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    I really can't decide which course to do between Chinese & Linguistics or German & Linguistics (at Leeds). I've been doing German for about 5 years and think it would be a shame to give up before I'm properly fluent, but Chinese would be so interesting and such a challenge/something new. Arrrggh I wish I could do both. I considered doing both at first but I REALLY like linguistics and want to do as much of it as possible. Plus I might get too confused doing two languages haha.

    I know it's something I have to decide on my own but would really appreciate any advice!
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    Why not do German and learn Chinese on the side?..like maybe your Uni offers some language courses for everyone?
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    Does Leeds University have an extra-curricular language programme? Some universities allow you to study a language for credits if it's semi-relevant to your course; I do English Literature, but I also take German as one of my units for 10 credits a semester. They also allow you to take it just for interest, and there's no preference given to those who wish to study it as part of their course. You should enquire about it.
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    Hey sweeed. I'm in a similar situation as you; I am down to study straight Chinese with Leeds being an option. But having studied Spanish for 5 years (at GCSE and then for A-Levels) it would be a shame to suddenly give up!

    However, take a look at the following quote taken from the School of Modern Languages and Arts website (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/smlc/undergraduate.htm#course)

    [Degree course details

    We offer Single and Joint Honours. Our Joint Honours programmes are very popular with students as they offer the great opportunity to combine the study of a modern language with another subject, another language, music, politics, english, philosophy - over 245 options in total!

    You can also shape either type of degree with elective modules. Electives are studied in conjunction with your main degree. These can often be in any subject you choose on top of the mandatory modules of your main subject, e.g. you could study JT Hons French & Politics, with additional electives in Film Studies, Animal Behaviour and Psychology - with the University of Leeds having the most undergraduate courses in the UK, how you choose to study is only limited by your imagination!]

    So, one option would be to take either German or Chinese and then study elective modules in the other language. Hope this helps!
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    If you're that interested in German I wouldn't give it up. I considered giving it up after GCSE and am so glad I've stuck with it to degree level since then.
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    (Original post by sweeed)
    I really can't decide which course to do between Chinese & Linguistics or German & Linguistics (at Leeds). I've been doing German for about 5 years and think it would be a shame to give up before I'm properly fluent, but Chinese would be so interesting and such a challenge/something new. Arrrggh I wish I could do both. I considered doing both at first but I REALLY like linguistics and want to do as much of it as possible. Plus I might get too confused doing two languages haha.

    I know it's something I have to decide on my own but would really appreciate any advice!
    German degree course, Chinese on the side.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    German degree course, Chinese on the side.
    I don't think Chinese is the sort of thing you can do 'on the side'. I'd like to be able to speak it properly
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    The German department at Leeds looks great. I really liked it when I looked around. My uncle is one of the lecturers and I know he has taught some really interesting modules.

    In your position I would probably stick with German, because the standard of German you will reach by the end of your degree will be much higher than the standard you could reach in Chinese, so I agree with the others that unless you are absolutely dead-set on Chinese it makes more sense to study German and do a Chinese course on the side out of interest.
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    (Original post by sweeed)
    I don't think Chinese is the sort of thing you can do 'on the side'. I'd like to be able to speak it properly
    my uni (sheffield) does chinese as a degree but also chinese for non specialists - which is pretty much like doing chinese on the side. however, its meant to be kinda intense so its not like youd do 3 years of it and be at gcse level. i think its also quite a difficult language, if you do want to do it as your main degree its probabley worth learning it by yourself for a couple of months to see how you get on with it. also, if you do it as an 'extra' to german, which you already know you are good at, if you do hate it or struggle with it you could drop it without it affecting your degree
 
 
 
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