So I’m going to be officially taking a course in Japanese with the Gradschool! I need 6 more training points, and the course of 10 evening classes gives me 8 — which is pretty much ideal. Conveniently, I already know a little bit of japanese but I’m entirely self-taught. It’ll be good to have a proper lesson environment to learn in!
(Besides, when learning languages, you always feel a little silly talking to yourself…)
It even ties into my research pretty well. A number of projects and authors in astrochemistry are japanese. The Subaru telescope, the Akari space telescope, an author named Koike (whose work on silicates, I’ve been reading lately), amongst others.
Of course, this all still hinges on me being able to register in time — language courses are incredibly competitive, seeing as there are relatively few places available on the course. It’s open for registration in a couple of weeks, so I guess for now I’ll just have to wait and see!