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.
2. And when you did say something, everyone overreacted and made you really uncomfortable.
3. When you just couldn’t get your head around how many meanings a word can have.
So many French words have so many meanings WHAT IS THIS?
— not moose (@ItsMunfordBro) December 27, 2012
4. When the phrase you needed to translate was so obscure no one had even asked about it on the WordReference forum.
5. When people who study a different language to you always think theirs is harder to learn.
6. When nobody answered the question in a speaking class and the silence became unbearable.
7. Or when you actually felt confident enough to say something but somebody made the same point before you got the chance.
8. When you thought you understood how to use the subjunctive but you forgot about the exceptions to the rule.
9. When you spent ages looking a word up only to discover it’s the same in English.
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.
11. When you just didn’t want to talk about nuclear energy any more.
12. When you realised just how much planning had to go into the Year Abroad.
13. And that you’d actually have to do work while you were there.
It wasn’t just a holiday after all.
14. When people kept telling you how easy it would be to get a first in such a subjective degree.
15. When you didn’t understand the first sentence in the listening exam and knew you were doomed.
16. When writing an essay was made so much harder because Word kept defaulting back to English.
no Microsoft Word I don't want to change 'Semana' to 'Semen' I'm writing an essay on the Spanish Civil War, not an erotic novel
— VEZ (@VeroniqueHawky) January 26, 2015