Happy holidays! We took a few days of my DD’s Christmas break to do some Chinese lessons. To get ready for next summer’s lessons on composition, I took the opportunity to “teach” “Charlotte”, my 12 year old, how to type pinyin (like I know how~), by giving her print-outs and links to YouTube videos on the topic. After spending a couple of hours on it between yesterday and today, she typed the following needing only some corrections (wrong choice of character with the same sound):
I am so proud of my DD! This is the first time she writes anything in Chinese, as in compose rather than practicing characters, in ~ 4 years, as I had mostly concentrated on improving their reading proficiency previously. I think this comes from all the Chinese readings she has done. I was counting on her relatively high reading proficiency and breadth of reading to show her what Chinese writing should sound and read like. I am much encouraged by Charlotte’s first piece of writing at this point.
Of course, “Georgia”, who is 9 and wants to do everything her elder sister does, is now very motivated to learn how to type Chinese with pinyin herself!
Addendum: Here is what she typed the following day in about an hour:
“嫁人有那麽慘嗎？ 又不是說沒人要娶妳。” 她爸爸好奇的問。
“您不是說不會逼我結婚嗎？ 怎麼現在突然要我嫁人啊？” 凱莉不耐煩的回答。
突然，有兩位客人走進麵包店。 凱莉快速的上前招待。 幾分鐘後，凱莉拿著一封信走回店舖後。 凱莉的爸爸問，“誰寄的信？“