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  1. 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 :-)
  2. Hey everyone!! So I (perhaps stupidly?) am doing a Language B Extended Essay in Japanese. I'm SL and my level isn't amazing but i'm super motivated when it comes to Japanese. My EE is in Category 1 and looks at how Katakana works, and how Japanese people's English Learning is influenced by it. Does anyone have any advice? On how to approach it / structure it? I would really really appreciate any pointers in regards to resources so if anyone has any ideas, hit me up please!! Thanks!!
  3. Context: I’m writing my EE in Japanese. How much literature do we have to study? Does it have to be a comparison? Has anyone out there done a language b EE and can you talk to me?
  4. Hi! I currently take the IB diploma program and I am in my second year and planning to apply for Waseda EDESSA School of Political Sciences and Economics, and the Keio PEARL program. Waseda's avg. score is 37.2 / 42 but what is the minimum score to get into these two universities, or is there anyone who knows someone that got into this course?
  5. I am a senior currently taking the IB diploma and thinking of applying to either Keio GIGA, PEARL or Waseda SPSE. For waseda, although their IB average acceptance score is 37/42, would a score below that average still be enough to make it into Waseda SPSE? Also, although Keio does not have any IB admission related statistics, if anyone knows, what is the average IB score for people who get accepted to Keio PEARL and GIGA? Do they also look at your math level or if you have a bilingual diploma?
  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 a basic dictionary and works in many languages. - www.Bonpatron.com is great for proof-reading your work, it checks your grammar, articles at the beginning of a noun, etc. However, it's only limited to French. - www.conjugation-fr.com is great for conjugating a verb in French. It provides dozens of various tenses (some of which are literary-level). It's an all tenses in 1 place. Hope it helps
  7. Hi, I just transferred into IB this year (grade 11) and am still adjusting to the school. I have heard rumors from grade 12s about how crammed their first semester is, and I am worried that I won't be able to manage my time wisely when I get into grade 12. I was going to take IB Japanese, but I had to move it to my grade 12 year because my Japanese is currently not good enough yet. For next year's first semester, I will have History, IB Japanese 11, Math HL, Physics HL, Chemistry SL, and English HL/TOK. I currently volunteer at a salmon hatchery and work part time at McDonald's. I am also on the cross-country team and track and field. In February, I will also start volunteering at a local hospital. So far, I have managed to balance my school life and my extracurricular activities, but I'm not sure if I can survive grade 12 without dropping any of them. Do you guys think I should drop an HL course, my volunteering, my job, or something else?? Also, please give some advice on time management
  8. Hello, nice to meet you; I'm very new here, so please forgive me if I'm a little weird/rough around the edges lol. However, the main thing is that right now I'm quite conflicted. I'm a British student currenty in Year 11, going to an IB sixth form in 2017, and I have had a massive dilemma for the last few months. I want to do Computer Science at university, or at least a STEM subject to be broader, and my current choices are: SL Literature and Performance (as I like creativity, and Drama appeals to me more than normal English) HL Maths (daunting, I know, but for where I want to go I'm willing to take it on) HL Physics (to keep my options open rather than taking Computer Science, which would be a one-way route) A SL Humanity that I haven't decided yet as I hate them all I can't decide between them just yet. However, for my Language B and Group 6, I have 3 subjects I want to do, but only 2 spaces open to take them: German, which I've taken for 4-5 years now and have LOVED; Music, which I'm 'naturally gifted' for and have done all my life; and Japanese, a language that I'm absolutely fascinated in and have always loved, to the extent where I have tried studying some alone, despite not learning the language in school. The TL;DR of this text is that I can only choose 3 of the following combinations; HL German and SL Music, HL German and AI Japanese OR AI Japanese and HL Music, and I'm not sure which one would be the best in terms of enjoyment, doability and point-getting. There are points for and against each subject, which makes the