Originally Posted by sr171soars
Written Chinese is not phonetical in the sense that English and other languages are and thus would be a poor language to attempt to approach it from that standpoint. Essentially, written Chinese was originally setup to indicate a word/idea/concept not sounds. Japanese is actually phonetical and it comes from Chinese roots.
Written Chinese - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Read my links about phonics in my prior post. The greatest good the greatest number. Most people tend to work well with the phonetical approach. There are always those who have trouble with it. As a tool, it is the best one to get the relationship between sounds and letters and on to meanings. The educators have tried all kinds of other things thinking that phonics was outdated and served its purpose. After that fiasco, they finally had to come back in full circle by coming back to it as the main tool plus implementing some other methodologies for those that had trouble with it.
I no doubt that English has its issues but so does any language that is spoken. Some are "cleaner" than others. But that is no reason to blast English. No one person was responsible for how it came out.
My class this year is so much more oral than any class I have ever had. They rely heavily on phonics to identify sight word voabular and how to spell new words. It has been very interesting to observe that from my 4 students..1 has a CI who benefits so much from it, one is hoh, 1 is from a deaf family and 1 has been going to my school since she was a baby and has a strong L1 in ASL and now learning how to apply phonetics in helping her to read and write even though she is profoundly deaf. It is soooo fascinating for me! I love it!