I'll admit to having slacked a bit this year when it comes to my Arabic. I don't want to, mind you. I love studying the language and can already tell that I'm getting better and better at it. I want to continue after this school year, if possible.
But the thing is, we have 10 hours of grammar per week. And, outside of those ten hours, we probably have another 15-20 hours of homework. But as I have a job that takes up most of my time, I pretty much turned those 15 hours into five hours, and considered my homework done. There was just no other way.
I'm paying a hefty price for it now. My exam is in two days, and I am just now sitting down to memorize 15 chapters' worth of vocab. I've got the grammar points down. On a practice test, I whizzed through the grammar and kicked some serious ass. But as soon as we get to the translation part of the exam, my jubious momentum from the grammar section grinds to a screeching halt. I just don't have the vocabulary memorized. When I read the words, I know what they are. But every time I have to come up with a word on my own, I miss a letter or change a vowel or SOMETHING. And to the graders, making one spelling error means you never really knew the word in the first place.
So I'm cramming. Seriously, hard-core cramming. I have at least 100 flashcards. Today is going to be a fun day.
I can't wait for Wednesday! Whether or pass or fail, I'll be free on Wednesday. I can always take the exams again in September...