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EST-GER// A walk in the nature

We met in the morning to do a small nature trail to school. We decided to walk around a lake called Iidesjärvi. There was a bird watching tower near the lake. Since we saw a couple of birds, I revised bird names in German, for example swan is Schwan. We also talked about different trees in our language. I’ve struggled with the German “r” letter, so I also got to repeat that multiple times. The walk lasted almost 2 hours and was very refreshing and allowed us to talk about our interests and future plans.

When we arrived to school we ate lunch together and talked about driving in Germany. I didn’t know that there is no speed limit in driving on the Autobahn. I had also heard that if you miss a turning point in driving on the Autobahn, you’d have to find the next exit and it could make you waste many hours. However, my language partner contradicted the myth and said that you’d find your way back to the Autobahn fairly quickly. I also never knew that Germans don’t mark their cars if they are beginners.

This was our last meeting, since we have already met 5 times (plus the introduction, so six). I feel like I learnt a lot about Germany and their culture. Now, when I meet a German, I actually know what they mean, when they say where in Germany they come from. My German is still not that fluent, however I gained confidence in understanding and speaking.

Up in the tower

Our 4th meeting took place in Pyynikki Observation Tower on offical Tampere day. It was also China’s National day which was very nice coincindence.

With Li and Cui we walked in Pyynikki’s surroundings, talked about nature and our past week. They were really impressed about Finlands nature and sights we had over Pyhäjärvi. Then we went to Tower and then to have tea/cocoa to towers cafe. We talked about China’s National day which seems very grand.

Later on Sisi and Huang joined us and we went to tower for a second time. Li was very brave to come all the way up for a second time even thought he doesn’t like high places <3.

I taught them some very basic nature words like kivi, puu, maa and käpy. We agreed to meet next Saturday and go shopping in the grocery store so I can teach them names of vegetables, fruits and so on ^.^

6th meeting: A quick visit to Vapriikki

For our sixth meeting we decided to see each other in Vapriikki to go to the National History Museum, since we had been talking about moose and deer flies during our last meeting. So, why only to talk, since you are also able to see! As we decided to go on Friday after 17pm, we did not have to pay for the fee, which was very convenient.

As it was about the Finnish nature and animals, I tried to explain Fruzsi and Boti some interesting facts about them. However, during our conversations I realized that Hungary is rather similar to Finland, when it comes to nature and animals. Not so many differences there. However, Fruzsi and Boti told me about some flying insects that do glow while flying, and I don’t think we have such.

For me the biggest outcome of this meeting was to have a nice continuum for the last meeting. To take one thing from a level of words a step up to something concrete. I personally love it when one thing leads to another. Also, since I last time got so exited about the image of a rural Hungarian village with interesting traditional events, I would now very much like to visit one, especially, if they have flying and glowing insects.

The picture above is from a movie The Princess and the Frog by Disney.

9th meeting – Seitseminen National Park

Our group went to Seitseminen National Park! We experienced Finnish family trip with bonfire and sausages. Elisa took her family and we took our friends from Poland who came to visit us these days.

It was a great experience to see so many groups of the youths and kids using the forest in a sustainable way. I was so impressed with people’s awareness in the area of nature and forest. It’s important to educate people how significant is nature and how to take care of it. From the very beginning, children and adults should feel respect to the Mother Nature and this exactly happen here in Finland! Unfortunately in Poland awareness in this topic is still low. I could see a lot of people in the Seitseminen National Park this day and it was still so clean. I couldn’t see any rubbish there. The forest was adapted to spend a free time by local people. There were places to make a bonfire outside on the air and inside in the cottages when the weather is not so nice. Many areas to seat and in every bigger stop there was a dry toilet. Other countries need to follow this behavior. They should learn from Finland how to educate people and how to adjust forest to the people and vice versa. We had an awesome day in the park, watching water birds and enjoying the silence of nature. Guys were cutting the wood and prepared bonfire. Really chill time in the company of our Finnish Family. We also saw some tents in the forest and people were probably sleeping there. These things are forbidden to do in Poland and I am so happy that there is a country when you can do it without any restrictions. Just you and nature. Awesome thing.

I was so happy we were there together. We heard a lot of interesting facts about Finland and National Park from Elisa and Teemu, eating sausages from the bonfire and other snacks. Great day!

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8th meeting: nature and national parks

Our 8th meeting was at the 24th of November. We discussed nature of our countries.

Czech Republic has got 4 national parks. The most famous and the biggest is national park “Šumava”. This park was established in 1991 and its area is 944.8 km2. The highest mountain is called “sněžka” and its from word snow, because in czech the snow is “sníh” and sněžka is word form of it .

Hong Kong is on the costal area and it has a lot special nature screary . For example the hexagon stone. It can only be found in Hong Kong and Ireland. We have a lot of country park for hiking and leisure. For the hexagon stone is already part of World Nature Heritage.
Hong Kong havs a lot of islands for relaxing. One of Jenny`s favourite island is called the Lantau. It have a lot of beach and a fantastic cycling trait. The local have a lot of amazing food. Her favourite desert is mango desert, it is also a must to try when you are there.
Beach is also fantasic there. In summer, many people will go and swim or BBQ.

