Sunday, August 24, 2008

Love in the Cards by Jimmy Liao

“我只能给你一张小卡片” or Love in the Cards by Jimmy Liao. I am now starting on a new book by Jimmy Liao that I thought would be more manageable than the "Turn Left, Turn Right" book I had completed reading. The illustrations were deceptively child-like and what I did below represents about 6 hours of work spread over two days.

First I copied the text of the first postcard in the book by hand. Then I used the electronic dictionary to find the simplified characters and noting down the meaning as well.

Secondly, I copied the text onto another notebook using simplified Chinese in pencil.

Thirdly, I wrote over the characters using an ink pen and took my time to put in the hanyu pinyin for the difficult words as well as writing down the meanings of those words.

Lastly, I extracted words that had to do with feelings and actions and copied them onto a fresh page.

Next, I would like to use this list of words to write my own composition. But that will be a week from now! How I wish I have the luxury of studying the language as a full-time student.

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