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Hi guys,

I do Edexcel Japanese, and I always seem to get under 40 out of 50 marks for my speaking from feedback. Apparently both my speech and 5 minutes of questions aren't great. Can anyone help me out? (structures, vocab, techniques etc.)
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(Original post by melee01322)
Hi guys,

I do Edexcel Japanese, and I always seem to get under 40 out of 50 marks for my speaking from feedback. Apparently both my speech and 5 minutes of questions aren't great. Can anyone help me out? (structures, vocab, techniques etc.)
Damn Japanese, I could barely do French.
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Damn Japanese, I could barely do French.
its easier than french, i do both XD
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Get a japanese friend
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Get a japanese friend
Easier said than done...
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Easier said than done...
No, it's not. Just download an app like HelloTalk. There, you just message Japanese people in your age group in Japanese and they'll reply in English. It's a language exchange. I learn Japanese, and I made three or four Japanese friends I talk to regularly in under a week... and I'm boring as hell.

You can use the app to send voice messages in Japanese too, and they'll correct you! Try it out, OP. It's free and pretty great. 8-lang may help you too, if you post a link to a Vocaroo of you talking or something there? I know some others, but don't have the names right now, sorry.
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Easier said than done...
Not really when you've got the internet at your disposal. A few useful sites for language exchange and making foreign friends in general:

http://www.language-exchanges.org/ - I use this one
http://www.interpals.net/ - and this one
http://www.italki.com/partners/japanese/ - but apparently this is good too

There are loads more.


I also find that simply exposing myself to load native Japanese really really helps with things like pronunciation and sentence structure. Simply listening to Japanese and looking up or noting down the odd piece of vocabulary or the odd grammar pattern will help massively. Try also occasionally repeating sentences you here exactly as they are to yourself. Don't stop until you can say it at the same speed and with a similar intonation to the source material. Then try and formulate your own sentences by changing some words or incorporating other grammar patterns you know. Here:
http://www.japanesepod101.com/ - podcasts designed for Japanese learners
http://www.nhk.or.jp/r-news/index.html - Japanese audio news - customisable speed
http://newsinslowjapanese.com/ - literally random news stories in slow Japanese
https://www.erin.ne.jp/en/ - I could not recommend this more.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8980026/core2.zip - 2000 Japanese sentences, recorded by real Japanese people. Download these and put them on your iPod or phone, and listen whenever you can. Try a mixture of focused and unfocused listening.


As well as listening and repetition of both native and learners' material, talk to yourself, or if you are around people, think to yourself, in Japanese. Whenever you are thinking or saying something to yourself, don't say it in English, but say it in Japanese. If you can't, get your phone out, open up your Japanese dictionary app or a Google search, and find out how to say it, and then carry on (in Japanese).


Good luck.
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Guys you've got it wrong: I can speak Japanese well but you need lots of variety of grammar and adjectives and stuff like that. GCSE is not about understanding the language . Its about ticking the boxes the markers have XD
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Guys you've got it wrong: I can speak Japanese well but you need lots of variety of grammar and adjectives and stuff like that. GCSE is not about understanding the language . Its about ticking the boxes the markers have XD
Eurgh... I haven't the slightest idea how to help you there, tbh. Maybe try Genki II or online JLPT resources? There are always an abundance of them. If you inbox me, I can send you a link to my Japanese vocab blog and link you to other good ones, if you so wish? Mine's very much for beginners (and rarely used) but the ones I follow are intermediate-advanced, full of grammar rules and vocab~!
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Hi guys,

I do Edexcel Japanese, and I always seem to get under 40 out of 50 marks for my speaking from feedback. Apparently both my speech and 5 minutes of questions aren't great. Can anyone help me out? (structures, vocab, techniques etc.)
Hi, I am Japanese. Although I am rusty with my language I think I still have sufficient level to help you out.
Feel free to ask me

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