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    hey you all
    my school yr resumes really soon, as u all can see in my signature... and there is an importan decision i need to make
    so, here is my situation. i lived in china for 12-13 yrs. then, i came to US, and now i'm 17, going to be a senior in like 7 days...
    i already took 3 yrs of spanish, and i have spanish SL as my foreign language.
    this coming yr, the school is offering Chinese as another option for foreign language. and my question is, am I allowed to just take chinese as my foreign language just like that?? i kinda remember reading somewhere on TSR that if u were in a country for more than 5 yrs, then u cant have that lang as ur A2??
    and if i take chinese as my A2 and dump spanish, would IB catch me??
    knowledgeable ppl such as deus, L2(LZ) (spelling) and ibseed, get in here and help...
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    Well, the simple rule is, according to me anyway, if you already have your US passport, what the IB doesn't know, it doesn't need to know. If you still have a Chinese passport then it's a definite No-No because they will know that your are at least semi-fluent in Chinese.
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    There's nothing wrong with taking a language you already know at A2. You're even allowed to take a your mother-tongue as a language B (but the thing is, it's just a waste of time sitting in class learning grammar and stuff for your moth-tongue, and many feel that it is slightly unethical, seeing as you're basically guaranteed a 7).
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    I know a guy fluent in French and English who took A1 English and B French, there is nothing wrong with it.

    Alot of people I know have parents of different nationalities, thus know multiple languages really well, and still take B languages.

    I've never heard of a rule against taking a language if you're fluent...
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    The rule refers to Ab Initio. You cannot do a language at ab initio level if you have been studying it for more than two years. I think that is the only language related rule there is.
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    (Original post by Deus)
    The rule refers to Ab Initio. You cannot do a language at ab initio level if you have been studying it for more than two years. I think that is the only language related rule there is.
    so, make it easy on me deus, if i still have chinese passport, but green card pending, am i allowed to take Chinese as A2?

    and can anyone explain Ab Initio??? got no clue what that is:confused:
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    I can't think of any reason why you can't do Chinese A2. There are 0 reasons that I know of.
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    For A2 you are meant to be fluent, or near as damn fluent in it...it's a literary course.

    Alot of truly bilingual people take an A2 as it is MUCH less work than 2 A1 languages, an A2 language is by no means an easy or soft option for anyone..
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    sweet guys, then i'm definitely going for Chinese as A2 in order to make my possibly extremely low English HL A1 exam;yes;
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    (Original post by icecoldstar)
    sweet guys, then i'm definitely going for Chinese as A2 in order to make my possibly extremely low English HL A1 exam;yes;
    If you want to make it even easier on yourself take Chinese B at HL or SL (NOT Ab initio). You're technically allowed to do this, but you may find that your particular school doesn't let you.
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    What about the hours requirement. SL subjects requrie 90 hours of studying each right? So can the OP fulfil 90 hours pf Chinese A2 in 1 year?
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    (Original post by HALe)
    What about the hours requirement. SL subjects requrie 90 hours of studying each right? So can the OP fulfil 90 hours pf Chinese A2 in 1 year?
    Yes. That is feasable. Proof of this is the fact that the IB allows some schools to do some SL courses in one year. They are called Accelerated as far as I remember.
 
 
 

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