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  1. Hey all, I'm in my junior year right now of Mandarin AB Initio and I was just wondering how difficult the IB exam is to get a 2 or higher. I'm sort of stressing myself out like a year before the IB exams because I'm having a really hard time with all of the characters and grammatical structures, and I'm not sure whether I'll be able to do well in the future. Thanks for the replies though.
  2. My school offers 3 different Language B subjects: Indonesian Acquisition, Chinese Acquisition, and French ab Initio. Out of these 3 languages, I am only fluent in Indonesian since it's my native language, however, due to this, there's some policy restricting me from choosing it, leaving me with Chinese Acq & French ab Initio. With no prior knowledge at all regarding these two languages, I decided to choose French since it's in an Initio. With that in mind, will French ab Initio be difficult and is it a time consuming subject when it comes to revisions?
  3. Hello! As indicated in the title, I have some questions about the Japanese Ab Initio exam. If it would help, here is some background on why I might have some of these questions, but feel free to skip this. Our IB Japanese teacher is a little laidback, and most of my class was a bit too slow for the IB curriculum. So to avoid lecturing and then having 3/4 of the class not understand them, my teacher went a little slowly and explained more so the class retains information better. This resulted in us not finishing, and our teacher left us a stack of japanese notes that they said we can read to prepare for the exam. I am currently in the process of doing this, but I have some questions: 1) What are the main forms of grammar I should know? I know the following: Te- form, Dictionary form, Tai- form, Past tense, location indication(de,ni,e,wo), please do/do not, may I do x, and such. I'm not sure if I should know a bit more than this, as I've seen some people mention stuff like tsumori, Ta-form, hou ga/yori, but I'm not sure if this is required for Ab initio. 2) Around how many kanji should I be able to read(all readings) and write? The notes we got is around 230 kanji, but I think I would die if I tried to learn all the readings and associated words of each kanji along with how to write them. 3) I have heard that there are changes made to the exam for this year, something about text D, but I don't entirely understand. As far as I know, Paper 1 is responses to text, ranging from long answers, to quotes, to multiple choice, to matching, and Paper 2 is a written prompt on a random topic. If this is wrong or incomplete, I would appreciate if anyone can give a thorough explanation. 4) Any general tips on the exam is also appreciated! I have looked far through the internet, but most seem to be about Japanese B and I'm not sure if the two are necessarily all that similar. Thank you for reading and if anyone can help(preferably before next Monday because that is when my exam is!), I would be very grateful.
  4. Dear All, Could somebody please guide me since when this change will take effect? and will it be valid for my students admitted in aug 2018? Thank You in advance
  5. Hi, I'm currently doing my written task for ab initio Japanese and I am having trouble finding sources. What are some good websites or places where I might be able to find sources? I have found several sources but they are all very kanji heavy, and my teacher says that they're too complicated and you can get marked down for using a source that is too complicated because it won't look like you understand it properly. Thanks :-)
  6. Hey Guys! I'm new to this whole forum thing so please bear with me. So a few of my classmates and I are enrolled in the Pamoja French ab initio course although, we seem to be having a few problems with our teacher. Firstly, no matter what we do none of my classmates, nor I, can please our teacher when it comes to assignments. We have tried everything including sticking as close to the rubric as possible and even going so far as to create our own study group with native speakers to try and learn as much grammar as we can to add to our written assignments but even if we use advanced grammar we still get 70s and 80s. Here's the real kicker, we were quite suspect about our teacher's grading habits and so, to test this, we had a native speaker write a short assignment for one of my classmates to have graded. We made sure they kept to the rubric and did everything that was asked. When that person got the assignment back the score, as usual, was 80%. The feedback as well was ridiculous, the teacher was saying that the grammar wasn't good enough and pointed out mistakes that were correct. Keep in mind this is work from an A1 French student. Secondly, orals are another source of stress for us. Firstly, for one oral that we had to take time out of school for, the teacher canceled after we were waiting for ten minutes then rescheduled with a ludicrous time none of us could make and when we tried to explain we couldn't do it then since we had prior commitments he simply said, "Well too bad, you shouldn't have missed the practice." We still don't know how we are going to be scored for it since orals are a graded assignment. Also, we took all both problems with our Pamoja advisory teacher who said he couldn't really do anything. If anyone else is doing or has done the Pamoja course and has any advice or tips that would be fantastic. Also, feel free to comment as my classmates and I could use all the help and information we can get. Thanks all!
  7. Hi, I am currently in my first year of IB, I moved to France with no experience of the French language. I am currently doing French B and my teacher suggested French Initio, would this be a good option considering I don't know French?
