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  1. I was told by a teacher that there was but I can't find anything about it in the syllabus. Just wanted to check if this is true?
  2. 1. Constant revision of vocabulary 2. Do writing tasks every 2 weeks or so in different text types 3. I watch a lot of Chinese drama and although it sounds crazy, sometimes I just repeat what they say. Even though you may not understand, you can practice on your enunciation and tones 4. Talk to yourself in Chinese (I know I sound crazy right now, but honestly, your ability to come up with sentences and words instantly will improve and this will help for your orals)
  3. Hi there! I think I'm in the same situation as you- as a 华裔人, I myself also struggle with the language. It may be because I come from a Cantonese speaking background, but even taking Mandarin B SL is a struggle for me. I highly suggest you take a look at some past papers (or I could send you some samples) just to compare. Also, I think it's important to consider what you want to do in the future. Do you want to do something with languages later on? Personally, I think that already studying a language to some extent is a mini bonus on a CV. Another question to ask is, does the universities you are considering to apply to look more on the overall or individual grades? For me, it's both cases. Because of this, the teacher-in-charge recommended me to take SL instead because "it's better to play it safe“. Also, it's the university grades that will be more important when applying for jobs. So I think that rather than trying to see if your subject choices in high school will give you better chances at getting a job, it's better to see if you will get you into a university AND THEN focus on getting the job.
  4. Hi there! I speak both English and Cantonese (with English being my first language) and I still find Mandarin B SL very hard! (NB: Cantonese is a dialect spoken in China) The only reason which I think I am just getting by is because the structures and (some) words are both very similar in Cantonese and Mandarin. I find reading particularly hard, and even my parents were taken back after seeing my paper 1 mock papers. I have heard that the reason why Mandarin B can be hard is because students who take it are mostly from a Mandarin speaking background or migrated at a young age- examiners/whoever makes the papers then makes it harder in order to make it fair. If I were to choose my subjects again, I would do Spanish AB Initio. Be warned, I have been told that it requires a lot of work but in comparison, it should be much easier than Mandarin B SL. Also, I don't think you need to worry about colleges looking down on you. I was in a similar situation and the teacher in charge said that depending on where you want to study, colleges usually look at your overall score (do check though!!). Therefore, I think it's better to worry about your overall score than to worry about your language subjects.
  5. Thanks! I have PMed you
  6. Before IB, I didn't really study and just read over the notes in class for revision. However, these methods are not working for me and I have tried various methods for studying. Are there any good tips on studying for your subjects that you guys have? The subjects I do are; English A Literature Chinese B Mandarin Business Management Chemistry Biology Maths SL
  7. I am from New Zealand and am interested in applying in universities in Australia. I was told that if I did IB, rather than being considered as a domestic student, I would be considered as a international student as well? The guy on the line didn't seem too sure of his words so I just wanted to confirm here.