Since the previous meeting was a representation of Bulgarian food we decided this time it was time to try some Chinese food. The girls had prepared amazing, delightful, mouthwatering hot pot with different types of meat and veggies. Chinese cuisine is very spicy so I told them beforehand to be careful with how much spices to put in it since I don’t like spicy food. We kept this meeting chill and discussed the differences and similarities between the cuisines in the two countries.
This time we met at Espresso house in Stockmann to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in a cozy atmosphere and lovely chat.
Since it was at the end of the semester we quickly changed the topic to exams, courses and expectations. After a while we decided that was enough time inside and went for a walk. We dropped by a shoe store and after that we decided to check out the newly open Christmas market. It brought nice holiday spirit and enjoyable time with my new friends.
After a few unsuccessful attempts to organize a second meeting we finally saw each other in the sushi restaurant where Siping works. We chose this place because we could combine the useful with the pleasant.
This time we were more relaxed since we already know each other. We talked more about ourselves, our hobbies, families, plans for the future and so on. We moved on then to learning more simple expressions.
After a while when we decided that was enough education for that day we tried so many different types of sushi that it would last us a lifetime. We all agreed that the banana-sprinkles one was the tastiest. We enjoyed that place and the company that we spend more than 4 hours there.
For the first meeting we decidedto play it safe and meet in the cozy library in TAMK. Being very excited about our first encounter with each other we were very nervous but ready to make new friends and learn about culture way different from our own.
I made it to the library in the late afternoon to find two sweet Chinese girls waiting for me there. It appeared that they had a long day of lectures and despite being very tired and hungry they waited for me. We quickly introduced ourselves and started talking about the course and what amazing experience it will be. It turned out that even though Siping and Gourong come from different districts in China and I, coming from the other side of the world- Bulgaria, have a lot of in common.
We kept that quite formal with mainly talking about our native languages. We learned how to say simple things like Hello, How are you?, My name is…, etc. in Bulgarian and Chinese which turned out to be easier than expected. But then I was explained that there are different dialects and ways to speak Chinese and the “easy” language suddenly turned into a complicated science.
However, I thought them some Cyrillic letters, which we use in Bulgaria, and they thought me how so write some Chinese characters.
We kept the meeting relatively short since it was getting very late already.
We decided to take a relaxed stroll and go to see the Christmas Market for our last meeting. It was full of Finnish products and handicrafts, which was very nice and also a deep dive into Finnish handiwork culture. I bought beautiful red earrings made from birch tree for Christmas. We had fun seeing all the Christmas decorations and got a little bit into Christmas spirit since neither of us had decorated for Christmas.
I’m feeling a bit sad that this was our last meeting since we have had some very interesting conversations and learned a lot from each other. Of course, last mandatory meeting doesn’t mean we cannot see anymore but our lives are very busy. I’m happy I took this course and I have found it eye opening at it’s best. Happy new year!
This time we decided to meet at school and get busy with the three triggers. Checking out the introduction video was very helpful but we still had some hard time to choose fitting triggers for us. This is going to be the last time we meet studying, next meeting will be at pre-Christmas party next week. I think this course has been very interesting and I do recommend it to anyone interested in other cultures and languages. For us this has been more of a cultural learning than lingual one, but we have gotten along well and found interesting new things. Trigger-wise we found out most of the “easiest” level triggers were from topics we had already discussed without any planning, which was fun. Getting a new friend and sharing every-day life topics is always an adventure.
This time we went out to enjoy some Chinese food (and also food from other countries around Asia) at Luckiefun’s that Lu picked out for us. It was a great choice, the place was very beautiful and the food delicious. So delicious we pretty much had to roll out from there.
Even though we have some age difference it’s always interesting to found out our lives and the way we grew up is not so different after all. We spend quite a lot time discussing about social politics in here and in China, which was very intriguing.
We were supposed to take photos, but we were too busy chatting away and enjoying the food, that we kind of forgot. I guess that tells how much fun we had!
This was our second meeting with Chinese-Finnish-group and we decided to go to a Finnish restaurant. It was quite hard to find typical Finnish cuisine with variety on the menu, but after asking around I got a recommended Pyynikin Brewhouse. Located right next to Koskikeskus mall in a beautiful old brick building it serves local beers and dishes named after locations here in Tampere. I ordered Kaleva chicken skewers and they were tasty. I think this was a good introduction to Finnish restaurant culture and behavior.
Kaleva chicken skewer (kanavarras) with baked potato (uuniperuna) filled with cream cheese
We both love food and eating, so it was very easy to discuss about the topic and we will continue eating through cultures and learning the basics.
This is our first meeting so, this meeting is mainly for knowing each other. The place we chose is a burger restaurant called Friends & Burger. Since we have not learnt each others’language before so, we decided to start with the most basic sentence. To be honest, it is quite interesting that we made a comparison for the same sentences between our languages and we found not every sentences can be translated literately😂. Meanwhile, I found my favorite pronunciation ‘ch’ in German which is quite difficult for me to speak at the beginning.
This is what I learnt from first meeting.
Ich bin Menglin.——I’m Menglin.(This sentence include ‘ch’ which is my favorite sound)😎
Mein name ist Menglin——My name is Menglin
Guten tag—–good day
Auf wiedersehen—-goodbye(formal) or Tschüss ( informal, usually to a friend)
By the way, the burger is super good.😜
5 October 2019: First meeting at “Friends and Burger”
你好 (Ni hao),
我的名字是 菲利克斯 (my name is Felix).
Our groups first meeting was held in Tampere´s downtown to eat dinner we, as two Chinese and one german, all can relate to. Here we found the opportunity the disuse more about our goals for the course and plan out the next meetings as well as get to know each other more.
We decided to exchange phrases right at the first meeting to use and most of all to improve our language skills in every next meeting. Therefore, in addition to a greeting, we teached and learned to introduce ourselves.
Based on that we found it very interesting to point out differences and similarities in our differences in our languages, cultures and traditions and we’ll find more in the near future.
We were able to leave the restaurant with a better understanding of each others and our first learned words, which felt like a great start.
Starting with the impressions of this first meeting I look forward to continue this course and I am confident in the success of upcoming meetings as well as in the knowledge we exchange and the joy we can share.