  8. hi, I am currently in dp 1 studying French ab initio for the past 4 months, I find it very hard. should I shift to hindi sl
  9. Hi, I' doing ab initio French. Is is possible to use a dictionary on the exam?
  10. Version 1.0.0


    A quick cheat sheet to revise the french tenses and how and when to use them. It contains simple tricks to construct one tense from another tense and has a note at the end which summarises the things you need to remember well.
  11. French Tenses and how to use them - French Ab Initio Notes View File A quick cheat sheet to revise the french tenses and how and when to use them. It contains simple tricks to construct one tense from another tense and has a note at the end which summarises the things you need to remember well. Submitter IBTopper Submitted 09/19/2016 Category French  
  12. Hey guys anyone need a pen pal for french? Im currently taking french Ab! Also anyone needs an english speaking pen pal? Im also available!
  13. I'm on my second year of Ab initio German and I am struggling. My class last year was really relaxed and I have a different teacher this year that expects me as well as the German B students to be fluent in German. I get these crazy hard assignments when I can barely write a properly structured paragraph in German. I have extra textbooks and resources to help me but i'm nowhere near the level of the work my teacher gives. Any tips and advice please?
  14. Hi all! I'm taking Spanish ab initio and my teacher isn't very helpful in class.... Anyone with some tips to offer? I would really appreciate the help. Also, would anyone like to be (omg) pen pals with me??? I would like to practice writing in Spanish and would anyone who is good at Spanish be willing to help me check my grammar and stuff? I can return the favour!!! I speak English (of course), Mandarin and Malay for those who are interested. Thank you!!!!!
  15. Since I cannot see any other topics for this subject, I thought I'll start one. How was your French AB Initio Paper 1? For me it was good, although I am a little doubtful about my answers to a few questions.
  16. So i have no idea what to do. I can barely speak in or write any spanish. I think i will fail. Anyone with access to things that could help me PLEASE post it ASAP. Any tips or tricks or things to focus on please let me know. Thank you.
  17. What are the most common paper 2 prompt topics? Im trying to focus on 3 topics in detail so i can be able to pick one on the exam and do well on it.
  18. Hey guys, I'm looking for someone that I can do language exchange in French with in order to prepare for the French ab initio oral exam. Feel free to use this topic as a platform to find language exchange partners for other languages as well!!
  19. Does anyone know what exactly the papers and the IA in French ab initio are going to be like? We haven't gone in depth in class over this. We've only breezed over the topic of the exams, but we've been focusing on actually learning French. I've been able to write about a page in French before I just blank over what to say next so length isn't gonna be a huge issue I think. Does anyone know what the exams are like though? And the IA?
  20. Hey everyone - I've been giving heaps of tips lately for people's French studies, so I've decided to make a master post, filled with everything that I can think of which has helped me over the past two years (sorry for my lack of accents, my laptop doesn't like inserting them in!) So firstly, get hold of a past exam (SL/HL/ab initio - whichever you're doing). Look at paper 1, and the sort of language you need to understand, and the type of questions you're going to have to answer. Then look at paper 2, and see what you need to write about, how much you need to write, and the sort of language (vocab/grammar etc.) you might need to know. That way, you know the sort of level you'll need to be at by the end of the IB. Vocab and grammar Quizlet is a great place to start for vocab and grammar - there are literally thousands of flashcards, and some are even dedicated to IB vocab! Additionally, if you don't have one already, buy yourself a French grammar book, complete with exercises (a good one is Schaum's French Grammar http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/0071828982 - it covers everything, from the basic to the advanced). Set yourself a challenge to do 40 mins every night, just to make sure you cover heaps of grammar, and that you're maintaining constant practice of the language. Also, with the Schaum grammar, it gives you heaps of vocab as well, as it makes you write out sentences, so make sure to translate any words you don't know, and learn them. Any words you're unsure of? Dedicate a notebook to writing down the French word and the English translation (make your own vocab list), and revise as much as you can. What I do is I browse http://www.wordreference.com to find French translations for any English word that I want to use. I also do this in my spare time to boost my vocab (yes, this is essentially just reading a dictionary but trust me this helps so much!). Paper 1 To practice for paper 1, literally just do heaps of past papers. When you read the texts, translate any words you don't know (obviously you can't do this in the real exam, however this helps you to learn useful vocab). Keep in mind, it's not expected that you understand every single word, you mainly need to know the general gist, and understand the grammar. In the actual exam, read the text once through, slowly, making sure that you understand all you can to the best of your ability. Once you've done that, read each question carefully, and make sure you understand exactly what they're asking of you (there have been cases where I have misinterpreted a question because I skimmed through it without actually realising what it's asking). With the vocab questions (e.g. trying to find an equivalent word), look at the