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    i study gcse italian, i am good and writing and speaking as i can prep beforehand but i am so bad at listenings and reading mainly because of vocab
    how do you learn vocab and tips on reading and listening exams???


    I study French however I'm sure learning the vocabulary has the same concept, regardless of the language. I tend to use Memrise or Quizlet as my main sources to learning vocabulary! They're both free and are really good ways to make sure you have learnt the vocabulary and they're stored in your long-term memory. If you have a look around, some people may have already made the sets for your specification otherwise you can make them yourself, they don't take too long. Below I'll list some general advice for listening and reading exams that may help.

    Use past exam papers, although they may not be the same specification, you'll become used to the rate at which the language is spoken by native speakers. You could also get the transcript and make a list of the key words/vocabulary you don't know. Learn negatives - if you miss it, you'll think a sentence means completely the opposite. Pay attention to false friends, make a list of them if needs be. Sometimes, you can also develop an answer by the tone used by the speaker, if they sound happy or sad to assess their opinions.

    Like Listening, I'd say to use past papers and make a list of the vocabulary you don't know. Make sure you know your tenses and grammar. Also, be aware of false friends. Read the questions carefully before answering but give enough information to gain the full marks and don't just write the first word that's familiar to you. The answer should also be in context whilst paying attention to negatives.

    I hope I've helped, if you have any other questions then feel free to ask!

    The only thing I can suggest is to watch as many films/programmes in Italian as you can get, without the subtitles on. A friend of mine when she was doing A Level Italian went on holiday there before the exams to help her with the language.

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