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  1. Hi guys. I am studying currently in Finnish DP. I just had a Finnish exam and i found out that i have a big big problem with the Finnish grammar. I need a Plan B for next year when we need to choose the subjects.(They have 3 ib year in Finland. First year is Pre-year) Since I am a Chinese so my Plan B is Self-taught Chinese. 1. Is there kind of different level for Self-Taught Chinese, like Chinese A HL, A SL, B HL, B SL? is it mandatory to choose Chinese A since it from the Group 1. 2. Will they give me some kind of materials for my study for my final exam? I can't just attend the F
  2. I want to switch from Spanish SL to chinese AB intio but its almost been a year. My ib coordinator says that I cannot switch because I am heritage of china although I cannot speak, read or write chinese??? Also she says that there needs to be 150 hours of teaching meet before the end of the year. To my knowledge I heard you can take an online course on top of the course at school to fulfil the 150 teaching hours. I don't see why I cannot take AB Initio chinese. Could someone please clarify about the heritage thing thanks.
  3. My Chinese teacher has permitted me to study a year of Chinese over the summer, and this will put me into IB Chinese B SL. The course progression of foreign languages goes like this: freshman year -- Chinese 100, sophomore year -- Chinese 200, junior year -- IB Chinese B SL (300), and senior year -- IB Chinese B SL (400), and then we take the IB Chinese B SL test in our senior year. Since I will be studying over the summer, I will be taking IB Chinese B SL a year earlier and have the chance to study IB Chinese B HL (500) if I find myself truly loving the subject and language. I learn languages
  4. I am in summer holidays approaching Year 13 now and I really want to grab the time to prepare for next year. I am at a 37 now and I really want to get a 40 or above. Does any one have tips on how to get a 7 in the following subjects that I take? Especially Film and Global Politics! I literally have no idea how in the world I am supposed to revise or get good grades in those!! - Chinese Language and Literature HL - English Literature SL - Maths SL - Design Technology SL - Global Politics HL - Film Studies HL Thanks a million!
  5. Hello, I have finished Grade 10 and will embark upon my IBDP journey starting this August. Quite a few people seemed to be concerned with the difficulty of my course selection. I have chosen the subjects below: Mathematics HL Physics HL English Language and Literature (A2) HL Chemistry SL Business and Management SL Chinese B SL I want to pursue Computer Science in university, hence is why I think Math HL is a must, and I also think that Physics HL would be useful. I am very fluent in Chinese and B SL would not be a problem. What concerns me is
  6. Hi guys, These are some very useful tools for learning a language. They provide you with all sorts of help related to translation (obv ) proof reading, grammar, examples, and usages. - www.Wordreference.com as many of you may know is a dictionary for many languages and often gives you a few example sentences and basic facts (masc. feminine, noun, etc.) - www.linguee.com is a great website if you come across a word and want to find other forms it's used in. It basically finds real-life websites/articles/etc. that use a word in 2 languages (e.g. English and French) It also has
  7. Hi people! My Chinese B SL exams are next week and I need some advice, especially on paper 2. Has anyone here gotten a 7? And if so do you have any tips?
  8. Hello! I'm wondering how everyone studies for Chinese B SL? I have only learnt Chinese for 3 years, from the start of 2015, and I will do it for IB next year. I have had no past experience with it, and I would really like to know how to study to be able to maximise my marks. I don't really know much about the exams, either so any knowledge about the that would help: I'm aware theres paper 1 and 2, but I'm not sure what's in those. Any tips for doing well in finals would be much appreciated. So anyways, please let me know if you have any tips, tricks or experience!! Thank you
  9. i take: HL global politics HL film HL chinese language & literature SL english literature SL maths SL design technology i have both HL & SL papers for some of them. i am contemplating whether to keep SL papers when I do HL; & if I should keep my HL papers when I do SL... i know for some subjects the assessments are very similar or even same in HL & SL. sooo plz provide me your valuable opinions! thx
  10. Hello, in a few weeks I will be starting the IB and would just like to know what I am going to get myself into in terms of Mandarin. In GCSE, I have done Mandarin as a foreign language (A/A* I haven't got my grade back yet but that is my prediction) and now in IB I am planning to choose Mandarin B SL. I already understand that this will be an extremely large 'jump' from GCSE to IB, but was just wondering how big this 'jump' will be. Do you think it would be extremely hard to survive in Mandarin B SL and does anyone been in my situation? Would love to get some tips and advice. Thanks
  11. Hi! May I ask about the requirements for studying in Taiwan? Do we still need to do a HSK/TOCFL test in addition to Chinese B? Is it recommended to take Chinese B HL to enter a university there? Thanks!
