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(Not so) first meeting

Henry and I met at Ycampus today from 12.30 to 14.30 to finally work on our language skills. We are in the same degree and same workgroup, so we know each other pretty well by now. The first period has been a bit busy with tons of group projects so we both decided to start in the second period.

I started with teaching French to Henry, we went through his French course material to see if there is something he wants to review or not and tested his French to see what he remembers from the lessons. He did pretty well. Our main focus today was pronunciation, I let Henry read out loud texts and I would help and explain when he pronounced something wrong. The nasal tones are especially hard for non-native speakers. After that, we went through a few verbs and I gave Henry a book called le Becherelle, ( aka the French bible as I call it) it’s a book for conjugation and grammar, so he can use it for his course.  But we will talk about verbs more in-depth next session.  We also did some small talk in French, how to introduce yourself and looked at some fruits and vegetables. We revised numbers from 1 to 20 and then I taught him the numbers up to 1000. It’s not that easy to count in French! 99, for example, is when you translate it literally, four-twenty- nineteen. It doesn’t make any sense! But now he can say his phone number in French. That’s what i call a great success! I really enjoyed teaching Henry, he is a good student 😀 I think we are pretty in line with his learning outcomes.

After that, we looked at the first chapter of Suomen Mestari, one of the most popular Finnish textbooks. I have done the first few chapters half a year ago, so I wanted to review it with Henry and talk about my Finnish pronunciation, especially the Finnish “r”. Henry said I shouldn’t focus too much on it, so I will try to listen to his advice. We practised some pronunciation and then we went on reading the first few texts of the chapter. I was surprised by how much vocabulary I remembered, but there were some words I couldn’t remember, Henry helped me with the translation. We revised the days of the week and also numbers after 10, fortunately for me it is easier to count in Finnish as in French!

We talked about small talk and discussed the way Finns greet each other and say goodbye. Because I noticed that there are so many different ways of saying hello: moi, morro, morjes, moikka, hei, terve and saying goodbye: moi moi, hei hei, heippa, moikka, or just moi or hei. But there is still a slight difference to it. Henry agreed but also said I shouldn’t focus too much on it. In Finland you can say whatever you want basically, he said. That sounds so Finnish.

Overall, I was surprised by myself that I haven’t forgotten everything, but I still need to face one of my biggest “fears”: talking Finnish. I need to take more courage in speaking but I think I will be ready next time to actually have a conversation in Finnish with Henry. Next time we will look at the second chapter, on my way of becoming a Finnish champion 😀

Chinese-Finnish Library meeting

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.

First meeting

I met with my pair for the first time on 21.2.2019. The meeting took place at TAMK, and we ended up finding a table in the library. I’m teaching my pair Finnish, and as it was the first meeting, we started from some very basic stuff; we went through the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, months and some basic greetings, as well as how to introduce yourself in Finnish and talked a bit about pronunciation and writing.  All in all, it was very fun, and I really enjoyed our meeting.

First meeting

We had the first meeting today. We have met in Tampere’s Music Academy, in a little cafe. We’ve introduced and spoken about our countries, future professions, work, Finland and how we had learned English before.

I noticed that in this situation was easily to speak English then in lessons. I didn’t have a lot of practice in English but it was nice to speak with someone who know that I am learning English and it is not perfect.

Our topics was about our countries and we have found out home-places in map. It was great to find something together.

We have told each other about our life.

I think it is good way to study language when you can speak about anything in unofficial situation.

We have planned our next meetings and he wondered that I drive bike in winter.

First Finnish-Russian meeting

It was our second first meeting already, before our official first meeting me, Ilona and Maksim cought up in the university to see each other and discuss what are our expectations of the course, what do we want to learn and where do we want to meet. We decided to meet in the Public House Huurre. It was a bit hard for me to find the place, but with help of Google Maps I managed to meet my new friends.

When we met we ordered food and drinks and had time to know each other better, trying to use Russian and Finnish words. I was surprised with my level of Finnish it was better than I expected it to be!   I’ve learnt how to katso a menu, tilaa hampurilainen and of course say kippis! After that we decided to play a board game Alias. It’s a word explaining game, we modified rules a bit so we could study through playing: we just tried to use only Finnish and Russian for explaining words and I have to admit it was really good practice. Sometimes it was difficult to explain something, but this feeling that we all learning and we have nearly the same level of language we want to know made us more confident in speaking. During this game I learnt quite a few words:

Repairing – remontti – ремонт
Blood – veri – кровь
Self service – itsehuolto – самообслуживание
Bathrobe – kylpytakki – халат
Tiger – tiikeri – тигр
Chair – tuoli – стул

So I can definitely say that it was super productive and I had real fun! I believe that this is the best way to learn language. Se oli ihana guys! See you next week 😉

Our First Meeting

Last Monday the girls and I had our first meeting. We went to a cafe and I had a piece of carrot cake, which was delicious but really expensive (I’m not used to these kind of prices yet).

During our meeting we talked about what kind of thing we would like to do during this course and we came up with some great ideas mainly focused in trying to show each other different aspects of our culture. Because we’re four spanish talking girls and one finish, we thought we could share with Anni the differences between each one of our cultures. We also talked about what do we want to learn about each language. I think these course would be so much fun and the girls seem so kind already.

