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Old 9th December 2009, 04:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Higher Chinese Language

Hello. =D
I'm wondering if I should take Higher Chinese Language(HCL) next year when I'm Sec3.
This year(2009), I'm Sec 2 and next year(2010), I will be Sec 3.

I was told by some of my friends that if I take HCL, I would have to take BOTH "O" Level normal "CL" and "O" Level "HCL". Is it true?

My friends also told me that if I take HCL next year(2010) and for "O" Level, my "O" Level English the "L1" can be replaced by HCL. Is it true?

Also, my friends told me that if I do well, you can minus a maximum of cut-off 2 points from your "O" Level results. Is it true?
What if I just passed? Is the cut-off points 1 or 2 for just passed?
What if I failed?
Would they put "merit/distinction" Or "A1/A2..." in you "O" Level Certicate.

My friends also tell me that if you take HCL in Sec school, then JC don't have to take. Is it true?


I'm currently taking normal Chinese Language, and I was wondering if taking HCL next year when I'm Sec 3, would put in into advantage position or disadvantage position?

Because, I'm afraid that I could not cope with HCL and somemore, HCL "O" Level is next year...
1. So do I have time to catch up?
2. Do I have to start from the Primary School HCL or Secondary School HCL?
3. What do we have to learn for HCL?
4. What if tested for HCL "O" Level, which is both normal "O" Level and HCL"O" Level?

Next year, I was be taking some new subjects, for example, A Math, so I'm afraid that if I take HCL, then I cannot cope with my other subjects...
Then, what if my HCL do badly, then my other subjects also do badly, wouldn't I be at a disadvantage position???

I just want to listen to your advice whether I should take HCL next year when I'm Sec 3???

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I do not know what school you are from. But in any case, I'll answer your questions first,

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I was told by some of my friends that if I take HCL, I would have to take BOTH "O" Level normal "CL" and "O" Level "HCL". Is it true?
Yes, most (all) Higher Chinese students take "normal" Chinese as well.

My friends also told me that if I take HCL next year(2010) and for "O" Level, my "O" Level English the "L1" can be replaced by HCL. Is it true?
You got a misunderstanding here (which I will elaborate on later). But yes, Higher Chinese can be used to replace the L1 (English) in your L1R5 or L1R4. That is, of course, if your grades in Higher Chinese is more than English!

But an important thing is this: if you decided to use Higher Chinese as your L1, then your R5 (or 4) cannot consist of Chinese (the normal one) even if you score an A1. But you do not have to worry about this - the computer will calculate your least L1R5 (or 4) for you.

Also, my friends told me that if I do well, you can minus a maximum of cut-off 2 points from your "O" Level results. Is it true?
Yes, it is true that you can minus 2 points off your O level results. For me, I got 2 points off for just a C5. (Yea - I wasn't farsighted enough to study for it to get better grades). I'm not sure if there's 1 point off though. You need to clarify that with your teachers.

Would they put "merit/distinction" Or "A1/A2..." in you "O" Level Certicate.
A1 or A2 etc.

My friends also tell me that if you take HCL in Sec school, then JC don't have to take. Is it true?
Yes, you do not have to take Chinese. My JC1 life was quite a breeze without this dreaded subject. In any case, your grades for Higher Chinese will be computed into your A-level Chinese grade. (In other words, HCL = A-level Chinese). So make sure your HCL grade is an A.

I didn't choose to take A-level Chinese any more because I'm sick of Chinese and its repeated memorisation of words. I have to refer to the dictionary every sentence because I do not know how to write some words. -__-

I'm that bad.

I'm currently taking normal Chinese Language, and I was wondering if taking HCL next year when I'm Sec 3, would put in into advantage position or disadvantage position?

Because, I'm afraid that I could not cope with HCL and somemore, HCL "O" Level is next year...
1. So do I have time to catch up?
2. Do I have to start from the Primary School HCL or Secondary School HCL?
3. What do we have to learn for HCL?
4. What if tested for HCL "O" Level, which is both normal "O" Level and HCL"O" Level?

Next year, I was be taking some new subjects, for example, A Math, so I'm afraid that if I take HCL, then I cannot cope with my other subjects...
Then, what if my HCL do badly, then my other subjects also do badly, wouldn't I be at a disadvantage position???

I just want to listen to your advice whether I should take HCL next year when I'm Sec 3???
Well, I do not know what you are asking, but you seem to have a misconception there. Most students take Chinese in Secondary 3 before taking Higher Chinese in Secondary 4. In fact, all students I know do/did that. The way your school is doing things (i.e. HCL first before CL) is very peculiar and I doubt any school will do that. Clarify with your teachers first - it should be CL first then HCL.

HCL is just CL, but more cheem. If you have a flare for Chinese, then you should do well for Higher Chinese. They do not differ that much other than certain sections, which you should be able to grasp it easily. C'mon, if I who scored C5 could do it, you can. x) The most important thing is that you must like Chinese.

An estimated gauge would be - I scored B3 for Chinese but I got C6 for Higher Chinese (which granted me 2 points off). This is just an estimated gauge - it is not necessarily true. In any case, do not worry as I assure you that I am not a linguistic person. Most people will/can beat me in English or Chinese (but now my English is improving due to the post O levels efforts I put in - I can't be bad in both right? ).

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