Which language to do for GCSE??Watch
I did French and it wasn't too bad really. All languages are useful so pick the one you think you'd like the most. Non of us can tell you which is the 'most helpful' because it depends on you yourself. It depends on which one you want to study and which one you may consider doing at A Level. We can't tell you which is the easiest because that depends on which languages you've studied in the past.
That said, I am biased because I took Spanish, and know almost no French or German.
Also, I'd say the thing you should base your decision off most isn't difficulty, but instead how likely you are too be able to actually use the language in life. Your family goes to Spain every year? Learn Spanish. You want to move to Germany when you're older? German's a good choice. You love French culture and really want to visit? French is for you.
It's all about which language you'll actually use, because if you don't use a language you'll forget it quickly. Good luck! All three are very good skills and very enjoyable to learn if you approach the lessons willing to learn.
Although biased, I would say Spanish is the most useful because more people speak Spanish than French or German. In fact, it is the 2nd most spoken language in the world. Plus it is easier to pronounce.
Choose one you enjoy and USE the language. Go on holiday there, watch films in the language, listen to music in the language. Dance the national dances or something. Just have fun really.
I dropped German as soon as I could, and apparently it's difficult because one word can have 50 meanings or something like that.
To be honest I don't think either of them will be particularly useful in the future (unless you decide to do them for A level or further) because you will probably forget everything after a while. French is spoken by more people and is taught in more schools than German is, so you might be able to find more resources/people to help you with French. On the other hand, German is more similar to English (vocab, pronunciation a little bit) and may be the more useful language in the future.
It really depends on what you enjoy and are good at though!
Just so you know, here's what you will be doing for GCSE Languages so that you are well informed...
~ Your orals are really important because you could get downgraded if you pronounce words incorrectly or say it too fast. You only get cue cards for your orals and you're only allowed to put bullet points (this could vary between schools though).
~ The writing assessment take ages to do but if you plan it well and use your time effectively you can get the top grades.
~ Finally, your exams in Yr 11 (usually in May) multiple choice questions and short answer questions (varies between exam boards).
~ If you're struggling to decide take a look at the specification for French/Spanish/German etc.
~ Speak to your MFL teacher and see the range of languages available
~ Refer to your options booklet, what exam board will you be doing? look at the topics you will be covering e.g. for AQA we did holidays in Yr 11, style of assessment (coursework/orals/exams), exam timings etc.
I hope this helps you! Good luck making your choices
I'd say the factors you need to use to help you in your decision are:
-difficulty (in your opinion)
-usefulness (again, in your opinion)
-confidence in the subject (this is important for speaking exams especially as I was totally not confident and didn't get good grades in them. However, your confidence could easily grow with time)
Hope that helps- and don't fret too much about your options! 😄
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I was offered a choice between 2 languages..Spanish and Mandarin.
For GCSE, I ended up opting to do Mandarin. It's easy..