Last evening we had our sixth Finnish-German meeting. Since Jasmin is currently out of town and my time here in Finland is not too long, we decided to have it online via Zoom and finally listen to Finnish and German music.
We started with Jasmin showing us five Finnish songs. The first one was something like schlager and was called “Kuka keksi rakkauden”. Jasmin showed us the English lyrics, but I soon realised that I was absolutely unable to tell where one line of the song ended and the next began. The second song made it easier, it was called “Mä en pelkää” and was more to my taste in the pop direction. I found the song “Dance Panique” very interesting, which can be classified as heavy metal. This actually met my expectations, because I already knew Lordi as a Finnish heavy metal band, and this was very similar from my point of view. Afterwards I watched the music videos of the Finnish songs we listened to and I have to say that I found them almost the most interesting, because they are so different from the music videos I know from Germany. The wide variety between just a half-naked person sitting and singing to a completely abstruse fight video was very funny.
Then we showed Jasmin a variety of German songs, including genres like rap, good rap with meaningful lyrics like Die Da by Die Fantastischen Vier and “bad” rap with meaningless lyrics like Roller by Apache 207. We also showed her German pop and rock like Tim Bendzko, Annenmaykantereit and Die Toten Hosen. Of course, schlager and folk music was not to be missed either, so we listened to Cordula Grün and Hulapalu, music that is mainly played at folk festivals like the Oktoberfest, but where I come from in southwest Germany it is also played a lot at carnival. Hulapalu is actually Austrian music sung in dialect, so we were able to explain a bit more to Jasmin about how it is created.
Listening to the music was a lot of fun and made me realise for the first time how much different music we have in Germany. So I’m really looking forward to the meeting when we cook together again and listen to music while we do it. But the next step is to go on a little city tour through Tampere on Wednesday.
Today we decided to meet in Zoom to listen to Finnish and German songs. We had a great mix of different genres, such as pop, rock, rap and Schlager (kinda like pop but not quite). I found the English lyrics for most of the Finnish songs and there were even German lyrics for one song called “Pohjois-Karjala” (Northern Karelia) 😀 It was really funny to see the girls’ reactions to the songs, especially the “heavier” song Dance panique by Turmion Kätilöt. After listening to the Finnish songs we switched to German ones and the girls told me that many people listen to Schlager music while drinking and that it’s also played e.g in Oktoberfest. We listened to e.g Cordula Grün by Josh. , Alles als Liebe by Die Toten Hosen and Hoch by Tim Bendzko (Hoch was also used as a song for the World Athletics Championship 2019).
We also listened to some good and bad (according to Meike & Chiara :D) German rap music. An example of the first one was Die da by Die Fantastischen Vier (I liked it quite a lot!) and an example of the second was Roller by Apache 207. It was a lot more difficult for me to understand the lyrics of these songs because there was a lot of slang and the song Roller had many words that didn’t really make that much sense. I feel like the same goes with some Finnish rap songs as well, and I promised the girls to show them some Finnish rap as well when we will cook together.
In addition to the German music we also listened to Hulapalu by Andreas Gabalier. It was an Austrian song with Austrian German and I found it very catchy (it’s still playing in my head while writing this post) and funny. The girls helped me with the words I didn’t understand and told me that the words are often shortened in dialects (Augen -> Augn). I also learned that the letter a is often switched to o (Nacht -> Nocht).
I feel like I could have listened to even more German music because it’s really interesting to get to know more about it – even about the “bad” songs :’D It was also nice to be able to understand quite a lot of the lyrics in German even though without seeing them I don’t understand that much. We decided that we can listen to more music while e.g cooking the Finnish dish which we’re gonna try in a few weeks. Looking forward to it!
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 :<)
I had a traditional Finnish Christmas concert in December. I gave a free ticket to my Japanese EOTO-mate Kurumi and she wanted to attend the concert although every song in my concert was performed in Finnish.
The concert was at beautiful “Pikku Palatsi” (that means “little palace”) in Hämeenpuisto. The place look like this (all pics are taken by Kurumi):
That was totally different way to teach Finnish language and culture – I just sang traditional Finnish Christmas carols (for example Varpunen jouluaamuna). After the concert Kurumi said that she hadn’t understood a word but she still enjoyed the concert!
At request of my students Kaisa and Maija, I turned our 7th session into a meeting that involves German music, to be more specific: German POPular music .(Including German lyrics of course :D)
To be honest, I am not a big fan of German music myself, not at all, but thanks to some German friends and mass media, I know that I definetely had to pick a song by Helene Fischer for this meeting 😀 She’s a famous and pretty good singer within the German “Schlager” genre.
I picked the song “Atemlos durch die Nacht” (means: breathless through the night) because it has been her most popular song and the most played Schlager song during Oktoberfest that year. We listened to her singing and read the lyrics that I printed out. It was a very cheesy and simple-minded song, so Kaisa and Maija could understand it very well with a few word translations by me. Of course lyrics use different words than spoken German to make it sound more artistic, beautiful etc. but with some simplifying, the content was pretty clear to them.
We found out that we don’t like these cheesy love songs that much haha XD Nevertheless, we talked about other German music which is mostly with English lyrics and about Finnish music and Finnish bands (or: How I didn’t know some of them were Finnish until I came here). This time, they showed me a new location: Café Europa 🙂 The interiors were fancy and cozy with furnitures fitting to the “Europe” theme a lot. I guess it was a little bit noisy in a lively and well-visited place like that and we had to wait a while until we could sit down but it was worth it! 😀 Definetely going to visit it again!