14th of November 2020 / 4th Meeting
This time we met at Cafe Katto which is a nice little top floor cafe located in the Finlayson area. We chatted about school and life in general and then started our language studies. First, we read through the previous word exercises and started to study some basic verb conjugations. I explained the importance of pronouncing the double vowels and consonants in Finnish as if that gets missed, many words might change their meaning. I showed some examples of it (kissa: a cat, kisa: a race/competition, etc.). We also told each other some more rare but quite possible terrible mistakes you can make with both languages if you are not careful. xD Some more useful everyday sentences were also taught again.
The cafe had an outside rooftop terrace where we went to watch the city before it got completely dark. It was a nice view of the city and fortunately, the weather was not that cold yet. There was some curious group of people walking around the edges of the rooftop. It turns out that if you wanted to, you could book a trip to walk around the top of the whole building wearing safety ropes. This time we were satisfied just by taking some photos of the view at the terrace. ;D
In the end, Chris showed me some popular German music and I made him listen to some Finnish music too. We wondered if there were some good TV-series which could be helpful in learning the languages and decided to search for those options for the next meeting. I had never been to that cafe before so it was a nice new experience, and I will surely revisit the place some time again. 😀
View of the city from Cafe Katto rooftop terrace.
4th of November 2020 / 3rd Meeting
For this meeting, we decided to go to Vapriikki Museum. Vapriikki is a museum center that hosts many exhibitions each year with varied themes, including history, technology, and natural sciences.
We spent most of the time there in the Finnish Museum of Games which showcases the Finnish gaming culture and tells the story of how digital gaming in Finland started and developed over the years. You can also play their games from different time periods and we tried out some childhood classics. We knew most of the popular ones but there were also quite many old games which were new to me. There were some unknown and unique Finnish games for Chris as well. In addition to digital games, the museum had an arcade where you can try coin-operated games starting from the 1970s. I think we went through all of them but my own favorite was the old Nopeustesti (The Speed Test) in the corner of one collider. 😀 The museum shows some history of Finnish board games too. That was interesting to see as the boards usually represented outdated maps and old frontiers of European countries.
We also checked the Rupriikki Media Museum’s new exhibition. It showed historical communication technologies that were used at Tampere city in the past. It really highlighted the advancement and significance of information networks in today’s world. We also visited the Mineral Museum and had coffee at the Museum’s Cafe in the end. The time went fast and it was an interesting cultural and historical experience for both of us.
This morning Sofia and me had a video call in Microsoft Teams. Our plan was to play a game where one of us draws and the other one guesses in Finnish/German what it is. Of course we had some technical problems and I was not able to share my screen, but we just improvised a bit.
We focused on sports and nature, cause we didn’t talk about it before, but also drew some other things. One of the words I learned today was for example “rullaluistella”, which means rollerskating. It was really fun to learn new words while playing a game! It was actually pretty hard to draw on the computer, which is why we had quite funny outcomes, for example Sofia’s sammakko (frog) :D, unfortenately we don’t have a picture of it.
After the other person guessed the word we also wrote it down, so it’s easier to remember it later!
Last Thursday Sofia invited me to her place, we had planned to cook or bake some Finnish food, but I didn’t know what exactly we would make. When I arrived she had already prepared dough for Korvapuustis!
When we started to form the Korvapuustis we figured out that it’s actually not that easy. First, we had to get a bit creative, because Sofia doesn’t have a rolling pin, so we rolled the dough out with bottles, you can see it in the picture! Then we put a bit too little cinnamon, which affected the taste a bit, but it was not so bad, they still tasted really good! 😀
For both of us it was the first time making them and I think I can say that we succeeded!
The smell of cinnamon and cardamom inspired us to talk about different Christmas traditions and Christmas food. We already planned to go to the Christmas market in Tampere, hopefully it doesn’t get canceled because of corona!
We also went through baking/kitchen vocabulary again, like oven – uni – der Ofen and sugar – sokeri – der Zucker.
Luckily we made so many Korvapuustis that I was able to take some (well, quite many actually) home, but now I already ate all of them… 🙁
24th October 2020 / 2nd meeting
This time I met Chris at his apartment, and we did a little walk by the lake Näsijärvi and went for a snack at Pella’s cafe. During the meeting, we were able to get through quite many words and sentences in German and Finnish. We were not only talking a lot but also used a Word document where we wrote the numbers, the weekdays, some colors, and useful sentences. We read them through and discussed the pronunciation of the letters.
For me, the pronunciation part is tricky as the German language has some sounds that do not exist in Finnish (like the German ’r’) or in any other language I’ve studied before. It was a little mind-blowing to find out there are at least three different ways to pronounce the letter ‘s’ in the German language. There seem to be quite many changes in the pronunciation of the letters with different words, so I’m curious to understand more about that in the future. I’m glad that some words seem to resemble English (for example the days of the week) because that helps me to remember them.
