I love everything about language and I love the way it completely shapes our lives whether people realize it or not and I love that you can use words and phrases and syllables to express anything from what the moon looks like tonight to what someone means to you and I love that sometimes hearing a poem or even just a line or a couple of words that make it seem like someone has once felt the way you feel right now can make you feel so much less alone in this world
My friend’s taking classical Chinese right now, and she says it’s pretty simple. There are about 3 homework assignments and 2 exams per quarter, and quizzes. It’s mostly just translating & understanding the text and diagramming the grammar, no compositions. It sounds doable since the textbook actually explains the grammar and everything, unlike how we read classical texts in Chinese school. But I don’t really see how learning classical Chinese will help me. Sure, I’d probably come to understand why some words are what they are in modern Chinese. I don’t really have any interest in reading classical literature though… I wonder if it would help me with Japanese?
From what I can see, 4th year Chinese heavily emphasizes reading and writing. There are apparently still oral exams and debates though. I was reading some of the material on the class website, and I’m scared that I’m not up to this level! But the whole point of taking the placement test was to continue learning Chinese and improve. :\
Though I don’t want to base my decision on difficulty level, it’s still something that weighs on my mind. ><
Went to do the oral interview for Chinese today. The professor had me read parts of passages from 2C and 3C. The 3C one was pretty tough, and I didn’t really know what it was talking about LOL. 2C was easier.. She said she could put me in like 3B or 3C but that it would be 沒幫助. :< Maybe I should’ve stayed and asked more questions. She exempt me from 3C. Would it really be unfair to stick me in 3A?
I was kind of disappointed at first, but I guess that means I can jump straight to the upper division courses that will actually count toward my major. Though I’m kind of scared because I had a hard time with that 3C passage, and I’ve forgotten so much already. 4th year Mandarin or classical Chinese? I’m leaning towards 4th year right now.. Whichever one I pick, if I were to go through the entire series, I’d only be 4 classes away from getting a Chinese minor hahaha.
Taking two upper div language classes, I’m going to die. xD