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Italian dinner – Italian and German girls´diary pt.7

Hello to everyone!

Saturday evening Anna, Marta and me met in Lapinkaari (mine and Marta´s place) to make the most typical Italian dish……. PIZZA! First of all we bought all the ingredients: flour, yeast, water, salt, oil, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, oregano and sausages (obviously you can put what you want in your pizza, it depends from your taste); after we mixed them and we left the dough rest to rise for one hour and a half. When it was more or less the double of before, we started to give a shape to our pizza flattening it and we put all the ingredients on the top started from the tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sausages, oregano, oil and salt; after we put it into the oven for more or less 30/40 minutes and finally we ate it! It was not perfect because it should rise a little bit more, but Anna liked it so this is the important thing for me.

Make pizza is not so difficult but is not also so easy because you have to know how to mix ingredients, how to flatten it and also how much ingredients put on the top, but I think that the most important thing is the love that you put doing it. For Italian people, pizza is like a religion and when you are going to make it, your mind has to be free from you problems and you have to concentrate only in doing your pizza, just in this way it will be good.

I think that Anna enjoyed a lot make pizza with us and we tried to teach her in the best way possible. Next time she will teach us how to make a typical German food, I am looking forward to do it!

See you soon 🙂
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Body’s parts – Italian and German girls’ diary pt.6

Hi to everyone,

last sunday Marta, Anna and I met at Anna’s place to learn body’s parts.

It was very funny and I realized that Italian language is very difficult also to teach and there are a lot of exceptions that are not easy to remember. But a lot of German words are the same in English so it wasn’t so difficult this time to learn (just this time ahahah).

This is what I learned in German about body’s parts:

  • Head=Kopf
  • Face=Gesicht
  • Hair=Haare
  • Ear=Ohr
  • Eye=Auge
  • Nose=Nase
  • Mouth=Mund
  • Neck=Hals
  • Arm=Arm
  • Hand=Hand
  • Finger=Finger
  • Leg=Bein
  • Foot=Fuß

And this is my funny (and a little bit ugly version of me) draw about body’s parts in Italian language:20170331_164809

See you next time with a very tasty surprise!

Culture exchange – Italian and German girls´diary pt.5


For this culture exchange day we decided to meet friday 24 of March at the Watami Sushi restaurant to discuss about our different culture eating a good sushi. We talked about our main festivity and how to celebrate them. For example I discovered that in Germany there is a festivity called “S. Nicolaus” where german people use to put during the night between the 5th and the 6th of december a pair of boots outside of the door waiting for San Nicolaus that will put inside some sweets and tell some stories. In the south of Italy, where I live, we don’t have this habit but for example the 8th of december we celebrate the “Festa dell’Immacolata”, during that we use to start to decorate our houses and make the Christmas Tree because it means that the Christmas period is starting. About the Christmas event more or less we have the same habits but for example we use to eat “arrosto” (a roll of meat with cheese, vegetables and ham inside) or other dishes like “lasagne” (kind of pasta cooked in the oven), “Panettone and Pandoro” (two typical Italian sweets); in Germany Anna told me that they use to eat the “Martinsgans” (Stuff goose), the “Glühwein” (mulled wine), “Christstollen” and “Plätzchen” (typical german sweets). Other different festivity are for example the well-known “Oktoberfest” (typical german festivity where the main topic is beer celebrated on September) and “Tag der deutschen Einheit” (National Unity day celebrated the 3rd of October) in Germany and “Festa della Liberazione dal Nazifascismo (Liberation day from Fascism celebrated the 25th of April) and “Festa della Repubblica” (Republic day celebrated the 2nd of June) in Italy.

We discuss also about our different time to have meals, for example we have breakfast at the same time in the morning because of the school/work (usually 6.30/7.00 a.m.), but in Germany they have lunch at 12.00 and in Italy we use to have lunch at 13.30/14.30 and about the dinner time, in Germany they use to have it at 18 but in Italy we use to have dinner at 20.00/21.00.

It was a very interesting day today because we found a lot of differences but also many common things between us and both of our countries have a lot of typical dishes for every festivity. Anyway the sushi was very good but we ate a lot so after our meeting we come back home full of food in our stomachs to have a nap and rest a little bit.IMG_20170324_144651_935

See you soon, bye bye 🙂

Prisma Supermarket – Italian and German girls’ diary pt.4

Today is Sunday and like all Italian people use to do, we went to the supermarket.

