Things are going quite great,
In the morning I quickly looked at the colours, because, yeah, I have never bothered to learn trivial things like numbers, months or colours: they aren’t as important as most people make them out to be. At least, in the beginning of your studies, which I still believed myself to be before I got put in group five. When I went to class we started out quite unusually: we had to post a picture on instagram with a subscript and our names. Some of the pictures were quite creative, I must say.
After that we had to read some articles from the Hessari. She told us to try not to use our dictionaries, but there were so many words I didn’t know that I just couldn’t avoid it. Though, it really is great to kind of be able to read something. Not only does it give a good feeling, but it also helped me a lot with my vocabulary. And I’m saying that after only having read two articles!
The articles were about famous people saying what they would tell to their younger selves if they had the chance. All four of them talked for about two sides in full-blown native Finnish. After that we got homework, which was writing our own story of what we’d tell our younger selves. The teacher told us to write around 1 page, but I already had trouble coming up with a story of around 150 words. Though, in my defence, I had second infinitives, agent participles and active participles replacing subordinating sentences, which decreased my word count and increased my over-all coolness.
After those articles, we had to ponder on about our culture project. I ended up together with a Russian teacher, who I didn’t know well yet beforehand. But now she has shown herself to be a language nerd, just like me. And we both agreed we’d talk about language acquisition, teaching, and usage in Finland/Finnish schools. So I am feeling a lot more confident than I did yesterday about that, too.
When class had ended, the first study group session finally took place. And it was in that hour that I wrote the basis for my ‘article’. I asked an assisting teacher to correct my text, and there were only a few mistakes. (mostly my wrong usage of the active participle, instead of the fourth infinitive, but now I understand the difference, so yay). After the session I quickly went to the modern bookstore I went to on the second day, and I talked for quite a while with the store owner – in English, sadly – about language learning and the language learning books he had. They, quite impressively, even have books for Latin, Japanese, Estonian and Swahili! (Though the last two aren’t taught in high schools at all)
In the evening I went to the summer theater to watch a play of Rapunzel – which is spelled like that, to my belief – in Finnish, and to my pride, I understood around half of it. It must be said, however, that it is always the remaining percentage of words that’s the most important, because those more specific words tend to set the topic of the conversation.
But yeah, anyway, good night!