This is my first blog post _ever_. That is why I feel a bit insecure writing it, but I hope that I am still able to produce something readable.
I am a 22-year old Finnish girl and my goal is to learn German. Also, I am going to teach some Finnish to my pair. During our first meeting in Kulmakonditoria 4th February we together discussed the contents of the preliminary plan. On 12th February we met again in the same place concerning our first teaching and learning task. Kulmakonditoria is a nice place and it is quite hard to get a table from there, but we have succeeded in having a seat both times.
We both love tea, so we ordered tea and something to go with the tea. Vanessa had Runebergintorttu, which was something that I taught her to pronounce and I also introduced her to the history of the pastry and the actual person Runeberg. We also discussed the pastries that are associated with Laskiainen.
We spent approximately 1,5 to 2 hours in the café and during this time we taught each other to order food (I learned it in German and Vanessa in Finnish), and we made a food-themed Finnish-English-German vocabulary concerning words that where of interest to us. We also discussed the fact that Vanessa would like to concentrate more on my German teaching and learning and she would like to learn only some Finnish.
Here is pictures of our work after we were finished with the food vocabulary (and the great food : D).
All in all, I think we both learned a lot about the languages and also cultures. It was nice to meet at a cafe at this date, because we could see and discuss both Runebergintorttu and Laskiaispulla.
I have noticed that even after a few days I still remember words in German from our vocabulary like Johannisbeere, Blumenkohl and Erdbeere. Now I also remember to write the substantives with capital letter. I also remembr the phrase “Ich nehme…” as I would order something in a store or a café etc.
In my personal opinion, our meeting was awesome and I had a lot of fun!