For many of you, the Spanish junior certificate will be the very first exposure you have to an exam in Spanish, and this can be quite daunting. The exam is the culmination of 3 years of work and will test all of the things you have learned so it helps to be as prepared as possible!

You will need to be comfortable with writing, spelling, reading, listening and speaking to pick up top marks. Don’t worry, there is some good news, and that is that there are now more helping hands available than ever before! From past exam papers to apps and personal Spanish tutors, you can now get top class help very easily!

It is important to vary how you study Spanish. In the junior cert course, you will be studying lots of subjects, not just Spanish, so it can really help you if you keep your routines fresh, and as fun as possible!

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You can do this by watching Spanish movies and shows, (there are some great ones on Netflix like Narcos and Casa Del Papal) and not only are you enjoying some great TV but also improving your Spanish!

You can even listen to Spanish movies and podcasts and without knowing, you will be picking up the language! This is the great thing about learning languages, you can learn them in a fun and interesting way, which is not always the case with other subjects!

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Keep reading to find out some revision tips for the Spanish junior cert exams!

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Use Apps like Quizlet to Expand your Vocab!

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To ace the Junior cert Spanish exam, you need to work on expanding your vocab. You might already have your own vocab book where you keep track of the Spanish words you are using. You might even practice putting them in sentences, if not, you should!

The junior cert Spanish exam might be your first exposure to a test in the language, so it can be daunting to try and learn your vocab in this as well as the other subjects, but with Quizlet, it makes things that little bit easier for you!

Quizlet is an online service that allows you to write, learn and store Spanish vocab for free! Think of it like a copy book you would use for your notes or Spanish vocab!

By using this and repeatedly writing down new words as well as words you already know, you are giving yourself the best chance to commiting them to long term memory, and not just long term memory! Repetition is key when it comes to language learning and this is the main aim of Quizlet, to encourage you to really focus on your vocab learning!

When you have made your account, you will be able to play around with it, and create separate folders for different words! you can separate them by theme, letter or anything else that helps you! You can really personalize Quizlet to make it unique to you. Sometimes we are the best teachers to ourselves, and we know what we like, so Quizlet allows you to learn on your own terms, breaking things into chunks you can digest!

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Improve your Speaking Confidence with Practice!

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Spending time in a Spanish speaking country is one of the best ways to expand your Spanish. Immersing yourself kind of forces you into a fight or flight, where you brain will do what it can! However, this is not possible for many of us, so we would like to introduce you to an alternative, Verbal Planet!

This is an online learning tool that introduces you to your very own  “language buddy” that is happy to talk and listen to you, offering tips and tricks to improve your Spanish. This is a great way to build confidence!

On VerbalPlanet you can find Spanish speakers from all over the world, with plenty of different accents! There are so many dialects of Spanish around the world, so it helps to have some experience speaking with people from the different Spanish speaking countries! This will separate you from the rest, and really help for any Spanish exam you have to take!

You can steer the conversation whatever way you want here, but it is a great idea to try and mimic the kind of conversation you will be doing for the exam! You can use this as your chance to create a mock exam, and eliminate a lot of the nerves you would face before your Spanish oral exam!

VerbalPlanet aims to help you gain confidence and lose some of the nerves that are normal when you try to speak a new language. The more practice you get the easier it will be!

Classes last around 45 mins, around 22 dollars per hour, with the first lesson free!

Take Daily Challenges with the Duolingo App!

Duolingo have been the go to language learning app all over the world for years now, and there is a very strong chance that if you talk to any language learner, they will have heard of it!

It is an app available on desktop, tablet or mobile phone, meaning you can really take learning on the go. You can do as much or as little as your schedule allows, even if you just have a 5 min break, you can do a short Spanish quiz to keep you on your toes!

Duolingo has a built in level system that takes you all the way from beginner and advanced, and you can find your level by doing a little test1 You wont be able to progress to a higher level until you have passed exams and challenges, so this means you will never be lost, or out of your depth, and this can be a common issue for classroom students.

This also means you don’t have to worry as much about the gap, because you won’t be able to progress to intermediate unless you are ready!

Duolingo is a well rounded app that tries to give you a rounded view of the language you are learning, focusing on many different skills. They even have a useful stories feature, where you can read and listen to stories that correlate to your level. This is a great way to listen to Spanish and train yourself to keep up with the conversation. As you go along you will have to answer questions on the same story, this keeps you on your toes!

Find your Very Own Tutor with Superprof!

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Superprof is one of the most popular provider of online tutors in the world, with millions of users worldwide. The tutors here are experienced and flexible, and allow you, the learner, to strip back the language and just focus on the things you are having issues with that your teacher may have glossed over

Before you begin, you will get the chance to explain your needs and goals to your chosen Spanish tutor, and from here they will be able to create a Spanish learning plan that is tailored perfectly to you and your current needs! Many of these tutors have first hand experience of the Irish education system and will be able to really prepare you for the exams!

Superprof is home ti million of users, so this can lead to some really affordable hourly rates from some of the many many Spanish tutors available. Some top class tutors only charge as little as as 15 euro per hour.

To sweeten the deal even more, many of the tutors even provide the first lesson free, so you do not have to worry about any long term commitments or contracts. should you decide that this is not for you, that is not a problem at all!

Consistency is key, remember that. It helps to make a schedule and to stick to it every day, but it shouldn’t all be tough work. You can also listen to Spanish music and watch great Spanish shows to relax!

 

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