After studying Chinese for three years, I still feel like my Chinese handwriting leaves a lot to be desired. I almost never handwrite (in Chinese or in English), only doing so when forced to by my course. The result is that my handwriting is still this spidery, uneven scrawl that’s very obviously written by a non-native speaker.
I’m posting part of a handwritten translation homework I did today. The translation hasn’t been checked, so there are a lot of mistakes in it. You are of course welcome to comment on those, but my focus with this post is the handwriting. Click for a large version of the scan.
I’d say the main problems with my Chinese handwriting are:
- Character spacing. The hanzi are generally too far apart, and the spacing is very uneven.
- Character dimensions. The hanzi don’t feat neatly into regularly sized boxes like they should do. E.g. 子 is too thin and 有 is too wide. 贮 is outrageously uneven.
- It doesn’t flow. Ideally one day I’d like to be able to at least write with some consistent movement rather than laboriously separating strokes as in the sample above.
I suppose I’d like my Chinese handwriting to be somewhat equivalent to my English writing. It’s not anything to shout about, but at least it doesn’t look like it was written by a three-year-old (I hope):
If anyone’s got any tips for how to improve my Chinese handwriting (other than handwrite more!), please share them in the comments. 請大家教一下！
If anyone’s interested, he’s a digital copy of the hand-writing sample shown above (corrections in red):
And the original English it was translated from:
Computers and People
In the future, cash will be used less and less. We may one day, live in a cashless society where all financial transactions are processed by computers without the use of cash. Transference of money will be through electronic transfer.
The way we live will also be affected. We shall work shorter hours and have more time for leisure. There will even be no need to go out to work.
Unemployment may also result. Many workers will be replaced by machines. People will need to be computer-literate and re-training is required for the people involved.
There will be more computer crimes like theft of confidential information stored in computers. Large sums of money are involved. The criminals are rarely convicted because it is difficult to catch, let alone charge them.