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Fly_Guy

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Chinese SL
« on: March 20, 2019, 10:14:34 pm »
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Hi, so Iím currently a year 10 student taking Chinese Second Language as a unit 3/4 subject. I have a Chinese background, however I am really struggling in this subject. Iíve taken chinese classes since year 1, but up until Chinese SL prep Iíve been slacking off, barely paying attention in class, not doing any homework etc. Even then Iíve only now really started putting in some effort. Iím aiming for a study score of above 25, but I donít know if Iíll even be able to achieve that since I got a c+ (around 9-10/20) for my first sac which was an essay. Furthermore, Iím also doing methods 1/2 and general maths 1/2 (granted I actually like maths), though methods still has an insane work load. I do Chinese SL at Great Future Chinese School. Please give me some help and guidance, I would really appreciate it.
(My vocab is kinda **** btw, and I really have no motivation for chinese, but I know itís going to benefit me a lot in the future and am trying to push myself in working hard as much as I can so long as I donít have a mental breakdown)
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Re: Chinese SL
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 11:17:34 pm »
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woah, 3/4 during year 10 - nice!

Yeah in my experience Chinese SL was kind of a depressing subject. I think it's because of the way the Chinese language schools run the show over here and make it basically the worst thing ever.

I think an important part of doing well in sl is preparing super early. Like, try to have your general convo and detailed study done soon, and start memorising and rehearsing soon as well. For essays and translation, try to get a lot of practice and a lot of feedback. You have to kind of accept that the essays in chinese sl are just super rigid in their structure, which is is both a plus and a minus - a plus because that makes them predictable and easy to prepare for, and a minus because it makes them incredibly bland to write (unless you choose the creative essay like an absolute mad lad).

Basically you have to do what you already know you have to do - bite the bullet, endure, and work hard. You can chill out a little with your 1/2s - prioritise the 3/4.

Anyways, as someone who also had no motivation for Chinese, I assure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that you'll be thankful that you did it once it's all over. Regardless of study score, learning Chinese is incredibly valuable, and I'd argue somewhat important for someone with a Chinese background.

Good luck!
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Fly_Guy

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Re: Chinese SL
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 07:46:08 am »
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Well then, this years gonna be a real pain. Iíll just have to force myself to get up every day and write my essays etc. the thing is, Iím only in year 10 so if I donít do that well this year I still have year 11 and 12, which I donít know is a good thing or a bad thing. If I want to I could repeat Chinese SL twice, but granted I would get. Much better score I would have to endure another 2 years of gruelling saturdays and studying. My vocab is also trash and my reading skills are worse any advices on that particular area,

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Re: Chinese SL
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2019, 08:35:02 am »
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Also when doing my chinese, I like REALLY heavily rely on my online dictionary, which makes my work take about 3-5 tiles longer... I donít know how Iíll be able to write a 2000 word 8 min detail study

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Re: Chinese SL
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2019, 09:28:36 pm »
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Great to see this area of the forum popping up again!!! Even though I checked it for my sanity.
Just saying, there's a new study design next year...
Which would be even worse if you did it next year [which I am] as there wouldn't be past exams.
Seeing that your Chinese isn't that good [from what you said], it would great if we could practice writing essays on here, and help mark each others if you want. Or another thing to expand our vocabularies!
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Re: Chinese SL
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2019, 10:56:02 pm »
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Chinese SL is nothing but hard work... all those who I know that got 50 raw weren't just geniuses, they worked incredibly hard, prepared their detailed study and gen con before the year started and rehearsed it for the whole entire year.
It's already so impressive doing a 3/4 subject in year 10, but if you need to repeat it next year, so be it! I know of quite a few people who have repeated CSL and got significantly higher marks (30 to a 42). However, this year should also give you a good idea of what a 3/4 is like, the demands of a year 12 subject and I'm sure it will really challenge you. CSL is incredibly difficult for everyone and almost all the students who undertake this subject all feel lost and behind at some point, but try not to lose faith and just continue to work hard.
To put it into perspective... I wrote an average of 5 essays a week, practiced my general conversation and detailed study everyday (with scripts of 30k+ characters), practiced vocab a couple times a week and also translated at least 5 paragraphs a week. Even with a background of chinese, I got a 41 and all of it was from pure hard work, even though I knew my chinese skills weren't the best.
All the best!