It was 7/03, winter is still here but show is slowly melting into rain, that’s why my teacher Selina invited me to explore Vintage clothing shops. I’m really in small, cosy, rich for historical moments things and the idea of “doing Vintage shops hooping” was really for me.
We visited 4 different shops, enjoyed talking with sellers, tryied some clothers and.. what else do girls need?) After we decided to go a cute “Kaffila” for driking a hot coffee with traditional laskiaispulla and learn Russian and Finnish.
Speaking about Russian: we started with an alphabet and pronunciation of difficult sounds.
Speaking about Finnish: Selina told me about the difference between speaking and literary Finnish, for ex. in real life it’s better to say “mä on Sasha” instead “mina olen Sasha”, that’s why now I knew more useful for real life phrases =)
Last Saturday we were planning to go to Pyyniking observation tower to try donuts cooked according to a secret recipe, but the weather did not look good enough for walking so long and climbing on the top of the tower, so we remembered that we can try the same munkit in the cozy cafe in the city centre. I was the first one so I ordered a donut and coffee and was just waiting for guys.
When Maksim and Ilona came, they made an order as well and we started to talk. Of course, we tried to replace English with Russian or Finnish, but we realized that for the next meetings it’s better to prepare some questions about what we want to study or a small plan of the lesson. But anyway, I’ve learnt how to order coffee and we just enjoyed our meal.
When we were done with coffee, we decided to go to Sokos shopping center to learn more words which we use every day, like soap – saippua, toothbrush – hammasharja, toothpaste – hammastahna, expensive – kallis and so on. In Sokos we found a kirjakauppa where we saw moomin toys and guys told me more about them. After some time I had to leave, but we got some nice ideas for the next meeting! 🙂 Read about it next week 😉 See you!
For this meeting we met at the Waffle Café again!
We learned about how to say the time. Telling the hour in Finnish is quite similar to English, but is Spanish it is slightly different. What we did was drawing some clocks with different cases and wrote the time in Finnish and Spanish. I think we need to practise a lot to learn it properly.
We learned the greetings we should say depending on the time of the day.
We also talked a bit about Lapland because I really want to go there this year. Getuar has never been there but Janica has worked there during Christmas season some time ago. So it was good that she could gave some tips 🙂
We met in the Waffle Café which is a lovely place with delicious food!
The topic for this meeting was the days of the week. I already know them in Finnish but Getuar was learning them in Spanish for the first time. I told them that the names of the days comes from the planets and sun and moon.
Lunes (Monday) comes from Luna (Moon). Martes (Tuesday) comes from Marte. Miércoles (Wednesday) comes from Mercurio (Mercury). Jueves (Thursday) comes from Júpiter. Viernes (Friday) comes from Venus. Sábado (Saturday) comes from the Hebrew Sabbath. Domingo (Sunday) comes from Sol (sun).
I think it is easy for me to remember the days of week in Finnish because I can relate most of them to the English, but I think to Getuar it might be more difficult to remember them in Spanish because you cannot relate the days to Finnish nor English.
In this meeting we also started talking about Christmas traditions. We wanted to know the differences and similarities on how we celebrate Christmas. The conversation was very interesting.
For example, in Uruguay families get together for dinner at Christmas Eve and at midnight we hug and congratulate each other and there are Fireworks, after that we open the presents. In Finland there are not Fireworks at Christmas, and for example in Janica’s family they open the presents in the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
We had to leave because the Café was closing, but the conversation was so interesting that we will continue talking about that. We also think it would be a good idea to have a Christmas party together!
Our first meet was held at Wayne’s Coffee, after some weeks of deliberation on when to meet. Initially we were a group of 5 people, but in the end just 3 of us remained: Janica, Getuar and me.
I arrived to the Coffee in the exact moment when Janica and Getuar was meeting each other in the line. I was a little bit nervous about the expectations they would have for learning Spanish. But I was relieved after meeting them. They are so nice!
The first thing we did was buying some coffee and sitting to introduce to each other, we have a very nice talk about who we are and what we do.
Janica is from Tampere and last semester she went to Argentina for a exchange, for me that was a relief because she is used to hear people speaking like me (for example uruguayan and argentinian people will pronounce the word ‘Yo’ as “Sho” instead of “Io”).
Getuar is from Espoo but he is studying at Tampere. Getuar is a triplet! so he has 2 sisters. He was born in Finland but his parents are from Albania. I really liked to hear about the story of his parents.
I told them that I am from Uruguay, from a city called Rivera which is located in the border with Brasil. In the other side of the border there is a Brazilian city called Santana do Livramento, and the only things that divide the two cities is a street and a park. You can cross freely from one country to the other whenever you want.
We started to learn basic vocabulary. We learned how to introduce ourselves, how to say hello/goodbye and some other useful phrases:
I really liked this meeting because I was able to meet Janica and Getuar and also to learn some new vocabulary. I am looking forward for the next meeting.
Jacqueline, Maria and I met for the first time at this famous Coffee Shop near the Main square of Tampere. I recommended this location because of their donuts, which are supposed to be super delicious (They weren’t lying!).
