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Michele Noemi Dimbua

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Iz txt language gd? : A question for Linguists!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

iz Txtn gd?

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One of my favourite modules in linguistics was ‘language in technology.’ In brief, the modules was about how language develops as technology is developing. So what is happening to the English language then?

textin

The topic is very broad, but I’m only going to focus on one aspect of it; texting! or shud I say txtn!

Most people are in the opinion that the youth are “destroying” the English language by using abbreviations while texting. They also feel that because young people use so much abbreviations such as ‘cu l8er’ would make them forget how to spell the real thing, “see you later.”

I beg to differ! I on the other hand love text language, I don’t do it much anymore because I have a “smart phone” and it auto corrects everything! But I like text language because I feel that is it creative; you just don’t omit and add letters, it is carefully though of. A lot of the abbreviates are based on phonetics (the sounds) e.g. later = l8er where the texter is relying on the eight sound. But why?

One would think that is not so much of an abbreviation right? since only 2 letters are missing (later = l8er). I think it’s just because it looks cool! But they are a lot more reasons behind abbreviated texts.

– Economic reasons (Texts used to be costly, so the shorter the better)

– Speed (It was a lot quicker to text when messages were abbreviated)

– Convenient (The keypad used to be a lot smaller, so people found it easier to abbreviate instead of struggling to write the full thing)

– And many more other reasons…

auto

But this has changed now, we don’t have to worry much about abbreviation as we used to in the past. But perhaps this is a bigger problem, is auto correct better or worse than abbreviated text? That’s open for debates, but in short, I think it is worse! Why? well,  In order to abbreviate, you would have to know the rules of language first! which mean you are very literate (go you!). For example the word ‘text’ alone can be abbreviated. Knowing the English language, I know that, omitting the vowel ‘e’ would not change much of the pronunciation >’txt’. I also know that it would be ridiculous to omit the first ‘t’ instead, > ‘ext’ because that would just not read as ‘text’ or ‘txt’. So it takes a lot to abbreviate, although it may not look as intelligible.

Auto correct on the other hand is just being lazy (my opinion), it encourages people to misspell because they know auto correct will correct. It does not encourage the brain to think about what one may want to type.

I could go on and on about this…but this is a really interesting topic, maybe next time I can do some research around auto correcting and see what Linguists have said about it. But for now, for more on txt language, check out David Crystal’s opinion on texting, David Crystal to me is like the Godfather of linguistics! He is awesome, and he would probably agree with my theory…

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Keep safe and stay blessed

~Michele N Dimbua~

Career in law: Barrister? Solicitor?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hey folks!

I just wanted to share a video with you, this is from the University of Law, (Law school)  and this is where I’m planning on doing my GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) and LPC (Legal Practice Course)

This video just shows the different reasons people choose the soliciting or the advocacy root! I personally want to become a solicitor because I just want to be able to work directly with the clients….it’s more of an office job than it is a court job. Although there are times where a Solicitor will have to go to a court (Magistrate), but it’s more to do with legally advising a client on a particular issue!

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Hope you liked it!

Keep safe and stay blessed!

~Michele Noemi Dimbua~

Students-Lecturers relationship!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hey guys,

So today the topic is ‘Student-Lecturer relationships’

lecturer

For me this is really important to me, it became more important to me on my final year because I had realised that I needed to find out where I was in regards to my grades and what I needed to do to improve.

What is a student-lecturer relationship?

This does not mean being mates with your lecturer, it means that the lecturer is able to meet the students needs e.g. if you want an extra revision session as a group, you should be able to ask your lecturer if it is possible to do so, or if you are not going to attend a seminar for a particular reason, you should be able to email your lecturer to let them know etc.

The student-lecturer relationship is NOT just one way, it’s not just us asking for more of their help, and them meeting our needs, but it is also us doing our part as students! 😮 shocking? Yes I know… but it’s true. There are things lecturers expect us to do.

