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Went to an open day at the university today, so I know a bit more about the course now.

Most of the classes I'll take in my first year are required, so that's fine. The only thing I still need to figure out is one semester worth of something (and sadly it had to be the first semester of this year and not the second which would give me more time to think about it).

My choices for that something are ridiculously wide-ranging. Like I could basically pick anything in the Faculty of Humanities. But I'm pretty sure I want to do a language.

But now: which language?! Do I want to do German because I already know I love it? Do I want to do something completely new like Japanese or Arabic because European languages are kinda boring? Do I want to do British Sign Language? I kinda do! But learning sign language might be weird/hard for a blind person?

I don't know! What language do I want to learn?

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Date: 2017-08-25 04:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meepettemu
I would suggest that if the BSL class is taught by a deaf person, depending on what sight you have, you'll struggle.

In your first term you will learn the alphabet, how to say: my name is, what's your name, how are you today, I feel... What animals exist, colours, type of house, type of area, occupations.

If it's taught by a hearing person you'll probably be ok as they can talk you through the handshapes you aren't quite catching.

I did a term of russian and loved it :)

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Date: 2017-08-25 06:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] belleweather
Oooh, so hard! If you started something new and loved it, would you be able to continue at all?

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Date: 2017-08-25 08:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] belleweather
Oh, then I'd start something fun, then. :)

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Date: 2017-08-25 07:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] syntaxofthings
I always want to learn All The Languages! (I did German and dabbled with Japanese, and would *love* to try Arabic someday.) So I am going to await your decision with bated breath and follow closely \o/

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Date: 2017-08-25 09:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brithistorian
My 2 cents: Since you've already done German, I would not only not do German, I would stay away from Germanic languages entirely. Even if you don't go so far as Japanese or Arabic, taking a Romance or Slavic language would give you a chance to broaden your skills. If you do decide to do an Asian language, you might want to consider Korean: If you have some sight, the Korean writing system is much easier to learn than Chinese or Japanese, and if you need braille, there is Korean braille, which directly maps to the standard Korean alphabet.

Whatever language you pick, I'd like to pass on a piece of advice my first Japanese teacher gave me and I've found to be very useful: Set a goal in your language for something you want to be able to do with the language that doesn't depend on travelling to where the language is spoken: Find a book you want to read, a movie you want to watch, etc. Even something as simple as a magazine or newspaper gives you a motivation to keep learning.

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Date: 2017-08-26 05:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brithistorian
I'll be curious to hear what you decide on - I love learning languages. In high school I did 1 year of Spanish and 2 years of German. At university I did 1 semester of Latin and 4 semesters of Japanese. Right now I'm studying French and Korean.

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Date: 2017-08-25 09:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] po8crg
If it was me, I know a fair amount of a bunch of Indo-European languages, but nothing of any language outside, and I'd want to pick one up. A chunk of linguistics is language contrasts and speaking a non-Indo-European language would get me access to some that I don't have with a bunch of IE languages (in my case, French, and a bit of German and Latin formally).

I'd be definitely inclined to go for an alphabetic language, though - I would find taking on both a non-IE language and a non-alphabetic language at the same time a bit much; I'd want to get some of the non-IE contrasts into my brain first before touching Japanese or Chinese.

But that's me... Hoping that talking through my thought process might give you some thoughts you might agree or disagree with.

If I was feeling ambitious, I'd go for Korean or Arabic, if less so, then maybe Turkish - one of the very few non-IE languages with a lot of speakers that uses the Latin script.

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Date: 2017-08-26 05:32 am (UTC)
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even if I never meet anybody who speaks Korean

Korean food is lovely (well, apart from the interesting meat choices), and my current favourite author is Korean-American. I've been trying to read up on Korean history a lot of late (but keep getting distracted) and I love the origin of the written script.

Learn Korean and get involved in the "is it descended from the same language as Tamil" discussion because that one's really weird but would be very cool to finally confirm/deny.

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Date: 2017-08-26 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brithistorian
What author? I'm learning Korean right now and, like you, I love the story of the origin of Hangul.

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Date: 2017-08-27 01:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
[personal profile] yhlee, it's an SF setting with ideas taken from Korean history and mythology combined with some ideas from a couple tabletop games, the writing style is just perfect for me but it's quite divisive apparently.

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Date: 2017-08-28 02:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brithistorian
Ah, OK. One of those people I have multiple friends in common with but somehow never got around to following. *remedies the situation* If you can say without spoilers, what is it about the writing style that's divisive?

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Date: 2017-08-28 02:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
Yoon and I are both aphantasic with no mind's eye/ability to visualise, so the writing is about what's happening and personality without a lot of descriptive stuff. I find it brilliant as I can read without skipping chunks of text about appearance but some really want that in a book.

If evocative descriptions are your thing the books will do nothing, but if the motivation and plot are central it's great.

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Date: 2017-08-28 02:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brithistorian
Thanks for the explanation. While I'm capable of imagining, I think I'd enjoy reading something like this because it sounds like the way I write my fanfic. I've often thought that my fanfic writing style wouldn't work for professional fiction because I didn't give a lot of description. Perhaps I've been mistaken,

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Date: 2017-08-26 05:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
There's a sizeable Korean community in New Malden, South London, so you could conceivably go there to practise if you wanted to.

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Date: 2017-08-26 09:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] po8crg
There is a Korean restaurant in Manchester, next to the Waterhouse pub. Whenever I go, there seem to be lots of non-white people there, so I'm guessing there is a Korean community here.

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Date: 2017-08-26 05:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
If I had this choice now I'd go for Arabic, because there are so many places where people speak at least a bit of it.

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Date: 2017-08-26 05:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
*nods*

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