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4/ Spanish Dish

For our fourth meeting, we decide that we want to make a popular Spanish dish. The place for this new meeting was in the Tanja and Magdalena’s house. It’s a cute Finnish cottage, so this time again we learned about different cultures in a place that is representative of a country that no one known before this semester. So, Xavier decides to make a “Tortilla” : a Spanish omelet. I already ate that dish before, because I went much time in Spain but it was the first time that I make it by myself ! I’m not especially a cooker so it was funny for me to try to make it.

Vocabulary :

Tres patates                             Trois patates                              Drei Kartoffeln
Una cebolla                              Un oignon                                   Eine Zwiebel
Cinco huevos                           Cinq oeufs                                  Fünf Eier
Sal                                                Sel                                                  Salz
Aceite de oliva                        Huile d’olive                              Olivenöl
Una sartén                                Une poêle                                 Eine Pfanne
Una espátula                           Une spatule                             Ein Pfannenwend
Un batidor                                Un fouet                                    Eine Schneebesen
Una ensaladera                     Un saladier                               Eine Schössel


During the dinner, we talk about traditional dishes in each country or the things that we love to eat. For example, we talked about paellas and the different one according to the region of Spain but also the different ingredient that you can add in a tortilla because I already ate one with chorizo so I asked Xavier if it was something normal or just a strange tortilla created by a restaurant.

It was one of the meetings that I was really waiting for because the “cooking evening” is the only meeting that we were sure to make during this semester. By the way, I am not someone that cooks often so it was really funny for me !

After that the german girls shown us which dish they will be prepared for us !


learning useful sentences during traveling Germany

Our third meeting took a place at Katri’s house again. I and Hyejin really enjoy meeting there, since there are three lovely cats.

We started off by talking what we learned at second meeting. Reviewing we can remind it. Today our goal is studying about sentences that are useful when I travel Germany.

At first, it was indication.

Person present English
Ich bin I am
Du bist You are
Er/Sie/Es ist He/she/it is
Wir sind We are
Ihr seid You(people) are
Sie sind They are or you are(polite)
Das ist This is
Das sind These are

To practice this and review last things, for example, the sentence “what is this?” is “Was ist das?”.


We then moved on to studying our main purpose that is learning useful sentences during traveling Germany.

In Germany, there are three question words to express “where”; Wo(where), Wohin(where to), and Woher(where from). From my traveling experience, it is important finding an information in every country and city. Therefore when you want to say “where can I find the information?”, you can say “Wo finde ich informationen?”. And if you don’t understand, it is “Ich verstehe nicht.” In germany, making a negative statement is using “nicht(meaning not)” at the last of the statement.

At that moment, I thought I should listen carefully until German finishing to say their words, because of “nicht” being at the end. J

The other situation is expressing “where is the bus/train station or airport?”.

To say the word “bus/train station or airport”, we should learn the vocabulary.

You know, there is also three different “the”; der, das, and die.

I still have a difference to which word I apply. Katri said it is quite different to explain, so I should study the vocabulary with “the”.

And Katri let us know a useful app “learn German”.


I look forward to next time meeting. Thanks.

#1 – EOTO starts! How to teach German in a One-Way Learning Group

On Thursday I had my first meeting and lesson with my 3 German students! 🙂 We’re a one-way-learning group of 4 students with me teaching two Finnish girls and one exchange student from Portugal. I personally was very excited about this because this also meant managing interests of three different students while teaching a language. I have been teaching English to a younger student back then when I was in high school  and I hoped it would be around the same now, but frankly, that was some years ago and now I have 3 students instead of one, so I was nervous about this one.

We met at Keskustori fountain and then decided to go to Coffee House because we wanted to get a table and be in a warm place. Luckily we had enough space and I just shoved two tables together to get a big one hehe 😀

Because they all wanted to learn how to talk and hold conversations in German mainnly, we started our session with how to introduce ourselves in German, then we moved on to the basic pronouns and the verb “to be” = sein in German.

Basically, I did some kind of introduction and basics roundup with them. I explained some specialties from the German alpahbet like the “ß” or “z” and “ä, ö, ü” though the last ones are so similar to the Finnish “ä, ö, y” that my Finnish students had no problem with it 🙂 German articles “der, die, das” and “ein, eine, ein” were difficult to explain because there is no logic behind it, when does what article come, it’s just vocabulary and for German people: intuition (sad truth). Pronunciation has also been questioned several times and I had a pretty difficult time with that because I know there are rules for that. Far too many ones though and far too many exceptions so I had a hard time getting all of those together as far as possible. Teaching makes me realise how strange and unlogic the German language actually is altough is comes naturally to me because it’s my mother tongue. The Finnish girls could only laugh about that because their own language is even more difficult haha, yeaaaah that’s so true 😀

They were also super lucky to had some German lessons before so this was only a repitition for them, while Joao, our Portuguese exchange student, had to keep up with that. After teaching some more basics like how to build up a simple sentence and giving out more examples and rules about conjugating verbs and teaching more vocabulary in context, Joao had to leave for homework.


Because Kaisa and Maija, the Finnish students, also wanted to learn about writing mails and letters in German and they are advanced with that language already, I pulled out my laptop and explained some basic rules and teached them examples and phrases from my own letters that I have been writing for application training etc.

I wrapped everything up with showing them briefly how to start and end informal letters for a change that could be used in letters/mails to friends or on postcards! 😀

Here’s the Doc for people who are interested in that as well: lesson1_useful phrases

My first session was very funny even though I had the feeling there was a lot of different things happening at the same time, my students told me they were able to keep up (I hope this is true hehe). One even told me that she liked my way of teaching and found it good which made me really happy and made me feel more confident about this 🙂 Seems like I can do this! I am also very grateful that they just ask me about things that they want to know or don’t understand just like that and aren’t shy about asking; it makes it so much easier for me to teach that way.

I’m looking forward to the next sessions! I like my EOTO group a lot! See you again next week! 😀