My assignment for this subject has a few questions. One part is about making sentences based on a picture. The other part is to film a video – a scene asking a friend to come by for dinner. I have a few Chinese friends at work but the challenge is to find time to make that video. I find that we can squeeze at least 15 to 20 mins creating the video nearing the time to punch out at work.
Students are required to write the script in Pinyin but first I created the storyline and dialogue in English. I read all the chapters in my module and tried to incorporate all the different elements of everyday speech into the story.
I translated English into Chinese using sentences in the OUM module or Google Translate. Using Google translate is inaccurate though. Especially if you type it using the English sentence (grammar) cause the translated lines would be jumbled up.
This was evident when I asked my Chinese friend to help check if the dialogue is OK. Turned out I had a lot of corrections to do.
I tried to memorize my lines for the scene but gave up. I couldn’t be sure if I could even memorize the dialogue in English, what more in Chinese. So, I placed the script on the table. It was printed in really huge fonts.
I recorded my video with my Samsung A32 and a mini microphone I bought from Shopee to enhance the audio.
Obviously, there were loads of bloopers as my OCD Chinese friend had to correct a lot of my pronunciations. Ha ha ha. Behind the scenes, it was a session full of roaring laughter.
Pinyin is meant for you to know how to pronounce the word.
To write a Chinese character, you use various strokes. These strokes have names and ways how to write them. It is a very fine form of art.
The Chinese language has 4 different tones. A word may have the same pinyin spelling BUT will bring different meanings depending on the tone used.
If I understand this correctly, to be at a certain level of mastery of the language, you need to know a certain number of words. This means you need to memorize thousands and thousands of words. I think I am beginning to see why young children have loads of homework pertaining to the writing exercise.
The current OUMH1403 course is aimed at students to know basic communication – to listen and speak. Knowing how to write and read Chinese characters is a more advanced lesson but students are welcome to delve into the language and steer through the course in any way they wish. Maybe this is the pathway I am looking for as a motivation to sit for the HSK exams.
oumh 1403 is ‘Chinese language for basic communication’
oumh 1503 is ‘Japanese language for basic communication’
Both courses are offered to OUM learners that we could choose to take by swapping them with another subject listed eligible for such exchange. I couldn’t remember which subject I swapped for oumh1403 but I submitted the request via e-CRM, their virtual help centre. I had thought that once I swapped, I could straight away take the course. Turns out, I was wrong. I have to wait until the registration for the subject is open. Hence, it is still sitting there as a 3 credit course in the Asas Wajib category.