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  1. As much as I believe in gender equality, I find it hard to accept the term 'feminism' because of the connotation many women have given to it throughout the years. Don't get me wrong, but nowadays there are many women who use feminism as an excuse for a special treatment. Even in my limited experience of things, I've come across many women who were not too scrupulous when insulting the other gender. Why is this acceptable? Does an empowered woman really have the right to pigeonhole all males as "stupid pigs"? Maybe if we started calling it "equality", some individuals would not use it as a justification to back up their actions.
  2. I'm a long-time fan of Spain, and it's hard to admit but their tiki taka seems to be grown outdated! Other teams have developed techniques and strategies which are just as good as Spain's. I was pained to see how badly the Spanish players did in their match against the Dutch on Friday, the scene of Casillas trudging after the ball was just... sad. Of course this isn't over, Spain still has a lot of potential and will probably be back in the "biggies" group, but I have my doubts they'll manage to win this year... So my favourites for this year are: Italy AND Brazil Força força! All in all, what really matters is having fun
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    This is an essay written during my Y1 in the IB. It presents a neat, comprehensive analysis of the aforestated poem, i.e. After Schiller, which I reccomend everyone to read as I found it quite enjoyable. The essay makes references to specific loci in the poem, has a "fine use of language" (cit.) and is overall, a very good piece of writing according to the teacher who corrected it. Grade: 7 Enjoy!
  4. Oxford all the way. Why? Because it'd be so prestigious to get in one of the oldest universities in Europe, imagine being asked where you study and going like "Oxford"... Duh. Errmm okay, putting (bad) "jokes" aside, I'd choose Oxford over Harvard simply because I don't condemn specialized studies as downsides in education. To me, American universities are undoubtedly interesting, given their breadth and interdisciplinarity which any British university can only long for; however, the emphasis that they put on extracurriculars is just too heavy! Not my cup of tea, with all respect due to those who attend/wish to attend a university in the US. The British mindset is, when it comes to studies, very well suited with my own.
  5. Hey, I'm also in need of a Spanish buddy! We could either talk on skype or text on facebook, or even be e-pals, you choose I take Spanish Ab Initio and I really want to improve my language skills!
  6. Well, my situation is a bit different from yours... I was born and brought up in Italy, but being my mum Polish, we always used to go to Poland for holidays... The fact, though, is that I've never really learned how to speak Polish, because she used to speak to me in Italian as a child - she's fluent in it. I understand 95% of what people say, but cannot work out a decent answer if they ask me something. I can read, write, spell correctly... But my speaking skills are lacking a tad. It makes me feel inferior and stupid... And the fact that I've just moved to Poland is making it even worse. Thankfully, it's getting better and better as time goes by, and having a Polish class for foreigners really pays off. Although my classmates don't take it too seriously. But well. If we do not consider my "deficit" in polish speaking (it's also a problem of shyness... I'm not the expansive type of person, I like keeping things to myself), I'm trilingual in Italian, English and Polish (in order of proficiency). I've also learned French for 3 yrs (and I'm quite fluent in it, although I haven't been practicing it for ages!) and I've just started learning Spanish this year... But I already picked up some vocab during my summer holidays in Spain. Moreover, Spanish and French are really similar to Italian so that gives me a good advantage when it comes to these languages - I understand most of what's being said, and I like that I'd say that multilingualism is a priceless skill that everyone should treasure. We should all "nourish" our neurons by exposing ourselves to all of our languages daily. p.s. I forgot to mention my newly-acquired skills in Esperanto. Overachiever
  7. Thanks, guys! Eventually I went for French SL, not just because my school didn't offer it at HL, but also because I realised it'd be way too challenging. Math, Bio and Biz&Mgm at HL is enough, I guess (:
  8. As for hackers and criminals usage of the Net to steal information and dupe people, well, there's not a positive flip of the coin to this one... However, police can use their same weapon to stop them from doing harm! Online investigations may lead up to finding criminal groups operating online, discovering frauds, and so on. I can't think of anything else concerning the points you've made right now, but I'll update the post if needed (:
  9. This sounds really exciting! Guys, count me in
  10. I'd prefer reading something originally written in Polish, I thought this way I'd also get to know a little more about Polish literature and/or culture, in general. I'm not set on a specific genre, but I'm really keen on fantasy books, romance and crime novels. I'd also love to read some essays My mother is Polish so I always understand the sense of a speech, I can recognize and categorize words that are said to me or in written language (e.g. I know what words are substantives, verbs, adverbs, locutions, idioms, and so on); I sometimes fail to understand words that are utterly "Polish", words that don't have anything in common with Romance languages. Even so, I have a pretty decent vocabulary and I can conduct a basic casual conversation on equal footing. I find it difficult to answer some questions and to talk for a prolonged time Although I have never studied Polish grammar methodically, if we don't consider the last two months, I understand the phonology of Polish alphabet, I can generally write clear and correct sentences. Yet I often get confused with declinations (I don't know which case to use in some occasions) and, among other things, I don't understand Perfective and Imperfective Aspects (e.g. uroda, naroda, przyroda - I do know the meaning of these words, though. This was just an example).