overall decision process much harder. German is something I know I love and do well in, but I'm not too confident in getting a 7 at HL due to a low turnout of 7s in HL Language B in IB schools throughout my area. Furthermore, I've heard that many Germans speak fluent English, making the need for fluent German pretty unnecessary. Music is something I find relaxing and natural, but I've only been doing my grades for a year or two now (I'm Grade 4 piano right now, learning Grade 5), so the performance part of the syllabus is quite hard/scary for me (though I still believe getting a 7 in HL Music to be slightly easier than getting a 7 in HL German) and I can continue doing my grades without taking IB music lessons, meaning I won't close any doors by not taking it. Japanese is a subject I've wanted to take my entire life* and have made an effort to teach myself, which I find fun and interesting though I don't have the self-discipline to sustain self-study lmao. I already know hiragana, katakana and some very basic kanji from my time in Japan, so learning it shouldn't be impossible, but the problem is that I've never actually taken Japanese, hence the choice only being Ab Initio. I think I prefer Japanese, but should I really place it over Music and German, which I know how to do and know I love, on the hope that I'd like Japanese more than them? Honestly, I know that none of these subjects are particularly useful for my career path, but I LOVE creativity through logic, which is what attracts me to Computer Science, composition in Music and languages in general, meaning that I feel like I'll make the IB draining, boring or too stressful if I don't make the right choices. I've thought about this dilemma for ages and have made many past conclusions, but for some reason I can never seem to stick to an idea once I believe in it and always find myself back at square one. Please help me; I've been stressing about this so much, especially with my GCSEs still getting closer! (P.S. If it means anything again, I used to be conflicted between German, French and Music, but from everyone I asked in my school, people were overwhelming for Music and German. I've never asked about Japanese however, due to it only recently becoming a possible option, and Japanese and French are worlds different, so I'm not sure if this holds any value lol) * = (Not important but kind of a backstory, but I've originally always wanted to learn French and Japanese since I was little. When I first got into my secondary school however, I was placed into doing German without choice, as a compulsory GCSE choice for my form and I, which sucked at the time until I realised how much I enjoyed it lol. I was given a choice for my second language in Year 8 though, which I placed down as Japanese, but as there were insufficient numbers of pupils, Japanese as a class was cancelled and so I was placed in French, which saddened me A LOT back then. I've disliked and confused myself with French for as long as I can remember, but I've tried as hard as I could regardless because I thought it was an undeniably useful language in the working world. Now, I finally have the chance to take Japanese once more, but at the price of dropping German for it, which is a VERY hard choice to make...)
  9. I'm pretty much done with my Extended Essay but our new coordinator is saying my Extended Essay topic doesn't fit for language acquisition. I'm doing it in Japanese B. And the topic is, "The effect of geographical location and lifestyle on the way colors are named in Japan" For example, green apple that we know in English is described as 青りんご (blue apple).
  10. So it's now my summer holiday and I'm trying to fix up my Japanese B HL grades for next year. The problem is that I DON'T HAVE A TEXTBOOK OR REVISION GUIDE!!! My teacher did give us a bunch of packets throughout the year alongside a list of the kanji BUT I NEED MORE. If anyone has any form of resources (online and offline) for both SL and HL please help!
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    A useful collection of all the Kanji for Japanese B- with practice squares
  12. I just had my oral yesterday and I am worried that I did really bad. First, I feel like I used too many simple structures and made some grammar and spelling mistakes. Also, one time, when I tried to form a bit more advanced sentence, my mind went blank so I stammered for a few seconds. I thought I was prepared, but I could have done MUCH better. My questions are: Is it common for people to make those mistakes in individual oral? Also, how good does the oral have to be to get... let's say a 5 or more? Thank you.
