• Lim Wei Bin

How to Better Write the Introduction for Chinese Composition




望着满天星空,有些星星闪亮,有些暗淡,就像回忆一样有的我深深记住,有的已经渐渐地忘记,但那颗最闪亮的星星所代表的事情,停在我心中,久久无法忘记,那就是关于伤害朋友的事。。。。。。


A starry night, there are stars that are bright and shiny, while others are dull, bright stars are those I remembered, whereas the dull stars are those memories which I had been forgotten, but there is the shiniest star which represents my most painful memory that stays in my heart, which I could not forget, it is about an incident in which I hurt my friends…


回忆就像一张渔网,捕捉大大小小的事,很多事情随着时间给淡忘,只有一件事情永远我忘不了。。。。。。

Memories are like a fishing net, capturing many incidents, a lot of things have been forgotten over time, only this incident which will stay with me forever, as I could not forget…

We had been reading composition introduction paragraph as of above, as they are samples used in Primary context, some students memorized and brought them along and used them in Secondary school.


Does it really works?


YES and NO.


Lets explore the YES first.


In Primary school, to be able to start with this kind of paragraph dictates students’ effort in learning and writing, its considered very good.


For the NO.


In Secondary school, we knew that these are memorized paragraph, moreover composition is about consistency, readers will know your standard when reading though your essay. The standard of writing should flow consistently to the end of the essay, and not only first paragraph. Moreover this paragraph does not really help your composition, even if you don’t write this paragraph, you take your paragraph 2 to start, the composition still work. This memorized introduction paragraph also do not give a reader a hook to continue reading. It is just used as a form of mesmerizing impression, which will not last, when the reader move to second paragraph onward, the reader could tell the difference in the standard.


There are many ways of starting a composition which includes 倒叙法、顺叙法、直接点题 etc which I will write and share more in the future.

 

Lin Lao Shi has a wealth of teaching experience and is a MOE-trained teacher. Trained in Differentiated Instruction, he has helped many students with different learning needs with their Chinese language. If you have any enquiry, call or message him at +65 9727 9365.

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