  11. There is some confusion happening here: A1 and A2 are no longer a thing since May 2013. We have language A: literature and language A: language and literature. A2 does not exist anymore. Thus, I've no idea what Polish A2 is, I'm not sure it ever existed. And a note: languages A are meant for native speakers, not beginners. Languages B are for beginners. I see what you mean, but I think IBKID meant to say his friend is taking two A languages. In my school they use the notation A2 as well, to indicate a second A language (e.g., I have A1 Polish and A2 English). I am perfectly aware that A languages were *maybe* thought for native speakers, however you must take into account that I can't do anything but take Polish A1, if I want to attend the IB programme here in Poland. Otherwise I'd have to enroll at a private school, which would cost me 100x the cost of my public school. And I am not even sure they'd accept me, considering that the admission sessions are most likely to have ended for those schools. This is why I have opened the topic, to ask for a general opinion of the subject. By the way, if Polish isn't my native language, neither is English... I highly doubt I will become as skilled as I am in English in a two-year's span, but while there's brains there's hope I'd say that Ab initio languages are more indicated for beginners, as the Latin locution says ("from the beginning", God bless my second-rate Latin), rather than B lang. Now that I think of it, if I really were to choose an adequate level for me, I'd go for a B, as I'm more of an lower-intermediate learner. I understand everything - or almost! - in Polish, but my speaking skills are terribly lacking because I haven't had much of a chance to speak it. I have a decent vocabulary, but I still mess up with the declinations from time to time. It'd be great if you could ask your friend about lectures! p.s.: now that I'm here, I sat my entry exam today and while I was there I decided to take "rozmowe kwalifikacyjna" (oral interview, in English) on this same day. So, basically, among the other questions the commission has asked me how would I evaluate my actual knowledge of Polish, and I just told them I'd class myself as a beginner, and that I know that my level is probably far below their expectations and blah blah, but then I said I'd do my best to improve it... And then they were too busy asking me about my hometown and wheter I read in Italian or English. Whatever, we'll just see "czy zostaje przyjeta" (if I get admitted; don't judge me, I'm trying to word my thoughts up in Polish... most of times I fail miserably).
  12. Thank you Gaby! I was hoping for some book titles to be honest but that's okay. I'll just stick to what I usually read in italian, only switching to polish translations If I'm not mistaken, oral exams are required, as well. How much do they approximately last? And I've heard students take them in march of your second year, is that true?
  13. Hi, since I just moved to Poland and didn't have a choice but choosing Polish as my A1 language, I wanted to ask how much effort does it require for a native speaker to get a 7. Even though I won't be aiming for 7s once I start my course (I suck at Polish and it will take a lot of time for me to get better, and start getting decent grades), I am curious of how difficult this course can be! I know difficulty is subjective, just give me an overall opinion of the subject (e.g. how much you study it daily to do well in tests, etc.) Oh, and could you guys suggest me lectures in Polish for beginners? The last book I've read in Polish was "Harry Potter i kamien filozoficzny"... You could tell this won't help me with literary analysis p.s.: is it possible to choose "Lang&Lit" instead of "Lit" for Polish?
  14. IBKID, moi! j'ai le besoin de votre aide je dois ameliorer(i don't know how to put the accents in this keyboard) mon niveau. je crois que je peut parler francaise bien mais j'ai les problemes en ecrivant.. je dois avoir un mieux vocabulaire et aussi, mon structure en ecrivant n'est pas tres bien.. je ne sais de faire quoi pour obtenir un niveau 7!! @IBKID4lyf mais quand tu dis que tu étudierai une langue, c'est correct mettre l'article defini? Moi, je voudrais obtenir un niveau supérieur en français aussi, actuellement c'est pas satisfaiant (I've been thinking of buying integral versions of Jules Verne books in french to enrich my vocab, what do you think?)
  15. Why? Are you trying to imply this sort of thing never happened before? That's not what I've said; what I really meant was that my disappointment is continuously growing because of things like these. It's not like I've never heard of murder committed by minors, or drug dealing, prostitution, stalking, violent/amoral behaviour, or any relateable phenomena How could one ever justify killing people "just for fun"?