Today is a momentous day! “Georgia”, who is about 9 years and 7 months old, read the first two chapters of the Chinese edition of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe”, without zhuyin. She read it at a pace of ~ 400-500 characters a minute, which is half her pace of reading books with zhuyin. She achieved this reading proficiency level (“intermediate” level to me) a little over one years of age ahead of her elder sister, who reached this level almost two years ago.
There are Chinese guru who advice against relying on phonetics, I suggest: ” There is a better way! It happens to be the SAME OLD WAY Chinese are taught and learned in mainland China or Taiwan. Phonetics are just fine and can be extremely helpful to students learning Chinese the first-language way. One just needs to read, read, and read some more!”
The girls are due a trip to Busch Gardens (Georgia’s request)!