Parlez – vous français – criteria C et D and l’oral

Our french recording:

Challenges

-time management

-pronunciation

Me and Morning had a hard time finding a time when and where we could meet to record our video. We recorded it in the 7th floor near the busses, which made background noises which caused distractions. This might’ve been one of the things that brought down our grade.

Another challenge was our pronunciation. When we read the french words, we read it like how you would pronounce it in english. It was a problem because there were some words that we didn’t know how to pronounce properly and we didn’t ask about them.

A thing I learned about myself is that I don’t ask questions very often (and I should), and I prefer working with a partner for french (just french)

Results

Considering that before french I didn’t know any french words (except baguette :>), I am pretty happy with both of the grades I got. A thing we could’ve done better was work on our pronunciation (being more accurate)

My goal for the next assessment

-Find a quiet place to record (if it requires speaking)
-Ask about pronunciation before recording/practicing

-When i’m ready to start recording, start recording and don’t wait.

How I can achieve my goals

Next time, we should not rush and find a quiet place to record before recording. We were rushing to record because we did it right before class. We underestimated the time we had. We should also ask about pronunciations in class before we record or start practicing.

We had very tiny problems with time management. We just couldn’t find time for us to record. Next time, we should start recording when we’re ready.

Ukulele Submission

I decided not to sing because I’m not comfortable with singing :>

My ukulele reflection:

In the following questions you must use CORRECT MUSIC TERMINOLOGY.

Make sure you know the specific terms of what you need to talk about.

 

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The key of my tune is F (F major), the time signature is 2/4.

 

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
The rhythms are repeating, but with different notes (except bar 12 – 16). It repeats eighth notes and quarter notes, with the quarter notes being on the last beat (except bar 12 & 14). I decided to swing the song because it’s normally meant to be played/sang like that , so I decided to go the traditional way. I also thought it sounded better with the swinging than without.

 

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
My note accuracy was pretty on point. There were a few notes I just had to re-record because I plucked a string too hard. The accuracy in my singing was okay. I didn’t need to do much editing for that. Some parts of my melody & strums were off beat (by like a quarter of a beat). I fixed this problem by editing my strums and my melody recordings by trimming and moving the recordings (on garage band) so that they are on beat.

 

What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
I have learned another strumming technique and I learned when to strum, and that you’re not meant to strum on half notes. I learned new notes , and how to change from string to string faster (so no gaps if there’s a rest). I have also learned how to use a swinging tempo on the ukulele, I learned when I need to add a strum and when not to add a strum.

 

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I decided to use a tempo of 71 bpm. I chose to do 71 bpm because I thought that if I had played it faster, it would be really messy and I wouldn’t really know how to play that fast (and i’d be rushing and mess up some notes). This song is also a kids song and I kind of wanted to match that theme so I played it slowly instead of playing it really fast like some other people did.

 

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
 
Since some of my strumming and melody-playing was off time, I had to some trimming. Another thing that happened was that I was playing with the metronome (on garage band) with 120 BPM, and I was playing at 71 BPM. I got help and managed to get it fixed. I had also wanted to autotune my singing (cause I suck), so I was playing around with some of the pitch-changer things, but it didn’t work :<

 

Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
Recording the melody and strumming was easy. The editing part of this was also pretty easy. The thing I was the most worried about was the singing part, until I found out we could autotune (which failed), or we could talk the lyrics. Another problem was that, after a few weeks, I wanted to change to Johnny on the woodpile (at first I was playing amazing grace). I decided to change because i thought the notes & strums were easier. I wanted more of a happy song instead of a kind of sad song 🙂

My instrument choice

I decided for grade 7, I’m going to learn the flute. The reason I chose the flute is that I think it’s easier to blow into, and it looks like something I can carry around easily (it’s light). The flute also has fewer pieces to clean, so I don’t have to spend hours trying to clean it. The resource below also shows how to clean a flute (and it’s easy to follow).

Resources to learn the flute:

How to clean a flute

How to hold a flute (& read fingerings)

How to blow into the flute

Flute disassembly & reassembly 

Notes on a flute

Exhibition Presentation Days

Exhibition Presentation Days

On May 2nd, we had the exhibition. When we had the opening ceremony, I was really nervous because it had been 2 days since we practiced. Our performance wasn’t the best but it still worked out.