I really like do the Grocery shopping because is a good way to spend time with your family/friends. Today we learned a lot of food’s name and how to have a “shopping conversation”. At the beginning it was easy because more or less fruits’ names are similar (Banana is my favourite word because more or less is the same in all the world), but when we started to go through meat and other shelves, it was no longer so simple. In Italy there are a lot of kind of pasta and Anna was really interesting about it so we spend more than 15 minutes just to explain her all the pasta’s shapes that you can find in Italy (I really like to show people  typical italian food because is one of the most famous thing in Italy and also because i really like cook Italian food). I never imagined that a so easy and short word like PIG, could be so long and difficult if traslated in German: SCHWEINEFLEISCH. Anyway i really had fun today because it’s a very good and alternative option to learn food’s name having fun and in this way it’s also easier to remember because you can associate the name to the object. It was a very useful day also because we made our grocery shopping all togheter.

See you at the next meeting! Tschüss!

New York cafè – Italian and German girls’ diary pt.3

On Tuesday afternoon, after a good coffee and a delicious cake, Anna, Marta and I started our third meeting of “Each one teach one” in New York cafè.

Last time we didn’t finished to explain all the numbers because we were a little bit tired from the practical training and the University, so for this time we decided to start from numbers between 11 and 1000. In Italian language, numbers are not so difficult, infact Anna was very good and she learned them very fast. In German language, in my opinion, they are easy until 10, but from 11 to 1000 they are very difficult and full of consonant! I think that I will train a lot on write them correctly and also on pronunce them in the correct way. After numbers we start to go through days and months and I learned how to say my birthday: “Ich habe am 16 juni Geburstag”. More or less months are very similar and i didn’t found problem to learn them (At least one thing is easy =D).

Time goes very fast when you like do something and for us is everytime in this way. I am very happy because, also if it is difficult, i am learning a lot of new words and how to make short sentences.

See you soon! Lot of kisses from the cakes’ addicted!


Our first meeting at Oma Cafe – Italian and German girls´ diary pt.1

Hello! I am Melissa and I am an Erasmus nursing student from the city of Padua (Italy).

I will spend here in Tampere just three months so i decided to enroll in this course in order to learn as much things as possible and also to meet new friends and spend good time with them. I decided to start to learn German because in my country I have already studied Spanish and French and I am really interesting in learning also this difficult language. For this reason, my Italian friend Marta and I, met the German girl Anna the 2nd of February at Oma Cafe. During this first meeting we talked about our own culture, country, field of study and also about ourselves in order to know better each other and to start to decided how to plan our “Each one teach one programme”. We went to Oma Cafe because is a very familiar location where you can taste very good cakes and drink a good Expresso (the first thing that we taught to Anna is the “Italian coffee break with Expresso”).

From this first meeting I learned that not all German people are serious and strict like they seem (maybe cause of their strong accent and pronunciation), because Anna is a very nice girl with a sweet voice also if she is speaking German. I also understand that German language is very difficult because is full of diphthong, consonant and strange sound, but it will never be more difficult than Finnish language, so I am very hopeful to learn the basics of German during this meetings.

It was a very nice evening and I am sure that the next meetings will be very interesting and full of fun!

See you next time, Auf Wiedersehen!









El Rey de Constantinopla or l’ Arcivescovo di Costantinopoli? First meeting Spanish/Italian

Ciao! It has been a week from our first meeting in TAMKO’s office -Arianna and I had our first meeting last Monday. We were surprised at see how fast time passes; we spend about two hours and a half talking!
Il mio nome è Karla –a basic phrase I’ve learnt :D.
Our first meeting was awesome! I knew that Arianna has some knowledge of Spanish, so I started talked in Spanish to test her. I found out that she has a good level!
After learn how to pronounce s, c and z in some Spanish words, we talked a bit about famous singers in our countries and which ones we already met. It was awesome to know that we like the same Italian singers Il Volo, Eros Ramazzotti, Andrea Bocelli and Laura Pausini, and Cristian Castro from Mexico.

I was surprised when Arianna told me about the different dialects are spoken in Italy, and how is difficult to understand them because they depend of which Italian region are you –I thought that they only spoke Italian.

We were learning at the same time about our countries and our languages, many vocabulary; some words such as palazzo/edificio/building, villa/casa de campo/big house, notte/noche/night, etc.

Alphabet and numbers are pretty similar in our languages, but there are some differences in pronunciation –my favorite part. I believe that for everyone is amusing listening to foreigners trying to pronounce a word correctly; it was not such that with Arianna, but it was for me tough. And, what could be better for pronunciation that some scioglilingua/trabalenguas/tongue-twister?? We had a great time doing this!! During 30 minutes we had too much fun with tongue-twisters in Spanish and Italian, and I found out that some are similar, here’s an example:

Se l’ Arcivescovo di Costantinopoli si disarcivescoviscostantinopolizzasse, vi disarcivescoviscostantinopolizzareste coi come si è disarcivescoviscostantinopolizzato l’ Arcivescovo di Costantinopoli? -Italian

El rey de Constantinopla se quiere desconstantinopolizar, aquel desconstantinopolizador que logré desconstantinopolizarlo, un gran desconstantinopolizador será. -Spanish

And it wasn’t all. Before our classes, we had lunch together and I teach Arianna how to distinguish Spanish accent from South American and from Mexico.

