Whenever we drive from Järvenpää to Helsinki on Lahdenmoottoritie we excitedly wait to see the horses.
“I don’t see the horses. Where are the horses?”
My older daughter asks from her car seat, inching herself upwards and stretching to see out the window. Her little sister leans forward too, just like her big sister.
“We aren’t there yet.” I reply. “Soon. I will let you know when to look. Remember, there is a large billboard advertisement on your side.”
Sure enough in a few minutes I see the billboard on my left, and there are the horses. A few brown ones and a white one.
“Ready…. Now! Look! Do you see them?” I ask her.
“Yes I see them! I see them! One, two, three, four.” She counts as we vroom by.
Then bushes and trees block our sight and we can’t see them anymore. Both of us let out a sigh and sink back into our seats to continue our drive.
Animals are lovely.
Today was our first GoKilppari class! Animal week! GoKilppari! – Green, introduces over 100 of the most commonly used words in English.
We chose to start with animals for many reasons:
- Kids are familiar with animals – they may have pets at home, stuffed animals toys.
- Most kids like animals – so do most adults.
- Usually animal words are easy, short words
- Animals make fun noises!
We acted like animals (Act Like An Animal) and made animal sounds (Old MacDonald Had A Farm).
We noticed that Finnish speaking animals make different sounds than English speaking animals. 🙂
- moo = ammuu
- oink = nöff
- woof = vau
- quack = kvak
- neigh = iha-haa
- baa = mäh
It looks like Finnish and English speakers agree on the sounds that cows and ducks make, but horses and pigs are completely different….!
Here is an article with many more sounds in different languages. The colourful drawings are fun too, so creative!
See you next week for some nature words!