Saturday, January 25, 2014

Incoming Mail Week #4

School started again on Tuesday and I can't believe I didn't choose German as the third foreign language immediately! The teacher is great (and native!), the classes have been easy to follow and the teacher actually explains "how and why" :D Million times better than my Russian teacher (Finn) who hardly spoke Russian during the classes.. In German classes (we're beginners, starting from the very basics) the teacher might speak in German for 5 minutes and tries to see how many of us can understand him :) It's been fun and I'm really thrilled about it. Thesis on the other hand.. Yeah, not that much to say about it right now.. I need chocolate to cheer me up even though I'm lactose intolerant.......

But at least the incoming mail has been okay :)

Monday

from my German penpal
from Maria

from Emma

from Germany
Longest first letter I've received via Letternet before it was shut down

from Lisa/Germany
Tuesday

IG swap from Indonesia

Postcrossing card from USA

Postcrossing card from Canada
I absolutely ADORE this card!

Postcrossing card from Ukraine (card from Portugal)

Postcrossing card from Greece :D
Been a while since I've received an ID code with 5 digits :D

Wednesday

Postcrossing card from Canada

Postcrossing card from Netherlands

Postcrossing card from Germany
Thursday

Postcrossing card from Russia

Postcrossing card from Germany

Postcrossing card from Portugal

Postcrossing card from Netherlands

Postcrossing card from Finland
Misstigri - Miss Swan

from Lithuanian postcard pal

From an old Polish pal
We lost contact in early 2011 and found each other again in Facebook :) She's currently an exchange student in Estonia and we agreed to start writing again, she sent the first letter with a postcard of Tartu :3

~Lily

14 comments:

  1. That's cool that you enjoy your German classes :) I like it too when the teacher is a native speaker, they just know things (usually) that non-native speakers may not know...no matter how good the language skills are.
    And that's cool that the teacher speaks to you in German already...I think it's important to hear as much spoken language as possible from the beginning..even when (maybe) not understanding very much...
    Did you understand something? I think my Finnish teacher(s) spoke lots of Finnish in the beginning too to us..and at first I couldn't even tell where a sentence ended...:P

    And the mail you got is really cool :) Many Moomin cards :) and that cat card is so cute :)

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    1. I love it that for once we actually have a native speaker! And I actually do understand something :D All thanks to the fact that I understand Swedish and German+Swedish are somehow related, belong to the same language family or something :) And I was actually happy that I do understand some short texts that I see.. Though my pronunciation is horrible.. A mix of Finnish, Swedish and English.. :D Doubt I'll be speaking in German any time soon.. But I think I might end up writing something now and then to my German pals :D

      All but one of the Moomin cards I sent to my pal so that she would write those and I could add those cuties to my Moomin collections (since Moomin swaps are rare within Finland and all the Finnish postcrossers send everything BUT Moomin cards to fellow Finnish postcrossers :(). I love all the cards, except that Portuguese card from Ukraine and the multiview from Netherlands :( If you have to send a cityview, I'd prefer a single view as those are usually pretty..

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    2. Oh yeah...that's true...se on totta :)
      Swedish does help with understanding German...(and the other way round :P )
      With learning Finnish on the other hand..at first really everything was new and different :P no familiar words or anything...:D

      I think my pronunciation of Finnish isn't very good either :( There are some letters I just have problems with still...I listen to as much as I can...but everybody seems to say it differently :(

      Writing is usually easier :) There you can't pronounce the words wrongly...

      Ah, ok, cool :) Wasn't there some Moomin swap topic on postcrossing though? Where you could exchange Moomin cards...or do I remember wrong?

      The only mail I've gotten this week were my orders from recordshop x and amazon, and an Aku mag from suomikauppa :)

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    3. I can imagine.. :D I'm so happy that I do understand Swedish so German isn't too bad :D I even got A2 level from the very first test we took to see what level we are at.. I've never spoken or written German but Swedish helped me that much :DD Not a zero level but still.. :D

      Yes, there are some topics where you can swap Moomin cards but it's usually so that you send Moomin cards from Finland and write down a wishlist for foreigners. They choose a card to send from your wishlist and usually you don't get any Moomin cards.. Sure, there are also Finnish topics but those are usually filled with crazy collectors who are waiting to be tagged and sent some REALLY rare Moomin cards that might not be sold anymore.. :( So it's no fun..

      I've received loads of postcards thanks to the fact that I'm active on Postcrossing :3 But not that much else.. No time to write proper letters :(

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    4. That's great that you got A2 level already at that test :) Swedish does help a lot then :) I wonder what level I'd have in Finnish by now, I'm studying Finnish on B1 level, but I don't feel like I'm good enough yet for a B1 level...maybe more like A2 still...
      But I've never taken a real test yet, so I can't be sure.

      That's a pity...seems it is easier then to get Moomin cards as a foreigner. Haven't participated in that Moomin swap topic in a while though...

