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AP Chinese HELP

jd2001jd2001 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Hello!! So my school gave me AP Chinese when I didn't request it; I was planning on taking my third year of Chinese (5/6). However, since I do speak Mandarin at home -but I'm not a native speaker- I decided to stay in the class. My main concern is the words since before this I only took Mandarin 1-4 (my school offers up to 8). I don't know many words, and I will put in a lot of effort, but I was wondering, based on your experience, do you think I should drop out of the class? I'm also taking other APs that are equally as time consuming.

Replies to: AP Chinese HELP

  • imaginexximaginexx Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Hello jd2001,
    I speak Mandarin Chinese at home and I don't know a lot of Chinese characters either. Chinese characters are usually hard to remember what they mean. To me, it's easier to know and memorize Chinese characters if you know how to speak Chinese. How many APs are you taking this year?
  • jd2001jd2001 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I'm taking 4 AP classes, including AP Chinese.
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 4,006 Senior Member
    Just a heads up on the AP Chinese, it is language *and* culture, my sons are non native speakers, we were in a meet the teacher group with several parents that where native born and educated in China and they were complaining to the AP Chinese teacher that even though they were native speakers they didn't know many of the sample "culture" questions on the AP.

  • wannabeacoolkidwannabeacoolkid Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I'm in the same situation as you: 4 APs including AP Chinese next year. Personally, I don't think you should drop out the class. I also speak Chinese at home and am not the best, but I think you'll be fine. My friends who could barely speak Chinese took the AP test and passed. If you're super worried, you can just buy an AP prep book, practice speaking more at home, or ask your family for help (if you're Chinese). Best of luck!
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