I have a speaking exam coming up in May and i have to revise two pages of German of by heart, how can i do this?!

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I find it really hard to memorise long paragraphs never mind two pages! My target grade is an A and i would really like to reach it, any tips on how i can make memorising it easier?!

Posted Sun 3rd March, 2013 @ 13:57 by Läura

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Think logically, you have until May so providing you start early you have 2 whole months. Clearly you can't learn it all at once so divide up your time and divide your writing so you know how much you need to learn. Revise it a little everyday and each time you do go over it the next night you have about 60 days so you could even learn one or two sentences a day and each day go over yesterdays sentences and add to them. That way you will have gone over it so many times. Leave a few days spare to address any parts you have trouble remembering and practise with somebody and make sure it comes naturally so you need'nt stick completely to your plan as you are likely to be asked random questions so you need to prepare for that.

  The main thing is not to panic because you won't learn as well. Hope that helps.

Answered Mon 4th March, 2013 @ 10:14 by Darlene
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Firstly I'd split it up into sections, giving each a little subtitle. Then you're learning little nuggets at a time.

When I have to memorise pieces of music, I play one phrase over and over again till I know it, then do the same with the next, then put them together. And you can do the same with sentences. Practice one sentence repeatedly, then the next, and put them together in gradually longer sections.

When you're practicing, instead of reading from a full two-page piece of writing, it's better to make notes that jog your memory, either with keywords, pictures or colours. Obviously it's in German so you might want to write out completely some of the harder phrases for the sake of grammar. Once you get really good, give your notes to a family member/friend and read it from memory, getting them to tell you/show you the prompt when you get stuck.

But just remember that it doesn't matter if what you say on the day isn't exactly what you wrote in your first draft. Speaking tests are marked as a conversation and it's meant to sound natural and spontaneous (or as natural as you can be when you're speaking in another language) so you're allowed to say "um" or "ein Moment, bitte". Don't panic if you forget what comes next, just steer the conversation somewhere else and stay on-topic. Good luck :)

Answered Sun 3rd March, 2013 @ 17:11 by Bethan
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You could try splitting up the assessment into different part and then record yourself speaking each part. You can then put the recording on your iPod/phone and listen to it whenever you have a free moment. Try speaking the words outloud along with the recording. It's pretty similar to learning song lyrics! Good luck!!

Answered Fri 22nd March, 2013 @ 11:05 by Helen Morley
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Try using Voki. It is a free online resource. You can type in your answers and then set it to German and it will read it back to you. If you speak first, than play a bit, you can see if you have remembered it correctly. Keep doing this til you get to the end. It's great for getting pronunciation right!

Answered Wed 27th March, 2013 @ 09:22 by H