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A2 German/mfl study tips please help!

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    Hi, I got a B grade in AS wjec German (158ums/200) and want to get an A*/A this year. I am trying to get 2 solid and efficient hours of revision in each day for my German to ensure I make the grade however I am struggling. For my A2 exam I have to translate a massive paragraph into German from English, I looked today at a past paper and it looked ridiculously hard how can I achieve success in the translations. Furthermore, I am trying to do some listening practice every day how can I go about doing this- is the radio in German efficient for improving my listing skills? Lastly, what needs to be done in order to gain the A*? Should I be fluent ha! Many thanks for your help

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    I'm doing A2 atm (but AQA) for translation all I can advise is that you practice and practice and practice over and over again. You can pick out certain parts of sentences to help you figure out the translation (verb tense, subject, mood, plurals, passive, gerund etc.). If you have a lang-8 account you should post a diary entry where you find some German text from idk a newspaper and try and translate it to English and have it corrected.

    Listening can be improved by radio yeah, but also try and incorporate TV, Songs, Films and find everyday conversations to listen to.

    I did German A level last year with Edexcel. I got a B overall - A in AS and C in A2. I suggest watching films or listening to the radio because then you get a wide range of language from completely different sources, so it prepares you better for the translation exercises which can be based around anything, I've found.
    I also suggest you just keep writing essays and making detailed essay plans, as well as brainstorming ideas and that for the speaking exams. You can also download German newspapers on your phone which is also useful in keeping up to date.
    If you really want to become fluent, you could spend time in Germany. I've spent 3 months almost so far and have learnt so much more German just by being constantly around it and working. Even if you just managed to get placement work abroad, it's amazing what a difference it can make.
    I wish you all the best with your language study, and that you get the grades you want. Hope my advice has helped, good luck
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