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Preparations

Postby Kisshu » Sat 12.15.2007 1:07 am

So... I did it.

I got accepted as a PSEO student to the University of Minnesota, signed up for my classes, and the whole shebango.

The thing is, though... it the U, they only offer Intermediate Japanese I the fall semester, and Intermediate Japanese II spring semester. So I had to sign up for Intermediate Japanese II (although I would have prefered I.) The class requirement for that is through lesson 17, which I am just starting now. (I should finish in a week or so)

My placement test for the class is in the 2nd week of January and I am VERY worried. The main reason for this is that I have only self-studied up until this point, so I don't think my listen/speaking skills are up to par. In the test, there arereading, writing, listening, and speaking sections, which include a 10 minute conversation with a native Japanese speaker... in addition, I found out I have 2 hours of lecture each week... all in Japanese.

Please help.. what should I do to prepare?!!??! -starts to panic- :o
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RE: Preparations

Postby Shirasagi » Sat 12.15.2007 2:18 am

Say, I was a PSEO student at the U of M way back in the day. Didn't start studying Japanese until I was a regular admitted student, though.

The system they have there now is different from what we used in my time. However, I'm confident that you will not have two hours of lecture each week in Japanese. The recitation classes will be all in Japanese, but the two hours of lecture will be in English. Because English is 禁止 in the recitations, the lecture will be your opportunity to ask the professor all the questions you have but can't ask the recitation teacher.

As for what to do, here's my suggestion:
1. Don't panic.
2. Get as much Japanese conversation practice as you can. A few years back there was a Japanese conversation group at the Barnes & Noble in Har-Mar Mall, in Roseville. Check that out.
3. Think about Japanese all the time. Think about how you might say something and vocalize it. You have 3-4 weeks. Make sure you speak Japanese somehow everyday. No days off.
4. The test will be comprehensive, so focus on your strengths. If you show adequate written knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary, even if your grade on the interview section is weak, they may very well feel your speaking ability will come along with time.
5. Relax. It's not the end of the world if you can't get in Intermediate Japanese. The placement test is so you can be put in the class that most suits your level. Look forward to it!
6. Drink coffee before the test. Caffeine (at least in its coffee form) has shown to boast mental performance.
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RE: Preparations

Postby Kisshu » Thu 12.20.2007 4:55 pm

You sir, are amazing. O____o that helped calm me down qutie a lot, actually. It's nice to hear from another person who went to U of M.
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RE: Preparations

Postby Chris Hart » Thu 12.20.2007 5:29 pm

There are too many U of Ms. One is right across town from where I work. (in Ann Arbor)
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RE: Preparations

Postby chikara » Thu 12.20.2007 6:58 pm

Congratulations Kisshu-san.

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Kisshu wrote:
...... It's nice to hear from another person who went to U of M.

I went to the University of Minnesota. I bought a Golden Gophers T-shirt :D

(with apologies to the Goon Show)

Chris Hart wrote:
There are too many U of Ms. One is right across town from where I work. (in Ann Arbor)

My eldest brother worked at that one for four or five years.

We only have have one U of M but have an three MU's. All forum users should be familiar with one of the MU's.
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RE: Preparations

Postby Kisshu » Thu 12.20.2007 7:38 pm

Ahaha. You DO have a point.

You seriously bought a shirt? I don't know why.. but for some reason, I find that amusing.

Thanks you guys.
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RE: Preparations

Postby chikara » Thu 12.20.2007 8:28 pm

Kisshu wrote:
... You seriously bought a shirt? I don't know why.. but for some reason, I find that amusing. ...

When I was living in the USA I collected souvenir t-shirts most places I went. I've got a draw full of them B)
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RE: Preparations

Postby Kisshu » Thu 12.20.2007 8:54 pm

chikara wrote:
Kisshu wrote:
... You seriously bought a shirt? I don't know why.. but for some reason, I find that amusing. ...

When I was living in the USA I collected souvenir t-shirts most places I went. I've got a draw full of them B)


HAH! So how many states have you been to?
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RE: Preparations

Postby chikara » Thu 12.20.2007 10:13 pm

MN, SD, CA, OH, NY, WI, IA, IL
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RE: Preparations

Postby yukamina » Fri 12.21.2007 1:33 am

You could try listening to audio books to work on your listening skills(reading along will help with reading too) Here's a good source for free online audio books http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=6241&PN=1
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