Hi there. we have had some really busy time at school with projects and other tasks that we couldn’t be posting the last meetings we have had. However, here we are back on track.
In this meeting, we started discussing the way we celebrate Easter in our countries and was there when I found out that people in Vietnam don’t celebrate it and not even something similar. Therefore, I asked for other celebrations they do in that time of the year. Chi, mentioned a popular one called “Trung chu” that literally means Mid-autumn festival. This is specially meant for children, they make a huge parade around their neighborhoods with colorful torches, they are allowed to eat candies, cakes and also get some presents. It seemed really cool and reminded me about those parades with torches I used to do as a kid when I was in the Elementary school.
On the left a typical Vietnamese cake for the Mid-Autumn festival. On the right a big children’s parade commemorating this date.
We couldn’t quite compare these festivals with the way Peruvians celebrate Easter, but I can mention some main features we have for those dates such as the religious approach we have for this time where we visit different churches, listen the mass and also have some typical culinary traditions as not eating meat (chicken, pork or beef) but fish instead. Of course, this features may slightly vary from one city to another.
Hi, it’s Pedro here. I’m taking this course with Chi who is from Vietnam. As she wrote in her blog post, we have started the meetings a little behind schedule because of school tasks and other duties didn’t let us find a common free time to meet up. But at last, on March 9th we had our first encounter
at TAMK library.
Well about the meeting, this was an introductory one where we introduced our countries and cultures. At first, I didn’t realize that we were sharing lots of common aspects regarding our cultural background. To begin with the fact that Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and Peru in South America, both being near the equatorial line makes them countries have a tropical climate. However, both have a mountainous part where temperatures can reach the sub-zero degrees. But the before mentioned is not everything our countries have in common. I found really interesting the fact that our cultures share similar habits and also similar ways to dress up when it comes to some specific areas of the country. For instance, Andean people in Peru and some ethnics in northern Vietnam wear identical costumes, same use of colours and patterns on their clothes. As well as a similar set up of street markets and way of selling the goods in those.
Moreover, a very important similarity we found is concerning food. The use of rice and some other spices in both make the outcome very similar for each country. Soups, rice, noodles, etc. We showed each other our favourite foods and we wrapped up the meeting with that because we got really hungry.
In the left photos Vietnamese food and street market, in the right ones Peruvian food and street food market.
To sum up, it was an engaging meeting the aspects we talked about made it to naturally flow. We agreed to talk about our language at the next meeting, let’s find out if those are also similar.
This evening was a bit out of the blue but, we manage to reunite at Mallashovi. One of the most famous bars among students and sport fans. We came up with a way of practicing the numbers and colours in Spanish and German. While we played we asked to the other team what was the colour or the number in German or Spanish. and so we had a fun evening and we learn and practice the vocabulary.
I already knew before hand the numbers from 1 to 10 but on this evening I practice some new numbers:
|diez y seis
|diez y siete
|diez y ocho
|diez y nueve
The second lesson we held was again in Helsinki on the 8th of October at Café Kaarna in the Forum shopping centre. It had a very relaxed atmosphere with living room-like furniture. The weather was not so good so we just stayed indoors and in one place.
This time we discussed how to find ones way around in Spanish and travel phrases and vocabulary in general. Not exactly a timely topic for me as there are no trips planned to a Spanish speaking country but a common topic to expand ones conversational foundations in any language.
Some example phrases learned:
Perdón, ¿sabes dónde está…? Excuse me, do you know where is…?
¿Cómo voy al aeropuerto? How do I get to the airport?
Tienes que ir en taxi/metro. You have to take a taxi/metro.
A esta dirección por favor. To this address please.
Teneís que ir todo recto y luego derecha. You have to go straight forward and then right.
El crucero Cruiser
El avion Airplane
La calle street
El centro City center
adónde to where
la parada de autobus/taxi bus/taxistop
We sat at the café for couple of hours with my girlfriend quizzing me with the vocabulary and asking some practical example phrases like ¿Como vas a Tampere? – How do you go to tampere? to which I answered Por la mañana en tren – Tomorrow morning by train. In general I’ve been trying to practise my conversational Spanish by speaking phrases in half spanish half english since I realised in how many situations I could say something in Spanish but didn’t know the rest of the sentence. With this technique I found it easier to accustom my spoken Spanish early on because otherwise I would probably just end up putting it off until later forever.
On our fourth meeting we met at Kaffila Café, this time all of us arrived at the same time. We got down to the nitty-gritty and we began our mutual teaching. This time we discussed and practiced some adjectives that are basic for the description of a person and some adjectives for feelings. This are some of the words and phrases we saw.
Mein papa ist klein, alt und fett. That is how I would describe my own father.
After our lesson we discussed our next reunion, this time we were prepared for a German inmersion into their culture, so we choose a great activity, we were going to go to October Fest…
After work I headed to a cozy cafe – Wayne’s coffee to be clearer, to meet with Janica and Gabriela. We were supposed to learn Spanish.
Janica is local, from Tampere. The encounter with Janica was very funny; I did not realize she is already in the cafe, right in front of me on the queue and simultaneously I texted her to ask where is she. She texted back telling she is ordering a coffee and turned around which resulted in both of us laughing.
