First meeting: Coffeetime!

On our first meeting, we did not only discuss our learning goals and activities we want to do in the future, we also taught each other, how to order small items in Finnish and in German. 

I learned, how to order a coffee in Finnish and what phrases the cashier could tell us in Finnish when paying items at a supermarket. We taught the German learners how to order the bill in a restaurant, how to say if you want to have your meal to go, and we talked about the usual phrases at the supermarket, when you want to ask someone if a product is still in stock or how to say if you want to pay cash or with card. It was challenging, to teach German as a foreign language and to distinguish formal and informal phrases.
  • Yksi kahvi kiitos = one coffee please
  • lasku kiitos = we would like to have the bill
  • otatku kuittia = would you like to take the receipt?
    • ottaa = to take
  • Haluatatko kuitto = do you want the receipt?
    • haluta = to want
  • kartti / kortilla = card
  • käteinen / kateisellä = cash
  • tippi = Trinkgeld
We also talked about the cultural differences, for example that it is very common, to pay cashless in Finland, while many small shops, restaurants, cafes or bars in Germany only accept cash, although this changed since the pandemic and paying cashless gains more acceptance and popularity in Germany. We have also learned, that the Finnish word “kiitos” can be used both for saying “thank you” and for saying “please”.


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