I can officially say that my second year at the University of Leicester is in full effect … probably because I have started reading about Land Law! Now, I am aware that the rumour swirling round is, that that Land Law is terrifyingly difficult and the most mind-numbing module that you will have to endure throughout your degree.
However, I can confidently say that I’m nearly two weeks in and I have not cried, fallen asleep or decided to leave University (yet!) so I think I can conclude that my second year is going quite smoothly.
From starting new modules, attending the back-to-Uni socials and getting used to those ‘awesome’ 9am lectures; my body is beginning to wake itself up from its four-month hibernation. Nevertheless it does not stop there. I, being the ever so zany person that I am decided to give my body a real shock and sign myself up for Arabic lessons.
For a while, I have been deliberating whether or not I should start learning Arabic. It’s a language I have, personally, always wanted to learn. Hence, last week I decided to just go for it! I signed myself up on a twenty-week programme with Languages at Leicester and had my first class last week.
Many of you may wonder why learning Arabic, of all languages, could be useful for someone studying law? In actual fact, Arabic is the 4th most commonly spoken language in the world. It’s the official language of over 20 countries, as well as being an official language of organisations such as the United Nations. Something I have also been told is that there is a very high demand for Arabic speakers but a very short supply of those who actually speak it in countries like the UK.
Arabic aside, something important to be aware of is that the majority of employers nowadays are looking for linguists who have excellent communication skills. Looking back at some of the advice the Judge gave me in July, is that being multi-lingual can be very helpful and set you apart from the ever-growing competitive crowd!
Looking back at my first lesson, I have to admit it was really good and I learned some of the basic conversational phrases. I would encourage anyone interested in learning a new language to check out the Languages at Leicester’s website. They have a really brilliant website that shows the many language courses on offer. They also include more details regarding the different competency levels, the content you will be learning throughout the year and prices.
Good luck to anyone starting to learn a new language. I promise to keep you all informed of my progress!
Until next time …