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We thought of sharing with you our best tweets so far. They are very valuable tips on how and what revise for your AQA AS Spanish exam. Read them!

1 -Today´s exam tip: examiners are looking for a variety of tenses in your essays. Try to use past, present and future.


2 - Words ending in -ión are feminine and they all wear an accent on the last o, as in reunión, calefacción, televisión....


3 - If you struggle with learning vocab, try to write down the same word 10/20 times. It'll get stuck in your head


4 - These words are highly used by AQA AS Spanish students: ademas, tambien, television, dia, despues, dificil. Can you write the accent???


5- MALGASTAR is a A* word. It means to waste your time/money. Ex.; Los jóvenes malgastan su tiempo en la tele en vez de hacer ejercicio o leer


6 - Watch out for words such as PROGRAMA, PROBLEMA, DÍA or PLANETA. They are all masculine.

7 - Examiners get mad if you use them as feminine words.


8 - Can you spot the mistake? effecto, differente


9 - Exam tip: don´t overuse the same word in your essay. Use different words with similar meaning. Example: telenovela & culebrón


10 - Word "people" (gente) can be tricky. The verb must be in singular & you must use the article. You can´t say "people are", but "the people is


11 - Apart from verbs, question 9 tests you on how to make words plural. Words ending in -z make the plural in -ces, as in luz - luces


12 - Accuracy is important in your exams. Don't forget the accents! TIP: words ending in -ion get an accent on the o, as in "opinión"


13 - When learning verb endings in Spanish, focus on "yo", "él/ella" and "[email protected], as they are the most used by students in essays.


14 - Exam tip: use linking words in your essays. The most common ones are: además, también, sin embargo, por el otro lado & pero


15 - Can you spot the mistakes? possible, documentario, hacería, my coche


16 - Weekly vocab tests are advised. Keep a record of all new words you learnt this week and on Friday see how many you can remember


17 - Be careful with word "gente" in Spanish. Can you see the mistake? Mucho gente no comen bien


18 - Exam tip: when writing your essay, remember: 1 paragraph = 1 idea. All examples and opinions within the same paragraph must be on this idea


19 - Irregular participle "roto" from "romper" has come up twice in the past as part of the question 9 exercise in your AQA AS exam


20 - We often read "No es bien" in many essays. However, "No es bien" doesn´t make sense in Spanish. You must say "No está bien" or "No es bueno" instead.


21 - Examiners get mad if you mess up with these words! Make sure you know them by heart: el problema, el tema


22 - If someone wishes you a good weekend in Spanish, the right way to say "the same to you" or "you too" is "igualmente".


23 - ¡Buenos días a [email protected] y feliz viernes! Remember: days of the week & months of the year don´t start with a capital letter in Spanish.


24 - ¡Buenos días! Esperamos que tengáis una semana fantástica. Remember: "espero que" is always followed by the subjunctive.


25 - Exam tip: show your opinion in your essays. Go against what people normally think. Say why you disagree with their opinion


26 - Can you spot the mistakes? la problema, Viernes, no creo que es difícil, soy en Madrid


27 - Exam tip: use the subjunctive in your essays, even if it is only once. Your mark will improve tremendously


28 - TV, the Internet, healthy life, sports, fashion and family always come up as essay questions, Revise them intensively.


29 - Don't overuse the same word. Find a synonym: telenovela/culebrón, perezoso/vago, usar/utlizar/emplear, enviar/mandar


30 - Exam tip: Always use topic-specific vocab in your essays. The more, the higher your grade for vocab will be.


31 - Common mistake by AQA students is TENER UN BUEN TIEMPO. The right way to say "to have a good time" in Spanish is PASAR UN BUEN RATO


32 - These are mistakes that examiners always report. yo sabo (I know), yo jugo (I play) haceria (I would do) Can you guess?


33 - Make sure you practise listening to numbers in Spanish. In 2013 paper, 8 marks were given for writing down the numbers you heard.


34 - In 2013 exam "computadoras" was used. It is a synonim for "ordenador" & only used in America. Use it in essay to show you know about dialects.


35 - In 2013 exam these everyday words were used in a reading. Know them? Vaquero, altavoz, pila, bolsillo, cremallera, sartén, teclado


36 - ¡Hola In 2013 paper, "presente" came up in a question. Actually, it doesn't mean "present" but "nowadays", as in "en el presente".


37 - "Empezar a" often comes up in exams. It means to start doing sth. Remember: you must use an infinitive after "a" (Empezar a fumar)


38 - Exam tip: good essays show two sides of the argument with examples & show your opinion, against or for each side of the argument


39 - ¡Buenos días! Do you know "poner fin a"? It means "to put an end to sth". Make sure you know it, as it always comes up in exam.


40 - Remember that another way to say "enviar" (to send) is "mandar". In 2013 exam this word came out in an exam question.


41 - "Echar de menos" came up in 2013 exam & means "to miss sb or sth". Echo de menos a Liz. Echo de menos comer paella. ¿Y tú?


42 - "Estar [email protected] a" (to be addicted to) is a very useful word to learn because los jóvenes están enganchados a Internet, al móvil, a las drogas...


43 - Remember to always write an A when after a verb there is someone, as in "Ayer vi a @harry_styles en la tele or Los adolescentes adoran a @sjparker.


44 - Exam tip: use examples for your ideas in essay. If you say TV helps you learn about new cultures, give example of what you've learnt.


45 - Spanish never leaves prepositions at the end of a sentence. Change any sentence with a preposition at the end. It's wrong!


46 - Exam tip: For an A grade in the oral, you'll need to develop a wide range of different points in response to the questions


47 - Exam tip: the mark scheme is actually lenient about fluency; you're allowed a lot of 'um's and 'erm's & still get a high mark
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This is extremely helpful! Thank you


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Thanks for this!
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¡Gracias!

We have just added more tips! We hope they can help you with your revision

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Muy útil! Gracias!
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Does anyone know where I can get a vocab list for the AQA AS Spanish exam please?
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