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Чёрный кот/Meeting 8


What the great possibility to continue our Each One Teach One meetings. That time it was our 8 meeting continuations of previous one.  That time we were watching  The Adventures of Buratino (Russian: Приключения Буратино, translit. Priklyucheniya Buratino) is a Soviet children’s musical film. The film was an adaptation of The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino by Alexey Tolstoy, in turn, an adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

The second thing was listening song  “Чёрный кот”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCeG1hy19sg  “Black Cat”.  The song was born in 1963 and very fast become popular and tranclate into germany, english,polish, czech. Song tell a story about a black cat and his unhappy. People don´t like black cats because they bring troubles and unlucky, but until now the only black cat is unhappy. This song lets for us a good topic to discuss superstitions and proverbs in different cultures.
After short review I try to explain for Leila what is the main point of the movie and translate words, funny meanings, also we reiterate vocabulary from classes before. The meeting was successful.

#10 – Last meeting and Pre-Christmas Party

We’re nearing Christmas, holidays and me leaving Finland.

For our last meeting I invited my students Kaisa and Maija to my own place for having a small Christmas party 🙂 I still have some German Christmas candies, cookies and cakes from my visiting friends so I let them try out these snacks.

As a special treat, I had Glühwein from Germany. It’s flavoured red wine and super typical for Christmas in Germany, they sell it in every store/supermarket during Christmas season and at every Christmas market. It has to be heaten up in a pot since you only drink it warm ;D

While sitting around in the living room of my apartment we were listening to German Christmas songs, read the lyrics, sang along and talked about the meanings. Christmas songs have a wonderfully cozy touch to them, so we had a very relaxing evening with some sweets, wine and good music.

Here you can listen to a nice mix of the most popular German Christmas songs 🙂

>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf_-e9EWPjI

As a little Christmas gift I baked some cookies for Maija and Kaisa like I did for all my exchange study friends, the whole load looked like this 😀

When I asked for feedback they said that all in all, they were able to refresh and expand their German language very well and in a very funny way, which makes me feel glad that I was able to help them out. EOTO was a really new but positive experience to me. I am glad that I chose this course, EOTO is about more than just learning or teaching languages, it’s something that made my stay abroad more valuable.

I even received Christmas presents from my students, thanks a lot, Maija and Kaisa for the chocolate, it was sooo good! ♥ It was very, very fun with you, I could do it again any time! To have all the meetings, to talk and laugh about the German and Finnish language and just to hang out, talk with you about life and universty and walk around in Tampere. It has been a pleasure! I wish you all the best, let’s keep in touch! 😀

With this entry I want to finish my EOTO blogs, hope you enjoyed it, kiitos for reading! Hope we see each other again sometime, somewhere! 🙂

~~~ Theresa ♥

#7 – German music at Café Europa

At request of my students Kaisa and Maija, I turned our 7th session into a meeting that involves German music, to be more specific: German POPular music .(Including German lyrics of course :D)

To be honest, I am not a big fan of German music myself, not at all, but thanks to some German friends and mass media, I know that I definetely had to pick a song by Helene Fischer for this meeting 😀 She’s a famous and pretty good singer within the German “Schlager” genre.

I picked the song “Atemlos durch die Nacht” (means: breathless through the night) because it has been her most popular song and the most played Schlager song during Oktoberfest that year. We listened to her singing and read the lyrics that I printed out. It was a very cheesy and simple-minded song, so Kaisa and Maija could understand it very well with a few word translations by me. Of course lyrics use different words than spoken German to make it sound more artistic, beautiful etc. but with some simplifying, the content was pretty clear to them.

We found out that we don’t like these cheesy love songs that much haha XD Nevertheless, we talked about other German music which is mostly with English lyrics and about Finnish music and Finnish bands (or: How I didn’t know some of them were Finnish until I came here). This time, they showed me a new location: Café Europa 🙂 The interiors were fancy and cozy with furnitures fitting to the “Europe” theme a lot. I guess it was a little bit noisy in a lively and well-visited place like that and we had to wait a while until we could sit down but it was worth it! 😀 Definetely going to visit it again!


Christmas traditions and goodbyes

The last meeting was a week before Christmas. So we decided to listen to German Christmas songs, eat Christmas cookies and candies and drink some gluhwein. After listen to few Christmas songs we noticed that quite many were translated to Finnish too. We were listening songs from YouTube so there were music videos with the subtitles. We could easily follow the lyrics. There were a quite lot of words in the songs which no-one uses in real conversations. Theresa told us that it is because the songs are so old or the used forms fits better to the songs.

While eating cookies we talked about Christmas traditions. Some were just the same but there were some totally different. Christmas socks and leaving cookies or a shoe outside were traditions we do not have in Finland or at least not in our family. Weichnachtsmann is Santa Claus but the story behind it was a bit different than our Joulupukki :).

It was time to say goodbye and thank you. I really enjoyed studying German. We had a great teacher, a nice group and interesting lessons. I am happy that I took this course.

Listen to music

Every lesson we have had have been very well prepared. Our teacher is very good and she has a lot of ideas how she can teach us German language. This time she brought a pair of headphones and words of the song with her. We listened a German song and tried to follow the lyrics from the text paper.

It was pop music and the lyrics were quite strange. The meaning of the lines were either so deep and full of emotion or it just tried to be something different and new and that’s why it was hard to understand the meaning. Or maybe it was just pop music where the lines don’t many times make any sense :).  At least it was funny to translate the lines and get to know some German music.

We talked also music in general. We mentioned the German bands which we knew before. We all had the same conclusion that German language is very good for heavy music because it can sound quite rough. The song we listened were a love song and it was surprising for me that German can also sound smooth and pretty.