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Project with Swiss, #3 Finnish and English

This was our third meeting for Each One Teach one. Me and Ella were happy to meet each other in the Café Puisto again. We started the meeting on catching up and telling how is life and how our studies are going. Ella has had a really busy week last week and the beginning of this week as well. This 2-3 hours together today was a nice pause for all the hectic things happening. Myself as well have has quite a lot to do with WingsOfAcademy podcast, essay writing and project planning, so it was nice to have a slow start to our meeting this time.

We had decided that the topic of this meeting would be about this Swiss Team Academy that is coming to join our team in couple of weeks for a week or so. We brainstormed ideas of what we could do together with them and how we could work together remotely. We came up with this fun week that would combine our previous experiences with Sprint Innovation Festival and Global Business challenge. We came up with finding a Finnish company in need of innovative solutions and that the Swiss team could find a company from Switzerland to do that as well.

We also had an online meeting with one member from the Swiss team to go through the plan that we have and the plan they have. This part was this time the part we spent talking in English and the rest was mostly in Finnish. After we finalised the plan we talked me, Ella and Manu from Switzerland about the differences between our team academy hear in Finland and their in Switzerland. It was fun to hear about how they do their studies with evaluations and projects. Manu for example had made a web page to showcase his progress and hours worked for school. Switzerland is also different from Finland in a way that they have three languages there; French, German and Italian. Well Finland also has Finnish, Swedish and Saame but Finnish is clearly the dominant language. I found it fun to for a change include someone else in our each one teach one to learn even from another new culture and compare our schools to each other.

We spent some of this meeting also talking about what we would like to do on our Finnish culture day and US culture day that we’re organising for each other during this course. We’re most likely making some traditional foods, baking something, watching a movie and talking about the culture and differences we find. We were thinking about some traditional Finnish things such as: Makaroonilaatikko (Macaron casserole), Joulutorttu (Christmas Pastry), Darkness and Elderly people. These were things we found to be very Finnish.

We also talked about renovations because I’m currently renovating our apartment with my boyfriend and Ella was curious to know how it’s going. (It’s almost done, yeyy). I also remember the time when my parents were renovating their house and us (5 kids + parents) were living in this crowded space for months. Ella had similar experience from when her parents renovated their house and we even learned together the word keittolevy which is hotplate which if someone does not know is like two portable stoves together that can be plugged in for cooking. Both of us remember our mothers cooking pasta on that hotplate and us praying for the renovation to end.

Both of us are planning to read our books during next week when we’re not having a meeting due to the Hiihtoloma.

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

How to Practice Our Language Skills?

We had our first meeting today with Ella, because I had something else to do on Thursday, we moved the meeting to Wednesday this time. About half of the time, we spent using English and the other half in Finnish. Our meeting was a little over an hour and for the conveniency we had it online.

We used this time to talk about how we’re doing and to get to know each other a little better. I learned that Ella has a sister in the US and her family is planning to come here this summer. She also wishes to go back to the US for some part of the summer. Ella is super excited to meet the students from Switzerland that we’ll have an online project with later this spring.

We spent this time also to plan more closely what we’re going to do together in order to learn new things besides getting to know each other. We are going to read a book and talk about it; we will write essays that we can go through together and help each other with our grammar. We’re also planning on doing some grammar exercises together. Our plan includes also fun things like having a Finnish culture night and American culture night so that we can learn about the other culture we’re maybe not so familiar with. Our grand finale is going to be a fun day together in Särkänniemi in the beginning of May.

During today’s lesson I noticed how good it’s for me too to use my Finnish more, because even though I took this course to practice my English, my Finnish really can improve as well. I’m so used to talking in English that speaking in Finnish starts to feel weird sometimes, so I think this is really good practice to keep up my Finnish.

For our next meeting we should have found the books we’ll read so we can start discussing about those. I’ll choose something in English because even though I’ve been writing things in English a lot lately, all books I’ve read have been in Finnish. I know it’ll take some time to start the reading process in English but once I get started, I’m confident it’ll get quicker.

