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    I was in Eurosoc last year and thought it was pretty awful. We went along expecting it to be fun, meeting people from across Europe and talking about related things. No. Instead, everyone in the soc seemed to be Polish and already know each other anyway, so we'd go along and me and my friend would basically be left out all evening while the rest of the group talked in Polish.

    I know of the President this year though, and he seems like a nice guy, so I imagine it might be better this time. I'm undecided as to whether to join or not.
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    i think societies last year were pretty goddamned awful tbh.
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    Yeah, the only good thing I went to with the French Soc last year was their club night at Pacha, and that was during the last week of term when this year's committee had taken over. They seem to be pretty good now. Italian soc couldn't get much worse, since I didn't go to a single thing of theirs (and I'm not certain they even held anything!).

    What confuses me is why the language socs seem to hold their socials in such fancy clubs?! French soc last year had one at Boujis, and were at Embargo 59 in Chelsea last week, and Italian soc were at Chinawhite on Thursday. To be fair to French soc, they did get cheap drinks deals last week, but it took forever to get to Chelsea in the first place (changing tubes three times) and took three buses to get back to Camden. Italsoc event was promoting drinks as being 'only' £10 for a cocktail. I know the language departments are full of rahs, but surely they realise they're excluding a lot of the student body by going to such places?
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    maybe that's the idea
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    Just seems silly, since it just means most people won't sign up, so they'll lose funding from the union/membership fees. Surely at the start of term they should at least pretend they're going to include you in things, until they've got your money.
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    (Original post by Lizia)
    I was in Eurosoc last year and thought it was pretty awful. We went along expecting it to be fun, meeting people from across Europe and talking about related things. No. Instead, everyone in the soc seemed to be Polish and already know each other anyway, so we'd go along and me and my friend would basically be left out all evening while the rest of the group talked in Polish.

    I know of the President this year though, and he seems like a nice guy, so I imagine it might be better this time. I'm undecided as to whether to join or not.
    Thanks for that! Yeah, that's pretty much what someone I was talking to the other said about it this year. Only this time with Germans. :rolleyes: I don't really mind if there's gonna loads of a group of people in a society, but at least have the common courtesy to try and speak to others and not continue talking in your language while people are there. Other societies are guility of this too, though.

    Societies this year have definitely stepped it up a notch. Or maybe they realised that having a good freshers fortnight would lead to loads of people joining and loads of monies.
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    wellllll i know a lot of the german speakers in eurosoc this year and i don't think they're like that at all. they speak english around me anyway mostly. it still strikes me as a very "srs" society for like, driven people to get into politics and stuff. bleh. like econ and finance soc for people who suck at maths.

    oh also the president this year is literally the world's nicest guy. i love him. :suith:
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    anybody need a spare room? gah
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    I'm actually having a good day for once, so thought I should share it to make it clear I'm not always a moany *****. I'm finally up to date on my reading, which is a peculiar feeling. I've also realised there's literally nothing I can do about these essays until the titles are set, so I'm not going to worry about them. And I've made sorbet which is lush, although it has stained my hands greeny-yellow from squeezing limes and lemons.

    I'm thinking about doing a course at the language centre next term. Has anyone done them and can give me an idea of the quality, and how well you can expect to do after a term of teaching?
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    (Original post by Lizia)

    I'm thinking about doing a course at the language centre next term. Has anyone done them and can give me an idea of the quality, and how well you can expect to do after a term of teaching?
    I'm guessing you mean the evening course? What language are you thinking of doing? I did a course unit last year and I'm doing 1 this year and from what I hear it's pretty much the same minus exams so I'll give you my 2 cents.

    The quality is pretty good. Obviously this depends on what language you're doing, but I have friends who've done French, Spanish, German and Arabic at all random levels and they all agree is pretty good. While you'll be given a fair amount of material and grammar lessons, alot of it comes from self teaching, which I guess you know well since you do a language degree!

    A term of teaching will probably get you the basics if you're starting that language from scratch. All in all though, I think the language classes are really good for getting your written work checked and for speaking. Everything else you can kinda do by yourself.
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    what the **** is this new ****ty tsr? and why have they reset my ****ign rep points?
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    (Original post by fait)
    I'm guessing you mean the evening course? What language are you thinking of doing? I did a course unit last year and I'm doing 1 this year and from what I hear it's pretty much the same minus exams so I'll give you my 2 cents.

