whats the hardest part of spanish A level?

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hi, i want to do Spanish A level.

i have looked at some past papers and i could decipher some bits, it was difficult purely because i didn't know key vocabulary.

i see they make it harder by putting the question in Spanish as well, makes sense.

but how difficult is the listening section of the exam? do they choose fast speaking people with thick accents? or is the reading generally harder. or is one prone to writer's block at that area of the exam?
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I heard in a level Spanish you have a recording of the Spanish people speaking for the listening and can rewind an forward the recording, how true that is I don't know lol. I was thinking about choosing Spanish too! What is ur current gcse grade?


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I heard in a level Spanish you have a recording of the Spanish people speaking for the listening and can rewind an forward the recording, how true that is I don't know lol. I was thinking about choosing Spanish too! What is ur current gcse grade?




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A* overall, you? where did you hear that? that seems too easy!
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A* overall, you? where did you hear that? that seems too easy!
Just saw it on a thread I don't know if it's true and wow nice you must be really good at it!


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Just saw it on a thread I don't know if it's true and wow nice you must be really good at it!


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Its more that i enjoy it which i think has really helped. I among only about another 9 in a class of 30 are working above a D. People just don't care.


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Its more that i enjoy it which i think has really helped. I among only about another 9 in a class of 30 are working above a D. People just don't care.


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I know right, everyone in my school hates Spanish. If I ever say that I am considering taking it they will probably shout at me.


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I know right, everyone in my school hates Spanish. If I ever say that I am considering taking it they will probably shout at me.


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Everyone, whenever i say i'm taking A level spanish they just laugh.

Let me tell you some stories from my class:

1. Basically this really dumb girl, was working towards an E, but is now gone because she's doing terrible in English as well. She asked my teacher why people speak different languages, and instead why doesn't everyone speak english... Logically a single language would make sense, but asking her just shows her ignorance as it has a very obvious answer...

2. People don't get verb conjugations!!! Like hablo, hablas, habla, hablamos... People just cant comprehend it (except about 10 of us).

I don't get why so many people struggle to learn a language..


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I'm currently studying A2 Spanish and it is INCREDIBLY difficult. It is the most time consuming subject by far, ridiculous amount of work is required to get a decent grade. The most difficult part isn't conjugating verbs, it's knowing which tense to use and finding ways to squeeze 17629321 different idiomatic sentence structures into essays on topic that are hard to discuss in ENGLISH! Never mind Spanish. I didn't ever have to work or put effort in at GCSE I cruised through doing barely anything and still managed an A, the leap to A Level is huge.
If you have any more questions feel free to ask!


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Also, the recording thing is true, you can rewind etc but it doesn't make it any easier because the questions are so tricky...


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I'm currently studying A2 Spanish and it is INCREDIBLY difficult. It is the most time consuming subject by far, ridiculous amount of work is required to get a decent grade. The most difficult part isn't conjugating verbs, it's knowing which tense to use and finding ways to squeeze 17629321 different idiomatic sentence structures into essays on topic that are hard to discuss in ENGLISH! Never mind Spanish. I didn't ever have to work or put effort in at GCSE I cruised through doing barely anything and still managed an A, the leap to A Level is huge.
If you have any more questions feel free to ask!


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but i assume the challenge makes it more enjoyable? instead of breezing throughout at GCSE? well thats how i fell atm atleast..

thats my weakness with idiomatic sentences, sometimes i write too literal.. suppose it just takes a little independent study and practice..

what are you working at now? or what did you get a AS? what was your opinion on AS in terms of difficulty and what made it difficult if so?
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Don't get me wrong! I LOVE Spanish! I'm doing it at Uni (up in St Andrew's). It sounds crazy but the most difficult section of the paper is the Gap Fill! It's so hard, my entire class flunked AS because of the fact we were taught the wrong topic for the wrong exam board!! I got a D (() but I'm resitting. I'm working at an B but on track for an A.
The essay topics are challenging, Gay Marriage/Adoption, The Benefits System, unemployment and drug abuse. It's challenging but interesting. When studying a play at A2 doing English Lit as well is SUCH an advantage. What other subjects are you taking?



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Don't get me wrong! I LOVE Spanish! I'm doing it at Uni (up in St Andrew's). It sounds crazy but the most difficult section of the paper is the Gap Fill! It's so hard, my entire class flunked AS because of the fact we were taught the wrong topic for the wrong exam board!! I got a D (() but I'm resitting. I'm working at an B but on track for an A.
The essay topics are challenging, Gay Marriage/Adoption, The Benefits System, unemployment and drug abuse. It's challenging but interesting. When studying a play at A2 doing English Lit as well is SUCH an advantage. What other subjects are you taking?



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Well its not definitely not going to be eng lit!

Hopefully maths and further, although it clashes with spanish so if i cant i'll choose physics.

I have considered spanish purely cause i think i am capable of getting minimum A, that will when applying for top unis (as i'll have to get an A* in maths anyway :/).

Is there an essay required per topic? And is that unplanned?


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Yeah, on the exam there will be an essay but it will be about a book or film. It's more like an exposé. It's only 400 words though. I did maths last year with Spanish. The problem is, there is so much work for both it's difficult to keep up!


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Yeah, on the exam there will be an essay but it will be about a book or film. It's more like an exposé. It's only 400 words though. I did maths last year with Spanish. The problem is, there is so much work for both it's difficult to keep up!


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Are they spanish films? Or popular films translated?

I have heard that they both are work-heavy, but i quite enjoy doing and learning spanish, so i see it as after tedious maths/physics work, i can enjoy some spanish!!
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You will learn to hate gap fills! They're Spanish films or books. This year we're doing a play: La Casa De Bernada Alba


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You will learn to hate gap fills! They're Spanish films or books. This year we're doing a play: La Casa De Bernada Alba


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why are they so bad? is that just you or? is it that they are too vague or what?

how large is your class?
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i personally love spanish but i do put in a lot of extra work, more than i think everyone in my class , and i'm naturally good at speaking - i can speak as fast as natural speakers and i don't have to think beforehand, i speak like i speak english

i think it's worth the effort - you're learning another language, it's enjoyable.

i also love the exams :P 3 hours long and i can't wait
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The gap fills are pretty vague yeah. There are 7 people in my class


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I actually find it quite easy, much more so than politics, which is supposedly a soft subject. At the end of the day, do what you enjoy, because if you enjoy it you will find a way to get through. People's minds work in different ways; I could never have coped with science a levels but languages seem to come naturally to me. It also varies highly depending on your exam board


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(Original post by Alex2424;+44 7867 302335 It also varies highly depending on your exam board


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