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What are you reading? Finnish/English Meeting #2

We had our second meeting today with Ella. This time we met at café Puisto and it was super nice to see her face to face. Felt so much more natural to have conversations and it’s nice to actually see people after being in that online bubble for so long now.

About half of the time again was spent talking in Finnish and the other half in English. I have to say we flow quite seamlessly from one language to the other. There is no awkwardness in it. It felt goo practising my English pronunciation and it’s very easy with Ella because if I don’t seem to find a word for something, she helps me with no hesitation.

One notable thing I learned, during our discussions was about the taxation in the US and how for example product tax can differ a lot depending on the state you are. That is pretty interesting to me. I have always wondered  about the differences between the states. I’m very keen to learn more about this. I also never thought that the US would have such strong military culture that there is this thing called military discount, which means people working at military service get a discount from almost anything, this applies to their families too. I’m really in love with the story of how Ella’s parent met in Italy when her mom was backpacking through Europe and her dad was stationed there. I think that is a beautiful and unique story, really worth sharing and whenever Ella mentions something about it I can’t help but smile. Because Ella has traveled the world, she has knowledge on places I have not been to. It’s really interesting to hear about what for example Italy is like, since I’ve never really been there.

The topic of our discussion today was the books we’re going to be reading for this course. I had a problem because I found two possible books that drew me in. The first book was about Karl Lagerfeld the longtime head of design for Chanel, which happens to be my all time favourite brand. Chanel is my inspiration on so many levels and I’ve read many book about her life and career, but not about Lagerfeld’s. The second book option I had was about the third gender of Thailand also known as ladyboys. That topic has always had my interest and I’ve actually had this book for some time now, I just never seem to find a good time to read it.

Well this was not the time for that book either. After discussing with Ella about it I realised the book about Karl Lagerfeld would have more to give me at this point and it would make a great topic for an essay. My plan is to write a blog essay about that book and share my inspiration behind it as well.

Ella wants to focus on leadership on her literature this time, which I found very good topic in general but I think since she is so young that book could be even more beneficial for her. I’m very excited to see what she gets from that book and have a discussion about it. Some way my book is also about leadership because Karl Lagerfeld was in charge of one of the biggest brands ever, so we’ll definitely have some mirroring opportunities here between our books.

We also had a discussion about what a good essay is. Here is some of the things I gathered from that discussion:
– The text should be seamless.
– You should refer to things previously said or mentioned in order to show the connections.
– There needs to be a key idea that goes from start to finish.
– Circling back to the start at the end is a good way of closing the essay in a natural way.
– Do not repeat the same words/sentences over and over again.
– If possible find different ways of expressing the same thing so the text becomes more colourful.

Next step for us is to start reading those books we chose. Personally I’m really excited to read this book and write the essay about it. I think Ella can give me really valuable feedback once we go through the essays together.

Written By: Emilia Parikka

Mennään kahville / Let’s go for a coffee (FIN-RUS)

The spring has come and we can spend more time outside! Today was our 9th meeting I’m so interested in the architecture style of Tampere and we decided to go to Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. There are exist a lot of brochures in different languages. It looks really amazing if outside so much light and inside the mosaics become brightness as you can see on the photo.

Then we have visited a local Kahvila Runo. The atmospheric was so cozy and pretty. So I knew about the new places in Tampere and Ranja little bit practiced her Russian language skills.

Third and fourth meeting

Both our second and third meetings took place in cafes. The second time we met at Pella’s Cafe. The agenda for the meeting was mainly to just talk and to get to known each other a bit better. We also ended up going through some food and kitchen related words as well as phrases for situations like ordering something in a cafe.

For our third meeting we went to Robert’s Coffee. We discussed about hobbies and things we like, such as music and free time activities. We also talked about some cultural differenced regarding studying and schools as well as languages.

 

Cats and coffee

Organized by Li and my other awesome Chinese friends (+one Japanese) we met at Cafe Purnauskis, which is a famous cat Cafe in Tammela. I have wanted to go there for so long but I didn’t have anyone to go there with.

