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# 9. In comfort and peace…

Hi people! I cannot believe that it’s already November. Time slips by… I look back and I see that proudly saying both me and my student Sebastjan made a very good progress. We both opened up in speaking and learning. It is the main purpose of EOTO, isn’t it?!


Lecture # 9 was super relaxing and comfortable. We discovered a hidden magic room with sofas, coffee machine and a beautiful view from the window. During our last lecture I realized that underestimation of my student’s abilities led to the feeling of long-windedness. Simply speaking, Sebastjan was so quick to grasp that eventually I saw his bored face. Advice for all teachers: never think that your exercises are too difficult for a learner, some of them have hidden talents. Just like Sebastjan, who memorized personal pronouns of nominative case already during the lecture. So I prepared a bunch of practical exercises for my gifted student which were based on personal suffix and gender. Talking about gender, throughout EOTO program I figured out that Russian language is much more complicated than the Finnish or English even though I’m supposed to be called a native speaker. Just compare:

My (English) – Minun (Finnish) – Мой, Моя, Моё, Мои (Russian).

And who is the Boss right now?!

Comparing to many other languages in the world, Russian has its major complication in terms of grammatical gender of verbs, nouns, pronouns and even adjectives. Moreover, mixing up the gender/ending might be very offensive. So don’t get slapped, use the proper ending!

As for Finnish part of the lecture, we checked some questions which I prepared at home. I conscientiously analyzed every single link Sebastjan gave me last time. I did lots of tasks, reading and even listening; the last one was slightly annoying. 🙂 After all we’ve been caught by a teacher who was actually making coffee in that secret classroom. But as they say, always take an opportunity. So I asked that guy what is the difference between Finnish uncle Eno and Setä. Apparently, eno is a mother’s side and setä is a father’s brother. It was a good sign that teacher had over the barrel!

P. S. This’s a really good website for those who is practicing Russian personal pronouns. This link is a perfect database for Russian language essentials. 


Cheers! Yuliya.



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! 😉