It’s time for our first lesson!
Danh and me met online in a zoom meeting on Saturday 12.09. It was our first official meeting and it lasted 1,5 h, each of us was teaching for about 45 minutes .
Danh is in Vietnam so the only possibility of meeting for us is through Zoom. The first lesson was really exciting! In italian we went through the alphabet and some basic words and expressions. In Vietnamese we went through the alphabet and the different sounds that are formed with more letters. Vietnamese is hard!
The pronunciation for Danh in italian is quite easy, he’s very good at it. For me it was a bit more challenging because the sounds in Vietnamese are very different than in any other language that I speak. I am still very motivated and aiming for an A2 level!
We will meet every week and also go through the things we did on our own at home. It was really fun to have this first lesson with Danh and I am looking forward to learning more and getting better!
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For this session, Joona and me decided to do something special so it does not feel too repetitive to always have the session at the same place or time. So we organized with our friends a cruise to Tallinn and back. It was short but really nice to enjoy the boat and time with friends. It was my first time ever so quite stressing but also excited 😀
During the cruise, it was challenging for me as we decided beforehand that we would speak Finnish, there were no special topic of learning, it was mostly talking about Finnish culture for students and improving my understanding of Finnish. It was enjoyable to see how much I can understand even if speaking is still quite hard as I am afraid to not be understood. We worked on that and I feel a little bit more comfortable talking in Finnish now. This is the view from the balcony when we left Helsinki on Friday evening.
For the teaching part, it mainly focused on Joona´s objectives to learn useful French words and sentences for a trip to Paris. And, as in Paris it is really common for tourists to enjoy the boat cruise on the Seine, we decided to take advantage of our cruise ship and I talked to him about the cruise opportunities in Paris and how it works to reserve it either in advance or straight in the city. Some new words were learned and overall it was interesting for me to talk about that topic because I studied French tourism for several years and it is always nice to share my knowledge about something I know good.
I had a really good time during this cruise and it feels good to know a little bit more about Finnish culture, musics and to visit someplace that is apparently common for Finnish people to visit: Tallinn. I am really looking forward to our next Each One Teach One session next week 😀 !
I met today (8th March) with Joona for our first meeting. We decided to meet up at my flat and our meeting lasted about two hours. 1h during which I was learning Finnish and 1h to teach French.
– For the learning session, I had two main objectives; I wanted to learn about negative sentences in past tense, with some new verbs and vocabulary as well as help me with my Finnish language exercises. It was great to have him to teach me all of these because now I feel more comfortable speaking in the past tense and I understand the grammar a lot better. Furthermore, having him to help me with my homework was really nice as he explained me the lessons with his own words and helped me understand the exercises.
– For the teaching session, Joona wanted to learn the basics at first. We started by the alphabet. That was a really fun moment because even if it is almost the same as in Finnish, the pronunciation is a lot different. I enjoyed teaching it to Joona! We helped ourselves with the “alphabet song”. In addition, I taught him the numbers until ten and used pictures that “explained” the pronunciation using phonetics. It was really useful!
At the end of our 2h, Joona showed me a video of a stand up comedian making fun of the Nordic countries, and explaining how Finland is different from the other Northern countries. It was a really nice moment and I learned something about Finnish culture!
This was a great session because we started by setting goals for this meeting and we managed to do everything we wanted to 🙂 Really looking forward to our next meeting next week!
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 😍
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 our 2nd meeting we went swimming and sauna to Kaleva’s uimahalli (Tampere swimming center). Even thought few of us had a little cold it was so much fun!
My boyfriend Toni came with us too to support and guide Lee, so he wouldn’t feel lonely. I was with Cui, Huang and Sisi (a new chinese friend!)
I was so proud of them how well they handled Sauna. We talked about swimming and relationships in Sauna before going to swim. I was suprised that they don’t swim in chinese schools.
After the swimming we sat down to cafeteria to learn few things. I taught them numbers from 10-20 and how numbers are formed (tens-ones) and family members.
I learned family members in chinese and learned there are diffrent pronounciation for A: ā, á, ǎ, à and a. I also learned that chinese alphabets are not pronounced as they are written. Pronounciation is a clear problem for me xD.
We agreed to meet next sunday to have chinese home made dinner with them! I am anxiously waiting to eat some chinese!!
