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I am studying GCSE German and have chosen to study it as on of my subjects at A level. I have read and heard lots of people saying that it is a really hard a level and is hard to get a good grade in especially as native speakers take it as well. does anyone who is studying A level German now or is thinking of taking it as an A level have any advice on how to prepare for it e,g over the summer, and is it really really hard/ impossible to get an A/A* in?
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I got an A* in GCSE German and started A level German, but I found it really challenging, especially all the vocab to learn so I dropped it after about a month.
Having said this, my other A levels were all science subjects so it might be easier if you are nature a languages person!
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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I'm currently doing German AS, I don't necessarily think it's hard you just need to be familiar with the language and precise with your grammar, so long as you study the vocab and and grammar consistently it will begin to come naturally.
I'd suggest you find vocab lists on quizlet relevant to the exam board and content you are studying and use quizlet regularly to revise over vocab. duolingo is great, don't rely on it too much but it's great for common vocab and to help your speaking and listening.
I really enjoy the German spec as you get to study a movie, and the topics you study are actually interesting rather than basic gcse stuff. There's a bit of overlap in the exams as well, like in the reading writing and listening paper there are lots of questions which are formatted similar to gcse.
If you enjoy german, I'd encourage you to go for it. I'm hoping to study some sort of combined maths and german degree in future mainly because of how much I'm enjoying the a level course.
It can feel like a lot of work, but if you're good at it and stay on top of vocab then you'll be fine!
I'm not sure how easy it is to achieve A/A* but hopefully not impossible bc that's what I'm aiming for
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(Original post by polkastars01)
I am studying GCSE German and have chosen to study it as on of my subjects at A level. I have read and heard lots of people saying that it is a really hard a level and is hard to get a good grade in especially as native speakers take it as well. does anyone who is studying A level German now or is thinking of taking it as an A level have any advice on how to prepare for it e,g over the summer, and is it really really hard/ impossible to get an A/A* in?
I would say that with passion and genuine love for the German language, nothing is impossible or hard. Never base your opinion, on what others say. You find find it easy compared to the people you spoke to. Also, you will not just be competing with the people in your class, but also students studying German nationwide, so don't let that dishearten you. Buy German books e.g. German for beginners and German all in one for dummies is quite good to learn the grammar. There's this website called duolingo, use it, it is efficient in strengthening vocabularies. You will learn easier via this website. The long words in German, is nothing to fret about really, if that puts you off too, its's just a combination of two words together haha. All the best with whatever you decide.
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I don't think getting an A is hard if you genuinely care about the subject (I am predicted an A in A2 and a recent mock test has shown that is probably going to be the result I get), but an A* is relatively difficult; but not impossible. It's easier than it was in the past because the exam boards were told off for making it so difficult to achieve one in languages and so it got a bit more lax.

You just need to go and learn all the grammar you need straight away and get it over and done with, whilst also focusing (and then focusing even more) on vocabulary. I'm not quite sure how the new A-Level spec works for German because I'm the last year doing old spec, but there was lots and lots of vocabulayr to learn at AS because there were soooooo many topics. I do believe it's been trimmed down a little bit now though.

It's really not that difficult to do well in German if you learn the grammar and understand how to get the best marks on essays + speaking.
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