For our second unit “Finnish – English” we met for coffee in the Tullintori shopping mall. Today more basics of the Finnish language were on the program. Since numbers accompany us very often in daily life, regardless of whether it is when paying at the cash desk, reading and recognizing bus numbers, telephone numbers, at birthdays and much more, these were on today’s program.
We started with the digits 1-10 and were able to move very quickly to various combinations of multi-digit numbers. Here I was able to find a good connection to other languages, since the counting method is very similar to that in Finnish. At first I struggled a little with the pronunciation of the individual numbers, but I was able to combine and pronounce multi-digit numbers very quickly. In a little exercise in which I was given a wide variety of numbers, I was able to practice the correct composition and pronunciation. I was particularly astonished that words and combinations are necessary for such short terms in German and for Finnish numbers.
It continued with the spelling of the date and month name. These are helpful for naming and writing your own and someone else’s date of birth. I found it particularly exciting that some month names can be derived from seasons or activities in this season, such as “kesäkuu” (June, kesä = summer), “heinäkuu” (heinä = wheat, high season for agriculture) and “syyskuu” (syksy = fall / autom “). When we had discussed these terms, I tried to combine and pronounce the most diverse dates of birth with number, month and year. At first it won’t work without written help, but the more I repeat this content of the lesson, the better I will remember these basics.
Yesterday(26.9.2018) we invited Jenny and Toni to take part in the party we held in Li’s home.At that day,we bought the vegetables and meat in advance to prepare the dishes and we wanted Jenny to taste Chinese traditional food.Li is good at cooking so he cooked steamed pork,fried potato slices,sugar mixed with tomatoes,steamed pumpkin, potato carrot ribs soup and fish-flavored eggplant.Besides,Li also prepared lemon red tee for them.
When Jenny and Toni came into the house,Jenny sent us a box of chocolate as our gift:) She was so sweet! Coincidentally, yesterday was the birthday of our classmate,so we also invited her to join us and we sang the birthday song for her before the dinner.
We talked and laughed in the meal and we were all pleasant.After the dinner,we learned some table manners in Finland and the pronunciation of some tableware.Although they were difficult to memorize ,we remember them in the meaning of Chinese.I thought it was really interesting and that helped me quickly to remember the words. After that ,we asked “love” between them,just like how did they know each other and how did they fall in love….I thought that was a attractive topic and we kept laughing.All of us were so happy at that time.I have to say,Toni was so cool because he loves driving and he will have a show about that this week!Just like the views in the movie Fast & Furious,that is really cool!!!
There was a traditional custom in China,that is when the guests are leaving, we should send them to the door to show our respect and reluctance.And we also did this yesterday. That was really an unforgettable day for me and I was really really really happy yesterday with everyone:)
Our third meeting was at Li’s home near Lukonmäki.
Li, Cui, Huang and Sisi had made some traditional chinese food because of their friends 20th birthday! Me and my boyfriend were invited to join also and it was so much fun! I was suprised how birthday party starts: first you sing, then birthday girl/boy blows away candle and then do somekind of prayer.
It was my first time eating chinese food; there were sushi, põ, tomatoes with sugar, pumpkin… I feared they would be very spicy but suprisingly they were not. I really liked pumpkin and põ.
We discussed some table manners and differences between China-Finland. In China, the oldest person/-s start the dining, then the younger ones (grandparents->parents->you->your younger siblings). It’s done so to show respect to your elders. Dinners are also very lively in China while in Finland, you eat in silence because Ruokarauha (food peace?).
We also discussed dinners in diffrent holidays, traditional foods, table wear’s in finnish and chinese. I love how observant they are: they make good points that made me laugh when I realized how anti-social and shy we finnish people are.
Our Chinese friends made some very good questions I have to think through for our next meeting (like why finnish food is usually so salty, finnish small talk..)
It is already the 8th meeting and we are almost at the middle of December!
This meeting was one of my favourite! We met for Rebeka’s birthday on the 10th of December in the West of Tampere. We had a lot of fun at this meeting because we try to pronouce hard word and it was quite difficult for the three of us.
Furthermore, we played some games but in English this time, with other friends of Rebeka. We also played the ‘Twister’ for a long time. We met Rebeka’s Finish roomate who was really nice.
Some word that I learnt at this meeting:
- game: játék
- cake: torta
- present: jelen
- candle: gyertya
- friends: barátok
- roomate: szobatársa