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    Thanks for responding! The year abroad preparation sounds great and I have to say, you made the right choice by choosing to go to Kyoto
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    It's been a while since I posted here. Might have been doing a bit of stalking though! :P

    Anyway, I was wondering why everyone else decided they wanted to study Japanese/Korean/Chinese/East Asia at uni?

    For me, I've wanted to learn Japanese for a good few years now. I've learnt bits and pieces by myself, but I think an academic setting would be the best place for me to actually try and grasp the language.

    I became interested in Japan about 6-ish years ago through anime (Tokyo Mew Mew to be exact!) and gradually over time I started getting into Japanese music and films and I gained an interest in how Japanese society works and its culture. I'm particularly interested in gender equality and how Japan views women and sexual minorities.

    I'm also interested in East Asia as a whole and I hope to take some modules about China/Korea/East Asia with my unrestricted credits. :3
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    Hey everyone!

    I'm actually already a 1st year student at Sheffield but I am planning on switching my degree to do Korean Studies with Business Management starting from 1st year again. So if anyone needs and information about the Uni or accommodation in general I can help!
    If all goes well I may even see some of you in September!
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    I know this is for people applying for this year, but I'm applying next year, to do either Korean studies or Chinese studies with business management. I'm still unsure as to which one to pick though. Chinese is more known but I may struggle whereas Korean I'm already learning now, so it may be easier for me, and may also be more enjoyable as I have a keen interest in modern Korea, as well as it's history. China, on the other hand I don't have as much interest although it could potentially be more useful, as the language is more widely spoken, but I know next to nothing about China.

    I've been stuck on which one to do for almost 6 months now, do I go for the one I have more interest in or the one that'd be more useful? ;-;
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    (Original post by katyrxse)

    I've been stuck on which one to do for almost 6 months now, do I go for the one I have more interest in or the one that'd be more useful? ;-;
    Chinese (mandarin) is said to be the growing language to have in this century, just like English was in the last century and French before that. Just because the language and the skills to use it are in demand does not mean that you should give up what you love in your heart.

    You can choose to study Korean with Business now as that is where more of your interest lies meaning you'll put more effort into it than a language and culture you know very little of and may choose to give up at any time.

    This does not mean however after you graduate with you Korean/Business degree that you cannot go and pursue Chinese more. You can use what you've learned from the Korean degree and work between China and Korea developing your Chinese language skills along the way. Even take night classes as i'm sure there are countless numbers of them across the globe.

    I apologise if this is too long-winded but I hope it gives you a bit more clarity on your future choice, and before you make a decision officially.
    Visit the university and the departments of both Korean and Chinese and get any information from current students about each degree respectively, email the university as well.
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    (Original post by katyrxse)
    I know this is for people applying for this year, but I'm applying next year, to do either Korean studies or Chinese studies with business management. I'm still unsure as to which one to pick though. Chinese is more known but I may struggle whereas Korean I'm already learning now, so it may be easier for me, and may also be more enjoyable as I have a keen interest in modern Korea, as well as it's history. China, on the other hand I don't have as much interest although it could potentially be more useful, as the language is more widely spoken, but I know next to nothing about China.

    I've been stuck on which one to do for almost 6 months now, do I go for the one I have more interest in or the one that'd be more useful? ;-;

    (Original post by Danderlilly)
    Chinese (mandarin) is said to be the growing language to have in this century, just like English was in the last century and French before that. Just because the language and the skills to use it are in demand does not mean that you should give up what you love in your heart.

    You can choose to study Korean with Business now as that is where more of your interest lies meaning you'll put more effort into it than a language and culture you know very little of and may choose to give up at any time.

    This does not mean however after you graduate with you Korean/Business degree that you cannot go and pursue Chinese more. You can use what you've learned from the Korean degree and work between China and Korea developing your Chinese language skills along the way. Even take night classes as i'm sure there are countless numbers of them across the globe.

