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Meeting 1 – German-Finnish: Waffles, summer holidays and lent

Our group of three Germans and one Finn had their first meeting today. We were together for about two hours, and our main goal was to get to know each other and to make the first small learnings. Our main language today was therefore English. In between Jasmin taught us some Finnish terms and we taught her some German terms as well.

Since we were eating waffles, Jasmin taught us e.g. the Finnish word for waffle (=vohveli). In addition, for example also the word for Easter (=pääsiäinen) and furthermore the pronunciation of the different lakes around Tampere and that “saari” means island and “koski” means rapids. Furthermore she told us a lot about Finnish traditions.
Above all, we talked a lot about the differences between germany and finland. So we talked about easter and lent, driving, summer vacations and much more.
One term that Jasmin learned in the process was for example the concept of “Aschermittwoch” (today’s day) and what it means in Germany regarding the lent.

All in all, the meeting satisfied my expectations, because my main goal of Each One Teach One is to learn basic Finnish terms and to get to know the Finnish culture better. The interactive form of the conversation made it easier for me to remember the terms I was taught, because I now have a context for them. It’s also nice that the words I learn in Finnish are not predetermined, but just come up in conversation. So I learn some terms that otherwise probably wouldn’t be on any learning plan. So I’m already looking forward to our next meeting to go ice skating and to gradually build up a small Finnish vocabulary!

Meeting #9 (final)

I had a final meeting with only Haley present, as Yeaeun had already left Finland, and Mariona was getting ready to go. We baked one last chocolate cake, I ended up reminiscing about the course with Haley, and we took a drive around Tampere, looking at some final locations that she was interested in (such as Messukylä old church and visiting Pyynikinranta once again). Afterwards, we stopped by Tullintori and just walked and chatted. It was great fun hanging out with Haley, and I was very sad when it came time to say goodbye. I hope to visit Korea sometime soon to meet up again.
We ended up having a fewer meeting times because most of our meetings were 3-4 hours long, and there was the cottage trip that was around 8 hours. I liked having longer meeting times instead of a few shorter ones, because if things go really well and there’s a lot of fun things to do and talk about during the meeting, it’s a shame to cut it short. Also, some experiences (such as the cottage trip) just don’t fit into one or two hours.

During the course, I learned how to pronounce Korean words correctly and also learned a whole bunch of useful vocabulary for when I visit sometime. During our meetings together I asked for the vocabulary words to be written in Korean, not the English alphabet, so that I could practice translating them at home. This also helped me to learn the Korean alphabet better – I had a sheet of the alphabet with rows of signs, and I tried to memorize a new row every day for about 10 minutes a day on my own. Memorizing them on my own and then needing to translate the vocabulary into sounds after each lesson helped me with learning the Korean alphabet. This was better accomplished on my own, since I’m a bit slow with remembering the signs (I’m learning Japanese kanji at the same time, and didn’t want to get mixed up). I’ve found that learning a new alphabet is all about repetition – going through it over and over again until it sticks to your mind. This can easily be done at home. The part that I really needed help with was the pronunciation and learning new words, which we did together.

I really, really liked this course and would recommend it to everyone! It was so much fun learning about another culture and language from a native, and I was very happy to show them around Finland too. Learning together like this is the best, as it allows you to see the other person’s culture from their perspective and their enthusiasm helps to keep up your own enthusiasm about learning. I hope TAMK keeps organizing courses like this in the future too!