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.
We met in the morning to do a small nature trail to school. We decided to walk around a lake called Iidesjärvi. There was a bird watching tower near the lake. Since we saw a couple of birds, I revised bird names in German, for example swan is Schwan. We also talked about different trees in our language. I’ve struggled with the German “r” letter, so I also got to repeat that multiple times. The walk lasted almost 2 hours and was very refreshing and allowed us to talk about our interests and future plans.
When we arrived to school we ate lunch together and talked about driving in Germany. I didn’t know that there is no speed limit in driving on the Autobahn. I had also heard that if you miss a turning point in driving on the Autobahn, you’d have to find the next exit and it could make you waste many hours. However, my language partner contradicted the myth and said that you’d find your way back to the Autobahn fairly quickly. I also never knew that Germans don’t mark their cars if they are beginners.
This was our last meeting, since we have already met 5 times (plus the introduction, so six). I feel like I learnt a lot about Germany and their culture. Now, when I meet a German, I actually know what they mean, when they say where in Germany they come from. My German is still not that fluent, however I gained confidence in understanding and speaking.
5 October 2019: First meeting at “Friends and Burger” ( Hämeenkatu 17, 33200 Tampere)
Our group consists of one German(Felix) and two Chinese(Menglin and Man Seng). Through planning , we had decided to have our official meet-up at a particular restaurant for dinner and discussion sessions about this course “each one teach one”.
Upon arrival, we chose a place in the restaurant to settle down. Then, we went to place orders of the scrumptious burger. While waiting for the burger, we did a small introduction of ourselves in English then in German and Chinese. We discuss and chat about our experience so far in Finland, our own culture and traditions, our traditional cuisine and more. There were similarities and also differences between the language, culture and traditions between German and Chinese which makes everything much more fun and interesting to learn and know about.
Here is some basic German that I learned that day:
- Guten Tag = Good Day
- Auf wiedersehen = Bye
- Mein Name ist = My name is
- Ich bin = I am
Although it’s only the first meeting but I think this module are precisely useful to me. This is due to the reason that it would definitely help me to improve my communication skills through all the meetings and meetup. I believe this skill is one of the most important skills that a person needed to have in today’s employ-ability market. Language are fun to learn but I still had to put in more effort in order to fully absorb the knowledge and the basics of a whole new language.
I’m excited for the next meeting and I strongly believe that it’s going to be interesting and fun-filled.
This time we decided to do a proper study at the library. We both took our computers with and opened a couple of triggers that seemed interesting to us. My language partner chose a trigger about work life. So we talked about what are the most common jobs in both of our countries and in what fields do our families work in. My language partner also learnt to pronounce certain words that would be handy in working in Estonia. We also talked about words that are similar in Estonian and German. For example “car” in Estonian is “auto”, as is in German.
I, however, opened a trigger about literature. I did my best to talk in German about my favourite childhood book. I stumbled upon some words, however I learnt a new word and how to say it in the past tense (entscheiden – to decide). I was also reminded again of some grammar rules I had forgotten. I hope to improve even more in my German next time.
For the seventh meeting we again decided to cook. Yeah, that’s the skill that we have really developed throughout this exchange. So we met in Pinja, and decided to bake a Lizer Torte – the dish that is considered to be the oldest cake in history, yet who named it still remains a history. We bought all the ingredients:
- 250 g butter
- 250 g flour
- 125 g icing sugar
- 150 g ground hazelnuts (or almonds)
- 2 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- Generous quantity of cinnamon powder
- A pinch of ground cloves
- A pinch of salt
- Grated lemon rind or lemon juice
- Wafers for layering, to taste
- Egg for coating
- Redcurrant jam for coating
- Butter for the mould
- Flaked almonds, to taste
Though we had a problem with flour because it was for bread and not for the cake, we still mixed everything together and baked it for half an hour and it was great! We put some lemon and bluberry jam on top and it was incredibly delicious! Also while we were baking we played some games together and had a chat about our week. This meeting was a lot of fun!
Once again we decided to cook. Apperently cooking is very fascinating thing to do. I think it really unites people and brings a lot of joy! So we decided we need to make anither Russian dish for Vanessa because w were talking so much about it. The dish is called syrniki (сырники). It is a Russian-Ukranian dish made of quark (cottage cheese), flour, eggs and some vanila exrtact. The look like really fluffy pancakes, served with honey, jam or whatever you prefer and taste amazing! While we were cocking them we had a conversation with girls about food culture and traditions of Russia and Germany, then Vanessa decided to share some anecdotes that German people have about Polish people and gypsis. I think national jokes really describe people’s attitude to life and makes overall impression. We also talked about the appearance of Russian and German people and decided that the light colored eyes are dominant in both nations.
It was a great breakfast and good start of the day!
For this meeting we decided to finalyy make some Russian food for Vanessa. A lot of people have heard about Russian pancakes or how we call them “Blini”, but not that mane people actually tried them. So we decided on who should buy which ingredients: flour, eggs, milk, marmelade and fruits. The blini were so delicious we completely forgot to take pictures of them! We all really enjoyed making then and especially eating:) They turned out really sweet and nice. I will attach a pucture of what they should look like.
Vanessa said that she really liked them, but they are different from what she is used to. I’m not surprised about it, but still happy to share out traditions with other people.
On 19th of March we decided to have a small lunch together at the university. When we came to the place, we realized that there was some special event and people have made a separate table of vegeterian dishes to try. Non of us is a vegeterian but we decided to give it a try and wee pleasantly surprised. Burgers were really good in delicious.
During the meeting we decided to discuss our future plans, looked up some German and Russian recepies to cook and talked about our experience so far. It was a small chat that i really enjoyed and also the change of the food can sometimes pleasantly surprise you!