Firstly, I would like to clarify the title, for those of you who don’t do Spanish. The sentence says: “It seems that I can speak spanish”.
A week ago, I went on examinations.ie to get my hands on some past Portuguese papers. After downloading a few of them, I started getting curious about what exams for other subjects are like, so I decided to check them out. I saw a bunch of options that I would never take up, and I was just about to go back to getting my past Portuguese papers when I saw the possibility to pick Spanish. So I opened up the page for the Spanish Leaving Cert Paper 2009, and after downloading it, I started to go over it.
To say that I was astonished would be an understatement.
I was able to pick up most Spanish vocabulary quite easily, given the fact that it is somewhat similar to Portuguese, and the standard of Spanish necessary for the Leaving Cert is the same as the standard of French. Immediately, a thought formed in my head: Were I to take up Spanish for my Leaving Cert, I would have even more chances of maximizing my points. An A1 in French, Spanish and Portuguese would be 300 easy points. Of course, that is assuming that I’ll be able to get an A1 in the three exams. Despite how easy they might seem to me, life has its ways of ruining fun for people, and I might not do well in them.
That said, Spanish has a listening exam, which leads me to believe that it must have an aural exam as well. So I have 4 months left to learn how to write and speak spanish properly, seen as I seem to be able to read and understand spanish, but I have no experience in actually writing it or using it. And that’s in addition to the 7 other subjects I am already doing. It’s going to be tough, but the rewards will be great if I manage to master it until the Leaving Cert.
So I took up Spanish, yesterday, and now I’m just waiting for the mocks to come, so I can see just how well I actually do, as opposed to how well I think I do. This also is the end of my period of laziness. I’ve been studying quite a bit lately, solving past papers. They give me the ability to review the whole course for a subject in only three hours, which seems like a very good way to use my time and to revise everything.
I’m curious, by the way. Did anyone here sign up for any additional subjects after starting fifth year (or even as late as me)?