Do you usually write by hand or write using a computer (typewriter or word-processor) ?
I type for the most time. Because there’s actually not that much homework that really requires me to write by hand. Plus, it’s way more time-saving and eligible to read.
Nowadays, how do most people write things?
I think most people write things by a pen. Not all of in China own a PC(personal computer) or even a smartphone which makes typing easier than hand-writing. So, using a pen to write something is quite common nowadays.
Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?
Yes, I assume that handwriting would be replaced in the near future by some new technologies like computers. Right now, there’re already some new things that are changing the habit we write. For example, a software called Xunfei Typing, which can enable us to type anything just by talking to the phone, then, our voice would be interpreted into words.
When do children begin to write in your country?
Kids in our country begin to write at the age of 3, which is the time for kindergarten. They are usually encouraged to write some simple Chinese characters or some ABCs to practice their brain and language ability.
How did you learn to write?
Let me think about it, well, actually it was my father, not my teacher, that taught me how to write. I remember my father gave me a chopstick and let me draw something like he did on a small piece of the blackboard. I thought it’s quite interesting even though I couldn’t fully comprehend what I wrote.
Do you think handwriting is very important (nowadays)?
Yes, I think it’s quite important. Because handwriting shows one’s personality to others. If you have a perfect handwriting, I guess it won’t be difficult to impress others when it comes to job hunting or even a good relationship.
How can children today improve (or, practice) their handwriting?
There’are actually many ways children can find to practice handwriting. For example, there’s the handwriting guidebook that teaches you how to write beautiful cursive English or Chinese. Plus, you will find some videos on the websites that show you how to write.