I spent ages researching places I could study it, and how long it was going to take me to complete all the prerequisites (as I didn’t do linguistics as an undergrad), but then found out yesterday that Open Universities has a partnership with Monash (one of the top universities in Australia, and in the top 50 in the world) for a MA in Applied Linguistics that can be done anywhere in the world on a part- or full-time basis, and I could put it on FEE-HELP (god bless the Federal Government and their interest-free study loans!).
I have no excuses not to get off my arse and enrol now. Just gotta figure out the best timing, because I don’t want to flunk a unit and end up $2400 out of pocket :/
I’ve bought my plane tickets (Jetstar, bleh, but what can you do?) and I’m working through the visa paperwork at the moment. Application to be submitted to the Japanese Consulate in Sydney next month, flying out to Osaka on September 4th. Six weeks in Fukuoka at language school, then off to Tokyo before N-chan disowns me as a friend for not following my original plan :P
I think 2009 is my Year of Aborted Plans.
I aborted moving to Japan because the economy went kaput and I was offered a 12 month extension on my employment contract. Planning to do it in 2010.
I aborted the pen pal thing because I simply lack the time.
And now I’m aborting JLPT2 (despite having coughed up the $70 application fee) because my dad goes into surgery for prostate cancer tomorrow. He and my aunt both got hit out of the blue with cancer diagnoses in the second half of this year, and it kinda distracted me from my other goals (not completely – I’m still progressing with my Jap, just not at the speed I wanted).
Another 12 months before I can have a crack at it, and it’ll be harder with the changes due in 2010 – マジでむかつく :(
Set up a profile on mylanguageexchange.com – nothing evntured, nothing gained, eh?
I want to find a Japanese pen pal for a language exchange (English/Japanese). I’ve been looking at a few language exchange websites, but I’m too chicken to put up a profile or respond to listed profiles because my Japanese is. So. Shockingly. Awful.
Maybe making this lovely public post will get me off my sorry arse and making an effort…
Just checked gumtree.com.au and realestate.com.au – WHY ARE SYDNEY RENTAL PRICES SO EXORBITANT??? I refuse to move out if it means having to live paycheque-to-paycheque!
Will keep tracking the market and crossing my fingers. Will also check the noticeboards around campus for flatshares.
Okay, so I’ve lost about 11kg already (over a 9 month period… would’ve been less time if not for Christmas and Easter food-fests), but I’ve got another 10 to go before I hit my goal weight.
All things going to plan, I want to drop 2kg a month. Because I’m fitter and healthier than when I started last September, it probably won’t drop as quickly as it did at the start. I’m going to Japan for a month in September, so I want to maintain my weight for that period, then drop maybe a couple more kilos prior to Christmas.
Will be achieving this via healthy diet (more fresh food, less processed) and exercise (cardio at the gym for 45 mins x 3 days a week, Jillian Michaels Biggest Winner DVDs x 3 days a week).
Oh boys <3 I'll see you live before you get old/disband/stop touring, I promise ; )
I’ve found myself ‘drifting’ in my Japanese self-study of late – not reading as much as I say I will, getting distracted by internet time wasters (blogs in English, fanfic… also in English, youtube, shopping sites), watching Japanese TV but not actually listening to what they’re saying… Anyway, the point is, despite my pooh-poohing of standardised tests, JLPT gives me a quantifiable goal, and I need that right now.
I’ve only been studying Japanese for 6 months, so it’ll be just over a year by the time the test comes around. Might be a big ask. I might fail. But JLPT 3 sounds like a waste of time, and isn’t it good to aim high? With Anki, textbooks and a world of online resources at my disposal, it’s worth a try! :D