German

AS / A2 Writing exam tips for language students

Revising for the exam

The key to getting a good mark in your writing part of the exam is to learn as much vocabulary as you can. Try to revise words every day leading up to the exam and ask someone to test you. To help you memorise words use pictures and images and group words into topic areas. Go through texts you have read in class and revise the words you find more difficult to remember.

Revise verb endings for different tenses, especially those you don’t use often: vosotros and ustedes forms.

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Reading exam tips for AS and A2 language students

Read through the questions before reading the text as they may give you a clue as to what the text is about and key vocabulary to watch out for.

Make sure you know whether you need to answer the questions in Spanish or English.

Read the whole text to understand its general meaning before you start to answer the questions.

Underline the key words in the text as you read through it.

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Why should children start learning languages early?

Many adults wish they had started learning a language as a child when their brains were more able to absorb new information. Scientific research has proven that when we are young our brains are programmed to picking up new languages more easily. Babies and children are like sponges and absorb everything they see and hear around them. Read on to see why the earlier we introduce children to a foreign language, the better. Continue reading

Halloween in Germany

These days Halloween is celebrated similarly in Germany to Britain and the United States. Some children go trick or treating (“Süßes oder Saures!”), people dress up in costumes and decorate a pumpkin (Kürbis).
The 1st November is ‘Allerheiligen’ (All Saints’ Day) and the 2nd November is ‘Allerseelen’ (All Souls’ Day). In some (predominantly Catholic) parts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, November 1st is a Bank Holiday.
On 11th November, Germans celebrate Martinstag (St. Martin’s Day), which has much in common with Halloween. People dress up in costumes and there is often a lantern parade, usually led by children who have made their paper lanterns at school. Sometimes the lantern procession will end with a ‘Martinsfeuer’ (a bonfire). Read on for some Halloween related vocabulary in German. Continue reading