Last Wednesday we had our last meeting at the Each one teach one course’s pre-Christmas party. We talked, played some games and eat some sweets. Also, we met other group’s members. I had a good time there.
I am happy with this course. I got to know another language and culture through this course. Actually, I wasn’t going to take this course. But for some reason, I changed my mind and eventually took this course. I think that was a good decision. And I’m glad I met Laura and learned lots of thing about Finland.
Even though this was our last meeting, we may meet one day in Finland or even in Korea. I hope to meet together in Korea. And Laura told me she is going to send me a postcard. I can’t wait for that.
Keep in touch. Take care!
Yesterday we met at Café Europa to continue learning in a playful way.
We decided to play “Alias” – we didn’t played it with its actual rules because Melanie and I don’t know that many Finnish words yet, so we picked the words from the cards we already know and explained them to Hanna and Antero in German! They had to guess the word in German. 😉 When it was their turn, they explained one of the easier words from one of the cards in Finnish. And Melanie and I had to guess!
It was a very playful and fun way to practise our listening comprehension skills! It’s also good to learn some new vocabulary. I was really happy about recognizing one or more words on one card because it felt like I made quite some progress in the last three months. Of course, I still don’t speak Finnish, but I get more comfortable with the language and when I see combined words, I can guess what they mean.
Besides working on my vocabulary knowledge I’ll try to write some easy sentences in Finnish and bring them to our next meeting. I feel like I know quite a few words by now but feel uncertain how to put them into sentences. That’s something I would like to work on in the future! 🙂
We met today at the game café Taverna in the Tampere city center. It was my first time there and the place was nice! There was a lot of games what to play. Definitely I will go again to Taverna. First we played Junior Alias because there was easier words to guess. I explain the words in Finnish and Färhad guessed. He understood my explanations well but some of the words I used was harder to understand because I spoke native Finnish. I think my skills at being teacher is getting better or Färhad is getting better to read me. 😀
We had also other game which name was “Mitä otsassa”. We used words from this game so we didn’t play with the real rules. We played it by asking questions and guessing the right word. First it was really hard to think right questions to get closer. But it got easier by asking more. Also I explained words in English and Färhad had to guess what the word is. So I had to use English also. When I was explaining words in Finnish and after that I used English it was really hard to remember basic English words because you had to think so much in Finnish. We changed these games after playing few rounds so both of us had to think.
It was really nice to play with Färhad and we had funny moments during the games. For example I tried to ask questions and I asked “Can you eat it?” and the word what I had to guess was a child. Haha, I can’t get over this one.
And about my speaking English, I have to say that it isn’t better but I have more courage to speak it in public. I don’t think it so much anymore what I’m saying. That’s a little progress.
Yesterday we had such a nice meeting with Ida and her boyfriend and me and my husband. We had some delicious red wine from my home town and ate yummy mud cake à la Ida while playing board games!
We started the evening with a game called Mallorca, which was a nice and interesting game. Then we played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kimble which was obviously awesome.
We ended the night with a few rounds of Rummikub, a cool intensive number game. If I remember right, Ida and his boyfriend won all of the games, me and my husband being the losers.
This meeting was definitely focused on Finnish since we didn’t really do anything but talked in Finnish. So I was pretty much only the teacher this time, but we will have a Swedish oriented meeting too someday soon. Still I felt like I needed to learn something so I asked a few words I thought would be nice to learn:
- Board game – lautapeli – brädspel
- Candle – kynttilä – ljus
- Red wine – punaviini – rödvin
- Piece (i guess) – pelinappula – spelpjäs
- Tea – tee – te
- Hourglass – tiimalasi – timglass
So that was our third meeting, next time we’ll be heading to the pub next to Fazer café and Moro Sky Bar in Sokos Hotel Torni, it’ll be great I’m sure!