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    Hii I took the Japanese A-level on Monday and was wondering how people found it? I found it quite challenging actually....
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    The Reading/Translation was alright but the writing was not great. Not the worst, but it certainly could've been better :P
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    (Original post by HazMusicPanda)
    The Reading/Translation was alright but the writing was not great. Not the worst, but it certainly could've been better :P
    I thought that the translation was sooo difficult!!! i hope the grade boundaries are low :3
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    (Original post by phoebeisgreat)
    I thought that the translation was sooo difficult!!! i hope the grade boundaries are low :3
    Oooh yeah. I didn't know how to describe the Google thing. Is is the Google Business or Company? And that small bit before the maps, I literally made it up :P Haha. Let's hope they're low!
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    (Original post by HazMusicPanda)
    Oooh yeah. I didn't know how to describe the Google thing. Is is the Google Business or Company? And that small bit before the maps, I literally made it up :P Haha. Let's hope they're low!
    I translated it as Google company but i'm not sure let's hope !!!
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    (Original post by phoebeisgreat)
    I translated it as Google company but i'm not sure let's hope !!!
    How did you find the writing?
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    (Original post by HazMusicPanda)
    How did you find the writing?
    it could have been worse-I finished on time but I felt as though I made a lot of mistakes I included a lot of kanji but that was about the only good thing!! what about you??
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    (Original post by phoebeisgreat)
    it could have been worse-I finished on time but I felt as though I made a lot of mistakes I included a lot of kanji but that was about the only good thing!! what about you??
    I finished with like 40 minutes to spare! I spent 20 minutes checking. The writing was quite difficult to think about it. I think what I wrote was in a slightly childish manner but I managed to answer all the points in a paragraph each with a fair amount of kanji. There were some words I know I could've used kanji for but I just couldn't think of them! And do you know whether it's 400 minimum or maximum?
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    (Original post by HazMusicPanda)
    I finished with like 40 minutes to spare! I spent 20 minutes checking. The writing was quite difficult to think about it. I think what I wrote was in a slightly childish manner but I managed to answer all the points in a paragraph each with a fair amount of kanji. There were some words I know I could've used kanji for but I just couldn't think of them! And do you know whether it's 400 minimum or maximum?
    Wow! I finished on the dot!! I think what I wrote was slightly childish too- what did you write for 'what do you do when work is hard?'
    And I think it's 400 maximum- if you filled in all the boxes then that's enough. I went slightly over but only by a line so I hope that's okay.


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    Did u people get Yamanote line for 山の手線 for the translation?
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    (Original post by Emimusic)
    Did u people get Yamanote line for 山の手線 for the translation?
    I don't remember but that was the line in the translation that really threw me. I remember what I wrote didn't make sense...


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    (Original post by phoebeisgreat)
    I don't remember but that was the line in the translation that really threw me. I remember what I wrote didn't make sense...


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    Same! It was quite unfair though - we can't be expected to know the names of train lines..
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    (Original post by phoebeisgreat)
    Wow! I finished on the dot!! I think what I wrote was slightly childish too- what did you write for 'what do you do when work is hard?'
    And I think it's 400 maximum- if you filled in all the boxes then that's enough. I went slightly over but only by a line so I hope that's okay.


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    Ah okay. I went over by just under half a page of the extra writing thing I got (which I had to write horizontally for... Urgh! Haha).
    Well I'm fluent in Japanese and I've been speaking it pretty much since I could talk. I think I put something like I ask my teachers and my friends and consult a book. :P
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    (Original post by Emimusic)
    Did u people get Yamanote line for 山の手線 for the translation?
    Probably note because I don't recognize it. But that makes sense when I see it :P
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    (Original post by HazMusicPanda)
    Ah okay. I went over by just under half a page of the extra writing thing I got (which I had to write horizontally for... Urgh! Haha).
    Well I'm fluent in Japanese and I've been speaking it pretty much since I could talk. I think I put something like I ask my teachers and my friends and consult a book. :P
    Ahh same-I wrote that I read my textbooks slowly and then get help from my family are you a private candidate or do you learn japanese at school?


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    I did the exam as well and found it challenging. Compared to the 2014 paper it did seem like an increase in difficulty although I don't know if that was to do with the fact I spent half an hour doubting everything I had written at the end! Especially the early reading questions, I was all over the place.

    The translation was also quite difficult, I completely missed the 山の手線. Not expecting any good marks at all there!

    After two awful sections I tried to go for it in the writing, but completely over-complicated it. Made so many mistakes, one kanji error and then various grammatical issues. It seemed like the 2hrs 45min just flew by before I could fix anything!

    Been kicking myself all week about it- was a disaster after the results I was getting with past papers! Really hoping for lower grade boundaries.
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    (Original post by EllisWarren)
    I did the exam as well and found it challenging. Compared to the 2014 paper it did seem like an increase in difficulty although I don't know if that was to do with the fact I spent half an hour doubting everything I had written at the end! Especially the early reading questions, I was all over the place.

    The translation was also quite difficult, I completely missed the 山の手線. Not expecting any good marks at all there!

    After two awful sections I tried to go for it in the writing, but completely over-complicated it. Made so many mistakes, one kanji error and then various grammatical issues. It seemed like the 2hrs 45min just flew by before I could fix anything!

    Been kicking myself all week about it- was a disaster after the results I was getting with past papers! Really hoping for lower grade boundaries.
    it was definitely harder than the 2014 paper-couldn't agree more and I thought that the translation was the hardest part!!
    The writing task could have been a lot harder, but it was still really difficult (
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    (Original post by phoebeisgreat)
    Ahh same-I wrote that I read my textbooks slowly and then get help from my family are you a private candidate or do you learn japanese at school?


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    Our school doesn't do Japanese so my mum taught me. I'd done like 5 worksheets throughout the year then she gave me a quick crash course about a week before the exam :P
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    (Original post by EllisWarren)
    I did the exam as well and found it challenging. Compared to the 2014 paper it did seem like an increase in difficulty although I don't know if that was to do with the fact I spent half an hour doubting everything I had written at the end! Especially the early reading questions, I was all over the place.

    The translation was also quite difficult, I completely missed the 山の手線. Not expecting any good marks at all there!

    After two awful sections I tried to go for it in the writing, but completely over-complicated it. Made so many mistakes, one kanji error and then various grammatical issues. It seemed like the 2hrs 45min just flew by before I could fix anything!

    Been kicking myself all week about it- was a disaster after the results I was getting with past papers! Really hoping for lower grade boundaries.
    The writing for 2014 was much worse than this one! And the translation wasn't that bad. I managed to get through most of it with guessing at a couple of things, I didn't get the Yamanotesen. I finished and left the exam hall with like 20 minutes to spare after having checked it for 20 minutes. Does it really take everyone that long!? :/
 
 
 
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