The biggest Finnish festival for students was just a few days ago – Vappu! In order to be able to experience this with all my senses as an exchange student, I and my tutor Suvi took part in various tasks of their student association around the May Festival. This enabled me to get to know some traditions, Finnish terminology and activities related to Vappu. On the one hand, we traditionally prepared the yeast drink Sima, bought the traditional meal for May Day – sausages with potato salad, of course also drank Sima and successfully carried out some activities and tasks together. In order to understand the activities of the pirate.ru student association, I had to translate the explanations from Finnish to English or German every day in order to know which challenges there were to be overcome. This was good practice in identifying the words you already knew and learning new vocabulary We carried out the following activities:
Drink a glass of sima at Plevna
Take a photo infront of the Restaurant “Zarillon”
Take a photo with the 50 years old Näsneula
The sewing of our patches on the overall
Wash the student overalls in public water for the upcoming celebrations
Eat a munkki without licking your lips
A selfie with a May Day balloon
Do your own Spring Challenge – spring cleaning in a creative way was the order of the day
….and so on
I had great fun doing these Finnish activities in connection with tradition, the language, games and fun and was able to add a few words to my Finnish vocabulary.
Hang was there, in the exclusive TOAS building only for exchange students. And somehow it turned out to be Tabea’s current accommodation. SURPRISE :DD
It had really nice view firstly, then came a very cozy kitchen. I really enjoyed the atmosphere there in the kitchen. People gathered around cooking and having conversations. Tabea told me that sometimes whenever you felt lonely, you could just go to the kitchen and then your mood would boost immediately. During our meetup, we encountered many interesting people from many cultural backgrounds. It was nice exchanging ideas with them.
For this meetup, we discussed first Oktoberfest and some of its misunderstandings #justtoletyouknow. Tabea explained to us the real Lederhosen & Dirndl and then showed us some pictures of different German traditional customs for men and women. We were excited to acknowledge the purpose of bow positions of the Dirndl pinafore. I bet you will be amazed at how bow position works! JUST TRUST ME!
Then we moved on discussing time in German and Finnish. Wow there posed some similarities here. For instance, 1:30 in English is half past 1. However, in German and in Finnish, 1:30 is half past 2. We also made a table for easier learning process when comparing 3 languages together. I have to thank Tabea for all of the tables she has made so far, they are so organized and easy to understand.
The next next topic was learning courtesy in German and in Finnish. We also made a table to compare both languages for further analysis. This time showed many differences between two languages.