Albeit that I am a day late to effectively contribute last week’s post, I am here presently! As I’d noted, I will strive to continue writing even amidst the looming of the A.P. examinations; to speak more specifically, I will concern myself with content relevant to the coming assessments.
That noted, prior to my A.P. endeavors, I’ve a Mandarin contest to participate in. It consists of a presentational component (id est, of one’s demonstrating mastery of some activity or art that is characteristically Chinese), a three-minute speech (one writes this prior to coming and presents it whilst there), and a brief multiple-choice test concerning differing trivia surrounding China.
I’d initially desired that my speech be an explanation of the cognitive psychology of the those employing the Chinese writing system – how characters’ having useful components aid in quick memorization, how their being reminiscent of natural objects has influenced Chinese culture, and how their meanings are stored in the human brain. I produced it; I was told by my former teacher that it was far too theoretical for the given environment – that I should write more informally, that I should attempt to connect with audience members, and that I should present only a sliver of what I’d initially intended to discuss. Egad!
Here it is, then, decidedly colloquial, highly superficial, and rife with argumentum ad populam. I will bring forth the other version at some point in the future.
大家好! 我叫 Sophia, 学习汉语大约三年了。去年我第一次参加了汉语桥
比赛 。 上次我很紧张, 不记得要说什么 。我希望这次会很好, 但我的膝盖在发
抖, haha 。
谢谢大家! 我要感谢我的老师, 感谢汉语桥比赛!
Please excuse typographical errors – this was done very quickly. I will be posting more frequently in the days to come, as I’m effectively attempting to review the entirety of A.P. Biology in a week – that should garner some interesting results.