How to get a grade 9 in gcse Spanish?

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I have a crappy teacher and I have to teach myself basically everything. I’m aiming for a grade 9 in edexcel Spanish. Anyone got any “golden phrases” or general advice? Also for the speaking exam (my teacher is very baffed) how long should each answer to the questions be? Half a page long or short and pithy?
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Hi I’m doing gcse Spanish as well
I’ve been told that getting a grade 9 in Spanish is quite difficult - even for native speakers.

I’d suggest using apps like duolingo and having small vocabulary notes/books/flash cards which can be quite helpful when trying to remember certain words

Tenses are very important as well. I’d suggest at least learning one form of each tense since 3 different tenses will get you higher marks

A phrase that apparently impresses examiners is ‘Si fuera rica/o...’ meaning ‘If I were rich (or whatever you want to input instead of rich)...’

In the speaking exam we’ve been told to us the question in your answer.
E.g.
¿Cuál es tu comida favorita?
Mi comida favorita es...
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Hola!
Ok, so I don't speak Spanish, but I'm currently doing A level French and this is what I do/ did at GCSE for light, moderate and intense revision. Obviously, for GCSE you won't need to focus as much as you do for A level, but there are some things that you should try to do every day, and some that you can do every so often.

Light: (At least one of these most days, maybe whilst you walk to other places or as a warm-up to doing other revision)
- Listen to Spanish music. Even though you won't understand everything, it still helps you to tune your ear to the language. (Yu can also use the lyricstraining app!)
- Check the Spanish news...I check the English news every day anyway, so it's only really 2 more minutes for me to check the French news!
- Vocabulary on memrise and quizlet
- If you want to watch tv at any point, try a Spanish series. If you have netflix you can get a google chrome extension so that you have both the English and Spanish subtitles at the same time.

Moderate: I did this at least weekly at GCSE
- Go through, research and practise specific tenses. I now use a grammar workbook as well as the internet to help, but at GCSE my revision guide and the internet were enough. I'd do this for 1/2 an hour or so.
- Plan long-answer and photocard questions
- Talk to a penfriend (I use the hellotalk app, but there are plenty of ways to do this! Obviously using an app means that you have to be more careful what you talk about.)
- Watch series/ films without subtitles and take notes of the storyline, words to look up etc. Find a summary at the end and compare your notes!
- Read long-articles on the news and take note of new words. Try to work them out before looking them up!
- If you have a revision workbook or even a revision guide or textbook, do the exercises. I did ann English to French translation in Form time every morning in year 11. Exercises are quite short so you can do one, mark it and improve it within 15 mins

Intense: More closer to exams, but otherwise fortnightly or even every 3 weeks.
- Write long-answer practice questions
- Plan and discuss photocards either by yourself, with a friend or with a teacher.
- Do whole past-papers (timed or untimed depending on your aims)
- (more now than at GCSE, but there's no reason why you couldn't try) read texts and books and summarise them in Spanish.
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I was lucky enough to have a Spanish friend on WhatsApp so I prepared for speaking by taking pictures of photocards and roleplays then recording myself answering. It helped my anxiety and my teacher actually said I sounded so confident
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(Original post by Thanoswashere)
Hi I’m doing gcse Spanish as well
I’ve been told that getting a grade 9 in Spanish is quite difficult - even for native speakers.

I’d suggest using apps like duolingo and having small vocabulary notes/books/flash cards which can be quite helpful when trying to remember certain words

Tenses are very important as well. I’d suggest at least learning one form of each tense since 3 different tenses will get you higher marks

A phrase that apparently impresses examiners is ‘Si fuera rica/o...’ meaning ‘If I were rich (or whatever you want to input instead of rich)...’

In the speaking exam we’ve been told to us the question in your answer.
E.g.
¿Cuál es tu comida favorita?
Mi comida favorita es...
Are you doing edexcel? Do you know how the Spanish speaking works we have our mock in a week and nobody’s explained the whole pick 5 themes
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Hi, I'm doing edexcel Spanish (this is how it works for me, it should be the same for you, maybe slight difference):

1. Picture based task - describe the photo (we use a method called PALMW) and then answer a few questions like your opinion on (idk, recycling)

2. Roleplay - we have to answer roughly 2 questions, shortly and briefly, and then answer a question we haven't prepared for in the 10 mins before the exam. Then, we ask 2 questions. It can be a mix of this (e.g. answer 3 prepared, answer an unprepared and a question) like on my last mock

3. A theme we prepared - I picked 5 (international and global dimension cuz I know more and I can talk about it) and a certain few question. Our teacher asked us which one we wanted to do like 3 weeks ago.

4. A theme we haven't prepared for - so any between 1-4 for me. This is why I think learning all of them is important and they can help in the writing exam.

I mean, you've probably done your mock by now (judging by the date of the post) but I guess this could help others? Sorry for the long postAlso, are the themes the same for everyone doing edexcel (1=identity and culture/2=local area, holiday, travel/3=school/4=future aspirations/5=international and global dimension)??
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