Wednesday, April 26, 2006

残念!

We got the results for the history-test today, and to my horror, I didn't pass. Made me feel down the rest of the day.

It's strange, but it seems as if it's the history, and in the future I'm guessing the litterature course, that's causing me the biggest problems. The grammar I'll probably squeeze through, and I'm feeling pretty confident about the kanji part after doing some HC kanji-grinding. I think that if the kanji test was tomorrow, I'd probably pass!

In a perverse way, I even like studying kanji since it's so linear. It's not like history where you have to know who did what when and how it effected event X; with kanji, it's just you, the characters and a long, long grinding to remember them.

In any case, attempt #2 next week's Friday.

16 comments:

Jonas said...

You know, I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t the language that is making it difficult for you. Not Japanese but Finnish. You’re really into Japanese so you’re probably very motivated and that goes a long way when you are studying something. But if the classes are taught in Finnish I can see how you would have difficulties.

Either that or that you just don’t study a lot, what the fudge do I know?

Ainu said...

Jonas, I have to write my essays and exam papers in English. So is it a lot easier for me?
Jacke-san can do all the important things in Swedish.

Jonas said...

I have little idea of your grasp of English but i do think I have some idea of my brother's knowledge in the Finnish language.

I was not talking about what you actually write and hand in but rather about what the teachers are saying. It is my understanding that lectures are held in Finnish, correct? I would imagine that a lot of information is lost there or misunderstood.

If you would take a course that is being held in Swedish, don't you think you'd have a hard time following sometimes?

Ainu said...

No, I would not have hard time if the lectures would be in Swedish. I would enjoy it.

The thing is - of course information could be lost, but all the important things are in our books (all the information needed to pass the exams).. And those books are in English and in Swedish.

I don't care if the lectures would be in German. I would still pass the tests.

Ainu said...

I would be happy to learn other languages than Japanese on the side..

But I very much understand why Jacke-san didn't pass his history exam. He has other studying going on in the university, doesn't he? And he's been into kanji lately.. That isn't time wasted.

I don't study anything else than this.

Jacke said...

Actually, I'm on a break from the university while doing this. The reason for that is long and bothersome and due to my general mental instability.

Ainu said...

"The reason for that is long and bothersome and due to my general mental instability."

Should I be worried ?

The universities don't care enough of the students nowadays..

Jonas said...

It doesn't matter if all the info is in the books. Sometimes there are questions asked in class that the teacher explains in a more simple way that may have been misunderstood from the text in the book.

If you are learning a new language, surely it is easier if you understand the language in which it is taught rather than learning that language as well.

"Mental instability"...you make it sound like you're some kind of whack-job :p

Ainu said...

"Sometimes there are questions asked in class that the teacher explains in a more simple way that may have been misunderstood from the text in the book."

Jacke-san can always ask the things he wants to know in Swedish from Jouni-sensei. Because Jouni is very good in Swedish. He wouldn't be teaching in a Sweadish speaking community otherwise.

jonas said...

What he *can* do and what he de facto does are two completely different things.

I was starting to wonder because I believe this is not the first test he has had trouble with. I see a couple of reasons why this is the case;
1. He does not fully comprehend what is said in class
2. He just does not care enough to study
3. He's too dense for this stuff

I would like to dismiss #3 right off the bat because my brother, albeit a bit weird at times, is very intelligent.

Number 2 seems unlikely to me because he is very interested in Japanese. The man even watches Japanese tv-programs for god's sake!

So that leaves alternative number 1.

Jacke said...

Well, history and language are pretty different things. It's true that I'm having more difficulties with history than language, but I don't think I'm far behind the rest of the class (IIRC, noone passed the pre-1868 history test the first time we did it).

Ainu said...

Yeah.. I thought that Jacob might have more difficulties with history..

But I think that it is because history doesn't interst him as much as the language..

Because.. I didn't even open my history notes while I was studying for the test. I based my answers completely on the book. And it is in English and I think that Jacob is better than me in it..

Jonas said...

"...(IIRC, noone passed the pre-1868 history test the first time we did it)..."

Ah, okay then. So it's just really hard. Then I get it...carry on with your regularly scheduled...Japanese...thingies :p

Ainu said...

What does IIRC mean? ... ... ...

"(IIRC, noone passed the pre-1868 history test the first time we did it)."

I don't get it.

I passed the pre-history the first time.. I remember that others passed it too.

Ainu said...

IIRC - If I Recall/Remember Correctly

You don't.

But yes, history is difficult. But I think that kanji are more difficult..

Jacke said...

"I passed the pre-history the first time.. I remember that others passed it too."

I guess that shows how much I know.