We decided to take a relaxed stroll and go to see the Christmas Market for our last meeting. It was full of Finnish products and handicrafts, which was very nice and also a deep dive into Finnish handiwork culture. I bought beautiful red earrings made from birch tree for Christmas. We had fun seeing all the Christmas decorations and got a little bit into Christmas spirit since neither of us had decorated for Christmas.
I’m feeling a bit sad that this was our last meeting since we have had some very interesting conversations and learned a lot from each other. Of course, last mandatory meeting doesn’t mean we cannot see anymore but our lives are very busy. I’m happy I took this course and I have found it eye opening at it’s best. Happy new year!
Today we met for the very first time with Lu at the school library in TAMK. We discussed a lot of our lives and got to know each other a little bit. It was very interesting too see how China and Finland are so different kind of countries, yet we found common ground and share same expectations and difficulties as a generation. I think we are going to have fun and get along fine during this course.
As I am new to Chinese language Lu taught me some basic phrases like saying hello, I’m sorry, I like you and so on. I’m fascinated how beautiful language Chinese is, both written and pronounced, although I think my attempt to write Chinese was like 3-year old’s. We also revised Finnish phrases and pronouncing.
We also talked a little about our lives as students, housing conditions and so on. Now that I have seen pictures of the school Lu goes to in China, Shandong University, I can’t help but to feel amazed. It looked very futuristic and wonderful. Perhaps I will see it with my own eyes someday.
Every Saturday evening I know that I will meet Maksim and Ilona and I really look forward to these meetings, that makes it even sadder that these are our last meetings. But we are trying to have fun, enjoy each other’s company and do our best in studies.
That Saturday I was after work and felt sick, but our meeting is a must! I couldn’t skip it, I had a small surprise for guys, one of my Russian speaking friends joined us and actually, she was a great help for me in explaining some really difficult things to guys. We went quickly through some exercises and even though we faced a really difficult grammar topic as a dative I was so glad to see that guys almost don’t have difficulties there! So proud of their progress! 🙂
Our last meeting was EOTO’s Pre-Christmas party at 28.11.18.
We met at TAMKOs Solu. Our usual gang was there with few extra. We played Chinese word game where game leader gives one, same word to everyone but one. Then everyone has to describe their word and after one round everyone has to guess who has the different word.
While we played, we ate some snacks and Warabi Mochi (Japanese delicacy) that Moe had made. It was quite diffrent from what I have ever tasted but quite good. I was sad to learn they don’t like salmiac 😭
(Picture from Japan entire.com)
This was our last, official meeting with my dear friends but we agreed to meet outside EOTO too since we have gähad so much fun and why stop now?
This course was one of the best courses I’ve had during my 3,5 year in TAMK ❤️
Organized by Li and my other awesome Chinese friends (+one Japanese) we met at Cafe Purnauskis, which is a famous cat Cafe in Tammela. I have wanted to go there for so long but I didn’t have anyone to go there with.
We had all been busy with school and other things, so it was nice to relax for a while😊 Huang came too with her EOTO partner, Moe. Also Sisi was there too.
Cats were so cute and nice. They didn’t care about me but liked to play with Li and others. We talked a little bit about Christmas and New Year. Cui invited me and my boyfriend to spend Chinese New Year with them on February 😍
Yesterday we continued our language learning journey at Hanna’s place. Hanna made a “finntastic” ham-cheese-pie for us which we enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere while there were soft Christmas songs played and us having a good conversation about what has happened over the last week. It’s really nice because meeting on Monday and therefore, starting the week with our EOTO get-together has almost became a tradition over the last couple of weeks.
Now, that it’s nearly December and the semester is ending soon we decided to give it a go and see how far we have come. Every one of us gave the others in their target language an overview of oneself. It’s great to see that we all managed to learn good pronunciation and some basic language skills as well. I’m really sad, that our time in Tampere is almost over and so is this course. It’s been a good decision to join the course, even if I was a little late. 😀 I met three wonderful people and learned a lot about the Finnish language and about Finland on the way. I will surely continue learning and hopefully coming back to Finland in the future. If I return it’s hopefully not just for holidays but maybe for a lifetime.
In order to have more time for studying, we decided to arrange our meeting in the evening this time so nobody would be in a rush. We wanted to meet in Pella’s cafe, Maksim was a bit earlier to the meeting and he said that the place is really crowded, then I offered to go to the cafe Europa, I’ve been there a few times and I saw that there are usually a lot of students working on their assignments. We are continuing the work with the Finnish-Russian books named “Пора!”This time we decided to pay more attention to exercises and vocabulary. And that was more challenging than just reading 😀 But I think we managed pretty well!
We remembered hot to say days of the week, months, seasons, talked about favourite subjects at school, practised how to say time and many other useful things in everyday conversation. I really liked studying in that cafe, it is a very cute place, but probably it is better to come for studying during the daytime because in the evening (especially Saturday evening) they put music on and it’s time to relax1 😉
This time we enjoyed our time at the Tampere Festival of Lights. I had trouble of finding them since there were so much people! There were music, light art and some fireworks! Li and Cui had their usual gang with them (Sisi and Huang).
It was very nice event even thought stage was little small and quite far away. Pete Parkkonen sung very nice love songs. Firework was amazing and more prettier than our Independence day celebrations. They said they liked it very much.
After event we walked around the city admiring lights of the city that were now lit. Because it was already so late, not many places were open. We talked about the purpose of the Light Festival, little bit of local history and just general stuff.
We ended up going to Plevna Cinema to warm up and decided our next meeting date.
(Picture is from Valoviikot facebook page, I forgot to take fotos :<)
After a weeks break, we could arrange our schedules and meeted at Ratina Shopping Center. This time the agenda was to learn clothes, colours and accessories. We had prepared short papers for each other with most common clothes and colors in english-finnish and english-chinese.
I learned that colors forms describing word +sè. Like grey is “dirty color”, so it’s Huī sè. Same goes for many clothes, example pants and shirts. Duǎnkù (=shorts), “Duǎn-“ is short and “-kù” at the end means pants, so short pants.
After a long visit in Kappahl, we were all so hungry that we went for lunch in Golden Unicorn (Li’s and Huang’s workplace). Food was so delicious! I really loved fried chicken and ice cream with fried banana.
On a pretty Saturday morning, me and my chinese friends + Tony, met on Sokos. They had wished I could teach them finnish names of the basic foods, drinks, desserts and so on. I had already prepared a paper for them with most common finnish foods.
As we learned, we disscused diffrences between Chinese cusine and finnish cusine. I learned that in China, chocolate is very bad compared to Finnish chocolate. Maybe it’s because Finnish chocolate is pretty preservative free and made in Finland?
It was also intresting to learn, that unlike in finnish, chinese words are based on something. Like Blueberry (Mustikka) is in chinese Lánméi, meaning blue colored berry. “-méi” means berry. Also that “Huang” means yellow.
We didn’t plan our next meeting yet, but it will hopefully take place this week. We are already half way done with our course! I hope we will still keep in touch after it ^^