When being a spy, always make sure to wear your fancy spy hat.
This Linguistics class was what actually … discouraged me from writing lower-case k’s with a loop. I used to do that all the time, but then I was marked off on an assignment with no explanation as to why. Eventually, we found out that the lower-case k with a loop is not a valid symbol in the IPA. So I stopped writing them like that so I wouldn’t make that mistake again.
(It still didn’t stop me from making all sorts of silly mistakes on the tests, though.)
I took a Linguistics course in my last semester, mostly to fulfill the 3 credits of generic humanities courses I still needed to take to graduate (whoops). I was pleasantly surprised to find it related quite well to some of the concepts we explored in my computer science classes. (And as an added bonus, my good friend Brian also happened to be taking the same course that semester too. Good times).
At this point, however, I haven’t really retained the knowledge on how to read or write the International Alphabet. >_>;