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nice korean session

Two days after first meeting, on last Thursday we had first Korean lesson.

In group we decided that it would be better if girls teach me the language not simultaneously but alterating. Following such concept, studying will be easier for everybody.

Honestly, my first Korean session was amazing. I mean, it was mind blowing of course, but still great.

Jihee was discusing the korean alphabet its pecularities and pronunciation.

Quite hard. sometimes I just do not see the difference between some vowels, but desperately trying. Nevertheless, I discovered that some sounds in russian and in korean are absolutely the same! And this simplifies spelling them.

Also Jihee showed me different matches of vowels and consonants and the sounds they produce together. And she presented the concept of writing. Depending on a symbol its writen right or down.

korean alphabet

Meeting 19.11.2014

We met in front of Bonus -second hand shop in Tammela. I wanted to show Hui how people sell their clothes etc. There are second hand shops in Korean too, but they are not quite like the same than in Finland. Here you have to rent a table, normally for 6 days at once. Then you can bring almost anything what you want, as long as they can fit in the table and are not forbidden (like pirate products). You give a price for your products and attach the price tag. But often the tags get lost. Like now, when we saw one nice jacket and there weas no price, we couldn’t buy that. The staff doesn’t know the prices of the products, because many different people are selling them and they name the prices.

After Bonus we went to” Fida” and “Kaunotar ja Kulkuri”. They all are second hand shops, but little different, e.g. Fida does charity. We didn’t find anything special to buy now, but if you need winter clothes for cheap price, I recommend you to visit those places!

Then we went to Tullintori. There is one Asian market. It was so great idea to go there! I asked permission for taking photos and the staff allowed us to do that. Hui showed me some of her favorite products and told me how I can cook Korean food. I liked the seaweed soup what Hui cooked us few weeks ago and now I know how to make it and what is the perfect product for that.

We also went to other shops, Seppälä and Tokmanni. There is Seppälä Outlet and it was a nice surprise for us, cause the prices are lower. At Tokmanni they have clearance sale and really cheap things. We searched a long time for the right candy, cause there wasn’t so much left anymore =) I noticed that actually many candy bags are full of salmiakki. And if you don’t like that, it’s difficult to find the right thing to buy. Huge problems 😉

Finally we went to drink some coffee to Klubi. Like Hui said, it doesn’t look like a coffee place from the outside. But when you go in, you’ll be amazed. The atmosphere and decoration is really nice. While drinking coffee Hui showed me her finnish homework’s and I explained her few things. I’m not the best person to teach finnish, maybe cause the things are obvious for me and I cannot explain why something is like that, cause it just is. For example, in english you say “This is coffee” and “I drink coffee”. But in finnish you say “ Tämä on kahvi” and “Minä juon kahvia. That is something which might be difficult to understand and even to explain.

There was one band doing their sound check for evenings gig. It was getting to be too loud and we had drunk our coffee, so it was time to leave home. During these couple of hours we visited many places and had really nice time together =)

@ Klubis ladies room

Second meeting 2.10.

Today’s meeting was to learn differences about Finnish and Korean culture. Today we didn’t actually taught new languages, but our English skills is getting stronger all the time when we discuss. First we met at the school and then took a bus to the center. The idea was to get something to eat and coffee. We walked by Hämeenkatu and I told a little story of Tammerkoski. If you guys noticed, it was empty for a few days. Couple times in a year they empty the torrent (koski) and at the same time people can go there to find stuff they maybe have thrown there 😀 Like for example rings, bikes, keys, whatever you can imagine..

It’s a nice way to talk different things and get to know each other just by walking. When you see something, like e.g. the torrent, you just start talking about that and then you think about other country, that how is the things there.

Anyway, then we went to Sokos. Sokos is a kind of a shopping centre, in many floors, but the whole centre is a one big store. There is a nice “restaurant” in the lowest floor. If you want to eat good salads, you should go there! I showed to Hui, how the ordering goes there and what does the lunch include. Just showing normal practical, things. At the same building as Sokos, there is Kauppahalli (market hall). We took a little tour there and discussed about things and food what they sell there. I haven’t been in Korea and I don’t know how is the food culture there. Actually, they also have a lot of food ingredients what you can buy, like at the Kauppahalli. If you want to make some special dinner and you need some special things for that, market halls are great place to buy those. Cause normal supermarkets don’t always have all the “exotic” ingredients.

Then we went to Bar K. http://www.bar-k.fi/kkkk It’s one of my favorite places to go to spend some time and drink coffee with friends. You can also go there in the evenings to have some fun and maybe drink some alcohol. The restaurant culture is a kind of different in Korea than in Finland. Here you go to the bartender when you want to order drinks and you’ll pay it immediately. In Korea the bartender comes to your table to take you order, brings order for you and you don’t have to pay it immediately. They’ll bring you the check at the end of an evening, if you want. And you can just leave the money to the table; you don’t have to walk to the desk to pay it.

In Finland people often goes to bar to drink and don’t usually order anything to eat. But in Korea, the thing is like the opposite. You go to eat and drink at the same. If you want to drink, you’ll order also food. Food and alcohol walks hand in hand, if you can say that. Or maybe better way to say it is “If you want to eat, then you’ll order also drinks”. Alcohol is a bit cheaper in Korea than in Finland. The food in market halls is kind of at the same price, but in supermarkets the food is cheaper in Korea than in Finland.

Then about phones and Internet. Here in Finland it’s quite cheap to have mobile data. In Korea it is much more expensive. Your mobile operator (calls, txt-messages and the Internet) can cost even 50-60€. That’s quite a lot.

Earlier I didn’t know that there are saunas also in Korea. Korean people likes to go to sauna. But one thing there is different; they don’t throw water on the stones. In Finnish culture, the more you throw water, the hotter the sauna gets and the one who can stay there longest, is the winner 😉

So this is how it was today, just chatting and comparing cultures. I noticed that there is a lot of same in Korea an in Finland, more than I even expected. Nice meetings today, and next time something special! =)