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In case anyone was still wondering, my Hebrew teacher finally finished grading my translation test. I passed! Yippee!

I've passed German, Spanish, and Hebrew, so all my translation tests are done. I got credit for a year in the gamelan, and I passed piano sight-reading, so two of my musicianship exams are done. Next year, I will go for sight-singing and transcription.


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May. 30th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I seldom have any idea what you're talking about, but this all sounds like good news.. so congratulations!
May. 30th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's just part of the bureaucratic hoops that I have to jump through in order to achieve candidacy. In addition to a certain number and variety of classes, I have to pass three translation tests, one in German, one in a "research language," of which there is a listed selection that includes French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and a couple of others, and a third in a "field language," which for ethnos, they love it even more if the language doesn't use the Roman alphabet.

I also have to pass four "musicianship exams," which we also call "practicum exams." You have to pass two "easy skills," which can include sight reading on either piano or the instrument of your choice, sight-singing, or dictation, and two "difficult skills," which include transcription, score reading (making a piano reduction of an orchestral score), or realizing a figured bass (this is a very old-fashioned skill that involves basically improvising a particular type of bass line from hints). You can substitute a full year in any school-sponsored performance ensemble for a difficult skill.

This is in addition to passing the five comprehensive exams and the Special Field Exam, which appears to be the Ethno Essays comp on speed.

After all that, you write and defend a dissertation proposal. Then you're ABD, and all you have to do is write your dissertation.
May. 31st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
That's all really impressive. By the time you get a doctorate in your field, you definitely know your stuff.
May. 31st, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
That's exactly what they want. And it's why the University of Chicago degree is worth so much.
May. 30th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
"And I'll sing Halleluia and you'll sing Halleluia and we'll sing Halleluia when we arrive at home". Good work!
May. 30th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (Must remember to call 146 the next time I have a chance.)
May. 30th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
It's DD2's favorite song. She's helped lead it a couple times:)
May. 31st, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Starting her young, eh? The best way.
May. 30th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Degree coupons are good things to have tucked away.
May. 30th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Each one makes me feel so good. Like it's an extra little credential or something. I'll collect the whole set, and then I'll be able to redeem them for the fabulous prize of candidacy.
May. 30th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
YAY! You're well on your way now, aren't you??? Congratulations on seeing some pay off for your hard work!
May. 30th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'd guess I have another year to go, and then I could be ABD. It does feel good to recount what I've accomplished.
May. 30th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
*cheers* Language tests are tough, so I am especially cheering for you for having those done.
May. 30th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
I am especially proud of the Hebrew test, because it's a hard language, and I did not have a good foundation in it when I arrived at the U of C.
May. 30th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, crazy linguist!
May. 31st, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Dad Pony told me recently that he enjoys telling people that he has a daughter who speaks five languages. I told him that my Spanish is shaky enough that that's kind of stretching the point, but he likes to tell people that anyway.
May. 30th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! yes! we were wondering !
May. 31st, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
See, I remembered your note about wanting to know. And now you do!
May. 31st, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)

Looking ahead, I can't imagine you'll have much trouble with sight singing, so how do you feel about transcription?
May. 31st, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Sight singing can be tricky. It's round-head notation, not shaped, and the voice tends to do funky things when it's under stress in a testing situation.

Transcription ought to be interesting, but I don't know much about the exam.
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Whoopsie! I didn't even know there was anything but round-head notation (assuming that's the standard musical notation on piano music, etc.) Point taken about the voice under stress as well. Still, I have faith that you'll do fine!
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Keep thinking those good thoughts as I get closer to taking this exam!
Jun. 1st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! Only two more to go? That's not bad.
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I do think I'm making adequate progress through the curriculum. And I really like the sound of "only two more to go."
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