Chris did an excellent job pronouncing those Finnish words we went through. Luckily it is often said that Finnish is not the hardest language to read or write, as every written letter is always pronounced with the same sound and each sound is written with the same letter. Despite that, long vowels and double consonants can make it a bit difficult as mistaking them can easily turn into misunderstandings, but I will dive more into that next time.😉
On top of the language studies, we talked about some history and traditional events from both of the countries. We also discussed more of our studies, work experiences, and interests in the Interactive Media study field. Later that evening we went to hang out with some of his friends, and all I can say is that it was a really fun and eventful day! I look forward to the next meeting and to learn more! 😀
Wednesday 7th October 2020 / The first meeting.
Chris and I decided to have our first EOTO-course meeting at a cafe. My sister came too as she wanted from the beginning to occasionally join the studying. First, we introduced ourselves and talked about some basic background information to get to know each other. Chris is an exchange student from Germany who quite recently arrived here in Tampere, so it was interesting to hear his first impressions about Finland and this city. He had already picked up some common words in Finnish but had not studied the language. My level in German was the same as I have visited Germany once and got some friends from there but never studied the language before.
We started from the basics and went through some greetings and other common words and phrases. Even though Finnish and German are very different we found some similarities between them – for example, the use of alphabets is more similar than I expected as in German they also use the letters ö and ä. Also in both languages people like making ridiculously long words by combining them together. Besides studying the language there was some discussion about Finnish and German culture and the stereotypes too. The meeting went quickly and was really nice! I look forward to getting to know each other better and learning more German in the future. 😀
It took us a while to arrange our second meeting, because our schedules were quite different and we were busy studying for uni, but now we finally did it! Yesterday afternoon Sofia visited me at my place and together we made “Kartoffelpuffer”. They are a bit like pancakes, but made out of grated potatoes. You can eat them both, sweet and salty, we chose sweet, so we ate them with apple puree.
The cooking was a good opportunity to revise some kitchen and food vocabulary, such as “kulho” (bowl) and “keittiövaaka” (kitchenscale). 🇫🇮
Since we were making German food, we also listened to some German music and compared German and Finnish food and grocery stores. When I moved to Finland it was quite surprising for me that the stores are open on Sundays, because in Germany they are always closed.
For our next meeting we are planning on cooking/baking some Finnish food, I’m excited how that will turn out!
Sofia and me had our first meeting in Café Puisto in Tampere yesterday evening. Luckily we are both in Finland, so we were able to meet in real life. It was really nice to meet her and we had a lot of fun together!
First we talked in english to get to know each other. We had many topics to talk about, for example our studies, especially starting to study in this “corona time”.
Then we talked about some basic topics like introducing ourselves, talking about family, animals and countries in german and finnish.
I already know the basics of finnish, so my goal is to speak finnish a bit more fluently and it definitely helped to talk to Sofia.
I feel quite confident when speaking finnish with Sofia, because she understands me well and speaks really clear and understandable! 🙂
It has been a while since Sofia last studied german, so it was a bit hard for her to remember some words. Nevertheless she still managed well, for example in describing her family in german!
We both figured out that it’s quite hard/almost impossible to remember new words without seeing them written down, so next time we will write down new vocabularies for sure!
This is our first meeting so, this meeting is mainly for knowing each other. The place we chose is a burger restaurant called Friends & Burger. Since we have not learnt each others’language before so, we decided to start with the most basic sentence. To be honest, it is quite interesting that we made a comparison for the same sentences between our languages and we found not every sentences can be translated literately😂. Meanwhile, I found my favorite pronunciation ‘ch’ in German which is quite difficult for me to speak at the beginning.
This is what I learnt from first meeting.
Ich bin Menglin.——I’m Menglin.(This sentence include ‘ch’ which is my favorite sound)😎
Mein name ist Menglin——My name is Menglin
Guten tag—–good day
Auf wiedersehen—-goodbye(formal) or Tschüss ( informal, usually to a friend)
By the way, the burger is super good.😜
5 October 2019: First meeting at “Friends and Burger”
你好 (Ni hao),
我的名字是 菲利克斯 (my name is Felix).
Our groups first meeting was held in Tampere´s downtown to eat dinner we, as two Chinese and one german, all can relate to. Here we found the opportunity the disuse more about our goals for the course and plan out the next meetings as well as get to know each other more.
We decided to exchange phrases right at the first meeting to use and most of all to improve our language skills in every next meeting. Therefore, in addition to a greeting, we teached and learned to introduce ourselves.
Based on that we found it very interesting to point out differences and similarities in our differences in our languages, cultures and traditions and we’ll find more in the near future.
We were able to leave the restaurant with a better understanding of each others and our first learned words, which felt like a great start.
Starting with the impressions of this first meeting I look forward to continue this course and I am confident in the success of upcoming meetings as well as in the knowledge we exchange and the joy we can share.