After their stories I really want to see this beautiful nature by myself and may be sometime I will do it:)



Meeting #8

For the eight meeting, we met up again at my apartment. I’d told everyone about a nature trail in Hervanta that goes around Suolijärvi-lake, and they wanted to go and walk there. Everyone was very interested in Finnish nature, and the trail had a lot of lovely scenery to see and talk about. We ate at my house, and then left for the walk.

We went around the entire Suolijärvi nature trail, which took about an hour and a half. The weather was being typically Finnish – rain one moment, and beautiful sunshine the next. Suolijärvi offers a good view of different types of nature areas. It has a trail that goes right next to the lake, with swamp areas, picturesque streams, crags and old forest around it. There is also a beach for swimming in one part of the lake, but it was too cold to go into the water.

While we walked around the trail, we talked again about Finnish nature, such as different wild animals near here, the different sorts of plants we saw, and what edible berries and mushrooms there would be later in the summer. Haley and Mariona were fascinated by the idea of having blueberries in the forest to pick for free, and thought it was great that Finland has so many different wild berries to try. I taught the difference between the forest strawberry and the field-grown strawberries, the forest blueberries and the bush grown blueberries, and then explained as best as I could about some of the less known berry varieties, such as cloudberry (hilla) and sea-buckthorn (tyrni) berries. We also talked about the weather in our own countries and what’s the best part of the year to visit.

When we got back home, I remembered I had some cloudberry in my freezer that my sister had picked from up north. I defrosted it and made a quick dessert for everyone to have a taste. While it’s sometimes difficult to think of special, Finnish cuisine to serve people from other countries, it was interesting to notice how much of a specialty a simple berry could be. Cloudberries are horrendously expensive outside of the northern countries and aren’t even available in every country. I’d had a steady access to these berries for several years thanks to a sister who lives up north in Norway (and enjoys long walks in the tundra, especially during cloudberry season), so I hadn’t realized how exotic it must be to other people. I was happy I was able to provide a small taste of the exotic berries in this part of the world, especially since everyone seemed to like them a lot.

Other thoughts about this meeting: I prefer having active things to do while learning something new, because it helps you to remember easier and have a good, concrete experience of another culture and the land. While we didn’t have a vocabulary section again during this meeting, I felt that I was still able to impart a lot of good experiences about Finnish culture and about what makes the country special. I always do try to slip in new Finnish words, like the names of the berries and plants we saw, but sometimes just learning about the culture of a country can help to get more interested in it. Being more interested in the culture also makes you more motivated to learn the language, and gives you the best experience in the long run.

Meeting #7

The seventh meeting took place at my cottage. Mariona was unable to make it, but I went there with my brother, Haley and Yeaeun. We’d originally planned for an overnight trip, but everyone was so busy with courses and stuff that we shortened it to a day trip, leaving during the morning and coming back in the evening.


My cottage is situated in Punkalaidun, about an hour’s drive from Tampere. It’s a small cottage, what we in Finland call “mummonmökki”, and it’s not situated next to a lake. However, there was a lot of forest and wheat fields nearby for exploring. During the drive there, we saw a huge flock of geese nearby, and could drive very close to them without scaring them off.

We decided to cook our typical cottage food there, which included fresh smoked salmon (my brother’s expertise), potatoes and vegetables. The store also had some fried muikku (a type of small fish only found in Northern Europe), so we bought some for a snack.

My brother did some random organizing at the cottage, while I went out for a long walk in the forest with Haley and Yeaeun. The forest turned out to be a big hit – even with spring in very early stages and everything being brown, there were tons of lovely places to take photos and get to know finnish nature. I pointed out some edible plants (and talked about all the edible plants available later in the summer), we saw three deer quite close by, and took some small videos of just walking around in a forest. Naturally, the conversation revolved around the differences between Korea and Finland when it comes to nature, and how the people in both countries enjoy it. Most Koreans live in the big cities, so they don’t have easy access to nature. There aren’t any forests nearby, so they travel to the mountains or to the ocean if they want to see wilderness. In Finland, you just drive 10 minutes in any direction and you hit a forest sooner or later (in Helsinki, this might take a bit longer).

We also went through some new vocabulary about food. It was interesting to hear how food-related words are constructed in Korean – to me, they sound like complete names, but they’re actually constructed of the words describing the food just like in most other languages. Seeing the way that food names are constructed made me realise that if I just learned a few of the key words (such as chicken, beef, fried, stirred, etc) I would actually know what I ate when I visit Korea someday.

Along with the words for food, I practiced my Korean pronunciation. Both Yeaeun and Haley had a good grasp of Finnish pronunciation already, and they could pronounce any new word correctly almost instantly. However, I was still struggling with Korean sounds, since a lot of them sound similar to me. I ended up going through the entire alphabet, painstakingly pronouncing each syllable several times. Yeaeun and Haley suggested making exaggerated motions with my mouth when pronouncing them, since it would help. I tried it, and it did help, even if it felt a little silly to me. Finnish is a language that’s made to be mumbled with minimal mouth movement – Korean, on the other hand, heavily depends on mouth and tongue movements to make the difference between sounds. This was a revelation to me and helped a lot with practicing pronunciation.

The new vocabulary: finnishlesson4