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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Private Tutors

I have been my boy's private tutor ever since he started pre-school, then kindie and now in primary school.  He is in primary 3 this year and I am so tempted to find him tutors to help him in some of the subjects especially Chinese subject to take a burden off my shoulders.

The standard of Chinese subject is getting a bit too hard for a 'semi-banana' mother like myself.  Why semi-banana?  Even though I went to a national primary school, our school had Chinese lessons, though the textbooks used were much simplified than the ones in a Chinese school.   I was the Chinese teacher's favourite back then and never failed to stay in the top 2 positions for this subject.   I always questioned my mother as to why I was the odd one in the family who went to a national school whereas my siblings all went to Chinese schools.  

I can read newspapers and novels in Chinese language effortlessly, reading here refers to understanding the content of the said reading materials.  I will be at a loss when it comes to pronouncing some of the words as I am handicapped in my Hanyu Pinyin.  I have to look up on the dictionary whenever I am in doubt of the accurate pronunciation.

Having said that, I am glad that my boy has a flair for languages as he scored highest marks in his class for his Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia and English papers during the recent school exam.  I think I will put the thought of getting him a tutor on hold, at least until next year, where and when the needs arise.  That would mean I'll have to do something to improve my Chinese language before its level gets even harder!


Blogger Small Kucing said... that we are more or less the same years la. My school last time also have bahasa ibunda class. That is till standard 6. my friend managed to learn chinese but not me. Too lazy and dumb :p

March 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Yee Ling said...

I learned chinese when I was in kindie...then primary school stopped. Secondary school started back, but for one year only. The syllabus is equals to Std 1...LOL!!

March 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

Good job to you. When the syllabus get tougher, we get nervous. I feel the same too. It is always good that we get involved in their study. We feel more secured as we can get to know their level better.

March 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger yvonne said...

I wish my Chinese is as good as yours. But back then, I barely passed my Chinese papers. I remember having a 'D' for the Chinese and it really tainted my report card, sigh. I'm more like 90% banana, hehehe...

Now I'm quite helpless in my girl's Chinese subject.

March 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Merryn said...

"I can read newspapers and novels in Chinese language effortlessly, reading here refers to understanding the content of the said reading materials" If like that also you still face difficulty, me yg know NO Chinese at all will surely mampos! sigh.. how lah now? :(

March 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Adrine said...

I also went to those Chinese classes last time. What I learned was to copy words from the blackboard super fast - but had absolutely no clue what I was writing ;)

April 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM  

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