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German-Chinese Meeting #10 Numbers, Weekdays, Months & Seasons

For our final meeting, we decided to talk about numbers, months and seasons and go back a little to teach each other more about the vocabulary than the culture of the respective language.

For numbers, we were really surprised how comparably easy it is since both ways are rather similar to also Engish or Finnish and I guess all of us were pretty good at even saying numbers in the thousands since you just “have to put the numbers from 1 to 10 together” in a certain way. However, there were a couple of interesting differences such as that you are supposed to pronounce the 0 in a number like 102 or that there is a formal and informal version of the number 2. Moreover, I thought it was interesting that Chinese people tend to put a comma after four digits rather than three digits as I am used to – however, in Germany we change dots and commata which is probably just as confusing.

I had to laugh a lot when talking about the Chinese months since they are called 1-month for january, 2-month for february, and so on with “yuè” being the Chinese word for month that just gets added after saying the respective number.

When talking about the seasons, I learned the hard way how important the correct pronounciation is in Chinese since the word for “spring” can also mean “stupid” when pronounced slightly incorrectly.

Overall, I think it was a pleasure to meet my team mates and I learned a lot about the Chinese language and culture of which I apparently knew less about than expected and I hope that I could teach them a little about the German culture and langauge as well. I can really recommend Each-One-Teach-One – also for the aspect of getting to know new, nice people from all over the world!

Counting days – Meeting #2 (Finnish – English)

For our second unit “Finnish – English” we met for coffee in the Tullintori shopping mall. Today more basics of the Finnish language were on the program. Since numbers accompany us very often in daily life, regardless of whether it is when paying at the cash desk, reading and recognizing bus numbers, telephone numbers, at birthdays and much more, these were on today’s program.

We started with the digits 1-10 and were able to move very quickly to various combinations of multi-digit numbers. Here I was able to find a good connection to other languages, since the counting method is very similar to that in Finnish. At first I struggled a little with the pronunciation of the individual numbers, but I was able to combine and pronounce multi-digit numbers very quickly. In a little exercise in which I was given a wide variety of numbers, I was able to practice the correct composition and pronunciation. I was particularly astonished that words and combinations are necessary for such short terms in German and for Finnish numbers.

It continued with the spelling of the date and month name. These are helpful for naming and writing your own and someone else’s date of birth. I found it particularly exciting that some month names can be derived from seasons or activities in this season, such as “kesäkuu” (June, kesä = summer), “heinäkuu” (heinä = wheat, high season for agriculture) and “syyskuu” (syksy = fall / autom “). When we had discussed these terms, I tried to combine and pronounce the most diverse dates of birth with number, month and year. At first it won’t work without written help, but the more I repeat this content of the lesson, the better I will remember these basics.

6th – The Time

23rd of April at a café

On this day we went over several useful words to signify times of day, as well as how the phrase construction in Finnish works when telling the time on a clock. Since I already knew numbers quite well, what was stranger for me were the months due to how peculiar they are. I couldn’t help but find their termination really funny, because “kuu” sounds really similar to the Portuguese word “cu” which translates to butt. On Messenger I talked with a friend of mine from Portugal which was here last semester and she commented on how when she learned the months she and a Brazilian colleague also found it hilarious.

In turn I also explained how time and months were in Portuguese as well as add numbers into the mix, though as before it is hard to find ways to effectively explain how pronunciation of each word works.

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!

 

Meeting # 1

Hi everyone!

Two days ago my Greek counterpart, Ioannis and I met for our first EOTO meeting at Café Europa. We have met before after the kick off at TAMK where we right away talked about what we want to learn and teach each other and how we are going do it. But for our first meeting we decided to hang out at a comfortable sofa at the café, which is a lovely and lively place to stay and to get to know other people.

We decided that we try to both, teach and learn each language at every meeting. So Ioannis started to teach me Greek. Due to the fact that some part of my family is of Greek ancestry I understand a bit Greek but cannot talk as much as I want to. Therefore, we started with the alphabet, which you probably know is totally different than the Romance one. I already knew some letters but it is still difficult for me to say the whole alphabet and to remember all the characters, especially in capital and small letters… We proceeded with some useful sentences and numbers as well as the days of the week and the months. Ioannis wrote everything down and explained it to me whereas I tried to speak out loud what he just taught me. It was really fun to practice it this way and the atmosphere in the café made everything easy-going.

However, after an hour or so my head almost exploded of so many new things that we decided to switch. I promised him that I am going to practice what we learned together, which I of course really want to. I guess learning something that you want is much easier than learning something that you have to.

So, it was my turn and Ioannis wanted to first of all practice his German speaking skills. I was really surprised how many words he knew and that his sentence building was quite good. We were talking almost an hour, asking us questions and gave answers and he tried to build every time new sentences and used words he just learned from me. His understanding was already really good and if we practice more often like that I am pretty sure that he will soon understand a simple German conversation and will be able to respond quickly to questions.

What I realized is that, because I am from Switzerland and we usually speak Swiss-German outside of the school, which is by the way quite different than German, I sometimes have to think what that word in German is or how I build that sentence now. However, I just have to get used to speak more German with him and that little problem will solve itself I guess.

So far, our first meeting went really good and it made lot of fun. I realized it because the two hours passed so quickly and there was no second where it was boring! I cannot figure out any problems that will arise during out meetings so far and I think that Ioannis is a really easy-going and interested person, which will make our meetings fascinating and lively.

Definitely looking for the next one! 🙂

Oh, and we totally forgot to take any picture… what a shame, but we will do some next time! 😉

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