tense of the word, whether it is a verb or a noun, and that will help you to narrow down to the answer. With the grammar questions (e.g. filling in the blanks with a connecting word), see if the next word begins with a vowel, then you know that if it's something like "bien que", the IB will actually put in "bien qu' " in the list of phrases to choose from, so you know that it's definitely that answer. Paper 2 I suggest to do your best to write a piece (even if it's only 50-100 words) and hand it up to your teacher to get it marked with feedback. Maybe try to increase your responses by 25-50 words every month or every few months so you can eventually get to that word limit (250 minimum for SL, 100 for ab initio (I think, don't hold me on this)) The feedback from your teacher is priceless because it allows for you to learn even more grammar in the context of your own work, as well as seeing what you're good at, and what you can improve on. Take their feedback, and rewrite your response, incorporating all the feedback and advice they're given you, that way it sticks in your mind. For the actual exam, make sure you read the question extremely carefully, and make sure you address everything that needs to be addressed. Incorporate as much from the question as you can in your response (e.g. if they want you to talk about what you've learnt from a bad holiday, make sure you describe a bad holiday, and interweave things you've learnt throughout your response). Proofreading is key: when you're under stress, you'll make heaps of silly mistakes. Make sure you allow 5-10 mins at the end of the exam just to read through your response, check your tense, accents, and spelling in particular. Make sure you've included connective phrases where possible, and try to include some French idioms too (but don't force them, only use them to enhance your response). Individual Oral I personally loved the individual oral, as I'm strong with my fluency and pronunciation. So, the best way to improve on your pronunciation is to read aloud as much French as possible - read extracts from your textbook, read aloud your written responses. When you're speaking, speak slowly at first, and make sure you're pronouncing it right - to 100% make sure you're doing just that, record yourself and play it back, so that you can hear what you sound like, if you're speaking clearly enough, and you can pick up on any slight mispronunciations. Additionally, try to listen to as much recorded French as possible - find some YouTube videos in French, watch them, listen to how they're speaking, and try to mimic their pronunciation. That will guarantee an improvement in your oral work for sure! General tips for the IO - I find that in the preparation time, I just practice the oral itself, and write down any key points I want to discuss, so that I don't forget. Usually, I end up running out of time to say everything, so I prioritise my key ideas, to make sure I cover the most important ones first. When it comes down to breaking up your time for the actual oral, this is what works for me: Start with something along the lines of "J'ai choisi cette photo car la legende dit que (state the caption) et ca montre la theme de (state the theme e.g. Loisirs) Describe the photo, but don't spend more than 2 mins all together on steps 1 and 2 Come back to the legend - restate it, and if possible, state whether or not you agree with it. Then, relate it back to the theme, and basically talk about what you've learnt about it. I usually apply it back to my own life, and try to say things like "j'avais trouve une texte du bac qui a mentionne que..." and link it to the option. This should take up the bulk of your oral, and maybe talk for about 4 mins about this. Always (ALWAYS) say "en conclusion" once you've finished (yes, it's kinda lame but trust me it makes life for the examiners so much easier, so they know that you're finishing up, and they can prepare to ask you questions at the end) and summarise the points you've made, and come back to whether or not you agree with the legend. Enjoy the questions from the examiner, they may ask you "nasty" questions, but seriously consider them a blessing, because there's a whole section in the mark scheme dedicated to your ability to expand on complex ideas, and your teacher is trying to boost your mark for that.Make sure you include connective phrases and idioms where relevant - the IB loves that so much (but don't just put them in for the sake of it). I hope I've helped a bit, and feel free to expand upon anything that I've said, or let me know if there's anything else you find helpful. Feel free to send me a message if you ever need help with anything - I'm always happy to help
  21. How exactly do people feel with an online course in pamoja for ab initio courses? I want to do well in ab initio cause it starts in the beginning, so are there any tips for me? How many hours do people study for ab initio on average? What is the exact syllabus and how do we prepare for the finals?
  22. I'm doing a little better in french due to some help from the wonderful people on here. I do have a severe vocabulary problem, however. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to learn lots of vocab, verbs and their conjugations without just writing each word 5-10 times. Thanks!
  23. Would anyone be willing to tutor me just a bit every once in a while over Skype in French? Even if you're a language B or even an HL student, it's better for me to know more than less, you know? (: Thank you!!!
  24. Hey I have a test that I fond out about this morning and my teacher does not teach hardly at all so I am not prepared vocabulary wise. Is there anyone that can help me? It's on leisure and vacations. ): help.
  25. Anyone have French Ab Initio Paper 1 Markscheme? I can't seem to find it anywhere no matter where I look. Cheers, thanks.
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