Linzer Torte baking at Pinja

For the seventh meeting we again decided to cook. Yeah, that’s the skill that we have really developed throughout this exchange. So we met in Pinja, and decided to bake a Lizer Torte – the dish that is considered to be the oldest cake in history, yet who named it still remains a history. We bought all the ingredients:

  • 250 g butter
  • 250 g flour
  • 125 g icing sugar
  • 150 g ground hazelnuts (or almonds)
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Generous quantity of cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • A pinch of salt
  • Grated lemon rind or lemon juice
  • Wafers for layering, to taste
  • Egg for coating
  • Redcurrant jam for coating
  • Butter for the mould
  • Flaked almonds, to taste

 

 

Though we had a problem with flour because it was for bread and not for the cake, we still mixed everything together and baked it for half an hour and it was great! We put some lemon and bluberry jam on top and it was incredibly delicious! Also while we were baking we played some games together and had a chat about our week. This meeting was a lot of fun!

The Syrniki

Once again we decided to cook. Apperently cooking is very fascinating thing to do. I think it really unites people and brings a lot of joy! So we decided we need to make anither Russian dish for Vanessa because w were talking so much about it. The dish is called syrniki (сырники). It is a Russian-Ukranian dish made of quark (cottage cheese), flour, eggs and some vanila exrtact. The look like really fluffy pancakes, served with honey, jam or whatever you prefer and taste amazing! While we were cocking them we had a conversation with girls about food culture and traditions of Russia and Germany, then Vanessa decided to share some anecdotes that German people have about Polish people and gypsis. I think national jokes really describe people’s attitude to life and makes overall impression. We also talked about the appearance of Russian and German people and decided that the light colored eyes are dominant in both nations.

 

It was a great breakfast and good start of the day!

Brunch at Lapinkaari

For this meeting we decided to finalyy make some Russian food for Vanessa. A lot of people have heard about Russian pancakes or how we call them “Blini”, but not that mane people actually tried them. So we decided on who should buy which ingredients: flour, eggs, milk, marmelade and fruits. The blini were so delicious we completely forgot to take pictures of them! We all really enjoyed making then and especially eating:) They turned out really sweet and nice. I will attach a pucture of what they should look like.

Картинки по запросу блины с вареньем

Vanessa said that she really liked them, but they are different from what she is used to. I’m not surprised about it, but still happy to share out traditions with other people.

Fifth meeting at TAMK’S Canteen

On 19th of March we decided to have a small lunch together at the university. When we came to the place, we realized that there was some special event and people have made a separate table of vegeterian dishes to try. Non of us is a vegeterian but we decided to give it a try and wee pleasantly surprised. Burgers were really good in delicious.

Картинки по запросу vegetarian burgers photo

 

During the meeting we decided to discuss our future plans, looked up some German and Russian recepies to cook and talked about our experience so far. It was a small chat that i really enjoyed and also the change of the food can sometimes pleasantly surprise you!

Our Fourth Meeting in Pispala Cafe

On the 10th of March we went to the Pispala cafe to enjoy the new place that was recommended to me by my friends who already went there. We really wanted to try waffles, but unfortinately, they do not serve them in the afternoon, but they offer some of the Asian dishes. We decided not to spend a lot of money and odered vegetarian spring rolls that were the cheapest. I also took Aperol Spritz. The area where Pispala cafe is located looked pretty nice, so I also took some pictures of it. The weather was chilly but sunny, which made it even prettier

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Unfortinately, the spring rolls were absolutely tasteless and we did not like them at all. But our meeting was still really pleasant. We discussed the differences between Russian and German girls, etiquette, dating rules and norms. Vanessa pointed out that Julia and me have very smooth and gentle moves, which I, personally, never noticed. Nessy also helped us with the homework for the German class in TAMK.

Overall we had a really nice meeting. In the end we took a bus with Julia and Nessy took her bike. She is really sporty and always goes by bike. I really admire it and think that it is really cool.

The Moomin Museum

I and Ranja have done our fifth meeting. There was in Moomin Museum and I found book about story of Moomins and can know more information about it. So Ranja have took her children. It added a lot of fun because it’s so cool see how children and adult smile together for simple things. That was so amazing before I didn’t know much stories. I was noticing that the Museum very modern there is a lot of hand made by Tove Jansson. Also we’ve listened Moomi stories twice – first Finnish and after that Russian. Unfortunately in the Museum illegal take photos but I saved my tickets from there. It was so good meeting.

https://muumimuseo.fi/en/ 

Chapter # 3

Time for testing new food

Today we have had our third meeting in the Student house. So we had the next plan:
1. Nessi tested Russian sweets like condensed milk (Сгущёнка) and gingerbreads also we drank a tea with other candies
2. A presentation about Nicholas II which Margo prepared for us
3. We watched the movie “Anastasia”
4. We discussed our next steps and the meetings

 

You can read more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_(1997_film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_the_Romanov_family
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condensed_milk