Children Learning to Read

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Oct 7, 2016 00:35
Today, I went to a lake in a suburban area. The lake’s large, but man-made. After I jogged part of the way around it, I found a lakefront bench and sat on it to rest. It was a sunny day. A gentle, cool wind blew over the lake and across my face, which was pretty relaxing. A few families were sitting on the turf, and several kids were playfully running around. Then, two kids who looked roughly 5-6 years old ran to the lakefront rail beside me, gripped the bars tightly and looked into the distance.

“What does this sign say?” the girl asked the boy, pointing at the sign fixed on the rail.

“Uh-huh, I know it,” the boy who looked a bit older than the girl said, “It says ‘Children must stay with their parents, or they’ll be sent to jail, and …’” He tapped the Chinese characters one by one, looking very solemn, as if he really knew what the words meant and was trying to teach the girl.

I couldn’t help laughing, because actually the sign said, “Caution! The lake’s deep! No fishing!” The kids spoke very fluently, but were illiterate. They wouldn’t be able to read the words until the 2nd or 3rd grades when Chinese characters are taught at elementary school.

Can English native speakers read words before school? I heard that very young English native speakers cannot always keep their grammar straight while learning to speak. Is that true?




我忍不住笑了起来。实际上,牌子上说的是,”小心水深!禁止钓鱼!“ 小孩子虽然说话很流利,但是还不识字,他们要上到小学2-3年级,才会识字。