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    Anyone starting, or wishing to start, Japanese Studies in Cambridge this October?
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    No, but I might go to the intermediate Japanese lectures next year. We shall see how much time I have.
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    the likelyhood of meeting someone else on here that is actually starting japanese in the deptartment is pretty slim - on it's own it's one of the very smallest subjects in the uni (although this is possibly not true of oriental studies (or whatever they're calling it now) as a whole)
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    Having said that, we have about half of the philosophy faculty on here.
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    That's why I was asking - curiosity. The interviewer said me that they choose only 8-10 people to study Japanese each year :tongue:
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    I am!

    Edit: + there are at least another 2 people on here, one at Trinity and one at Corpus.

    We also have a facebook group for the whole of O.S. with about 15 people in it - feel free to join
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    you also have Edinburgh as your Insurance

    They pooled me from Corpus to Homerton :tongue:
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    Ah well the guy who is going to Corpus got pooled there! (I forget where from though...).

    Good luck with your IB - lots of my friends take it so I know how hard it is! Though your offer isn't too bad...
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    I'm satisfied with my offer I made an Open Application and Homerton is indeed really nice (but sooooo far away... )
    IB is not really very hard itself. The biggest problem is the schedule of the exams - e.g. two exams from two different subject a day :eek:
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    But it's a lot of work, compared to A levels anyway. Though I'd like to have taken it myself...

    Homerton is far away... but it looks lovely from what I've seen - and I'm sure you can get a bike!
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    At least, it will finally mobilise me to practise sport - as riding a bike every day is SOME sort of sport
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    I would be the Japanologist starting at Corpus this year, pooled from Emmanuel, but very happy about my place
    How do people seem to know my story/existance (._.?)
    But yeah! nice to speak to some other Orientalists, to the OP: have you done any Japanese before?
    Is anyone in Japan this summer?

    EDIT: replace anything which sounds confident with an "In the occasion that I get 3 As and actually make it in", I don't work hard enough and I feel somewhat cheeky pretending I'm of Cambridge-caliber >_>
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    no I don't know Japanese nothing besides words existing in the popular culture, like kimono or sushi
    and you?
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    Omg YES!! I'm not gonna be the only one!! (If I get in...)

    YES YES YES YES YES

    No switching to SPS for me =]
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    I'm coming to do Chinese, not many people do oriental studies on here do they? What colleges are you all at?
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    (Original post by dominiclmorris)
    I would be the Japanologist starting at Corpus this year, pooled from Emmanuel, but very happy about my place
    How do people seem to know my story/existance (._.?)
    But yeah! nice to speak to some other Orientalists, to the OP: have you done any Japanese before?
    Is anyone in Japan this summer?
    Were you the Japanologist at interviews at Emma on the 4th December? I can't imagine there being very many more applicants!
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    Incidenally, I've always wondered what an oriental studies interview is like. Is it theoretical (i.e. analysing grammar and sentence structures in english to gauge an idea of how good you are at languages in general) or is it much more focussed on the culture of the region etc.?
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    I´ve also got an offer for Oriental Studies, but for Chinese I´ll be coming to Queens´ in October hopefully..

    (Original post by 1361)
    Incidenally, I've always wondered what an oriental studies interview is like. Is it theoretical (i.e. analysing grammar and sentence structures in english to gauge an idea of how good you are at languages in general) or is it much more focussed on the culture of the region etc.?
    Well, there was nothing about analysing grammar or sentences in my interviews - I can´t really imagine that would be much help. They look at what languages you´re currently doing to see if you´re good at learning languages. My interviews were mostly about what books I´d read about China and about the culture, and also about my own opinion of historical or political developments.
    I was also asked to look at some Chinese characters and say which parts from one character were similar to parts of different ones. There was a moment of panic at first when I thought they were going to ask me to read it or something lol :rolleyes:
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    I had my interview at the 6th of December.
    My interviews were not really about Japan Only at the beginning they asked about my interests in Japan and Japanese literature that I mentioned.
    But the most of the interview was about psychoanalysis, literature in general, science, power etc and they also gave my some English language exercises to see if I achieved the proficiency in English needed to start the course. I also had to look at Japanese characters for few seconds and redraw them But fortunately I have some manual skills and good memory for pictures so it was not as bad.
    I think that the main aim of the interview is not to test the knowledge about e.g. Japan but to see how the applicant is "thinking". So they question about some topics familiar to appliants, but not neccessarily connected
    To be sincere, I do not have very big knowledge about Japan I just love Japanese novels.
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    I was indeed the Japanologist at Emma on the 4th, did we meet?
    Sorry, I bad with this sort of thing >_> Oh but I do remember talk to lots of people in the Emma common room place, what did we talk about?
    My interview was pretty Japan based, but I name dropped half a dozen books on japan in my PS so they prolly wanted to test that I did actually read some...

    It's a good thing I had! They saw I was doing the Cold War in history and asked me to explain Japan's position in the Cold War (the course has /nothing/ to do with Japan) so I talked about her relationship with American in the western Bloc, they then pushed me furhter asking how Japan was able to co-operate with the country she has been fighting so recently, I mentioned a theory of how it was their willingness to accept defeat that allowed them to put their past behind, and then they took that answer and asked why it was that they were willing to accept defeat. They really kept going >_<

    Then I had to do some grammar, character spotting work, which I don't think I did that well, and I had to read a passage of Clash of the Civilisations and summerise it's arguement.

    I actually really enjoyed it, but I machocistic like that.
 
 
 
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