetings, numbers and how to compliment people. I cant say I remember all that still, but with learning we already did and some repetition, it should be quite easy. We also spent a lot of time talking about traveling and staying in Mexico and how I should totally get to Yucatan soon as possible.

At the watering hole we sampled some generously portioned containers of traditional Finnish brewery products. Later we also ended up getting familiar with a traditional Mexican distillery product, on its own, and even preparing some famous beverage mixes out of it. Each One Teach One, what a beautiful excuse to do all kinds of stuff. Again we had a great time and a lot of fun. Cant wait for the next time.


Second meeting : drink wine and beer, French and Scottish touch in a Finnish place!

FinlaysonFriday 3rd of October, for our second meeting, we decided to go in Finlayson Shopping Center. We went to a pub. We have already gone there with our tutor and we think it is a nice place to discuss with a drink. In this place we can find really good beers. I took one with honey and Michael took red wine. It was like a mix of culture for us. I am very happy to know he likes red wine, because I love it, I love wine. There were a lot of people, I think this place is very appreciated by Finnish people. This course was only in English to help me to improve my level, my vocabulary and my bad accent in English.

In fact, sometimes it is very difficult for me to be understood by other people. I presented him my life in Paris, the place to be, the best and bad neighborhoods, the typical romantic places or touristic places as Montmarte with Le Sacré Cœur, Saint Louis Island with Le Ponts des Arts, Eiffel Tower…

We talked about my friend who are in United Stated, United Kingdom, Mexico or Spain also for their Erasmus. It was very interesting to tell which countries we have already visited, and particularly which cities I have already visited in United Kingdom because his family is from there. We could compare our ideas and I could tell him what I saw when I was there. We spoke about Brighton, Bath, Bristol and London.

Moreover, one of my passion is to learn more and more about religion. All religions. This day was the day of Kippour, a Jewish (= this word is very complicated for me to pronounce) celebrity. So, we talked about the religion in France and in United Kingdom. I like to know how the different religions are integrated in a country.

For me, this course was very good because it helped me to gain more confidence in my English because sometimes I am shame of me and it is not easy for me to speak with other people. Moreover, I learn vocabulary and he corrected me when my word are not good. I liked to speak with him because I feel a good atmosphere to learn. I am very happy to do this course with him because I think he is a good teacher for me. I enjoyed this moment, it was very nice. I think we will do more meeting in French than in English, because I think it is better for him because I have a better level in English than him in French. Maybe twice a month it will be in English and three or four times a month in French.

We plan to go to the sauna the Saturday and to go to the observation tower in the forest to drink a hot chocolate and to eat donuts in same time I teach him French.