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basically we are picking our gcses this year (year 9) and ive got a choice to make, spanish or french
when i came to this school they made me do spanish even though I could speak French , but now I hve forgotten most of the French and I have goot a good level in Spanish (6c) everyone in my family speaks french , so should i pic french or spanish
what do u think?
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basically we are picking our gcses this year (year 9) and ive got a choice to make, spanish or french
when i came to this school they made me do spanish even though I could speak French , but now I hve forgotten most of the French and I have goot a good level in Spanish (6c) everyone in my family speaks french , so should i pic french or spanish
what do u think?
Do you not have the opportunity to pick both? That would be ideal.
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basically we are picking our gcses this year (year 9) and ive got a choice to make, spanish or french
when i came to this school they made me do spanish even though I could speak French , but now I hve forgotten most of the French and I have goot a good level in Spanish (6c) everyone in my family speaks french , so should i pic french or spanish
what do u think?
You should do Spanish though you can also do French even if you forgotten most of it as you'll still learn the vocabulary needed for the GCSE exam. If I was you, I would do both.
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Do you not have the opportunity to pick both? That would be ideal.
we can only do one language
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You should do Spanish though you can also do French even if you forgotten most of it as you'll still learn the vocabulary needed for the GCSE exam. If I was you, I would do both.
i wanted to do both but we can only do one
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I would pick spanish in your case. apparently, the people who ''look at your gcses'' later on will want a gcse language that you learn, not know. even if they dont know you speak french you can always tell them you're bilingual and that in itself will be good enough. if you speak with your family daily in french even though you've forgotten most of the harder vocab i'd say that you are still fluent in it. im in a similar situation where i speak english, vietnamese and is on my last gcse year for french.
if there was a vietnamese gcse, then i wouldnt pick it because i know it to a point where i can hold a conversation with the natives.
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French is a lot of grammar work, but at GCSE you can definitely start from scratch with a little motivation. I dont difficulty should have to do with your decision, it sounds like you are capable of doing well.

I think its more about which will be most useful to you in future, do you want to live in a french/spanish speaking country or visit these places?

There are other routes though, you can always study one later on in life or outside school if you really enjoy languages. Good luck with your gcse's :-)
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i wanted to do both but we can only do one
Ah ... I would go for Spanish although you could speak to your teacher about doing either French or Spanish. I think they'll say do French GCSE first as you speak it despite you forgetting most of your French as you can easily get it done and dusted. Then you'll continue with Spanish for GCSE. I could be wrong.
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we can only do one language
I'd say go with Spanish, as pronunciation and grammar seem to be easier from what I've heard (I did French to A Level and the grammar still stumps me, it's so hard). Also, if you decide to carry on with languages later in life, knowing Spanish will be far more useful than French in the great scheme of thing, although the GCSE syllabus is by no means a measure of fluency
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I'd say go with Spanish, as pronunciation and grammar seem to be easier from what I've heard (I did French to A Level and the grammar still stumps me, it's so hard). Also, if you decide to carry on with languages later in life, knowing Spanish will be far more useful than French in the great scheme of thing, although the GCSE syllabus is by no means a measure of fluency
if i picked french would i be able to get a good grade ? with hard work?
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if i picked french would i be able to get a good grade ? with hard work?
With either of them you'll be able to get a good grade. Language GCSEs are relatively easy-they just require an ability to parrot. There's no need to prove thinking in the language or knowledge of more advanced grammar.
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With either of them you'll be able to get a good grade. Language GCSEs are relatively easy-they just require an ability to parrot. There's no need to prove thinking in the language or knowledge of more advanced grammar.
then it makes more sense that i should pick french , my parents wants me to pick it aswell
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then it makes more sense that i should pick french , my parents wants me to pick it aswell
Ignore what your parents want for you. Which language would you prefer to do?
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if i picked french would i be able to get a good grade ? with hard work?
If you want to, sure! there is no reason why you can't. The only thing I would say being a french speaker; is grammar and writing. Other than that you could easily get 100% on speaking listening and reading (not sure if the GCSE changed).

I did mine last year, I lived in France for 4 years from 5-9. My grammar was all over the place but i came very close to 100%.

I vote french, there is more to a language than just speaking it. But at the same ,time in this case, I don't think there is a wrong option, you sound like you enjoy languages, so you should be fine :-) whatever. Choose your favourite.
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To French or not to French..that is the question.....XD
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To French or not to French..that is the question.....XD
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If you want to, sure! there is no reason why you can't. The only thing I would say being a french speaker; is grammar and writing. Other than that you could easily get 100% on speaking listening and reading (not sure if the GCSE changed).

I did mine last year, I lived in France for 4 years from 5-9. My grammar was all over the place but i came very close to 100%.

I vote french, there is more to a language than just speaking it. But at the same ,time in this case, I don't think there is a wrong option, you sound like you enjoy languages, so you should be fine :-) whatever. Choose your favourite.
i agree with you , just one question is it ever possible to learn french in two years without ANY background
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Ignore what your parents want for you. Which language would you prefer to do?
true but i Think il take french because i can Always talk to them at home and they can help me with course work and that

and does anyone of you know how the gcse Changes will affect launguages
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true but i Think il take french because i can Always talk to them at home and they can help me with course work and that

and does anyone of you know how the gcse Changes will affect launguages
If you speak it at home, then it'll be even easier for you. You can easily learn Spanish at home in your own time if you want to.

I'm not sure about GCSE changes as I'm currently in my 4th year at uni
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If you speak and understand it, definitely, it would be very easy. If you don't then it might be a lot harder but with a LOT of dedication; its totally possible, you could learn all the vocab in 6 months if you tried.

Most languages are built on a stem of a couple thousand words, which sounds like a lot but you could use these to communicate almost anything.
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