(Original post by Quirky Object)
have you received an email from Trinity saying your French interviewer has been changed? Who's your new interviewer(s)?
I have! There are two of them now. The man specialises in classics.
Oh man, I know so little about classics...
Last edited by val508; 1 month ago
So stressed about interviews aaa
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Hi everyone, I suspect interviews are looming and I thought I'd offer my help and give some example questions to give you a flavour of what might come up, as I remember being pretty daunted when I went up for my interviews. I did my undergrad and postgrad in Modern Languages at The Other Place
and actually worked as an interviewer while I was a graduate student. I also taught and did the Oxbridge prep at a school which regularly sends 30-40% of its students to Oxford and Cambridge.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!
Some general Modern Languages interview topics to think about:
- What is the point of translation? (Think about what goal you want to achieve, what, linguistically speaking that might entail? To what extent must you take into account who you are translating for or what you are translating from?)
- Are there any genres that are particularly hard to translate? What does that tell us about the nature of those types of work? Is every translation a 'betrayal' of the original?
- What is the difference between poetry and prose?
- What is the difference between literature and non-literature? (Does our attitude to language change when dealing with literature? Or when dealing with poetry in particular?)
- What makes a work of art political?
- To what extent does language shape or even dictate our world view? (Sapir-Whorf hypothesis)
- When reading a literary work from the past, should one always try imagine what a reader of the time would have understood?
- Is there objective meaning in literature?
- How does one's response to a poem differ from one's response to a painting?
- What is the difference between a novel and a short story?
- Reading a play is always inferior to watching it on stage. Do you agree?
Last edited by qwertyuiop1993; 1 month ago
just finished my interviews- don’t know if it went well or not? there were some questions that i got the answers wrong to and they had to sort of gently push me in the right direction or correct me but generally i think it went ok. how do you know if it went well ?!