Decoding IB Mandarin B(SL) Reading Comprehension Based on Exam of 2019 (Part I)

The reading section of the IB Chinese exam can be a challenging aspect for many test-takers as it evaluates their comprehensive understanding of Chinese in everyday contexts. In today’s discussion, we will focus on the 2019 IB Chinese reading exam passage 3 and delve into effective strategies for approaching and solving this type of question.


Analysis: From the first paragraph, we saw that a company in Beijing conducted a questionnaire survey on what “Made in China” foreign students most want to bring back to their country. From the answers below, we can also see that the target is 留华学生(international students).


Analysis: “支付(Pay)” means to pay, to give, and mostly refers to payment. It is a financial exchange that occurs between buyers and sellers, and is a process of transferring monetary claims caused by social and economic activities. Payments include trading, clearing and settlement. Among the options, only 付钱(paying) has this meaning.


Analysis: “金额(Amount)” refers to the face value of banknotes and coins, that is, the 付钱(amount of money).


Analysis: “哪怕” means hypothesis, which means tentatively admitting a certain fact, and “就算是” also has this meaning.


Analysis: In the article, Xiaobei from Thailand said: “又可以随处停放(You can park it anywhere)”, which means it doesn’t have to be parked at certain parking spots.


Analysis: Xiaobei said in the article: “共享单车不但能健身,还能减少交通拥挤(Shared bicycles can not only keep fit, but also reduce traffic congestion)”.

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