  13. So my Written Assignment is due next week but I have some questions that need answering.....Please Help 1. First of all, how is the structure: is it structured into three paragraphs with A,B and C? Or is it an essay that just satisfies the three headings 2. I want to do Christmas in Japan and Christmas in India; is that appropriate for a written assignment? 3. 200- 350 words translates to how many characters in Japanese? 4. The first heading " Description" says to state the facts (bit vague here since I dont know whether to state facts about history of Christmas in Japan or jump into what they do in Christmas...................or is it just talking about Christmas in general)........................ 5. Can I use Videos as a source? . . . . 6. Are there alot of Japanese Ab initio learners out there
  14. みなさん、こんにちは! IB Survivalで、フランス語スカイプグループという質問を見たから、私も日本語スカイプグループをしたいので、日本語を話すことができる人を見つける! きみは日本人か日本語勉強している学生で、毎週1時間暇な時がある?私は一緒に日本語だけを喋りたい!日本語を勉強しているば、日本語レベルを気にしないから、ab initioから流暢まで、全部は大丈夫! 見ることができる、私の日本語はちょっと得意じゃないが、改善したい! スカイプをしたくないば、メールかインスタント·メッセージもいい! ありがとう!!-------------------------------[translating just in case what I said made no sense]-------------------------------Hi! on here, I saw a post asking for a French Skype group so I was considering making a Japanese Skype group, so I'm looking for people who can speak Japanese! Are you Japanese or are studying Japanese and have 1 hour free every week? I'f like to chat with you in Japanese only. If you speak Japanese, I don't mind what level your Japanese is so if you are ab initio or fluent, it's ok! As you can see, my Japanese is not very good but I'd like to improve. If you would prefer not to Skype, email or instant messaging it ok! Thank you
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    Japanese (practice) written assignment on the topic relations specifically about marriage trends and finding a partner in Japan received 18/24
  16. I learned about a website on here a few years ago. It has a large community of native speakers of many languages, and it is designed for you to input your writing, so native speakers can comment and say what is wrong or doesn't flow with your writing. I am taking Japanese, so it may have been a site just for Japanese. I don't remember; I just know I excitedly saved the link, and now, when I need it, I can't find it. IF you know of any site like this, please let me know.
  17. Post moved here: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/30345-help-with-film-ee-about-godzilla-i-dont-take-film-as-subject-questions-about-rq-and-theory-of-media/
  18. Hi, there I'm currently in Grade 11 and it's my first year in DP. I have a question regarding whether I should drop one of my classes, or continue taking it and earning a lower point. I've thought about it myself, but it would be great if you can just spare a little of your time in helping me make my decision. Currently I take: *English A Lang&Lit HL *Japanese A SL *Psychology HL *Biology HL *Math SL *Chemistry SL (for group 6) I've just got my semester test results back, and I scored a 3 on my Japanese (we had to write a commentary, but it seems my interpretation of the text was different compared to my teacher's) which is just horrible and horrible. I've got told by my teacher that I would be likely to score a 4~5 in this class, and it's going to be hard for me to achieve the top band 6~7. Therefore, I'm thinking of whether I should move my Japanese A SL to Japanese B HL (my teacher said that even without studying I'll be able to achieve a 7 there) ...but I'm not sure because that means I'm going to lose my bilingual diploma. (I'm not planning to write my EE in Jap because I already decided that I'm going to do that in English). I've heard from my DP coordinator that by having a bilingual diploma, you can somewhat stand out in your uni and job applications and (from my parents) can have a wider range of jobs (like becoming a translator, etc.). And, as for my uni, I'm planning to go into one either in the US or in Japan (I want to keep my choices wide). So, from that point of view, it's better to stay in SL right? Just in case I went into one in Japan. I want to become either a vet or a psychiatrist in the future. But then, is it worth having a IB bilingual diploma or a higher score? That's cause if I stay in: *SL--> Bilingual Diploma but lower score. *HL-->No bilingual Diploma but higher score. Which would have the greatest benefit? Would someone please give me advice? Thank you P.S: Forgot to add that my current Jap teacher does nothing in class. He just talks about random things, and the lesson never goes on and I'm seriously worried about my IOC (like we didn't even do any practice for that). Also, since our final final final exam is going to be marked externally, it doesn't mean that the teacher I have is going to mark it. But he's going to mark our assessments and that is going to affect my predicted grades. That's another reason why I'm unsure if I should drop my class or not.
