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    I have been studying for a while and decided I would put myself down for the Edexcel 2018 Japanese exam (GCSE level) for the price of a small fortune. Anyone else who's doing or has done the exam have any tips for what I should specifically lean or any language learning tips in general?
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    (Original post by sambeaz6)
    I have been studying for a while and decided I would put myself down for the Edexcel 2018 Japanese exam (GCSE level) for the price of a small fortune. Anyone else who's doing or has done the exam have any tips for what I should specifically lean or any language learning tips in general?
    i did gcse Japanese, got an A*(full mark in speaking exam)
    if you want to know how i got a full mark in the speaking exam, just sound and pronounce word like a Japanese person(more important then the content of what you are speaking about) hope this helps.
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    I did Japanese GCSE too, I got full marks in the listening and speaking sections and almost full marks in the reading and writing parts. In the speaking, try and expand on the question given as much as humanly possible. For example, if the examiner asks, ‘what is your favourite hobby?’, you can say, My favourite hobby is music. I play violin and viola and have been playing them for 12 years. I love playing them because .... I play in orchestras every Thursday and I really enjoy it because ...... Something along those lines, basically take the initiative in exams and show the examiner as many grammatical structures and phrases as possible.
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    I did it last year and managed to get full UMS I'm currently now doing it for A-level

    Tips:
    Try and have a mental list of all the grammar on the specification and make sure you add every single type of grammar into your writing (overall in the short and long writings, so if you didn't use any てform in long writing use it once in the short writing.)
    Learn your kanji, the more kanji you can write the more impressive it is. I also learnt kanji that weren't on the specification. You also need kanji for the reading paper so make sure you know both the onyomi and the kunyomi readings.
    Try and aim for accuracy. There isn't actually that much grammar to learn for GCSE so make sure you try your best to get it perfect. There's a site called lang-8.com where you can write entries in Japanese and have them corrected by natives there.
    Learn vocabulary using anki or quizlet. Really important, vocabulary will really help you with your reading and listening.
    Do lots of past papers. This will help you learn new common words which will be essential in getting you the top marks.

    Ask me if you have any other questions and good luck
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    (Original post by sambeaz6)
    I have been studying for a while and decided I would put myself down for the Edexcel 2018 Japanese exam (GCSE level) for the price of a small fortune. Anyone else who's doing or has done the exam have any tips for what I should specifically lean or any language learning tips in general?
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    I took GCSE Japanese back in 2013 and passed it. I recommend looking over past papers and also trying to time yourself as well later on. Practice all areas of Japanese rather than just the parts where you are the strongest in.

    I made a few recommendations about the exam back in 2013 - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...rimary_content

    Since 2013 is a while back, I believe the exam has changed a little and via the Edexcel site you can get some course materials from 2017 to have a look at.

    This might help as well - http://www.jpf.org.uk/language/teach...urces.php#gcse

    In regards to the speaking part of the exam, I agree with 'upbeat4' who said about expanding your answer. Avoid just saying one or two words when you reply to a question although this happened to me once during the actually exam and I kicked myself as I left the examining room because I knew I should have said more. Also get used to writing from top right to bottom left.

    I don't know how you are studying now or what books you are reading but I would check out 'Benjiro' on YouTube who has a lot of conversations in Japanese which at least will give your ears some immersion into the language. Even though I passed GCSE Japanese, I find some of the videos to be a bit hard to understand but again it will give your ears some immersion which we normally can't get in the UK. Benjiro also gives some tips about the language in general which is also worth watching.

    Hope some of this helps you! がんばって!
 
 
 
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