Now I leave you with a picture of the leftovers of our amazing meal:

The leftovers of our first meeting

First meeting

Gayeun, Laura, and I had the first meeting this Friday.

We met at Tampereen Vohvelikahvila which is a small café and stayed for about 2 hours there.

We taught our own languages to each other eating some coffee and waffles by using some handouts prepared for the meeting. Above all, the waffle and coffee were good.

we started off with basics such as the alphabet, numbers, and greetings or something. I was taught some words and expressions by Laura, but these aren’t familiar to me, so it wasn’t easy for me. Also, Laura probably felt difficult in learning Korean, because Korean has nothing in common with Finnish and English. We didn’t do many things at our first meeting, but it was a good start. I’ve never taught someone my mother tongue in English, so it was pretty awkward for me. I believe everything is going to get better over time.

I think we’d better talk about not only language but our cultures next time.

I’m looking forward to our next meeting.

Studying between waffles

Hello!

Today we met for the first time to study each others languages, Finnish and Korean. We went to Tampereen Vohvelikahvila, a famous cafe in Tampere for it’s delicious waffles. It is quite cozy little cafe, small, but very popular.

The whipped cream on my and GaYeons waffles had time to melt a bit, but the waffles were tasty anyways. I do recommend!

We had prepared some studying material, for example alphabets and introductions to teach. There is quite a difference between Finnish and Korean alphabets, and some sounds are strange also. Some letters in Korean alphabets sounds exactly the same for me.

Here is a picture, where you can see the Korean alphabets, and some material, that I had prepared. In my material (on the right side of the picture) there is words in Finnish in the first column, then the second column is for the English equivalent, and then there is empty column to put translation in Korean. We also went through numbers 1-10 in both languages.

As a teacher I gave GaYeon and JunHyeok a lot of information about Finnish language, and I hope I didn’t confuse them with my passionate explanations. 🙂

In the future, I think I have to think more carefully how I teach, and maybe add some useful complete sentences to the material. It is a bit difficult to teach when you don’t really know where to start.

As a student learning Korean, the most difficult thing to me to learn will be learning to pronounce the different sounds correctly. I am glad that I have two teachers, because everyone teaches differently, so I will learn in two ways and maybe understand a bit better.

All in all, I think we had a great start for our language learning sessions, and we get along really well. I’m looking forward for our next meeting.

-Laura

First meeting: Getting to know each other

Hello! I’m Tiiu, a 20-year-old finnish girl. I’m studying social services at Tamk for a second year now. There are three of us in this learning group: me, Kaisa and Renata. The languages and cultures are finnish (surprisingly..) and portuguese. I really knew nothing about Portugal, not the language nor the culture, so the learning process for me was about to start from the bottom. Our first meeting took place at a cafe. We decided to use our first meeting just chatting and getting to know each other better since we hadn’t really talked that much beforehand. We thought that after we learned to know each other better the whole process would be easier, more interesting and also we’d get a lot more out of it – you know, the teaching and learning stuff.

 

While getting to know each other we discussed about some cultural stuff and also compared the languages just a little. It was mostly me and Kaisa (we both being Finnish) asking Renata how it has been for her being here in Finland. How the weather has felt, since it’s so different here. We talked about the places to visit here in Tampere at this point of year and that have we visited them – the museums, skating routes, some student activities (..mostly parties and because of that, bars/clubs) and so on. We told each other about our lives, like family and home. Since Renata had been in Finland for a few weeks already, she knew some basic finnish. How to say hello and ask what’s up for example, the most basic stuff. Me and Kaisa wanted to know those in portuguese, so that we’d have something to start with. Unfortunately we didn’t write them down while we were at it, so I had to look them up on internet afterwards (how to write them I mean). So I learned that in portuguese, hello is olá. Asking what’s up can be done in multiple ways, for example “tudo bem?” or “como está?”.

So our first meeting went quite well – it was nice and we got to laugh. We got along well and for that reason I’m looking forward to our next meetings – maybe we’ll even have a clear subject next.

 

Firts meeting

We met at the TAMK´s library at our first meeting. First thing we would do, was plan our future meeting´s and expectation´s. Mirwaisi knows finish much more than I know Persia. So, he has to start for the basic´s whit me. While my teaching is more about conversation and correcingt his grammar.

 

Persia

First Mirwaisi taught with me Persian alphabets. We star learning by turning my name Anna to Persian alphabets. And some other words e.g. my daughter’s name Maija and Afganistan, which is Mirwaisi´s home country. I learn about that there are as much Persian speaking people as German speakers. So the language area is quite big. I learn also that people in Afganistan speak Dari and the Tadžikistan´s speak tadžik and the Iranians speak Persia, but they all understand each other’s. In the end Mirwaisi shows me some internet links where I can discover more about the language.

 

Finish

At the end we talk in finish about our free time and our hobby´s. Turned out that we both like to do sport. Mirwaisi go to the gym very often and I like to move outdoors by running or bike. We ended up planning our next meetings. How we going to go playing some different sport. Next time we will go to the swimming hall toghether.