The frustrations of Language… (Day 23)


Milk Hygiene this morning was cancelled as the lecturer was out on a trip with the Slovakian students so i got an extra hour in bed (yay!). The rest of the day was then devoted to languages and self study revision for anatomy.

I am at the point now of where I am starting to hate just how simple English really is. It is one of the few languages where there is no Gender, Cases or declensions and the only case where the ending changes is with tense (past, present, future). It feels like a disadvantage as a lot of other languages have different genders in their language in addition to different structure.

With Slovak I am doing reasonably well as I am only learning to talk it and not to write it at the moment which is ok. Shopping is definately getting easier and in this weeks lesson it was suggested that we should do a class trip to town to practice which I think is pretty cool.

In terms of Latin, it is at the point where it is getting confusing again, the biggest problem is with the different declensions. I wish I understood just what they meant however I don’t and it seems no one can explain it which does kinda suck. I can work stuff out pretty well half the time, however I cannot justify or explain what I have done which I don’t like as it indicates that I really don’t understand it and most probably am just getting lucky. I am planning to spend a good few hours this weekend reading through and trying to understand it better!

This evening was once again spent in anatomy self study, for some reason the flintstones theme tune pops into my head during this session.

The Scapula and Radius-Ulna

The biggest point here is with the differences between species of animals its not enough to just learn the bone from one species you need to know them all. For example the scapula (shoulder blade) is different in Horses, Ox, Pigs, Ruminants and the Dog and Cat so thats 6 different sets of information that needs to be learnt.

Milk and a day of languages (Day 9)

My ISIC Student Card

My head really does hurt… Today started with Milk Hygiene, basically a major role of vets is food production as many products are animal based. Within the UK animals are inspected both antemortem (before slaughter for signs of disease or ill health) and the carcass inspected post mortem for signs of disease. Anyways vets also play a large role in the production of milk products (not to meantion the importance of milk for young animals) so there is an entire module on it which looks at dairy farm management, hygiene and handling of milk. The physico-chemical properties and microbiological characteristics of milk (aka how cheese, butter, icecream and milk products are made) which is pretty interesting. This went ok and I have my first practical on Friday for it.

Next on the list was Latin which was interesting as an hour before class a rumour started that they were changing the groupings for it. Somehow I’ve been singled out as the goto person so ummm was told to goto the office and find out what was happening. So after being told that we were being split into two and where the class was I went back to dorms for lunch. Getting back to campus (it is literrally a 5 minute walk away from dorms) I found a lot of my group wandering around unable to find the room. Even though I had been told where it was finding it was another matter, a lot of the campus buildings have security doors and with the signs being in Slovak it can be difficult to know whats what. Some of the lecture rooms are located in the same place as the offices and in this case there was also building work going on in the corridor outside so the entire group struggled to find it.

Anyways after we found it I realised that Latin may just prove to be my biggest challenge yet, the warm was boiling hot making me sleepy and the massive difference to English made most of the lecture go over my head. I decided that it was somewhere I needed to find help so set out to find someone among my classmates who knew it already. Basically I had it all explained to me again at a slower speed and more basic level which really helped. Going sit down with another person to explain the lecture to me so I am sure I understand it. After all they say if its easy its not worth doing 🙂

This was followed by Slovak Language which covered the basic pronounciation. I feel really lucky here as since I arrived I have been making a conscious effort to talk to everyone and anyone. I struggle learning a language from books, and find it much more effective talking to people that actually talk the language. Most of the words here were revision and to be honest though still not able to hold a conversation I am starting to be able to get by.

After this lecture we then got Student cards which also act as a library card, transport card for the buses and trams in town and also a meal booking card (in some areas the technology here is amazing!).

My ISIC Student CardI also went to get my dissection kit ready for the Anatomy and Physiology practicals tommorow in case I needed it.

Vet Student Dissection KitBasically all we need are scalpels and tweezers, however I like the fine control that a decent pair of scissors can give and considering the were half price decided to include them. The total cost of this was just 13 Euros so I think it was a bargain as it will last me for the next 4 years (excluding blades at 15 cents each…). Anyways it is now 2:15am, I’ve just finished some Histology revision and I am back up at 7am for Anatomy.

Until tommorow 🙂