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Hi, I will be starting IB DP next year and I've been facing some issue with my choices for group 2. My choices were French and Spanish. I've studied French for 3 years, and now I am at phase 2 and still, I get 3s and 4s. But the reason why I get such grades is that I don't care about French and honestly I don't like learning languages. On the other hand, I have Spanish ab initio that I've never learnt in my life. Moreover, I heard that Spanish is one the easiest languages in the world and is quite easy in the IB.  Thinking this through, even with myself weak at French I was thinking of choosing French ab initio (additional I was wondering if I can still go for French ab intio , with studying it for 3 years). But if French Ab initio is not possible then I can't go to French B as I am weak at this language. That is when Spanish ab inito is what's going to take the lead. I hope anyone can help me make the decision.

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Hey! I will be starting the IBDP next year as well, so take my advice with a grain of salt as I haven't taken any of these classes yet. I would say choose Spanish ab initio. This is because you clearly have 0 interest in French and you need to be interested in your DP subjects in order to do well in them. Spanish will be a fresh start and you may learn to love languages this way. I've also heard that it's relatively easy, but, instead of choosing subject bc they're "easy", ask your yourself, will you motivated enough in that subject in order to do well in it?

I hope this helped!

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I don't think so. As far as I am aware of, you can only do ab initio if you have done 1 year or less of the language. Check with your counselor or teachers, your school may allow you to do it. 

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At my school, they do not allow us to do French AB unless we have never learned the language, have not done it in 3 years+ or if we are failing French SL (an average of 45%). I suggest you do Spanish AB, it's pretty easy.

I'm doing French SL and there's no way someone can do well in this course if they do not give 100% of their effort.

Hoped this helped

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