Our ninth meeting took place in the Keskustori. We walked through the people and wandered around the Christmas market. We talked about Christmas traditions in our countries.
The main reason for the meeting of course was the independence day’s festivities. We listened to the music and talked about my feelings and Daniel’s knowledge of Finland’s independence. Because Daniel had gone through the independence day vocabulary in his Finnish course we had the conversation in German. The event got a nice ending with the Finlandia hymn and amazing fireworks.
Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää Suomi! Happy Independence Day Finland!
For our 9th meeting we decided to go to see fireworks to the centrum in 6th of December and talk about the history of Finland whereas relevant to the theme of independence.
Before meeting Fruzsi and Boti I had to think what to tell and how, because I knew that I would need to talk about such events as getting independence from Soviet Union in 1917, ending up to a civil war in 1918, defending the independence first in Winter War in years 1939-1940 and then in Continuation War in years 1941-1944. However, I found this topic a rather political – as those times in Europe were rather confusing by all means – so, I started to feel a bit hesitant to talk about any of this not to say anything wrong or be one-sided. Luckily my friend wanted to share his experiences of his military service, so there was at least something to teach.
History was one of my favorite subjects in primary school. However, for me as a teacher the biggest learning outcome this time was probably realizing that even if I’m a Finn, I don’t remember the history of my own country. I remember events mentioned above roughly, but not in detail. I found myself thinking what happened, but especially why it happened and what would be a neutral way to talk about it.
… After our previous meeting I let Jacqueline and Mariana know that my mexican friends were having a party on friday the 15th. We were going to celebrate the” Independence day” by throwing a big party with food, tequila and many friends.
I arrived at the location of the party with a friend at around 3pm, and shortly after that, I received a message from the girls.
We were the first ones at the location, so I proceed to teach them some basic steps to cook Sopes, which are a Traditional mexican dish:
First, my friend and I taught them how to boil the chicken, and pull it apart, later on, I show them the base of the sope (My friend cooked them one day before the party), a small circle with crust (slightly thicker than a tortilla) made out of corn flour. I then show them how to fry the base of the sope and later on how to put the ingredients in order.
Later on, people started to arrived and it was time for the Mexican extravaganza; food, music and great people ready to party. TO BE CONTINUED…
Our Spanish group consisting of ten people from five different countries – Finland, México, Germany, South Korea and Malaysia – kickstarted our first official meeting at Coffee House near Keskustori last Friday. We introduced ourselves, discussed about our EOTO plans and got to know a little bit more about each other’s countries. We have three languages as main learning goals: Spanish, Finnish and German.
Therefore, as part of our Spanish learning process, Paola and Sofia invited us to celebrate México’s Independence Day together on the follwing Tuesday (15.9.2015).
Despite the rainy weather, our group gathered with 20-30 others (perhaps even more?) at one of Lukonmäki’s grilling place to enjoy delicious Mexican dishes, listen to Spanish songs and get to know new people. I have also learnt some clapping games, e.g. Choco Latte (which our Korean member, Sohee, is really good at) and a game that has to do with sailors and sea (which I would like to learn the words from Paola or Sofia). In addition to that, now I can also do “Piedra, papel o tijera!” with my Spanish-speaking friends in the future.
Besides that, I was told that during their Independence Day, Mexicans dance-sing-drink-party and shout “¡Viva México Cabrones!” as part of the celebration. And cabrones, I have learnt, is a term/slang that could be used in either a positive or negative way.
All in all, it was great party, as we get to see and meet people from different nationalities coming together to celebrate an important day for our Mexican friends. ¡Muchas gracias, Paola y Sofia!
Blog post and illustration by: Chrystal Giam, 13Media