    I apologise if this is too long-winded but I hope it gives you a bit more clarity on your future choice, and before you make a decision officially.
    Visit the university and the departments of both Korean and Chinese and get any information from current students about each degree respectively, email the university as well.
    At Sheffield it's also to take 'not for credit' languages through the languages for all, so even if you don't take Chinese for your main degree, you can still learn it and it won't count towards your overall grade at the end of year, so if you end up doing badly it won't affect your main course.

    Here's the link if you want more information

    http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/languages/lfa
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    (Original post by Danderlilly)
    Chinese (mandarin) is said to be the growing language to have in this century, just like English was in the last century and French before that. Just because the language and the skills to use it are in demand does not mean that you should give up what you love in your heart.

    You can choose to study Korean with Business now as that is where more of your interest lies meaning you'll put more effort into it than a language and culture you know very little of and may choose to give up at any time.

    This does not mean however after you graduate with you Korean/Business degree that you cannot go and pursue Chinese more. You can use what you've learned from the Korean degree and work between China and Korea developing your Chinese language skills along the way. Even take night classes as i'm sure there are countless numbers of them across the globe.

    I apologise if this is too long-winded but I hope it gives you a bit more clarity on your future choice, and before you make a decision officially.
    Visit the university and the departments of both Korean and Chinese and get any information from current students about each degree respectively, email the university as well.
    No it isn't too long, it's actually really helpful. I think that it would be better to do what interests me more for my degree. So I think I may apply for korean studies and take some not do credit modules in Chinese too ^_^ thank you for the help!
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    At Sheffield it's also to take 'not for credit' languages through the languages for all, so even if you don't take Chinese for your main degree, you can still learn it and it won't count towards your overall grade at the end of year, so if you end up doing badly it won't affect your main course.

    Here's the link if you want more information

    http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/languages/lfa
    Oh my god, thank you! That's really taken the weight off of my shoulders, I'm so glad that I can do that. I think I will do that then if I get accepted, hopefully I will.
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    hi there being weird and posting on a dead thread instead of revising u_u !!

    i got a conditional offer for japanese studies last year, i was so made up! made sheffield my firm of course ~ im so excited although im a little worried for my grades but i think ill be ok (friend who currently attends sheffield said that a couple of his friends got a grade or two lower than the required grades and still managed to get accepted! kinda making me feel a bit better hehe)

    i also want to take a lfa course in mandarin chinese too. i'd love to learn a little korean alongside too but im not sure if that sounds a little unrealistic. maybe i can befriend a korean studies student and ask for a couple of lessons

    good luck to all of you and i hope ill get to meet some of you in october!
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    (Original post by yasuho)
    hi there being weird and posting on a dead thread instead of revising u_u !!

    i got a conditional offer for japanese studies last year, i was so made up! made sheffield my firm of course ~ im so excited although im a little worried for my grades but i think ill be ok (friend who currently attends sheffield said that a couple of his friends got a grade or two lower than the required grades and still managed to get accepted! kinda making me feel a bit better hehe)

    i also want to take a lfa course in mandarin chinese too. i'd love to learn a little korean alongside too but im not sure if that sounds a little unrealistic. maybe i can befriend a korean studies student and ask for a couple of lessons

    good luck to all of you and i hope ill get to meet some of you in october!

    Hey there Yasuho, you're right about the lower grades thing, as long as they're not overly drastic
    If you have firmed your offer then why not join the facebook group for new SEAS applicants/offer holders.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1529385583987565/

    There are quite a lot of us on there so far, around 60+ majority of whom are doing Japanese, and of course we have those students who are already at the University to give us guidance when we need. Hope to see you there.
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    (Original post by yasuho)
    hi there being weird and posting on a dead thread instead of revising u_u !!

    i got a conditional offer for japanese studies last year, i was so made up! made sheffield my firm of course ~ im so excited although im a little worried for my grades but i think ill be ok (friend who currently attends sheffield said that a couple of his friends got a grade or two lower than the required grades and still managed to get accepted! kinda making me feel a bit better hehe)

    i also want to take a lfa course in mandarin chinese too. i'd love to learn a little korean alongside too but im not sure if that sounds a little unrealistic. maybe i can befriend a korean studies student and ask for a couple of lessons

    good luck to all of you and i hope ill get to meet some of you in october!
    It's definitely possible to learn Chinese and Korean as minors if you have unrestricted credits http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/lfaregistration

