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[Finnish/French] – “Chandeleur Day”

“Chandeleur Day” is a really known and popular in France. This year we celebrated it in February 2th. It is a “Crepe Party”. Every family cook sweet and savory crepes in which we usually put ham, cheese, typical meat or jam, chocolate, whipped cream… We drink cider or beer with them. Therefore, as I really like this day because I come from the part of France where they have been created I wanted to share this succulent meal with Finnish people. We bought the ingredients and cook together.

I brought the recipe to teach some vocabulary in Finnish and French:




250g de farine

flour Jauhot
4 oeufs Eggs


50cl de lait

milk maito
1 pincée de sel A pinch of salt

Ripaus suolaa

60g de sucre

Sugar sokeri
50g de beurre fondu Melted butter

Sulatettu voit

Confiture de fraise




Strawberry jam




Mansikka hillo





Honey hunaja
chocolat Chocolate





Cuillère à café

Tablespoon ruokalusikka

Cuillère à soupe






Crepe Crepe/ pancake


I was really surprised that they think that as I am French I know perfectly how to make crepes and that they were going to be the best in the world. First I showed them how to cook crepe and then successively we made crepe. Moreover I teach them how to flip a crepe, it was very funny and excited.

My favorite crepe is a savory one with goat cheese, almonds and honey. At first, they were very hesitant about the ingredients because when they tried goat cheese they don’t really like it but when they tasted the crepe they really enjoyed it especially Getuar. Nevertheless, unfortunately, the cider hasn’t been so famous.


[Finnish/French] – First meeting in a café

Our group is composed of three people: 2 Finnish, Getuar and Nina, – 1 French, me. I learn Finnish and teach them French. We decided to teach some language backgrounds but we are also really interested in culture.

Our first meet was in a lovely café to be more comfortable. As I am learning basics of Finnish and Nina knows already some basics words in French, our first meeting was focused on Getuar to teach him some basics sentences in French like saying hello, thanks, how are you, bye, my name is … During this meeting we spoke a lot to know each other and we have already noticed lots of differences between our two culture about education and way of living.

This is our first teaching. We translate it in English to understand better:




Hello/ Good morning


Moi! Hei!/ Hyvää huomenta

Good evening


Hyvää iltaa

Good night

Bonne soirée/Bonne nuit

Hyvää yötä


Au revoir



Au revoir/Salut

Moi Moi/ Hei Hei

See you later

A plus (tard)

Nähdään myöhemmin

See you tomorrow A demain

Nähdään huomenna

How are you?

Comment ça va? Mitä kuuluu?
Fine and you? Bien et toi?

Kiitos hyvää. Entä sinulle?

Thank you (a lot)

Merci (beaucoup) Kiitos

Your welcome

De rien

Ole hyvä



Anteeksi/ Sori

It’s ok/Never mind Ça ne fait rien/Ne t’inquiète pas

Ei se mitään

Nice to meet you

Ravi(e) de te rencontrer/Enchanté Hauska tavata!
Me too/ The same Moi aussi/De même/Pareil

Kiitos samoin


Bienvenue! Tervetuloa



Kyllä/ Joo/ Juu

No Non


What is your name?

Comment t’appelles-tu?

Kuka sina olet?/
Mikä sinun nimi on ?

My name is

Je m’appelle

Olen/ Minun nimi on

I knew that French was difficult but during this first meeting I noticed that teaching French is really a difficult task. Our language is very complicated. We don’t pronounce all the letters of a word and lots of sounds are the same but can be written differently. Moreover, Finnish and French language don’t pronounce letters in the same way. For instance, in France the letters “Y” and “I” have the same sound but in Finland their “Y” is pronounced as an “U” for French people. On top of that, contrary to France there is no gender in Finland so it was a bit complicated to explain that things have a feminine and a masculine and that it depends only on the word, there is no rule. Therefore I teach them some word which show that is a feminine or masculine word:

Feminine word article : une, la, l’

Masculine word article : un, le, l’

Next time our meeting will be more focus on culture. I will cook a typical French meal: Crepes because it will be “Chandeleur Day” in France.

Learning French for the first time – little bit confused but more excited for the next time


Last Friday was little bit special for me in terms of learning. When I usually take a bus to center of Tampere on Friday evening, it is generally for shopping or going out, but this time I made an exception – believe it or not, it was for the meeting to learn a new language – French. I had to meet with Morgane, who is from France and Nina, who is, like me, from Finland.

The purpose was to meet for a cup of coffee and teach each other some basics about our languages, Finnish to Morgane, and French to me and Nina.We had decided to meet  at Cafe Europe which is located in the center of Tampere. The clock was running and I managed to find my way to the meeting place. When I got there, I ordered a hot chocolate to set my mood right and to get relaxed because it was about to go down (not in the terms of partying: D) with a fun group in a stylish cafeteria.

Firstly, I did not know much about the French language or any words beforehand, therefore I was excited and open to learn. Actually, with the wonderful “teacher”, Morgane, I managed to learn basics of French language; as example to say my name:”Je m’appelle Getuar”. Furthermore, I learned some greetings, phrases and numbers. To be honest, initially, since I speak four other languages myself, I thought French must be easier to understand, but that was not the case. To be exact, pronunciation and writing in French was little bit confusing, but on the other hand I learned much more than I expected from one meeting. I started from zero knowledge and ended up with the ability to express myself and have a basic conversation with words like Bye – Salut, Hello – Bonjour, Welcome – Bienvenue, Fine – Bien, Thank you – Merci. Therefore, it was an rewarding and educational experience overall.

As I mentioned above, in terms of learning, the experience was fruitful indeed. I feel I learned much more compared to, for example, sitting in the classroom in a French class. The small group (three people), the location and surroundings (nice, cozy cafe) and enthusiastic learners were the three factors which made the learning easy and fun! Specially, the small group was crucial in order to stay concentrated because when it comes to a new language you can become frustrated pretty easily, but in this case I could ask as many questions as I wanted and Morgane had time for me, therefore I did not get deconcentrated. On the contrary, if I would be at school in a class, I could not interrupt the teacher as many times I would want. On the whole, I think this kind of “meeting and learning” – practice is a really great possibility to learn, and I would recommend it to everyone who has the chance to sit down face-to-face with a foreign language speaker.

Eventually, Nina and I taught Finnish to Morgane. She already new basics, therefore we focused teaching her some complicated issues, for instance: the difference between “väärä ” and ” vaara ”. It is very important in Finnish to have letter ” A ” or ” Ä ” in the right spots, since the whole meaning of the word can change with one letter. Since my mind was still comprehending all the things I learned, I could not teach Morgane as much as I initially planned to, so Nina took the leading role as a Finnish “teacher”. : P Altogether, we all had fun, the hot chocolate was delicious, and we learned new things, therefore it was a Friday evening well spent. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn French, and the meeting gave me motivation and made me eager to learn more. Waiting impatiently for the next meeting.