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05 September 2007 @ 08:04 pm
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There is an idea, the basis of an internal structure, expanded and split into different shapes or groups of sound constantly changing in shape, direction, and speed, attracted and repulsed by various forces.
- Edgard Varese

Yeah, that works for me.  Classes have, indeed, begun.  Japanese 330 is brain-expolody fun (in that same way that going to Japan and having to actually talk to native Japanese speakers was).  I'm working on flashcards tonight for the quiz next week Monday because that's how on top of things I want to be (and besides, at least it helps when I'm doing that "WTF did she just say" thing in class if I know some of the words, right?)

I got to grade my first set of homework on Tuesday and MAN it's hard to be consistent.  And very very very hard to know exactly what to do with non-native english speakers.  We have a lot of them.  They fuck up grammar constantly.  They are trying.  I know they're trying.  But some of them have trouble stringing together sentences much less making an argument.  And that's what the class is all about - have an opinion and support it. 

But it was great to be all TA-ish and wander around to the groups on Tuesday.  I got to bug people for quotes, I got to suggest how they might firm up their opinions, and best of all I got to get conversations back on track ... all without trying to push my own agenda.  The hardest part about going to classes as the TA is that I can't actually raise my hand and add to the discussion.  It's painful.  It hurts.  Oh well.

A friend and I have decided we're going to take over our Classical Japanese class - since we're all given the grammar and the vocab that we have to use to translate, everybody should be speaking up but no one is.  So tomorrow he and I are getting together to firm up our translation stuff, and then we're going to rock the socks off of the rest of the class just because.  Actually, it's also so the professor doesn't change the format, which we love.  I mean, if you've got all the work practically done for you and all you have to do is sort it all out, why not speak up??

What else... I'm not getting enough sleep yet, I'm having to get up in the morning (boo hoo for mornings!) to actually get to campus, I'm getting stuck in traffic both coming and going because my classes are situated far enough apart that I actually hit morning rush hour two days a week and hit evening rush hour for the other four.  It's weird being in the car that much again, but at least in the afternoons I have NPR.

OH, and I forgot - there's reading a plenty in the grad readings in Japanese class.  EEK! we've already got a book that I'm having to read in translation because there's no way I can read an entire book in Japanese yet.  But I plunge forward, knowing at some point my heart rate is going to slow down and that I'll feel somehow prepared for these classes instead of jumping from one to another.

It's freaky.  It's fun.  It's the beginning of the semester.  HEEEEEEEE.
Lostgirllostgirlslair on September 5th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Wow! It does, indeed, sound like brain-explodey fun! Just make sure you've got someone standing by to pour the leaked out bits back in. *G*

::huge hugs::
my monkied brain: giles - laughkatekat1010 on September 22nd, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
ha - the kitten follows me around and chases the bits that fall out i think! and isn't that a gross metaphor!
Lostgirllostgirlslair on September 24th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
::laughs:: Well, at least he'll be a smart kitten, then! You are what you eat. ;-)
literate and stylish: hee!mishloran on September 6th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
That all sounds like, well, something I could basically not handle at all. So good luck!

Also re: taking over a class... it must be done sometimes. Most of my MA was just me talking at people or whatever, because no-one else wanted to. And you know what? You take back what you put in. And maybe people will be more willing to speak if you're both up there, doing it and not afraid to perhaps sometimes make a fool of yourself if you get it wrong or whatever. I believe the phrase is "you go girls!" ?
my monkied brain: wes - bibliophilekatekat1010 on September 22nd, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
re: taking over a class... it must be done sometimes

i completely agree with you - it's the only way sometimes. And it is rather fun. my friend who's doing the taking over with me told me he hadn't done it in years and was maliciously delighted by the grrsome looks from the quite people at all of our preparation. yay for bookishness!!