FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY'S PROFESSOR OF JAPANESE! He emailed me back! I can't believe it. I'm flattered that someone so high up such a posh ivory tower would write to a drug addict like me. (Of course my email mentioned nothing about my personal circumstances, but you get where I'm coming from.) He gave three book titles I was able to key into Amazon, and comparing reviews and other recommendations finally get somewhere.
I am still hammering away at (attemptedly) finding university courses that might be suitable. As it's now standing it looks like it will be FAR CHEAPER to study German IN GERMANY... and a lot of the universities I looked at offer it in combination with Japanese minor.
Tuition fees in Germany are nonexistent (Berlin Free University) or about £500 a year at some other places - compared to £3300 per annum everywhere here.
And if you ARE going to study German, it seems more than faintly bizarre to move to Manchester to do it... when I could get on a better course in Deutschland!
My German is presently WAY too weak to apply now - even if I DID win the lottery... but in a year or two's time ... who knows!
Longterm readers of this page might feel slightly confounded by my past fixations on Spanish... Hebrew... German... Japanese... Can't I pick one thing and stick with it? I'm afraid my mind doesn't work that way. I circle round, like an intellectual vulture (wearing reading glasses) and after tearing away at several putrid carcasses at last find a fresh one that pleases me...
And so it was with these languages. And if I DO apply to an undergrad course, experience has told me you ought ONLY go for things towards which you are highly motivated. Otherwise university will be a dreary time-and-a-half... Or to drop out and fail as I did ... TWICE!
Got to go. I'm off to check Amazon Reviews again...
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