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School lunch and snow fight


We met at Tamk and ate lunch together, we talked a little about Christmas plans and school. We sat next to the window and saw group of students playing with snow, situation escalated to snow fight. And that’s how you recognize exchange student; when it’s snowing  most Finnish people just whisper “perkele it’s so cold” and run inside faster than Usain Bolt. But foreigners just go nuts. Probably we would too if we saw snow for the first time. It was fun to watch because everyone were so happy and excited about a thing that we are so used to. We hate snow but we also love it.

English – Finnish – Spanish

Snow – lumi – nieve

I don’t speak finnish – en puhu suomea – no hablo finés

Snow fight – lumisota – guera de nieve

I’m paying with my card – maksan kortilla – voy a pagar con tarjeta

with cash – käteisellä – en efectivo

Where is ..? – missä on ..? – Dónde está..?

How are you?  – Miten voit? – qué tal?

How’s going ? – Mitä kuuluu?

How you doing? – Miten menee?

How much ….. costs ? – Paljonko maksaa.. ? – Cuánto cuesta ?

What time is it? – Paljonko kello on? –  qué hora es?

Gossip – juoruilla – cotilleo

5th Meeting – Walking Around the City Centre

Why should you always meet indoors when you can walk around and talk about what you see? That’s what Nadiia and I thought and so our fifth meeting was outside. We met at Keskustori and started walking from there.

What comes first to mind when you try to think of subject to talk about? The weather! At that time there was typical Finnish winter with rain and slush but I also taught some nicer weather words such as aurinkoinen and lämmin (in Finland those are quite rare phenomena, especially in autumn, winter and spring). I learned that “loska” (or some word that is pronounced like it) means something totally different in Polish. Of course when you don’t write these down instantly you forget them… But I assure you it was funny!

We walked past the Tammerkoski and I told Nadiia about students’ Vappu (Labor day) traditions. Then I taught here how to say different directions in Finnish:


(Isn’t this cute, I made it with paint)

After the walk we headed to the Living Room to get some snacks. There I repeated the words I had taught for her and we also talked about Russian language.

All in all, it was a nice day (except the weather).