Recently the reporters of CCTV 11 made a random survey in some big cities in China among the pedestrians about the correct spelling of some most commonly used Chinese characters, the result of which was completely beyond their expectation.
The expression they used was “embarrass”， which is pronounced in Chinese “gan ga” and also a bit difficult to write. First they asked eight students from grade 4 to 6 in a famous primary school in Beijing, but only two of them could write them correctly. Later they came to a secondary school and asked eight students to do the same thing, and this time the result was a bit better, three of whom wrote the two characters correctly. What's more surprising was that they asked five persons who had got doctor's degrees to write the same characters, but only two of them could write them correctly. The result was really terrific. Is it too difficult? Absolutely not! All the surveyors held the view that they almost did all the writing on computers in their daily life instead of writing them by hand. As a matter of fact, nowadays the ability of writing Chinese characters and handwriting in our daily life is decreasing sharply, which has aroused great attention of experts and authorities of education department on the use and development of our mother tongue.
The survey indicates that the ability of writing Chinese characters is decreasing sharply in recent years among young generations because of too much dependence on computers.
The fact that our ability of writing Chinese characters and Chinese handwriting is getting poorer and poorer is beyond doubt now. The reasons may be that computers have become one part of our daily life and we can nearly do everything on it without handwriting. Students nowadays needn’t take their pens to write letters, do calculating or even write compositions.
However, we can’t neglect the fact that the inability of writing Chinese characters and poor handwriting can cause embarrassment or even trouble in our life. Once a professor was giving a lecture to the students, he wrote his main points on the blackboard, of which three Chinese characters were wrongly written. One of the students pointed them out and it really embarrassed the professor.
As middle school students, we have got the responsibility to develop our mother tongue. So we should write more instead of relying too much on computers. We also suggest that the whole society pay more attention to the development of our mother tongue; otherwise it will be too late to do anything about it by then.