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Mandarin isn't offered often for the IB. My school stopped it the year before I started.

I wouldn't say French, Spanish, German or Arabic are useless.

Do you already speak Mandarin? If you have to take ab initio, I don't know how much use it would be, in terms of the level of proficiency you would have at the end. It's not an easy language so it'll take time to speak it well.
Actually, I wanted to also take Mandarin, but couldn't. I still find the language interesting.
I'm from Hong Kong so I speak cantonese which is a dialect of Chinese. I know absolutely no Mandarin but seeing as though I would like to work in Asia in the future Mandarin seems like the logical choice to pick in comparison to the other languages. I don't intend on taking ab initio and I was actually considering Higher level.

The funny thing is my school has a mandarin teacher and but she currently has no students and so I don't think the school want to employ her to teach 1 student.
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I'm from Hong Kong so I speak cantonese which is a dialect of Chinese. I know absolutely no Mandarin but seeing as though I would like to work in Asia in the future Mandarin seems like the logical choice to pick in comparison to the other languages. I don't intend on taking ab initio and I was actually considering Higher level.

The funny thing is my school has a mandarin teacher and but she currently has no students and so I don't think the school want to employ her to teach 1 student.

Now that you say, I should have known you speak Cantonese from your username. (I've been to Hong Kong last year btw).

Higher level would be more literature based than language,depending if you take A or B.

Your (potential) university might offer mandarin as a language courses.

But makes sense to choose mandarin then.
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Now that you say, I should have known you speak Cantonese from your username. (I've been to Hong Kong last year btw).

Higher level would be more literature based than language,depending if you take A or B.

Your (potential) university might offer mandarin as a language courses.

But makes sense to choose mandarin then.
Haha I would have thought that would be something people assumed of me due to my username.

Did you study in Hong Kong?

I was only going to do Mandarin if i was to do the IB, For A level subjects I was planning on studying other subjects.
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Haha I would have thought that would be something people assumed of me due to my username.

Did you study in Hong Kong?

I was only going to do Mandarin if i was to do the IB, For A level subjects I was planning on studying other subjects.
Fair enough.

I don't look at usernames so much when I reply. Just slips my mind.

I went to Hong Kong for holiday. Stayed in Wan Chai for two weeks. Was pretty warm out there.
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Do they not offer scholarships? Or at least part scholarships? I got offered one, and if I can do it pretty much anyone can.
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Have u considered doing the Mandarin exam as an external candidate? You can try hiring a tutor to teach you Mandarin and then you can just go to the school that you don't have to pay fees for. Provided that they offer you the other subjects you want to do. I think paying for a tutor would be cheaper imho...
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Do they not offer scholarships? Or at least part scholarships? I got offered one, and if I can do it pretty much anyone can.
They don't offer any scholarships as far as I know
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Have u considered doing the Mandarin exam as an external candidate? You can try hiring a tutor to teach you Mandarin and then you can just go to the school that you don't have to pay fees for. Provided that they offer you the other subjects you want to do. I think paying for a tutor would be cheaper imho...
I haven't considered that although that would seem like a good thing to do.

Problem is if I do IB I would have to do one of either French,German,Arabic or Spanish and then externally do mandarin which would mean I'm studying 7 subjects basically and that's virtually impossible considering the fact that IB already has 2 more subjects than A Levels and is incredibly hard.
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Either look at scholarships and bursaries or search for a good state sixth form/college. Either way you wouldn't have to do the IB


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