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Counting days – Meeting #2 (Finnish – English)

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.

4th – Special Celebrations

5th of April

Today we went over Christmas, New Year and Easter, though on my case I added good ol’ Carnaval. Getting the list of what people usually eat in each of our countries was the easier part, tradition wise we spoke more of what we do with our own families, which is actually quite similar, though small details differ. I enjoyed hearing about that and also learning how to say “Hyvää joulua ja onnellistä uutta vuotta”, though right now I can’t say it by heart, only really reading from the paper since it is semi long phrase.