    The quality is pretty good. Obviously this depends on what language you're doing, but I have friends who've done French, Spanish, German and Arabic at all random levels and they all agree is pretty good. While you'll be given a fair amount of material and grammar lessons, alot of it comes from self teaching, which I guess you know well since you do a language degree!

    A term of teaching will probably get you the basics if you're starting that language from scratch. All in all though, I think the language classes are really good for getting your written work checked and for speaking. Everything else you can kinda do by yourself.
    Thanks for this, was definitely helpful! I'm thinking of doing Portuguese. I was going to do it for credits at King's, but my departmental tutor was being a bit hypocritical ("The languages department at King's might not exist by the end of the year" despite the faff with languages departments at UCL), so now I have to pay to do it. Glad to hear it's good

    I feel like death today. I went to a houseparty last night dressed as a casino and woke up this morning covered in poker chips and playing cards. Such a good night, but I am never drinking again. Until tomorrow.
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    I'm thinking of heading off to the Language Centre next September to get a kick-start in Mandarin lessons. Though Russian and improving my German also come close..
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    (Original post by rockrunride)
    I'm thinking of heading off to the Language Centre next September to get a kick-start in Mandarin lessons. Though Russian and improving my German also come close..
    lol i took up mandarin

    dropped it after a single lesson :laugh:
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    (Original post by blahhhhh)
    lol i took up mandarin

    dropped it after a single lesson :laugh:
    I wanna go to China on graduation though innit.

    COYS
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    I think I've accepted my German will never be good. I was one fricking mark out of 600 off an A at A-level, and I haven't forgiven the Germans for that. If only they didn't have Berlin, I love that city

    I want to do Russian but I'm appalling at new alphabets. I'm self-teaching Korean at the moment, and can't do the vowels to save my life.
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    (Original post by rockrunride)
    I wanna go to China on graduation though innit.

    COYS
    hmm well, i wouldn't recommend it personally, after the first lesson (level A) we were meant to memorise 18 Chinese characters (sounds easy but really isn't) and unless you happen to do a course that doesn't have much coursework I'd advise against it.

    COYS!!
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    (Original post by Lizia)
    I think I've accepted my German will never be good. I was one fricking mark out of 600 off an A at A-level, and I haven't forgiven the Germans for that. If only they didn't have Berlin, I love that city

    I want to do Russian but I'm appalling at new alphabets. I'm self-teaching Korean at the moment, and can't do the vowels to save my life.
    wow!

    i tried and failed with both french and mandarin lol

    guess languages just aren't for me
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    (Original post by Lizia)
    Thanks for this, was definitely helpful! I'm thinking of doing Portuguese. I was going to do it for credits at King's, but my departmental tutor was being a bit hypocritical ("The languages department at King's might not exist by the end of the year" despite the faff with languages departments at UCL), so now I have to pay to do it. Glad to hear it's good

    I feel like death today. I went to a houseparty last night dressed as a casino and woke up this morning covered in poker chips and playing cards. Such a good night, but I am never drinking again. Until tomorrow.
    Glad to hear it!

    And CASINO, that is probably the most awesome costume I've ever heard. :rofl:


    Went to 2 houseparties this weekend myself. NOT good.

    (Original post by blahhhhh)
    hmm well, i wouldn't recommend it personally, after the first lesson (level A) we were meant to memorise 18 Chinese characters (sounds easy but really isn't) and unless you happen to do a course that doesn't have much coursework I'd advise against it.

    COYS!!
    True. That and I definitely wouldn't advise doing a full unit. That KILLED me last year.

    Lolz, I was like that last year with Chinese characters but now my brain just adapts to the random and bs that is Chinese characters.
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    (Original post by fait)
    And CASINO, that is probably the most awesome costume I've ever heard. :rofl:


    Went to 2 houseparties this weekend myself. NOT good.
    It was awesome, until I started shedding cards left right and centre :lol: And houseparties are always good, especially for us skint non-freshers!

    I've been reading the Caldicott Report (yes, I'm avoiding my academic reading) and apparently the reason we have to see our personal tutors so often this year is so we don't become terrorists like the Pants-Bomber. Which is one of the strangest reasons I've ever heard.

    And I missed my lecture thanks to the blooming Northern Line. And no one even believes me!
 
 
 
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