First and foremost, we sat down for a while and we began to talk a bit about ourselves, where our hometown is and what are our plans for the rest of the meetings. We of course began with the elementary phrases all people need to know when they are learning a new Language:
||Guten Tag/Guten Abend (evening)
|My name is_______, nice to meet you!
||Me llamo_________. ¡Mucho gusto!
||Mein name ist_______ schön dich kennen zu lernen
|What is your name?
||¿Cómo te llamas?
||Wie Heißt du?
|How old are you?
||¿Cuantos años tienes?
||Wie alt bist du?
|I am..years old.
||Ich bin____Jahre alt.
|Could I have a tea?
||¿Me podría dar un té?
||Könnte ich einen Tee haben?
|Can you give me a tea?
||¿Me puedes dar un té?
||Kannst du mir Tee geben?
|I want a tea, please.
||Quiero un té, por favor.
||Ich will einen Tee, bitte.
everything was pretty much straightforward, but then we digress a bit. We started to chat again and somehow I ended up inviting Jacqueline and Maria to a mexican party, it was a party for the mexican Independence Day. And now we had our second meeting already aranged. TO BE CONTINUED…
My name is Maria and I am from Finland. I made my “Each one teach one” course with Kurumi (who is from Japan) and Eetu (who is from Finland). Our first meeting was in Lielahti’s Wayne’s Coffee because Kurumi and Eetu live in Tesoma and I live in Lentävänniemi.
We got to know each other better and I brought some Finnish sweets (Fazer’s chocolate and salty liquorice). Kurumi prefer chocolate but as she was brave she also tasted salty liquorice!
We also started to study (both Finnish and Japanese) and our first meeting lasted many hours. It was pretty challenging because Eetu was way better in Japanese than me. Anyway, we started from the basics because I knew only a few words in Japanese and Kurumi could only say “moi” in Finnish. We studied basic phrases and numbers.
We really enjoyed our first meeting!
This time Ida invited me to meet at her place – and that was a very interesting experience, among other things because I had never been to a studio apartment before. It is actually really nice; Ida told me this is the best floor plan she’d seen/experienced. Ahoul I maybe apply for a studio? Hmm… Not that a shared apartment is bad or anything, though.
Anyway, another thing that caught my attention was, of cause, the big bookshelf. Looking at it, I discovered Ida and I share another fantasy book series, though that one I simply read, not became a fan of.
And then coffee! – I learned some more about how to make espresso. For example, that teapot-like thing I sometimes noticed in shops but never understood what it was for turned out to be an espresso-maker. Shame on me, I didn’t know that.
Then Ida decided to show me her hometown via GoogleMaps, and then we both started showing each other the important locations in our life. It was fascinating, because not only we’re from different countries, but Ida is from a very small place, while my home city is huge, so it is like two different worlds!
We got so excited about GoogleMaps that we spoke Finnish for nearly two hours, until it was time for me to jump on my bike and ride home before it got too dark. Well, all Swedish next time!
First we decided to meet at Cafe Aitoleipä 12.00. I was there one hour before (because of the Easter someone needed to find out is it open, because internet didn’t tell). At 11.45 I went there again, but it was full. I had time, so I tried to find a better place for us (place where we can at least sit). Just 200 meters from Cafe Aitoleipä there is Pyynikin munkkikahvila, and it was not full. I sent a message to every one and we decided to go to Pyynikin munkkikahvila. < —–There you can get Tampere’s best doughnuts by the way 😉
I went inside to wait others, because NYSSE (Tampere’s public buss) was late again. When everyone arrived we started to test our learning by using Quizzlet. We went through all our previous meetings and tried to remember words what we should have learned. I can tell you that mine were bit lost…
Diego did same thing (but of course he tried to remember Finnish words) and he was pretty good. Great job Diego and thank you for our learning 🙂
First we ordered coffee. Ella had big one and Diego ordered small one.
Un cafe pequeno = one small coffee
Un cafe grande = one big coffee
Topic for our eighth meeting was to translate a small kids book from spanish to english and from finnish to english. Spanish book was about duck family 😀 That`s why I learnt quite weird words…
I learnt that boy duck is pato and girl duck is pata. Same thing for pig (cerdo and cerda).
El mundo es muchisimo mas grande.
The World is much more bigger.
Mama pata paro de hablar.
Duck mom stopped speaking.
Baby duck went away.
Bebe pata se fue.
Ella se asusto.
She got scared.
After 30 minutes we were pretty restless and we decided to make some “useful sentences”.
Estoy muy cansada.
I am tired.
I like hot spanish guys.
A mi me gustan los chicos espanjoles atractivos. <— so important 😀
Hot coffee is also fine.
El cafe tambien es bueno.
Where can I find a toilet?
Donde esta el bano (banjo).
Sorry, can you help me. I am lost. Pleace.
Perdon, me podrias ayudar. Estoy perdida. Por favor.
I over slept.
Me quede dormido.
I feel sick.
I am getting sick.
Me estoy enfermando.
I am blushing.
Where is my drink?
Donde esta mi trago?
Where is shopping centre?
Donde esta el shopping?
Where is buss station?
Donde esta la estacion?
Train = tren
Right = derecha
Left = izquierda
In front of = enfrente
Behind = atras
Next to = alado
After two hours we were ready and it was time to leave. So stand up and go.
– Minttu <3