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i am considering doing two languages (german and spanish) for a-level since i think that i want to do a modern languages degree. however, i'm a bit daunted by the idea of doing two. any suggestions? i'm really stuck
Reply 1
How much experience do you have with these languages? Any qualifications? If so, what grades?
Reply 2
Original post by n47h4n
How much experience do you have with these languages? Any qualifications? If so, what grades?

i'm currently studying german and spanish for gcses and im predicted 9s in both. i also have lots of experience w languages having grown up speaking french and english. i'm really passionate about languages but idk if two for a level is a smart choice
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hiya!! i'm in year 13 and doing both a level spanish and german and have applied to do languages at uni! if you love languages, take both! i won't lie and say they're easy but if you take subjects you enjoy it makes it a lot easier to motivate yourself to study and do extra. doing both has given me so many amazing opportunities already and i am SO glad i chose them (alongside english language). i'm happy to explain more about them if you need but don't feel daunted by doing two, it does ultimately make you a much stronger linguist!
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Original post by imclx
hiya!! i'm in year 13 and doing both a level spanish and german and have applied to do languages at uni! if you love languages, take both! i won't lie and say they're easy but if you take subjects you enjoy it makes it a lot easier to motivate yourself to study and do extra. doing both has given me so many amazing opportunities already and i am SO glad i chose them (alongside english language). i'm happy to explain more about them if you need but don't feel daunted by doing two, it does ultimately make you a much stronger linguist!

omg hey! this has definitely restored my faith in taking two languages. i just want to ask, did you find it difficult taking three essay subjects? Because i heard that a-level languages are like english literature.
Reply 5
Doing two languages for A-levels sounds like a challenge, but if you're eyeing a modern languages degree, it could pay off big time. I'd say go for it, but be ready for some extra workload. Maybe talk to current students or teachers for insights.
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Original post by NathanL
Doing two languages for A-levels sounds like a challenge, but if you're eyeing a modern languages degree, it could pay off big time. I'd say go for it, but be ready for some extra workload. Maybe talk to current students or teachers for insights.

i am thinking of a modern languages degree but i'm unsure about where the best place to go is and do i need to take a separate degree if i want to be a translator? i'm sorry i'm not very informed about this sort of thing 😅
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Original post by hanalei24
omg hey! this has definitely restored my faith in taking two languages. i just want to ask, did you find it difficult taking three essay subjects? Because i heard that a-level languages are like english literature.

the essays are only a small part of the a level (two for each language, both worth 10%). i find doing three essay based subjects perfectly fine, but i do like essays and loved lit at gcse so i don't know if that changes my opinion. don't let the essays put you off languages at a level though as the other aspects of the course hold more weight and your essays are not expected to be of the same standard as one you would write for english. aqa recommend around 300-400 words for the essay which is not much at all, and i find myself writing way more than this even just getting my ideas down!
Reply 8
Original post by hanalei24
i am considering doing two languages (german and spanish) for a-level since i think that i want to do a modern languages degree. however, i'm a bit daunted by the idea of doing two. any suggestions? i'm really stuck

As long as you really enjoy both, I would say do it. I do MML at Cambridge and I took both French and Spanish, and I had no iissues with workload.
Reply 9
Original post by imclx
the essays are only a small part of the a level (two for each language, both worth 10%). i find doing three essay based subjects perfectly fine, but i do like essays and loved lit at gcse so i don't know if that changes my opinion. don't let the essays put you off languages at a level though as the other aspects of the course hold more weight and your essays are not expected to be of the same standard as one you would write for english. aqa recommend around 300-400 words for the essay which is not much at all, and i find myself writing way more than this even just getting my ideas down!

oh okay thank you, i was getting a bit worried haha
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Original post by aloukos
As long as you really enjoy both, I would say do it. I do MML at Cambridge and I took both French and Spanish, and I had no iissues with workload.

oh ok. i was considering Cambridge as an option (or more of a dream) but i wasn't really sure how it works. is there a chance that you could explain a bit more about what the course is like? do you get to choose another language to learn?

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