On our fourth meeting, we had a poem night with some tongue twisters at the end. We found famous but short German and Finnish poems that we showed to each other. After we read them, we started to translate the meaning of them and also the unknown words. It turned out that it is not that easy to translate the meaning of a poem, but it was a fun experience.
The poems we chose were Sommer (by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) and the Finnish National Anthem – Maamme. I have never heard or read a German poem in the original language, so that was a new thing for me.
After the poems, we decided to do tongue twisters. Every one of us tried to tell a tongue twister in their mother tongue and then we translated them too. Besides the fact that it was funny to hear, we realized that regardless of language tongue twisters are hard.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Sommer (1810)
Der Sommer folgt. Es wachsen Tag und Hitze,
Der Donner rollt, schon kreuzen sich die Blitze,
The summer follows. Day and heat rise,
The thunder rumbles, now the lightning crosses,