We had all been busy with school and other things, so it was nice to relax for a while😊 Huang came too with her EOTO partner, Moe. Also Sisi was there too.

Cats were so cute and nice. They didn’t care about me but liked to play with Li and others. We talked a little bit about Christmas and New Year. Cui invited me and my boyfriend to spend Chinese New Year with them on February 😍

Cats Cafe

Last night (27.11.2018) we went to the cats cafe which is located at the opposite of the center square.There was another friend joined us  and she is Huang’s partner who is a Japanese girl.

I think it was a good thing that Jenny really love the cats and she also was interested in the oldest cat in the cafe whose hair is gray with white .By the way ,there were maybe six or eight cats in the cafe,which were not similar to others.I especially like the youngest cat in it and she is so cute,although sometimes she didn’t want to play with me.After having a good time with cats, we left soon because the cafe closed the door at 7 pm.

We also made a appointment that we will meet today at the pre-Christmas party which held by Tamko .I also invited Jenny and Toni to join us and enjoy a Chinese Spring Festival party in February…maybe we should wait for a long time:)

8th meeting :D

Last Thursday we had our 8th meeting at Pyynikki observatory. We met around 5 p.m. It was quite dark. When I first came to Finland, It started getting dark from about 10 p.m. but now the sky is starting to get darker from even 4 p.m. I can’t still get used to it. Anyway, I found the view really fascinating on the top of the tower. It was because many lights made the view more beautiful. And then we went to the café downstairs and got doughnuts and tea.

Gayeon introduced different kinds of Korean songs to Laura first. What made me surprised was Laura’s been quite familiar with K-pop. And then I also prepared some words, sentence about color and day. It’s still difficult to teach Korean, especially grammar.

I learned some verbs and grammar and some words about color and day. I started to study Finnish for the exam, so Finnish is getting easier for me compared to the prior meeting.

We had a good meeting. I’m looking forward to the next meeting.

Observatory and doughnuts

On Thursday we had our 8th meeting (time is going fast!). We agreed to meet at Pyynikintori, and we did, but the traffic was crazy that day, so we were all late. From there we walked a short trip to Pyynikki observatory, which we all had visited before. The view was beautiful at that time of the evening, because it was getting dark.

    

After visiting the tower we went to the cafe and (of course) ate doughnuts and studied.

This time Gayeon introduced me to Korean music and culture around that. It was really nice, because I mainly only know about K-pop, so it was good to hear different music styles and recommendations. I listen to K-pop, so I think Junhyeok and Gayeon were a bit surprised that I knew things about that. The material that Gayeon had prepared was done well.

After that we learned colors and weekdays in both languages, and it was funny that both me and Junhyeok had prepared the same words, but it was nice that we could look on both papers at the same time and search the words. Junhyeok had also prepared his teaching material well. This time I also taught how you use negative form in sentences, or, how to form it.

It is good that we also have sentences to teach to one another, so we can figure a bit how the language works. I always forget to have a rising intonations when saying Korean questions. Additionally I like that in both Korean and Finnish you can shorten sentences so much (when compared to for example how sentences work in English).

Altogether, we had a really good meeting, I really enjoyed it. It is fun to teach and learn languages with them. See you next time!

6th meeting :):)

We went to Tullintori which is the kind of shopping mall. We’d first stopped by a place where I can look around some dresses in there, and then we went to an East Asia market that is in Tullintori. Gayeun bought some Korean food, and I bought nothing. So, in the meantime, I told Laura about something Korean we could see there such as snack, ramen, rice and so on.

And we went to a café to talk about something cultural and study languages. We introduced some Korean food such as Kimchi, Bibimbap, Bulgogi, things like that. It seemed like Laura was familiar with some things to some extent because Laura likes Korean drama. While talking about Korean food, I was craving for Korean food. Because It’s been a long time since I last ate Korean food.

