21 Struggles Languages Students Will Experience In Their Final Year
Nobody said final year of a languages degree would be easy. But no one ever said it would be so hard.
1. Fearing that your language skills have already deteriorated beyond repair since your Year Abroad.
It’s only been a few months but it seems that’s all it takes.
2. Not helped by people assuming that you must be fluent now.
3. Feeling really weird about the fact that your friends on other courses have already graduated.
4. And struggling with the knowledge that you’re just a normal student again now.
5. Resorting to changing the language settings on literally everything to make you feel like you’re still abroad.
6. Because you’re occasionally hit with delayed culture shock.
7. Realising that the downside to being back at an organised university is that they make it much harder for you to avoid your problems.
8. Wishing you’d done a degree that didn’t involve as much subjectivity.
Because it’s NOT a good thing, contrary to popular opinion.
9. Not understanding how you can still be so uncomfortable with speaking exams.
10. And being concerned that you definitely still use WordReference more than you should.
11. Sometimes wondering if you actually did a Year Abroad.
It just all seems so long ago and unlikely.
12. And having no idea how you can have just spent a year living and breathing in your target language but still not have a solid grasp on its grammar.
13. Being asked to do Year Abroad workshops for 2nd years and never knowing how honest you want to be.
14. Feeling increasingly horrified looking at the weighting of all of your essays and exams this year.
15. And being specifically petrified at the thought of the core language exam.
“You want me to translate how many texts?!”
16. Trying not to mention things you did on your Year Abroad in every conversation.
17. And wishing that foods from your Year Abroad weren’t so expensive to buy in the UK.
18. Attempting to figure out exactly what you’re going to do with your language skills once you’ve graduated.
Y’know, other than being able to correctly pronounce and understand the foreign words that crop up in everyday life.