Furthermore, Gabriela is from Uruguay – from the same country as famous football players Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez. One interesting point about her hometown Riviera is the fact that it borders with Brazil, and instead of having border control in-between, the only thing that separates the two countries and the adjacent cities is a regular street which people cross for normal things like shopping or buying milk. Maybe Mr. Trump should take a trip to city of Riviera and learn about a cheaper border control option than multimillion fence.
Since my starting level in Spanish language was zero, we started learning the basics. As you might imagine, listening to the famous song “Despacito” didn’t give me enough knowledge to speak Spanish, so we started to learn for example how to say the basic sentences shown below:
My name is – Yo soy
How are you? – Como estas?
Goodbye – Hasta luego!
Bye – Chau!
I live in Tampere – Yo viva en Tampere
Good – bien
In conclusion, after the meeting with the girls I was excited about the learning process and I am looking forward for the next meeting to learn more about Spanish culture and language.
Maria and I are ambitious and we want to improve our languages skills fast. So we decided to meet one more time in the Toas city building. There we have good conditions to study focused.
In this class, we did some serious grammar and vocabulary training. In the first half, it was Marias turn. I challenged and tested her with what we have done the last time. She improved a lot and she was almost able to introduce herself alone. Even the spelling was really good.
After that little test, I taught her the numbers. Actually, she was already able to count until ten. So from my point of view I have to challenge her more because Maria is improving really fast and I think it is not so hard for her at the moment.
In the other half, I had to show my Spanish skills. We went again throw my mistakes from the previous lesson. After that I had to explain her my Trip to Helsinki in Spanish. That was really hard for me and I was able to learn a lot of new vocabulary.
We also repeated for me the number until 100 and the we did some Spanish grammar. She thought me the irregular verbs and the declination of them. I also got a short overview about the past. This part was extremely challenging for me. So after this class I have to study the past tense.
I am really looking forward to our next class when I can again challenge my Spanish skills.
Our third meeting was at the main campus, inside the restaurant (Campus Ravita). We met 4pm Friday afternoon. For me it was just normal, because I do projects for the Proakatemia during weekends also.
First we ate and discussed about last week. I can see that that more than one week break is not good, because there is too much things to tell and it takes so loooong time before we can move to real learning.
After our last meeting Emmi did Quizlet about our lessons. This time she showed me how to use it ;). Quizlet is an app where we can test yourself and listen pronunciations.
Emmi had done some plans AGAIN for our lecture (she is our angel). Her idea for third meeting was to study weekdays, question words, werbs and We studied weekdays and personal pronouns. We were quite fast and we had time, so at the end we created some question sentences.
See you next time.
Second meeting at Proakatemia, place where I study.
Emmi have prepared a list what we could study this time, even we didn`t asked her to do anything. I really appreciate her way to make thing happen.
First we had our cup of coffee and then we went to one big room with flapboard. We started with small and used sentences. Diego wrote those sentences in spanish to us and Ella wrote same sentences in finnish to Diego. Together we practiced pronunciation.
Second we studied numbers and third colors. We used same method, because it was effective. One hour went really fast and we decided that next meeting will be one and half or two hours.
Below you can see SOME words 😉
My name is Minttu = Mi dombe es Minttu
What is your name? = Cual es tu nombre?
Good morning = Buenos dias
Good afteroon = Buenas tardes
Good evening / night = Buenas noches
Bye bye = chau (nos vemos)
Bye, see you tomorrow = chau nos vemos manana
Huomenna / aamu = manana (manjana)
Tervetuloa = Bienvenido
Minun asuntooni = A mi casa
One = Uno
Two = Dos
Three = Tres
Neljä = Cuatro
Five = Cinco
Six = Seis
Seven = Siete
Eight = Ocho
Nine = Nueve
Ten = Diez
Eleven = Once
Twelve = Dose
Thirteen = Trece
Fourteen = Catorce
Fifteen = Quince
Sixten = Dieziseis
Eighteen = Dieziocho
Nineteen = Diezinueve
Twenty = Veinte
100 = Cien
1000 = Mil
Million = Millon (mijon)
White = Blanco
Black = Negro
Red = Rojo (roho)
Yellow = Amarillo (amadijo)
Green = Verde
Blue = Azul (athul)
Orange = Naranja (naranha)
Brown = Marron
Gray = Gris
Pink = Rosado
Enjoy picture of us 😀
Chau, nos vemos. -Minttu
In my group we have four people. Here we are:
Three finnish girls
- Ella (left up corner)
- Emilia (left down corner)
- Minttu (it`s me, up right)
One spanish guy
- Diego (right down corner)
We had our first meeting last Wednesday at Pala Cafe (nice coffee place inside Finlayson area). First we talked about our goals for this course. Our expectations were pretty different. One of us wanted to be spanish master after 10 meetings and some of us game to learn basics. Luckily it took just five minutes and we had a clear view how are we going to move ahead.
Diego already knows some basic words in finnish, but he wants to learn more our simple language. Emilia knows few words in spanish, but me and Ella are true beginners.
We had just one hour time to meet so we needed to move on really quickly. We made our schedule for next three months (let`s see how much it changes during this time). Time flied and two of us needed to go, so we decided to share our personal plans to each other by using One Drive and read those before our next meeting. Looking forward to see you next time.