We also talked about Finnish culture like art, music, movies etc. Laura introduced some Finnish pop songs and had us listen to some songs using a cellphone. It was my first time listening to Finnish songs. I thought rock music has been quite popular in Finland. I could’ve introduced some Korean pop songs, but I forgot to do that.

Dresses, mart, and drinks

On Thursday we had our sixth meeting with Gayeon and Junhyeok. We met at Tullintori, because there is a shop called East Asia Mart that sells for example foods from Korea, which I think is nice for exchange students because they get to eat foods familiar for them.

First we went to see some dresses, because I wanted so. 

The dresses were on display in a small gallery, and there weren’t many evening gowns, so it was a quick visit. After that we went to the East Asia Mart. There were a lot of items and foods that you can’t buy from a regular store in Finland. It was quite nice and interesting to hear about the foods there from Junhyeok and Gayeon.

After that we went to a cafe to study.

This time I hadn’t prepared any words in Finnish to teach but instead I told about Finnish culture and made them listen to some Finnish music, old and new. It was difficult to decide what to tell about Finnish culture, and it was also difficult to tell and explain aspects of it. I had prepared some material about it, but I didn’t prepare myself to tell about the culture.

Gayeon had prepared some information about Korean food with pictures. In Korea there are a lot of dishes that we don’t eat in Finland, and there are no translations either. It would be nice to go to Korea sometime and taste those dishes even though they might be a bit too spicy for me.

Junhyeok had prepared some basic words about culture and question words and location words also. It is fun to learn about how to make sentences in Korean. I still struggle a bit reading Korean, but I’m getting better slowly.

I think this meeting was good and we were comfortable with each other. See you next time!

Ratina’s Shopping center: dinner and hot chocolate

For our fourth meeting we went for a dinner to a restaurant in Ratina’s shopping center called Tratto. There we ate dinner, Junhyeok had pasta, Gayeon had risotto and I had a pizza. I also ordered some bread for us all, that was some kind of oily bread. Gayeon had cold, so I was worried about her slightly.

The restaurant was nice and had minimalistic feeling. We talked a bit about some cultural rules around eating, and there is not so much difference between Finnish and Korean manners around dinner, for example can your elbows be on the table (it does not matter in both cultures). In Finland it is usual to pay while on the table, but in Korea I heard they pay privately.

After eating we went to a different place, not far away from the restaurant, to drink some coffee (or I had hot chocolate) and to study. That was a good idea. I had prepared some words around food and restaurant. This time I remembered to take a copy of the material that I was teaching to myself also! Gayeon and Junhyeok are starting to pronounce Finnish words quite well already, and I was proud of them. This time I emphasized the letter “L” and how short it is in a word.

In my teaching I like to make sure that all the words are pronounced to the letter, because it is rather important in Finnish language, because the meaning of the word can change fairly quickly. I tried to prepare a bit less material to teach to Junhyeok and Gayeon than the last times, so that it would be less tiring and there would be less new words to learn. Also I would not be so tired to learn some Korean afterwards. I may need to be more careful on how I explain words or parts of the words, so that I will not confuse with my teaching.

Junhyeok took the lead in teaching me this time. I had not had time to practice Korean since I had exam that Friday, and I had exams also yesterday and today. It was good that he had prepared some revision, so I had good time learning, even though I did not remember much Korean that day for some reason.

Junhyeok taught me well, and I also copied words in Korean from Gayeons translations. It was fun even though I probably pronounced Korean very interestingly.  Writing Korean is a bit like drawing, and the letters are written in blocks. In the picture above you can see how to combine Korean letters! I think I will not be able to write Korean fluently easily.

At the end of our meeting I gave Gayeon and Junhyeok reflectors, because it is going to get dark and everybody in Finland have reflectors (or should have them) during winter. For our next meeting I will try to memorize the Korean letters and also how to pronounce them, and I am looking forwards seeing Gayeon and Junhyeok after two weeks.