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[Finnish/French] – Typical songs

We met in a lovely café called Pella’s café near Koskipuisto because we wanted to chill and eat some pasteries. I was so pleased because they sold “croissant” and I am used to eat this in France. This time we wanted to know more about culture, music and our taste.


We wrote each other a loooong list of various type of music, old and new. I decided to divide my list par period, from old to new songs. First I wanted Nina to know about the “unmissable/old classics songs”, songs that old and new generations recognize and know. For instance, Edith Piaf or Claude Francois. Then I wanted her to discover French, old, pop music which are very popular, everybody knows the lyrics by heart. This is the kind of music we can dance on it like “Images”, “Partenaore Particulier” or “Indochine”. They are old groups known during the 80s’. This part of the list also contains more romantic singers like Celine Dion or Johnny Hallyday. At the end of the list I put recent songs mostly Rap. In France, we, the new generation listens almost only American songs, and the only French songs I listen to are old or Rap songs.
I hope she will like these songs. As she lived few years in France she told me she knew Celine Dion, Stromae and Edith Piaf. If I remember well, she told me her mom was fan of Celine Dion.

We tried to do a similar list. I haven’t listened to all the songs but the ones that “everyone knows, they are random but good” remind me of French songs. To my mind they must be from the same period of time. I enjoy them they are joyful. She also wrote her favorite music band and songs, I really look forward to listen to them!

Finally, one of the aim of this was to try to recognize some words we have learned so far, but I have to admit that I didn’t suceed at all.


#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!