At grade 2 you are expected to know the translation for another 32 foreign terms that are found in music.
Additionally, you are still required to remember the original grade 1 terms, meaning in total there are 62 foreign terms you need to remember!
I have found, personally, the best method for remembering these is using Memrise.
Memrise is a free app/website designed to help you memorise different foreign terms, originally designed for learning langugages.
However, there is a ABRSM foreign term course developed by users, available here.
It helped me quite a lot and is definitely worth a shot.
There is also Test yourself post on ABRSM’s forums by another user.
This post has a list of the foreign terms, and when you highlight a term you will be able to see it’s translation.
Sadly there are no shortcuts, and it is a pain to learn. Foreign terms are only a few marks however, but learning them early also means a guarenteed few easy marks!
Grade 2 Terms
- A – At, to, by, for, in, in the style of
- Al, alla – To the / in the manner of
- Allargando – Broadening (getting a little slower and a little louder)
- Allegro assai – Very quick
- Andantino – Slightly faster than andante
- Assai – Very (e.g. allegro assai – very quick)
- Con, col – With
- Dolce – Sweet, soft
- E, ed – And
- Espressivo (or espress or espr) – Expressive
- fp (= fortepiano) – Loud then immediately soft
- Giocoso – Playful, merry
- Grave – Very slow, solemn
- Grazioso – Graceful
- Larghetto – Rather slow (but not as slow as largo)
- Largo – Slow, stately
- Ma – But
- Maestoso – Majestic
- Marcia – March
- Meno – Less
- Molto – Very, much
- Mosso, moto – Movement (meno mosso: slower; con moto: with movement)
- Non – Not
- Piu – More
- Presto – Fast
- Senza – Without
- Sforzando, sforzato (sf, sfz) – Forced, accented
- Simile (or sim.) – In the same way
- Sostenuto – Sustained
- Tenuto – Held
- Troppo – Too much (non troppo: not too much)
- Vivace, vivo – Lively, quick
Grade 1 Terms
- A Tempo – In Time
- Accelerando (Accel.) – Gradually getting quicker
- Adagio – Slow
- Allegretto – Fairly quick, but not quite as quick as allegro
- Allegro – Quick (literally cheerfli)
- Allegro Moderato – Moderately Quick
- Andante – At a walking pace (literally going) – medium speed
- Cantabile – In a singing style
- Crescendo (Cresc.) – Gradually getting louder
- Da Capo (D.C.) – Repeat from the beginning
- Dal Segno (D.S.) – Repeat from the sign
- Decrescendo (decresc.) – Gradually getting quieter
- Diminuendo (dim.) – Gradually getting quieter
- Fine – The end
- Forte (f) – Loud
- Fortissimo (ff) – Very loud
- Legato – Smoothly
- Lento – Slow
- Mezzo – Half
- Mezzoforte (mf) – Moderately loud (literally half loud)
- Mezzopiano (mp) – Moderately quiet (literally half quiet)
- Moderato – Moderately
- Pianissimi (pp) – Very quiet
- Piano (p) – Quiet
- Poco – A little
- Rallentando (rall.) – Gradually getting slower
- Ritardando (rit. or ritard.) – Gradually getting slower
- Ritenuto (rit. or riten.) – Held back
- Staccato (stacc.) – Detached
- Tempo – Speed, time