      I've been active on postcrossing again too...but I'm still waiting for my cards to get registered.
      Most cards seem to be going to Russia or China and such countries...and some expire...

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    5. Are you planning on taking a Finnish test? :) Wouldn't it be nice to know at what level you really are? :)
      I think I'll stay around the A2 level if I can't continue studying German anywhere after I graduate.. :) I probably just need to keep on trying my best with the language, since one of my pals already told me that she's only going to write in German from now on :D

      Yup! It's a lot easier for foreigners to collect Moomin cards :) For example I've seen Russians with HUGE Moomin collections and they have nearly EVERY Moomin card I've seen!! And some I haven't seen ever before! :O But oh well, at least I'm able to surprise Postcrossers and my pals with Moomin cards and make them happy :)

      Over half of my postcards are going to Russia but I have about 10 postcards I still need to write and send.. I just haven't found the time to do that as I either write my thesis or sleep :(

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  2. Toi ylin kortti on niin ihana, tykkään sen tyyppisistä korteista! :) Alotin itsekin postcrossingin, mutta vasta vähän aikaa sitten. Kauan olet harrastanut sitä? :)

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    1. Se on ihana<3 Aina yhtä kivaa kun kirjekaveri oikeasti tietää minkälaisista korteista tykkään :3
      Alotin ite jo elo-syyskuussa 2009, mutta lähetettyjä on "vasta" 753 :) Kaikista aktiivisin vuosi oli 2013, kun laitoin yli puolet noista korteista matkaan ja 2009-2011 meni noin sata korttia, 2012 oli taukoa ja matkaan lähti vaan jotain alle 10 korttia.. Nyt taas oon aivan addiktoitunut :) Ihanaa laittaa mieluisia kortteja matkaan muille kortteilijoille<3

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    2. Oho, kohta tulee jo tuhat korttia täyteen sulla? :D Itse olen lähettänyt matkaan vasta kolme korttia :3

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    3. Ei ihan vielä, mutta vähitellen :) 1000 on varmaan jo lukemissa jos laskee kortit mitä oon vielä Postcrossingin Foorumeiden kautta vaihdellut :)
      Mäkin aloitin muutamasta kortista ja jäin heti koukkuun :) Ensin oli 5 korttia matkalla kerrallaan, nyt se luku on jo 24 :) Luku nousee nopeasti, mutta tuskin pääsen tuhanteen ennen syksyä :D

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  3. Mä mietin, että mitä toi IG- swappi tarkoittaa? :D
    Ihania kortteja kyllä taas paljon!

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    1. Instagram :D
      Joo, kortteja varmaan vielä tulee kun (PC) kortteja ehtii kirjoitella tuntien välillä tai vaikka ennen kuin menee nukkumaan.. Kirjeet taas vähenee kunnes oppari on kirjotettu.. :)

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  4. Herrajee, mikä määrä kirjeitä! Pitäis munkin varmaan vähän taas ottaa ryhtiliikettä ja kirjoitella vastauksia, niin laatikko saattais käydä tässäkin päässä...

    Kivaa, että oot innoissas saksan opiskelusta! :)
    Mä olen siis puolikasta gradua vaille valmis (saksan)ope, joten siksikin mieltä lämmittää, hih. Natiiviopettajista pääsin nauttimaan vasta yliopistolla, ja niiltä kyllä oppii eri tavalla; siis puolihuomaamattaankin, kun koko luentohan on paitsi asiasisältöä, myös kuullunymmärtämistä... Noch weiterhin viel Glück beim Studium! :)

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    1. Mä yritin olla mahdollisimman ahkera ennen kuin opparin kirjottaminen alkoi ja nyt se sitten jääkin siihen asti että tulee kauhea ärsyyntyminen opparin kanssa että on pakko saada tehdä jotain (siihen ostin kanssa kirjan jos englanti ei enää maistu) :) Olisi vaan niin kivaa jos olisi jaksamista kirjoittaa, mutta nyt kun tulee vapaita hetkiä niin ne menee siinä että makaa sängyllä kattoa katellen ja opparia stressaten :)

      Melko innostunut :) Jos reissu onnistuu lähden toukokuussa viikoksi saksaan opiskelemaan kieltä ja saan 3 opintopistettä :) Ihana kieli, arastin vaan niin paljon aiemmin kun en halunnut ruotsia opiskella ja kaikki sanoivat ettei saksassa pärjää jos ei osaa/halua oppia ruotsia :) Ja kun Suomessa jos työskentelee matkailussa niin venäjästä on enemmän hyötyä kuin saksasta.....
      Ja ihan asiaa :) Itsellä oli avoimessa maikkana (luin englantia vuoden) kanadalainen ja oli niin ihanaa huomata, että vapaa-ajallakin alkoi käyttää englantia ystävien kanssa ja kielitaito vaan parani :) Nyt on uudelleen natiivi maikka enkä voisi olla onnellisempi :) On kyllä niin nannaa että<3 :)
      Kiitos<3 :3

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