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How do you guys improve your German listening?? And writing and speaking and everything
I’m in year 10, but I want to get a 9 in German and I’m thinking of taking it for A-LEVEL.

Do you guys have any workboook recommendations or books to read?
I’m reading a German book called Ferien in Frankfurt, but I’m not sure if it’s helpful....



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Hi, I used to teach German and was a private tutor for a while, maybe I can help. To be great at all aspects of German, you need to know the vocab. So first get hold of some past reading papers for your exam board. Then get a file and a good (Collins) large dictionary. Write down the words you don't know and memorise them. Also any useful phrases. These can then be recycled and used for your writing and speaking exams. Look at the words/phrases that apply to your own life and learn them especially. I note few state schools give students past papers to practice with, and this is a tragedy for their subsequent marks. When I used to do private coaching, we did nothing but past papers and they all got good marks. I also made up a little vocab/phrase test for the next lesson, so they had to revise. Most of them did quite well. My elder son did especially well at the papers, and ended up reading German at Oxford. I have just given someone else some advice on speaking. I will get hold of my post and copy it here. Good luck, and ask me anything else if you need it.
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How do you guys improve your German listening?? And writing and speaking and everything
I’m in year 10, but I want to get a 9 in German and I’m thinking of taking it for A-LEVEL.

Do you guys have any workboook recommendations or books to read?
I’m reading a German book called Ferien in Frankfurt, but I’m not sure if it’s helpful....



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For the picture part of the oral exam...
Are you given the photo in advance? I know my son could take his own photo in. If so, you can look things up in advance and memorise it if you like.
Make sure you include all 3 tenses for extra marks. My son had a photo of his friends on a school trip to Italy. He said they were also there yesterday. They are enjoying themselves now, and will all maybe come back again someday. Imagine what the boys are thinking. Plenty of opinions helps. What are they drinking? Or eating? Is one carrying a rucksack? Has somebody bought a souvenir? What is the resort like? Is there lots to do? For example someone was riding past them on a bike - include that. You can fit this in with the vocab you know. The teacher will ask you some questions about it, so think of questions he/she may ask, then look up the answers in a dictionary, write them down and memorise the answers. Also ask your friends/family the questions they would ask about the photo, just in case you have missed something. They may ask you about the weather in the pic etc so you can bring out the set phrases you should know.

As for the speaking exam, you can use the set phrases you know to build up a profile of yourself and write these down and learn. For example, where do you live? Is it in the town or the countryside? What do you think of it? What is your house like? Your room? Your school? What are your favourite subjects? And the worst teachers? Hobbies etc. Think of plenty of opinions so you can embellish your replies. And there may be a situation, such as asking the way to somewhere. Revise the relevant sections of your text book and maybe write down some key phrases of situational vocab and revise. The speaking tests are quite easy as the questions will not be anything new and you can pre-empt the replies and revise for them. The reading and listening sections, however, may introduce new words you may not be familiar with. Do not panic if you come across these words, as you do not need to know everything.
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Try to go on holiday with your family to Germany. That way you will feel the German "vibe" and you will come back motivated and refreshed. Short weekends to Berlin do not need to be too costly, and you can book a cheap flight. There is lots of fascinating history and a great DDR museum, which I have not visited but want to. Also my son went on this during A Level

https://www.halsbury.com/school-trip...SAAEgLUZ_D_BwE

You can do work experience in a German town, and pick the type of work you want to do. He went to Koblenz and worked in an art gallery. One of the owner's friends was a relative of one of the Stauffenberg plot people and apparently he was fascinating. My son stayed in a hotel with the other participants and socialised with them in the evening. The girls who worked as waitresses in restaurants were exhausted. My son went for an interview at Oxford. Three people got into German, including him. One of the three was on the same Koblenz trip as him. 'Nuff said.
But as far as reading is concerned, for now PAST PAPERS PAST PAPERS PAST PAPERS

If you want to read in your spare time, you can look at newspaper Bild online. It's like the Sun so vocab is easy and articles short. If you wish to study German as a degree, read der Richter und sein Henker, an easy reading Swiss version of Agatha Christie. Use your dictionary to look up vocab! And if you fancy a German degree, I, along with my son etc are writing a book about getting into Oxford, and my son has written a chapter on German. If you want, I'll PM/email it to you.l
How do you guys improve your German listening?? And writing and speaking and everything
I’m in year 10, but I want to get a 9 in German and I’m thinking of taking it for A-LEVEL.

Do you guys have any workboook recommendations or books to read?
I’m reading a German book called Ferien in Frankfurt, but I’m not sure if it’s helpful....



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