What do we need to do as students to promote the student-lecture relationship?

lectures

Attend lectures and seminars: Lectures, and especially seminars! Attend them all! I know it can get difficult, especially when you think a particular lecture is not related to ‘your assignment’…but,  the truth is that, you will get a lot more out of your degree if you learn everything there is to learn about your course. This does not only create a good relationship with your lecturers, but it also helps you develop; remember, your end results does NOT get you a JOB, it just gets you the interview…what gets you the job is your interest, your knowledge and understanding about the job you are applying for; this will come from everything you have learned during your time at uni.

jobs

Lecture slides/notes: Depending on your course and your lecturer, you may or may not be able to access your lecture slides before your lectures. Whatever is it, it should not prevent you from reading and re-reading the lecture slides. If you can access your lecture slides in advance, it’s always a good thing to have a quick read before your lectures, so you have a better understanding on what the lecture will be about. That also gives you a step ahead of a lot of people in your class 🙂 If you can only access your slides after your lectures, it’s very helpful to take even an hour to just revise it again…trust me, it helps! It also makes it a lot easier for yourself when exams and assignments comes. So how does this improve the relationship? The more your lecturers see your commitment, the more they would be able to help you…so it’s a win-win 🙂

seminar

Seminar preps: This is something a lot of people ignore, I was one of them….I never used to know the importance of seminar preps until I tried doing my prep one day….and the result was just fantastic, ! I surprisingly knew what the lecture and other students were talking about and I was able to contribute! From then onward, I started prepping prior to my seminars. It helps you get more discussion going, and because you know the topic so well after preparing, you can have a one to one with your lecturer… especially when an exam or an assignment is coming up (more hints, winks!)

Communication and feed-back: Lecturers want to communicate with us, they want to make sure we all pass! They are not as harsh as some may seem…they genuinely care. Make sure you get a feed back after an exam or an assignment. They have marked it, so they should be able to tell you the areas in which you need to improve, its better to talk face to face, because you get more out of them! – When you don’t understand anything, or are struggling with something, it’s better to ask your lecturer after the lecture, or email them and ask them, most of them are more than happy to help (in my experience anyway).

graduation

Overall, it’s really important to make sure that we are doing our part. Lecturers try their best to improve their ways of teaching, and how to make it comfortable for students…but their jobs would be a lot easier if we too make that extra effort! After all, it is for our own benefit, innit’ <3

That’s all for now y’all….

Keep safe and stay blessed

~Michele N Dimbua~

 

How to moot!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hello!

Today I’m just going to be sharing with you the most effective way to moot! I did a mooting module last year (Level 2) and it was fantastic! I loved it because it really pushed me to understand what the law was about.

Mooting is a really good skill to have, if you are thinking of practicing, I would advise you to take any mooting opportunity that comes your way because it really does help and boots your confidence.

Things to think about/ things to do before mooting:

– Know topic (What is the topic about)

– Identify the area of law

– Find out which side are you taking (Claimant or Respondent)

– Never underestimate the time you have (If they give you 3 weeks to prepare, 3 weeks is what you will need)

– Thoroughly prepare (Good prep = more confidence)

– READ THE CASES (I can’t stress this enough….I know cases can be very long and boring, but the more you know about the cases you are dealing with, the better you can structure your argument and answer questions from the judge)

– Be specific, always expand your points

– Be fluent and use a vocabulary you are comfortable using, there is no point on using ‘big words’ when you don’t understand it yourself

– Dress appropriately and stay positive,

– Be respectful to the judge, but don’t be scared of them.  He/she is another human being, do not let him/her intimidate you because that may just effect your presentation.

Below is a video that explains in details the stuff I just listed. Watch it, and good luck if you are thinking of mooting soon!!

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Keep safe and stay blessed!

~Michele N Dimbua~

Applying for GDL/LPC

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Hello beautiful people!

It has been a while…on my previous post I talked about how I was thinking of taking a year out of education and just work in order to raise money for my GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law).

I have changed my mind now, I feel that it would be better for me to do the GDL immediately after I have graduated. My reasons are:

– There is a possibility to get loans from Metro Bank, as they are nor partners with the University of Law (Where I want to do my GDL) YAY!

– It’s a lot easier to be done with education once and for all, rather than taking a year out to work and start all over again with the student life. That can be more challenging

– I have noticed that I could do a part time GDL, this would allow me to work at the same time. So I got the best of both worlds you can say.

Where do I want to apply:

The University of Law (as mentioned above), this is the former College of Law.

Why I chose the University of Law?

– I went for a open day, I enjoyed the way the lecturers were passionate about Law, they also painted the GDL course in a very positive way. I met some students that were doing the GDL at the time and they were able to tell me more about the University and the course from a student perspective.

– It has a decent entry requirement: 2:2 minimum.

– They have chapters around the UK which means you can pick a city (if available) that is most suitable for you. I love Leeds, and the chapter in Leeds just opened this year as well…YAY!

– It is the leading international professional Law school

– They have great connections with the top UK law firms

How to apply: Online application

Alright, hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Until next time…

Keep safe and stay blessed

~Michele Noemi Dimbua~

 

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