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Meeting 2#: Watching football…again!

2 weeks since our last meeting – but in contrast to last time we will this time go and watch football… wait a moment. That´s the same we did the last time? Doesn´t matter – football is great and in order to give the meeting another setting we went to SoHo-Bar today to watch the game of Borussia Mönchengladbach (yes, Oscar had to learn how to pronounce it) against Manchester City.

Today we talked for instance a lot about our most favorite football clubs. Because since we all come from different corners of Germany, we all like different ones. We tried to explain why fan culture in Germany is very important and which clubs and fans don´t like each other and why. So this was also a very good way for Oscar to get common with the names of big cities in Germany, like Munich, Cologne or Freiburg.

I also talked with Oscar about cities in Mexico and that there are a lot of clichés how we as European imagine them to be. For example we always see this image of almost destroyed city sides where drug wars are taking place, surrounded by never-ending wastelands. In fact that is the truth…but just in a very few corners in Mexico. That Mexico also has a great culture, nice beaches and wonderful landscapes is often neglected by the media around the world.

Netherless it was a cool evening with interesting talks, although Mönchengladbach lost the game and Freddy was really sad 😀

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Meeting #1: Ilves vs. Marienhamn (Football)


We are now almost quite a month here in Tampere and had today our first each one teach one meeting. Instead of just sitting somewhere inside we decided to profit from the still warm weather and watch the football game of Ilves against Marienham.

It was a really nice experience since I am not that often in stadiums to watch football. But also because it was a good possibility to get to know each other better and do some first vocabulary. We talked a lot about sports, of course especially football and its importance for us german guys as the most of you will probably know. Furthermore we were quite astonished that besides football, baseball, basketball and also bullfighting are quite common in Mexico.


Meetings 7 & 8

Meeting 7

During this meeting we baked oliebollen. Oliebollen are a dutch delicacy. The closest thing to it that you can find in Finland is munkki. Oliebollen are usually made on the new years day only. We had a ready made mix where you only have to add water so the preparation process was quite easy. When the dough is ready you drop spoonfuls of it in hot oil. The oliebollen stay in the oil for about 5 minutes until they are golden brown. After that you just need to sprinkle them with powdered sugar and they are ready to be eaten!

While shopping for ingridients (mainly just a lot of oil) I learned some useful phrases that might be handy to know when visiting for example a shop or a bakery

Where can I find…? = Waar kan ik … vinden?

How much does this cost? = Hoe veel kost dit?

I would like to have this, please = Ik wil graag deze, alstublieft

Where can I find the fitting rooms? = Waar zijn de pashokjes?

Pay with cash / card = contant betalen / pinnen

Discount / offer = Korting / aanbieding

Price = Prijs

Receipt = Bonnetje

Meeting 8

For meeting 8 we went out to watch some football. During the break we compared Finland and Holland in terms of how people make football into a profession. Here in Finland it seems that most people who work for small clubs also have a ”real” job aside coaching or playing. I personally haven’t met anyone who would have a purely football-realated profession here. In Holland most coaches work full time. Also in Holland people have a lot more to chances to make it into the field of football since there are a lot of different football clubs there.

Three in one

Since our first meeting we have met three times. Lazy as I am, I will make a summary of all of them in just one post.

So, on our second meeting we thought it would be nice to compare some customs in Finnish and Dutch culture because it seems like a subject that we can both benefit from. The first thing that came to mind was that in Holland it’s normal for people to keep their shoes on when entering someones home. In Finland everyone takes their shoes off indoors. The second thing was about how people speak their minds. Finnish people are commonly considered to be silent and they don’t express their feelings very openly. Dutch people are more direct in their conversations and they aren’t afraid to speak their mind. Complaining was also a thing that came up. In both cultures complaining is quite a popular thing. Nothing is ever right but no one really does anything to improve the situation either..

Third meeting was about business culture. I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t make a fool out of myself if I ever happen to go to a job interview in Holland. First impression is important so we began talking about clothing. Mark explained that most offices in Holland allow jeans but in a meeting you always wear something better. Colours don’t really matter that much. Using colourful combinations of clothing is usual for example in the marketing sector. I also learned that people often like to have small talk before discussing business. This odd and scary thing called “small talk” seems to be popular in every other country than Finland. Here we just go straight to business. Also you shouldn’t address people by their first name initially or talk with your hands in your pockets. I should also prepare myself for loooong negotiations due to the Polder Model. It means that everyone is entitled to have a say in the subject in hand. The Dutch people tend to talk about an issue until everyone around the table is happy with the solution.

For our fourth meeting we went outside to the cold. The meeting consisted of football, the sport that is more popular in Holland than it is in Finland. There are quite some finnish players who play for clubs in Holland, for example Mäenpää, Moisander and Kangaskolkka (the man who played a grand total of 80 minutes last season). For a dutch man football is more than a passion. It’s something that makes men at restaurants or at wedding receptions leave their wives at the table and walk to the kitchen with a tv to not miss a match. There is also a street where people cover their houses in orange during euro- and worldcups. I have experienced this dutch football-madness once in my life when people gathered at a square to welcome back the national team that lost the final:


Anyways, the goal (ghehe) of this meeting was to teach Mark some finnish words related to football. And what better way to do it than to walk to a field and yell some words in finnish when ever there was an opportunity for it. As a teacher I think the experience worked fine since repeating the words constantly with context was better than going through them somewhere else.