How do you revise for a language? A LEVEL (I study portuguese) OCR Watch

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I currently do A Level Portuguese both AS & A2, my parents are Portuguese, i speak it well but when it comes to writing its a total disaster.

any tips on how to study for a language and how to improve the quality of writing?

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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

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I currently do A Level Portuguese both AS & A2, my parents are Portuguese, i speak it well but when it comes to writing its a total disaster.

any tips on how to study for a language and how to improve the quality of writing?

many thanks

I do French as level and speak it better than I write too (I have a French speaking family!). What do you struggle with in writing? Is it verbs, grammar or just words? If it's verbs than I would focus on memorizing the spelling of verbs you find hard or use most. For grammar, make sure you fully comprehend it or sort out any confusion which is bringing down the quality of your essays. If it's words then try and learn the spelling of words you know or new words. Reading anything in your language will always help, no matter how hard it is at first! If you just want to bring up the quality of your writing in general then just practice and correct it. By that I mean write an essay without looking up spellings etc. then correct it and write out the corrections from memory. If you want you can even make a list of 'fancy' phrases to use in essays, for example, in English instead of saying "also" I can say "furthermore".
Good luck for your exams!
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hey,
I'm doing portuguese AS and A2 this year. I'm a brazilian native speaker however I havent lived there for 14 years but my grammar is still quite alright.

Has anyone here done those exams before? They look pretty hard harshly graded Im worried I will end up with an E

What topics should I revise for them and is there any resources I could use?
Any advice would be great!
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I do French as level and speak it better than I write too (I have a French speaking family!). What do you struggle with in writing? Is it verbs, grammar or just words? If it's verbs than I would focus on memorizing the spelling of verbs you find hard or use most. For grammar, make sure you fully comprehend it or sort out any confusion which is bringing down the quality of your essays. If it's words then try and learn the spelling of words you know or new words. Reading anything in your language will always help, no matter how hard it is at first! If you just want to bring up the quality of your writing in general then just practice and correct it. By that I mean write an essay without looking up spellings etc. then correct it and write out the corrections from memory. If you want you can even make a list of 'fancy' phrases to use in essays, for example, in English instead of saying "also" I can say "furthermore".
Good luck for your exams!
this is really helpful thanks! i struggle more on my grammar and i use words that are considered too 'basic' for A2, i've made lists and i'm trying to remember them and i think i've improved a lot!! thank you very much for your reply & good luck in your exams! (:
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Voce aprende como esta, atraves da pratica.
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hey,
I'm doing portuguese AS and A2 this year. I'm a brazilian native speaker however I havent lived there for 14 years but my grammar is still quite alright.

Has anyone here done those exams before? They look pretty hard harshly graded Im worried I will end up with an E

What topics should I revise for them and is there any resources I could use?
Any advice would be great!
i've done AS portuguese and it's fairly easy, just revise 'palavras ricas' and connectives. for A2 do the same but you really need to broaden your vocab and know alternatives of common words also i suggest reading the examiner reports to know what they are looking for in the exam, also revise different topics either, desemprego, meio ambiente etc and know the correct terminology for the topic for the last question:

here's a few links:

http://www.instituto-camoes.pt/
http://www.portugues.com.br/
http://escreverdireitooab.blogspot.c...do-ensaio.html
http://en.bab.la/dictionary/english-portuguese/
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications...ese-h196-h596/

if you are doing ocr, they have articles in the exam that you have to read and answer questions on, here is the booklet that has the website articles that they use, this one is for 2014: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/177581-...-june-2014.pdf

hope this helps and good luck in your exams!
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