    It's also possible to join various national societies to practise your languages (Sheffield has Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies)
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    (Original post by Danderlilly)
    Hey there Yasuho, you're right about the lower grades thing, as long as they're not overly drastic
    If you have firmed your offer then why not join the facebook group for new SEAS applicants/offer holders.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1529385583987565/

    There are quite a lot of us on there so far, around 60+ majority of whom are doing Japanese, and of course we have those students who are already at the University to give us guidance when we need. Hope to see you there.
    hi there, thats great to hear! im a little worried about my english literature grade but i think ill manage at least a B.

    and i did earlier! im the most recent member of the group i think hehe. i feel a lot more reassured reading everyones comments about their experiences.
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    It's definitely possible to learn Chinese and Korean as minors if you have unrestricted credits http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/lfaregistration

    It's also possible to join various national societies to practise your languages (Sheffield has Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies)
    thats great to hear! im definitely applying for at least mandarin thats for sure. not sure if you would know but do you know the level of ability in the language the course teaches up to?
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    (Original post by yasuho)
    thats great to hear! im definitely applying for at least mandarin thats for sure. not sure if you would know but do you know the level of ability in the language the course teaches up to?
    I'm not entirely sure about Chinese for non specialists as Chinese is my major, however the non specialists course will go at a lot slower pace than classes for Chinese studies. If you do Chinese for non specialists for the 3 years your in Sheffield, you're likely to get to an intermediate level at most, if Japanese for non specialists is anything to go by
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    I'm not entirely sure about Chinese for non specialists as Chinese is my major, however the non specialists course will go at a lot slower pace than classes for Chinese studies. If you do Chinese for non specialists for the 3 years your in Sheffield, you're likely to get to an intermediate level at most, if Japanese for non specialists is anything to go by
    thanks so much for the info, im a lot more certain with what i want to do now! i already speak cantonese and can read some chinese so hopefully that will help me during the course.
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    (Original post by yasuho)
    thanks so much for the info, im a lot more certain with what i want to do now! i already speak cantonese and can read some chinese so hopefully that will help me during the course.
    Mandarin is definitely a lot easier than Cantonese when it comes to tones! Mandarin only has 5 tones (4 with an added 'neutral tone') whereas Cantonese has at least 6! My boyfriend speaks Cantonese and I have noticed some similarities in vocab, although the grammar between the two can be quite different
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    i am looking into doing japanese study for 2016 and the course i am currently doing at college is health and social care so it has nothing to do with japanese and i dont have a GCSE in a language and i was was reading that if you have a great below the will still might consider taking and i am just saying i got a C in my English literature and a D in language and for math i got a D so i was wondering if you think they may consider me
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    They are lenient to an extent, usually asking you to have a grade in a foreign language. You should call them, it's highly likely they will consider you, but if not at least offer you a place in the foundation language programme.

    Give them a call or email

    Danny ( Asia Pacific studies student, Uclan)
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    (Original post by lammy07)
    i am looking into doing japanese study for 2016 and the course i am currently doing at college is health and social care so it has nothing to do with japanese and i dont have a GCSE in a language and i was was reading that if you have a great below the will still might consider taking and i am just saying i got a C in my English literature and a D in language and for math i got a D so i was wondering if you think they may consider me
    I'd imagine that you wouldn't get an offer with those GCSE grades. Normally Universities have a blanket policy where you need a C in GCSE Maths and English language or you get instantly denied. From reading your post, your written English isn't brilliant and I had to read it a few times to work out what you were trying to say.
    This is speculation though, the only way to know is to email or ring admissions.

    You can see the course information on the website here - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/ukquals
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    (Original post by Fatcoin)
    From reading your post, your written English isn't brilliant and I had to read it a few times to work out what you were trying to say.
    Bloody hell. A simple no, yes or maybe wouldn't have hurt. You didn't need to shame the guy, jeez...
 
 
 
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