Without a doubt, it was a wonderful meeting!



Each One Teach One #10

For this 10th and last meeting, Bea and me decided to go to Turku. Two friends joined us, and we can consider that we spend the full day to this meeting!

On the Road to Turku!We reviewed our course about the “directions”, the way to describe a map…etc., with the use of my GPS. To go to Turku, I put my GPS in French, and I asked to Bea to guide me, and to come back, I put it in Italian, and used it directly. Finally the vocabulary used by the GPS was quite easy, and the arrows on the map on the GPS screen helped us, in case of doubt!😉

Italian RestaurantWe had lunch in Turku, and our desire was to eat Italian, or French food. Finally we went to an Italian restaurant. One of the waitresses was Italian, and Bea directly asked her to speak Italian. It was the first time, that I spoke Italian with someone else than Bea. Of course I’m not bilingual, (at least, not yet!.), but I have been happy to note that I was able to speak basically. However, I had to ask her to speak slower.., because she was speaking too fast for me. For one more time, I have been lucky to eat Italian food, and it was very good. I really like this type of food!


Then we had a walk and visited Turku, it was sunny day, and we spent a very good time there!


It was our last Each One Teach One meeting, and also one of my last day before leaving Tampere.

I’m a kind of sad, because of the end.., about everything!..but like Bea says, “don’t be sad because it’s almost the end, be happy because it happened!”. And she is right, I’m happy because it happened!

Each One Teach One was a great experience! Now, I have basic knowledges about Italian, but I also learnt many things about the Italian way of life! With Beatrice, we promised to each other to meet again; it will be time for me to visit Milan, for Bea to visit Paris!

I really hope Bea will be ready for her French exam!


Thank you Bea! 😊


Each One Teach One #9

End is coming.., and for this last “theoretical course”, I mean about the language skills, in French as in Italian, we had only the verbs and the tenses left.

As usual, I know that I’m repeating myself, but that’s important to know, Bea knew already a lot. For her home examination, she has to be clear with indicative and imperative tenses, logically with the negative, interrogative and intero-negative forms as well, and with the auxiliaries. For this course, I had prepared tables, with the different tenses for regular verbs, and a specific one for the main irregular. That’s funny, because, even if French is my mother tongue, I got some doubts, and I had to check if I was right! Finally, it was a good exercise for me too!

Then, I introduce to Bea some tools, to know “when use which tense”. For example, in French, to speak about the past, we can use the “imparfait”, to speak about “long action” which happened in the past, and the “passé simple”, to speak about “short action”.

ex: Nous étions (imparfait) au restaurant lorsqu’il commença (passé simple) à pleuvoir.

About our Italian part, Bea had prepared tables too, because I wanted to know, and know how to use, the most common verbs. She taught me, in the present and in past tenses, the verbs: to be, to have, to do, to say, to go, to see, to want, to eat, to drink, to like. Thats right, at the end of the course it was a little bit confused in my mind, because I discovered many things, but in the same time the notes were very clear, so, I should success to learn them! 😉

For ou last course, we would like to do something funny, we don’t know what exactly, not yet, but we will let you know in our last article! 😊

Each One Teach One #8

For this 8th meeting, Beatrice and I decided to work again about the language skills, to complete our program!

Dessin élève écoleAs usual for the theoretical work, we met in quiet space, and we even met each other in real classroom which was free, at Tamk! We were almost as a real teacher and a real student! 😉

Bea started to teach me! She taught me vocabulary about the colors, the family (with the different family members), and the animals. We already spoke about those subjects we did before, but we worked on them more seriously and I took some notes. As those subjects as easy and quite fast to do, we also worked on vocabulary about new’s headlines. Even if I’ll not be able to understand a Italian article, understand some headlines can be helpful, to have an idea about what’s happening in the world!

Then, it has been my turn to be the teacher! From our program, we had many small topics to study, and one more important. For this meeting, we worked on the part with many small topics. More specifically, I prepared a course with the personal pronouns, the prepositions, the adverbs, and finally the comparisons and the superlatives. It could look awesome, but most of this points are more “things to know” than “things to understand”, and Bea already knew most of them.


I’m asking myself if I really learn things to Bea, because she is better than she thinks!