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Japanese University Choosing time!

So this week we had our first Year Abroad Meeting (waaah!) I am so excited about my year in Japan!

JAPAN… of course!

So we have to do a little research on the universities offered to us and then put down out first 3 choices. HELP ME! These are the choices…

Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya

Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka

Kitakyushu University

Kyushu Sangyo University

Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Obirin University, Tokyo

There are 3 others but they are for higher levels and I might as well not bother because my Japanese is CRAP!

So I don’t really want to go to Kansai, there are so many foreigners there that I might as well go to Europe or America instead, I feel that Nagoya may seem the same? I think I’d prefer to go to Tokyo so maybe Meiji or Obirin? Though I’m very drawn to Kyushu too.

I have to have my choices made in 3 weeks I think so I better get crackin’.

In other news, I have a listening test next week (boo) followed by another oral exam (double boo). For my oral exam I have to come up with problems I might face in Japan, then the teacher gives me some sort of answer and we have general chit chat.

Example 日本に行って、風をひいたら、どうしたらいいですか。

After that bit (which should last about 6 minutes??!!) we have a general pow wow about other things which we can’t prepare for, eek!

Pray for me please

じゃまたね!

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Back to school part 2

My ass is back into gear! I’ve had a bit of time off but I’m ready to ROLL!!

…maybe not this ready

So I’ll start with how the school year is going. It’s been nearly a month and I’ve learned… nothing! Joke.

Our modules are set out a little differently this year; I no longer have to do Japanese Reading and Writing because I was ahead last year (shwing!) and instead there is an extra module called Japanese Conversation (does what it says on the tin really) as well as the usual grammar lessons. Hopefully by the time I go to Japan next year my language skills will be SUPER AWESOME!

Other than that I am doing a semester of Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching, where we learn about how to teach foreign languages! I’m attending a seminar about the JET programme later today, for those of you who don’t know the JET programme is an exchange and teaching programme between Japan and other countries. It’s quite a big deal and very helpful if you manage to get in, it’s something I might consider when I finish my degree (‘when’ being the key word here!)

We’ve also got quite a few seminars about our year abroad (SO CLOSE NOW!!) which I am super excited about!

And of course I haven’t forgotten about the lovely team at Japan Cinema, occasionally I have to check out the ‘About’ section to make sure Marcello hasn’t gotten rid of me for being such an aweful team member! Now that university is back on my life has more structure and I can write again! And hopefully I will have more readers too!

Mata ne!