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What does "Baccalaureate" mean ?

"Examen" in Swedish, specifically for the level we're at (17-19ish yeargroup).

In France the equivalent to A-levels, IB, high school etc. is called "baccalauréat", which I think is the origin of the word used in English. It's basically just a type of qualification.

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It's more like a fancy word (of french origin) for diploma, more specifically the high school diploma.

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This is quite interesting. I was unaware of what it was until now... And I've been in IB for seven years now! :/

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How do you pronounce it? this has stumped me for such a long time. Makes one feel retarded when you can't pronounce the name of the programme you are doing.

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How do you pronounce it? this has stumped me for such a long time. Makes one feel retarded when you can't pronounce the name of the programme you are doing.

Back-lah-rette is how I've always pronounced it.

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Hmm, funny I should stumble upon this thread today. I was just wondering what the word meant earlier and looked it up in the Oxford dictionary:

1 an examination intended to qualify successful candidates for higher education

They even have a separate entry for 'International Baccalaureate'.

a set of examinations intended to qualify successful candidates for higher education in any of several countries.

I've known about the IB for at least four years and I never knew what the second word meant until today... :/

How do you pronounce it? this has stumped me for such a long time. Makes one feel retarded when you can't pronounce the name of the programme you are doing.

Back-lah-rette is how I've always pronounced it.

Oh? I always pronounced it as 'back-ah-law-ree-aht'.

By the way the Oxford dictionary says it's pronounced /ˌbakəˈlɔːrɪət/. Nope, can't decipher that :P

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By the way the Oxford dictionary says it's pronounced /ˌbakəˈlɔːrɪət/. Nope, can't decipher that :P

back-ah-law-rih-aht :)

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I still can't spell that. :P I just thought it was a fancy word for bachelor (like a diploma).

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it means a painful two or three years of your life

Haha, true.

& Lots of people I know who've been in the system for 5, 6 years still can't spell it. No big deal.

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Something derived from the concept of graduation and class, but all I remember is that the word doesn't see much translation. Baccalaureate is pronounced almost the same in all latin and germanic languages.

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Baccalaureate in swedish is a synonym to ''kandidatexamen''

Nope, it's the equivalent of "studentexamen". "Kandidatexamen" is the same as a bachelor's degree which is a university degree.

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How is it supposed to be pronounced? Everybody pronounces it differently!

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How do you pronounce it? this has stumped me for such a long time. Makes one feel retarded when you can't pronounce the name of the programme you are doing.

In English, baccalaureate is pronounced: (I'm going to use Swedish characters to spell it phonetically because it might make the sounds easier to understand, i always relate English words into Swedish alphabet if I'm learning pronunciations, it makes more sense to me that way) ba-ka-lå-reatt

From one swede to another, I hope that helps :)

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