Sunday, October 3, 2010

Back to Third Year

Wow it's been a long time since I updated my blog! The whole summer has disappeared in a flash! I was very busy at Cadbury World while I was in Birmingham, and that was a really good time, as it always is! I earned around £2,000, so that will really help me out this year. But I'm still searching for a part-time job here in Leeds to keep me going.

I've just done my first week of lectures, which went by in a bit of blur. I finished work at Cadbury World last Friday and then came up to Leeds on Saturday morning, then my first lecture was 9am on Monday, so I haven't had a lot of time to adjust.

It has been really lovely to see everyone again. So many people I haven't seen for months, or a year in some cases! It's been quite a week of reunions.

But so far lectures have been good. They've been mostly introductory, telling us what we'll be doing over the next year. The grammar seems to be mainly stuff I studied at ICU last year, so there will be quite a lot of revision this year. Which is good and bad I suppose. I should know those points pretty well by next summer!

I have my first kanji test tomorrow, so I've been working through them over the last few days. There were only two new ones, so the rest were just making sure I could remember how to write and read them.

There's a lot of work on the way, so fingers crossed it all goes well over this semester!


ezia said...

Been a while since your last post! :{
I'll let you off as no doubt you have uni work haha.

Was wondering the pace of the Japanese course at Leeds? As in how many kanji are covered in a year etc?

Miles said...

Hey! Thanks for your comment!

It has indeed been a very long time since my last post! I feel really badly about not updating for so long - it's just really hard to find time in amongst all the essays and homework.

I'm on my Christmas break now, so I'll try to write more!

The pace at Leeds is relatively fast. In first year we were expected to learn 500 kanji, then get up to 1,000 on our year abroad, then 1,200 now in third year, and then I suppose the full 1,945 by the end of fourth year.

However, some of the people who were in Intermediate in first year are finding the pace a bit slow now, but for the majority I think it's just right.

Hope that helps!