  19. So I've decided to do an EE on English and so far I'm set on a Japanese novel in translation called Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata. I really like these novel and I don't really want to change but I need to find an English based text which I can effectively draw comparisons with. Anyone whose studied these text or has an idea of some other works that are good to compare this novel with, please help me :/ Initially had my eye set on The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness as the accompanying English text which was released earlier 2013 for the similarities it has with my first novel and I did a little probing around it. My two initial research questions are set out below: The construction of illusion versus reality through characterisation in Ness’ The Crane Wife and Kawabata’s Snow Country. By what means do Kawabata and Ness construct mono no aware in their female protagonists? These are a bit vague and come purely from my understanding of these novels based on a few detailed papers on Snow Country so any feedback regarding this topic is welcome. Thanks!
  20. I study Japanese, and I have been taking Japanese for 5 years now, but I still feel like I haven't found a method that works for me, for revising kanji, grammar, writing and speaking. quizlet works well for me, but it doesn't work as well as I think I could revise if I had another method. What ways do you all use to revise and learn your languages and grammar structures? thankyou
  21. Used to be a huge fan of anime, not had so much time as of late, but currently rewatching one of my favourite ever animes, Death Note - and wondered if any other fans were lurking around here and wanted to discuss.
  22. Hi guys! I'm taking Japanese B SL Paper 1 and 2 exams in May, and I'm kind of freaking out because (long story short, my teacher is kind of incompetent) no one at my school seems to be able to tell me a lot of details, so I was hoping people here might be able to help 1. What are the approximate grade boundaries (how many points is a 7, 6, 5 etc) for the Individual Oral, Writing Assignment, Paper 1 and Paper 2? 2. I've been hearing about a list of kanji/vocabulary necessary for the IB exams, does anyone know where I can get that? 3. Is it true that there has been changes to Paper 1 (the removal of part D) because of the Writing Assignment? That was something my IB coordinator mentioned but said he wasn't sure of... 4. For your writing assignment, were you guys told the topic in advance? Based on reading the Language B guide, it seems we were supposed to be told the topic in advance, but we weren't... If anyone could help with any of the questions, that would be great!
  23. Hey guys, I am currently in IB2 this year, and am in a dilemma. I had picked a topic and question for my extended essay during IB1 last year (History), and my question was "Why and how did Japan invade China and Korea in the early 20th century?" However, my advisor says that my question is too broad and shallow - in short, my current EE is crap. However, he said I could try and tweak the content of my current essay to fit into the History EE criteria, but I feel that he is suggesting I pick a different research question. My question to you guys is, should I stick with my current question, improve my content, and hope for something higher than an E? Should I pick a narrower research question? My EE is not due until late January for the final draft, so I believe I have time to start a new one. If yes to my second question, I would like to focus on Japanese imperialism in the early 20th century. Any suggestions for a research question? So far, the one I have come up with is "To what extent did Japanese propaganda influence the thoughts of the Chinese in Manchuria during the early 20th century?" Thanks!
  24. Hello everybody, I made the silly choice of taking Japanese B SL after achieving an A* in Year 10. I am now in Year 13, however the bane of my IB diploma is Japanese, in which I am struggling to achieve a 6! Now, I don't really expect it but I would like a 7. But my biggest question is if it is possible, and how on earth to achieve it? I'm at my wit's end with Japanese. Not sure if this is any different to other languages, but it is Paper 1 /40; Paper 2 /25; Written Assignment /25; Group Oral /10; Individual Oral /20. This language is really pulling me down. I struggle to achieve 50% on the paper one as we are not taught as much as 25% of the kanji that come up on the paper, and it becomes guess work! My paper 2s are my best aspect, and I get decent 6s but cannot seem/don't know how to push them up to 7s. Same goes for the written assignment. As for my orals, I seem to blank under the teacher's stare and mess up - I achieve 5s in my individual orals, and only have a couple of chances left to redeem them. Does anyone know how to get 15+/20 instead of 10/20? :/ Fortunately for the group oral though, I have a good 8/10 from one we have already done that was done in controlled conditions so can be counted - thank God! Any advice or encouragement needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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