does anyone have any good tips on how to revise for a GCSE German speaking exam.

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i am tring to revise and remember my german speaking about school.

I am finding it realy hard to remember and pronounce some of hte harder words, i am also struggling a little on word order.

any help would be much appreiated.

Posted Fri 6th April, 2012 @ 15:50 by Hannah Carter

2 Answers

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Are you allowed any notes in your exam? If so, for hard sentences (perhaps the ones with a harder word order), write the first letter of each word in the sentence to let you know which word is where.

For pronunciation, there are certain online guides with auditory help, that you can use: I use these for A Level as well!

http://www.germanlearnteach.com/pro.aspx

http://www.pauljoycegerman.co.uk/pronounce/

And also, feel free to try and take the mick out of a german accent, it might sound silly, but it does work!

For word order, you could do some simple exercises online; i find that www.german.about.com is a very good website for anything german!

But also, a good GCSE little way of revising word order, is Time, Manner, Place, for example:

I ate chips on Saturday evening with my friends at the restaurant would be:

Am Samstag Abend im Restaurant habe ich Pommes mit meinen Freunden gegessen.

Hope this helps!

Answered Fri 6th April, 2012 @ 17:39 by Jessica Gledhill
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Try predicting some questions you might be asked about your topic. For example, my topic was free time, so I expected questions about my hobbies, sports, seeing my friends and so on.

In the exam, don't try and think of an english answer and think of how to say it in german - that's a big mistake as it makes it harder for you, especially under pressure. Try and put on a German-mode hat as you go in. Sounds naff, but you need to be thinking as if you are German, that way you'll sound more German, even if you don't notice it, and the stuff you come out with will be a better quality. Honest. - I resat mine as the first time I didn't do this, the second time I did and came out with an A. It really helps.

dict.leo.org is a translator with excellent pronounciations you can listen to.

And don't panic. They're not expecting you to sound fluent, after all it's a GCSE exam and you're not a native speaker. Don't worry about pausing in the exam either. You can stop to take a breather, and you can say "um", although try not to use it all the time... If something goes wrong, you can pause, think about how to correct it, say "Entschuldigung" and repeat what you were trying to say. Good luck :)

Answered Wed 2nd May, 2012 @ 20:43 by Bethan