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September 21, 2019, 02:03:08 am

Poll

What did you study?

Arabic
0 (0%)
Auslan
0 (0%)
Chinese
12 (19.4%)
French
15 (24.2%)
German
3 (4.8%)
Greek
0 (0%)
Hebrew
0 (0%)
Hindi
0 (0%)
Indonesian
4 (6.5%)
Italian
6 (9.7%)
Japanese
15 (24.2%)
Korean
0 (0%)
Latin
6 (9.7%)
Spanish
0 (0%)
Vietnamese
0 (0%)
Other (please specify below)
1 (1.6%)

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What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« on: February 07, 2019, 12:05:46 pm »
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Just interested in what languages other than English the ATAR Notes Fam learnt through high school!

I've left off quite a lot of languages from the poll, so please select "Other" and then post what I'm missing if you studied a different language. :)

For me, I studied French and, to a lesser extent, Japanese. I dropped both of them earlier than I should have. How about the rest of you?
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 12:09:10 pm »
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I did Japanese in year 8, but learnt Mandarin outside of school. Dropped both of them at the end of the year, and now I really regret it lol
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2019, 12:20:29 pm »
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I did Japanese in year 8, but learnt Mandarin outside of school. Dropped both of them at the end of the year, and now I really regret it lol

Why did you drop them at the time?
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 12:23:55 pm »
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I did French in high school, but have dabbled in other things outside. Spanish and Ancient Greek at uni. Mandarin, Cantonese and Serbian (all to varying degrees of success) in my own time :D
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 12:25:44 pm »
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I did French in high school, but have dabbled in other things outside. Spanish and Ancient Greek at uni. Mandarin, Cantonese and Serbian (all to varying degrees of success) in my own time :D

Which of these have you found most challenging?
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 12:29:48 pm »
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Did French from Year 7 to 10. It was fun learning them in Year 7 and 8 but got irritated by it in Year 9 and 10, hence my decision to drop it altogether at the end of Year 10.
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 12:32:59 pm »
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Did French from Year 7 to 10. It was fun learning them in Year 7 and 8 but got irritated by it in Year 9 and 10, hence my decision to drop it altogether at the end of Year 10.

Seems like a pretty common experience. Do you regret dropping it?
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 12:54:45 pm »
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Primary school did Japanese from grade 3-6

Then in high school did Japanese from years 7 - 10 but they started from scratch but was at a much faster rate of learning so didn't waste too much time.. In year 7-8 it was compulsory to do a LOTE but in 9-10 you had to choose them as electives.

I never really considered it for VCE although had some friends who did it with some success.

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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2019, 01:26:38 pm »
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I did French in Year 7 and Italian in Year 8. My biggest regret for the HSC as not studying a language but I think I had more than enough on my plate to handle. I chose Italian Beginners but it didnít run in my school  :'( I was already doing distance education for Music 2 so I didnít want to have another subject piled on that. Iím hoping to take up Italian now in my free time to help with my AMEB course.

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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2019, 01:31:24 pm »
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Seems like a pretty common experience. Do you regret dropping it?

Sometimes I do regret it. The main reason why I dropped was because I was so petty that these French and Belgian girls in my class would always beat me in every assessment by one mark and they would top the year in first and second place and I came third. I was frustrated that my efforts were always outshined by these native speakers and my teacher would never acknowledge my efforts. For someone who doesn't come from a French speaking background, the fact that I was always one mark behind them in every assessment showed that I was good as a native speaker.
 
Though it is really a petty reason to drop a language so I wished that I continued it in Year 11 and 12 so that I could add another language to my list. However, I felt like doing a language in Year 11/12 would have been a huge time consumer with especially two major works that I was already doing.

I'm not really willing to pay money to learn French again and I can't exactly learn it at uni anyways so we (obviously) don't offer it.
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2019, 01:32:13 pm »
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I did Italian during Year 8. It was fun that we got to go to a local Italian club, play bocce and eat authentic Italian food (since the club is run by elderly Italian people).

Does self-taught count as well? During high school, I would teach myself Korean and Japanese. While I'm not fluent in these languages, I can do basic introductions in Korean and order food in Korean.
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2019, 02:46:06 pm »
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Why did you drop them at the time?

I dropped Japanese because it was an elective after year 8 and my interests were in other places. As for Mandarin, I really hated going to classes (they were done in my own time) and had no interest in learning the language anymore. It sucks that I stopped ó I feel it the most now because I work in an airport and there are so many Chinese tourists but I canít communicate with them :-/
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2019, 02:46:17 pm »
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I've been 'learning' Japanese since primary school. But I use 'learning' loosely'; in primary school it was a 60 minute lesson once a week, learning a few words and watching studio Ghibli movies in Japanese with English subtitles. From year 7 onwards though, naturally the workload increased. Now I'm on the way to studying Japanese at Uni!
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2019, 02:47:27 pm »
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Which of these have you found most challenging?

Mandarin/Canto.

The writing is brutal and the internal logic of both languages (which is pretty similar) is just so foreign to an English speaker, whereas the romance languages above + Serbian are each pretty similar to English.
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Re: What LOTE(s) did/do you study at high school?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2019, 03:08:37 pm »
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I've been 'learning' Japanese since primary school. But I use 'learning' loosely'; in primary school it was a 60 minute lesson once a week, learning a few words and watching studio Ghibli movies in Japanese with English subtitles. From year 7 onwards though, naturally the workload increased. Now I'm on the way to studying Japanese at Uni!

Love that you're continuing with it! Japanese department at Monash is pretty good from what I know.
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