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#5 la musique

Hello everyone!

Today for our meeting with Ugo we decided to stay at TAMK, the weather outside was too cold to do anything.
That was a great moment, we spend few hours “youtubing” videos and trying to show the other our favourite songs.
Few weeks ago Ugo was listening to FAUVE, French band very famous for its lyrics. It is half rock/Half poetry, very special style. And I was very curious about it.
So we decided to listen to it with the lyrics. Here you can find the video and click for subtitles:

I really like the lyrics I hope you will too.

Also one of Ugo’s favourite band is Justice. Electro music band.

There are no lyrics but they have become very famous in the late 2000. They are famous for being a little bit crazy. The basically made a revolution in the French electro world. Their DVD Across the Universe is also available on youtube if you are interested! Crazy guys…

I am able to conjugate French verbs but I need sometimes to make a little recap to be able to speak great.

J’aime = I like
Je n’aime pas = I don’t like
Qui est-ce qui chante? = Who is singing?
Tu connais cette chanson? = Do you know this song?
Un groupe = A band
Un chanteur = A singer

Music time!

For our fifth meeting Georg an me went to the Y campus at TAMK after a class. We chilled in one of the big couches and started to talk about our planned topic music.

Music is very important for me and my buddy Georg. But I had no idea about Austrian music at all. Sure Austria is famous for its classic stars like Mozart or Brahms, but I did not know that there are also a lot of modern musicians that are really successful on the music market. Georg reminded me that I once posted a music video from Parov Stelar on my Facebook wall. The funny thing: I did not know that he is Austrian. Georg told me that he is famous all over the world as a DJ and a producer, but not that much known in Austria. Crazy story! Here a link to the music video of Parov Stelar:

One of the most famous Austrian musicians was Falco. He was the first Austrian and the first one with a german song who had a number one single in the American Billboard Charts. Falco was a real charismatic guy and had a real fuck off mentality. He was the best example for somebody with a high self-confidence. He always seemed to look down at everybody and was really arrogant. But that was his way to advertise himself and he was really successful with it. Unfortunately Falco died in a car accident. Drugs and alcohol were found in his body afterwards. Here a link for his most famous single Rock me Amadeus:



To do some grammar, I learned the conjugation of “singen” (to sing) and “hören” (listen).

ich singe = I sing ich höre = I listen
Du singst = you sing Du hörst = you listen
Er/sie/es singt = he/she/it sings Er/sie/es hört = he/she/it listens
Wir singen = we sing Wir hören = we listen
Ihr singt = you sing Ihr hört = you listen
Sie singen = they sing Sie hören = they listen


We already reached the half of our study plan and our planed number of meetings. I hope you enjoy my posts and it would be nice if you leave a comment.


1, 2, 3 and go!

Took me quite a lot of time to get my first post done, but here I am! So, during this course I’m trying my best to get more familiar with German, and teach Finnish while doing so. Like Sebastian told in his post earlier, there’s five of us; I, Erica and Eija will teach Finnish for Sebastian and Jaimile, and Sebastian teaches German for me, Erica and Eija.

We used our first meeting on 24. of September mostly getting to know each other a bit, and to discuss about our cultures and practical issues, like the level of knowledge in the language we’d like to learn. For myself, it isn’t so important to learn grocery words and such right now (even though I’d like to gather as wide vocabulary as I can since my knowledge base in German is pretty much zero), so I’d like to focus on learning for example music- and electronics-related words I might need with school and work later on. Another thing is to basically get used to hearing German, because it’s a different thing to recognize written words than spoken.

A rather big practical thing to consider is when and where to meet, since our group is rather big, so we decided to split the group if needed, so that everyone gets a chance to have a meeting. So later on next week me, Eija and Sebastian will meet in the city centre, and a day after Erica, Jaimile and Sebastian will go to Prisma. We’ve had some ideas for future meetings as well, since there’s often something happening in Tampere, let’s see what we can come up with!


On Wednesday 1st of October, we went to café Kaffila with Eija and Sebastian, where we took the chance to learn both Finnish and German. It’s a good thing that Eija and Erica speak both Finnish and German to some extent, so it helps at least me and probably also Sebastian with the basics; writing down the words is easier, if you hear the letters pronounced as in your language. We learnt numbers from 1-10 and weekdays in Finnish and German, and discussed about how the letters are pronounced differently in our own languages. There’s no big difference, after all, with a couple exceptions, where the letters sound like different ones. We also chatted about Oktoberfest and other festivities, and compared some things in our languages and cultures with each other, and Swedish and English. And as it turned out especially later when we went to Anttila (since I wanted to learn some music and electronics related words), there’s a huge deal of words that are basically just the same.

It was a nice addition to notice, that when Eija and Sebastian discussed mostly in German, I could slowly start to get a clue about what they were saying, though far from exact and even farther away from participating, even in English. But it’s improvement, anyway!


For third meeting (from my part) we headed for a Sunday museum stroll with Sebastian on 5th of October; we visited the Moomin-museum, and several different exhibitions in Vapriikki. There was a lot going on in celebration for Tampere day, so it was a good way to talk more about Finnish culture from many different aspects. Our museum trip wasn’t so much about language, but more about discussing history, everyday things and even a little bit (gasp!) politics. One usually should avoid involving politics into a light chat, but I have to admit, that does tell quite a bit about the country you’re in. Hopefully I managed to give Sebastian a good view of at least a few interesting quirks in this part of the world!


That’s all for now, hopefully I’ll be back quicker than starting this took me!