Yesterday (Wednesday 12.9) was my groups 1st meeting in Moro Skybar. My two chinese friends had bought another chinese friend Ruonan with them and I bought my classmate Meri and my boyfriend Toni. I was worried it would be awkward but mood was very relaxed and easy with some hot beverages and juice.
My chinese friends were very impressed by the beautiful view we had. We changed a few words before moving onto learning part.
I taught them numbers from 1-10, weekdays, months and seasons. They asked some other questions like how to pronounce their home addresses here in Tampere and how to say I love you <3 and so on. It was very funny and delightfull to teach them and we concluded finnish R is hard to pronounce! I have to agree chinese isn’t easy either!
They are very intrested in finnish nature, so we agreed to go boat trip to Näsijärvi next spring/summer with my boyfriends boat and do some spring celebration on Spring.
Some of the things I learned:
-I love you: =Wo ai ni
-How to write my name: 珍妮
Our next meeting will be in Sauna next week! I am anxiously waiting to see how that goes and learn more~~
With our third meeting we decided to visit the Moomin museum. I was really excited, because the Moomins were definitely a part of my childhood. I always watched the tv show when I was younger.
The museum was really nice. You could grab a book at the entrance and the book was basically your guide. This was a good way of exploring a museum in my opinion. Elisa grabbed a Finnish book and I grabbed an English one and together we explored the museum. Elisa knew a lot more then I did, because she has read all of the books and I haven’t read them. This was good for me, because she was my second guide.
Another thing I really liked about the museum was the fact that a lot of scenes out of the books where created in an exhibition piece. Because of the books really came to live. It was also fun to hear the stories and looking at the exhibition piece at the same time.
The best piece in my opinion was the Moominhouse. There was one really big exhibition piece and that was a replica of the Moominhouse. This piece is absolutely beautiful, and the details are amazing. It felt like exploring a giant doll house.
Elisa and I both grew up with the Moomins, that’s why we decided to teach each other the names of the characters in our mother tongue. In the following picture you can most of the characters with their Finnish and Dutch name.
We also did both a test called: Which Moomin character are you? You can do the test over here: https://www.moomin.com/en/which-moomin-are-you/
According to the test I’m Moomintroll.
It was a really nostalgic day for us! It was awesome. If you are in Tampere, I recommend you to definitely visit the Moomin museum!
After intense learning, we decided to do some relaxing topic related to facts and fun facts about 2 cultures: German and Finnish.
Here are the lists of facts that we discussed so far:
1, German culture:
- In German, “thanks” means no. If someone asks you “Would you like a drink?” and you say “Danke”. That actually means “No, thank you.” But if you say, “Bitte” or “Please,” that means yes. So, to recap: “Thanks” means no thanks, and “please” means no. Wish I had known this before my trip to Germany 🙁
- The middle finger is ILLEGAL. A driver can even report your license plate if they see you throwing up the one-finger salute, resulting in a lovely police letter and a fine.
- Drinking alcohol in public is illegal.
- October festival does not start on October.
- On the first day of first grade, every child gets a giant cone filled with toys and candy.
- People do not sing the whole national anthem.
- People from the north will not understand people from the south fully due to dialects.
- Other countries speak German as well.
- Different names of same food in different parts of Germany.
2, Finnish culture:
- There are more saunas than whole national population.
- Finns love coffee.
- People have to wave hands for the bus to stop.
- Avanto-ice diving is very popular.
- Skiing, ski, iceskating, snowboarding and icefishing are popular hobbies in winter.
- Personal space: 1 meter from each other please!
- It gets colder up north.
It have been a while we did not meet each other. As we are busy with university works and different activities. Evgeniia, Martina and me visited a finnish cafe in the city center. It was really cozy and relaxing place.The cake was so tasty. Meanwhile, enjoying a piece of Finnish pastry and a good cup of coffee, we were discussing about the culture shock we have in Finland and How the culture different than where we are from.
Even Finland and Austria are belonging to Western Europe, the norms and belief are so different. For example, Austrian are more care about title of a person; Finnish are more on the side of equality. It is interesting to see different norms in different society.
It’s the different, make our world a better place.
I am looking forward for the next meeting. 🙂