We recently moved from relatively rural eastern North Carolina to the suburb of a large southern metro city. DD#1 “Charlotte”‘ is officially taking Chinese classes now. Just less than one week ago, her teacher asked me whether my DDs would be interested in participating in a local Chinese read-aloud competition, sponsored by schools using traditional characters. My DDs gladly accepted the challenge.
Today is the competition. Here is DD#2 “Georgia”‘s performance in the intermediate level division (Click link for the reading selection).
Below is “Charlotte”‘s performance in the advanced level division. I only got part of it, since my phone ran out of memory…..
Here is Charlotte’s practice recording, if you are interested:
Since there are large number of contestants, the results won’t be announced for 1-2 weeks.
It is easier to read aloud fast but more difficult to read aloud slowly, which require more accurate prosody and pronunciation. IMHO, reading aloud well is not a skill appreciated or emphasized by many parents, with competing demands.