打字寫作: on typing and composition

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):

“從前有一個小女孩名叫凱莉,她非常可愛。

她有頭烏黑的短髮,紅紅的雙頰,和又亮又大的綠眼睛。

她是一個很乖的小女孩,也是一個心地善良的孩子。

有一年冬天,凱莉的媽媽去世了,讓她和她爸爸很難過。

在她媽媽的葬禮,凱莉跟自己說,人要懂的放下。  她發誓,要成為一個堅強的人

轉眼間,十三年過去了。  凱莉二十歲了。

在那時候,十七到十九歲的少女都開始相親和結婚了,可是凱莉還沒。

她為了照顧她的爸爸,所以沒有去想那件事。

有一天,凱莉的爸爸問她,“凱莉,妳為什麼不去結婚?  我可以照顧我自己。”

凱莉翻了一下白眼,她對她爸爸說……..”

 

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:

凱莉翻了一下白眼,對她爸爸說,“您一個人在麵包店裡做不了多少,需要幫忙。”凱莉的爸爸想了一下,又說,“可是妳結婚後還是可以回來幫我啊。”  從凱莉的爸爸坐下來的位子,就能聽到在廚房的凱莉嘆氣。

“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。

“我只是問一問而已。” 她爸爸自言自語的說,然後搧一搧手裡的紙扇。

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?“

”好像是從皇宮寄來的。“凱莉說。  她的爸爸馬上起身而從凱莉的手裡搶走信封。

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