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19 October 2007 @ 10:41 pm
bubble and squeek is actually an ok dish  
Classical Japanese test today.  I studied, studied, studied (with friends and on my own) and all indicators are that I did fairly well.  The studying part was fun, actually, thinking about how things conjugate and why, trying to find logic in grammar structures, and actually having a group of study friends who actually study.

So, after that?  The good news is that I stopped by our graduate advisor's office and managed to switch my modern japanese class to pass/fail because i'm already over my limit on language credits and am technically taking one of my language classes as an elective.  HUGE sigh of relief there - it's too hard to concentrate on two classes of Japanese, and this way I can still take them both but not have to kill my gpa or my brain freaking out about it.

The bad? Meeting my modern Japanese professor afterwards for an hour.  Basically the upshot of the conversation (on her side) is that I don't know Japanese very well and she doesn't think I'm going to get much out of her class, and she thinks I need to go back to Japanese 102 and start again.  The upshot from my side of the conversation?  As long as I'm learning *something*, even if I don't meet their standards, it's worth it to me (partially because it maintains my ability to be a TA).  I don't care how long it takes me, I'm going to learn the language. 

The much much better?  Having three friends who waited for me while I took my licks and faced the fearsome sensei, and then went out for fish and chips and a cider (or two?) after.  MUCH better way to end the day than a depressing conference. 
Mireillemireille719 on October 19th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Good for being able to change the class to pass/fail.

(And I like bubble and squeak quite a bit. *g*)
my monkied brain: buffywill - *glomp*katekat1010 on October 19th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
thanks darling - and really, it's totally yummy! have you ever had it? it's even safe for vegetarians :D
Mireillemireille719 on October 19th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! I like it a lot. It's one of my favorite things to do with leftover potatoes. (I usually make it with sprouts and not cabbage, because I *have* sprouts in the freezer at all times. but cabbage is yummy too.)
i will write in words of fireposhlil on October 20th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
trying to find logic in grammar structures

lmao you sound exactly like me with my ancient greek.

glad you sorted it out, even if it wasn't as good news as it could have been. i always found japanese terribly difficult (not so much the structure, but remembering all the kanji and such... :/) so good on you for sticking with it. best of luck my dear! language study is killing me as well; it's taken me all semester to come to a decision whether or not to continue greek next semester, or have a break. (break it is, because i have to do latin, and i don't think my brain will cope. also the stress load of advanced level greek should be avoided wherever possible).

♥ am a bad non-commenty lj friend, but i am happy to hear you're well.
BJ: Universe Hatedara_starscream on October 20th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
'You don't know Japanese very well.' Huh? (scratches head) Still it was good to have supper with friends afterward. Supper with friends is a great ending to your day.

You're made of awesome. Just thought you should know. :-D
Lostgirllostgirlslair on October 20th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
::huge hugs:: That's awesome about switching Modern Japanese, sweetie! And, even though it wasn't the best news it could have been (with the fearsome sensei, and all), I'm glad your day ended well! ::more hugs::
Ariel: KenKen - Endless Skieskikucutie on October 20th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that, sweety. But it's good that you got to change it to pass/fail. And you're absolutely right - unless you get some sort of complex from it, taking the class is going to be much more beneficial to you than not taking the class.

Have you talked to Aida-sensei at all? She might have some good advice, seeing as how she can probably assess your strengths and weaknesses fairly well.
dhranstz: Chinese Dragondhranstz on October 26th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
just learning
Hi. This better work.