  12. If anyone's taking Chinese Mandarin SL/HL, how are you guys preparing for the exam? :3 :3 I'm trying to read as many Mandarin texts I can find, but I feel like that won't be enough. How are you guys preparing for Papers 1 and 2? (Other Language B subject students are welcome to help me out haha )
  13. Hey all. My package is: HL Math, HL Physics, HL Computer Science, SL Philosophy, SL English LangLit, SL Chinese B. So far we've had two assessments/reports and I've maintained a 41/42 across all subjects. I have achieved a 6 in SL Chinese B, which I want to maintain, but now I am practicing for our internal exams/mocks using past papers and I am just so confused. It goes like this: I find a past Chinese paper, I pick it up, I start with the first passage, and I can't understand ANYTHING. First of all, I will only know 50% of the characters. And most of the tim
  14. Hi. I am a selftaught student of Chinese A literature. I have a question about paper 1. For paper 1, the literature analysis, am I supposed to write an essay on each of the two question? Or just one essay to ask two questions? It would be best if someone has a sample answer (better in Chinese, English is also fine) with examiners' comments. Thanks.
  15. Hi everyone! I'm doing SL Chinese B, and I was wondering what are you meant to include in the rationale of the SL Written Assignment? This is my Chinese teacher's first IB cohort, so she doesn't seem to be 100% sure herself. Thank you!
  16. Hi. I will be taking my Chinese IOC in a couple of weeks and i would like to find out more about the Chinese IOC and about the conversation part of it. During the Chinese IOC, we are required to have a 'story' to have a conversation with the teacher. is it okay if my story is completely made up? (This is all fake information) For example, if I were to be in China studying IB, i have never studied anywhere else, and lets say if my topic was on lets say international day, where i can talk and compare about different countries. what if i made up some fake story such as 'I lived in Britain for 6
  17. Hi, so I'm currently a 10th grader who studies in International School Manila and I'm planning to take IB next year. I've already made my choices for most of the IB groups however I'm having trouble choosing a subject for group 2. As I am taking A English Lit. SL, I am now trying to choose a course for my 2nd language. Being Filipino, I am fluent in the language however I have also been studying Mandarin Chinese for around 8-10 years coming from a Chinese school. Would you think taking Filipino A2 would be more beneficial for me as I would obtain a bilingual diploma or would taking Chinese
  18. My teacher doesn't really teach very well for mandarin and so I'm looking for suggestions for textbooks to use (I already have some of the easy steps to chinese books) I was also wondering if anyone had any experience with this book: http://www.amazon.com/Mandarin-IB-Diploma-Yan-Burch/dp/147182909X and if they knew that it was good
  19. I took Spanish 1 in 7th grade, Spanish 2 in 8th, Spanish 3 in 9th, and Spanish 4 in 10th. Would it look better to colleges if I continued on to DP Spanish HL or took IB/DP ab initio Chinese? I am entering 11th grade so I am subject to only take Chinese for 2 years. I'm asking about elite, highly selective colleges. Because I've fulfilled the requirement of 4 years of a language, I question whether colleges would want trilingualism or "advanced" fluency in 2 languages.
  20. So I just finished my MYP, and I will be starting IBDP in the coming September. Right now the subjects I will be doing are: Group 1: English SLGroup 1: Chinese SLGroup 3: Math SLGroup 4: Biology HLGroup 5: Economy HLGroup 6: Visual Arts HLI want to study psychology in university, but I also want to pursue an art degree in the future, and I would really appreciate your opinion regarding the following questions: 1. What are the general difficulty rates of these subjects? 2. Is it necessary to take two Group1 subjects considering I would like to study a social science related subject in the
  21. I need your opinion on whether I should learn Mandarin or French. I want to learn Mandarin more than I want to learn French, because it is way more useful, but French is way easier. The problem with Mandarin is the difficulty, especially the letters/script/characters, when I look at Chinese letters it just looks ridiculously hard, memorizing them is basically like looking into the night sky and trying to memorize specific patterns of stars, and freaking hundreds of them!?!?!? So what do you guys think? Take an easier language, and probably get a better grade, but waste two years that I could h
  22. I`m starting IB in a little over a year and I was wondering if it was a good idea to spend my free time learning a new language, and then take it ab inito. I would just pretend I have never studied the language before, and then BOOM! on the test I would get a 7, I would probably be ahead of the class for 6 months or something, at least. I just think it would be a good idea to lighten the heavy workload of IB a little bit. Would this even work?
  23. Hello! I figured I'd start this topic, since no one really talks about IB Chinese A online fsr. I took IBSL CHinese A Language & Literature, but HL people can also contribute their thoughts on the exam here. So, what did you guys think? I thought that both Paper 1 and Paper 2 were okay...though I kind of ran out of time for P2 My analysis was also not as thorough as it could have been since I over-analyzed one work.
  24. I have a question guys, I am currently taking Chinese A: Literature SL in Canada but I'm not sure for the oral exam if i can use Cantonese or mandarin? My mother tongue is Cantonese so if i can, that would be helpful. Thanks for all the help!
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