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21 Times You Regretted Studying Modern Foreign Languages At University

Studying languages at university makes you feel a great deal of emotions. Regret being one of them.

1. When you couldn’t tell people what you studied without being asked to say something in another language.

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2. And when you did say something, everyone overreacted and made you really uncomfortable.

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3. When you just couldn’t get your head around how many meanings a word can have.

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4. When the phrase you needed to translate was so obscure no one had even asked about it on the WordReference forum.

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5. When people who study a different language to you always think theirs is harder to learn.

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6. When nobody answered the question in a speaking class and the silence became unbearable.

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7. Or when you actually felt confident enough to say something but somebody made the same point before you got the chance.

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8. When you thought you understood how to use the subjunctive but you forgot about the exceptions to the rule.

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9. When you spent ages looking a word up only to discover it’s the same in English.

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10. When none of the obscure books you needed were ever available in the library or on Amazon marketplace.

And when they were available they cost a small fortune.

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11. When you just didn’t want to talk about nuclear energy any more.

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12. When you realised just how much planning had to go into the Year Abroad.

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13. And that you’d actually have to do work while you were there.

It wasn’t just a holiday after all.

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14. When people kept telling you how easy it would be to get a first in such a subjective degree.

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15. When you didn’t understand the first sentence in the listening exam and knew you were doomed.

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16. When writing an essay was made so much harder because Word kept defaulting back to English.

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17. When the one topic you didn’t revise for came up on the speaking exam.

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18. When everyone assumed you must want to be a teacher or translator.

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19. When the majority of your modules were weighted entirely on one ridiculously long essay.

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20. When the niche, foreign film you needed to watch for a module had no subtitles.

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21. And when, ultimately, your English worsened much more than your foreign language actually improved.

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