When we were presenting to the lower grades, I felt that they were kind of hard to talk to because there are some words they don’t understand. But they were very enthusiastic.

When we were talking to the parents, it was kind of awkward, but they managed to understand me better. When VSA came, it was even more awkward because they mainly spoke Chinese.

I didn’t really enjoy VSA coming because they generally weren’t interested. Some of them were kind of rude but some of them were really nice.

The thing I’m proud of is presenting to other people. The main challenge was staging because my dog house was too small, and there was barely any space. So I and Estelle had to move away, and I needed to make another box to make my display taller and easier to see.

The main thing I needed to work on was to talk slower. I was just really nervous. If I did the exhibition again, I’d try to make a bigger and more attractive display and try not to feel nervous.

Speaking Against Animal Captivity

On February 19th, grade 6 had to stand up/against something they are interested/passionate about. I chose to speak against animal captivity. During this, not only did I make a speech on animal captivity, I also learned more about animal captivity and different persuasive strategies. Click on the video above to see my speech about animal captivity c;

The Young Americans

The Young Americans

From January 9th to January 11th, Grade 6 will be participating in something called the Young Americans. The Young Americans is a group of people who are travelling all over the world performing/getting people to perform. This year, they have come to CDNIS and they are here for 3 days to get us more excited about dance.

I’m not looking forward to the Young Americans because I don’t like dancing, or singing and I don’t want to be one of those people who get chosen to perform by themselves. I’m not sure what I’m excited about, but i’m excited to see how my other friends react to the Young Americans (Because I know lots of my friends/classmates are really worried about the Young Americans)

January 10th is the second day. On the first day, we learned a lot, but that was only the opening. It turned out that they didn’t really force you to do anything, they just encouraged you. I’m still not really looking forward to the show, because I still am just as nervous as yesterday (I don’t like being frontstage), Even if I don’t like being front stage, somehow I ended up at the very back.

January 11th is the performance for the Young Americans, and I became just a bit more nervous because a Young American gave me & my friends a solo. I’m lucky because I just have to go up to the very front to say 1 word, and my friends have to go up and dance by themselves for 5 minutes. I am also more nervous because I forgot some of what we have to do and where we have to go.

During the performance, I felt a bit uncomfortable because our shirt was really big (And it was really hot), there was no water, and we couldn’t go to the bathroom when we needed to. I think the way we presented our performance was good. I wasn’t really nervous because if you went to the front, you’d only see the light any nobody in the audience.

I think that having the Young Americans here gave us a good experience (even if we don’t like singing or dancing).

Camp & Kayaking

Camp & Kayaking

From November 19th to November 30th, grade 6 went to camp in Sai Kung with Outward Bounds.

The activity in camp I didn’t enjoy the most was just getting in a circle in the water (I don’t know what it’s called). I didn’t really understand the point of the activity, It also made us get much much colder and more nervous about what we were going to do next like the water activities.

The hiking part of camp is also one of the activities that i didn’t enjoy the most. The 2 good things were: Getting new experiences and you get more exercise. I didn’t enjoy hiking because the slope was really steep and dangerous and anybody could fall, but the people far ahead didn’t help people at the back. I also didn’t enjoy it because there were lots of mosquitoes and bees and lots of people can get stung and bitten (Which will hurt and annoy you)

One of the activities i enjoyed was the rope course. It wasn’t that hard but it was fun to walk across the rope. The things that could’ve made the activity better was that if the supporters could have some other job to do instead of stand in front/beside/behind the person walking on the rope and have their hand out. Maybe next time they can have some challenges.

My favorite activity is kayaking, because I like to do water activities, and kayaking lets you go anywhere that is connected to the ocean (Different islands).  The bad thing that happened when we were kayaking was that me and my friends had to go to the bathroom badly but there was no bathroom on the kayak or on the sea. So we had to learn to be patient to wait for people to be faster and go to the island together.

At the end of camp, I thought that it was a good experience and I enjoyed most of the activities. We learned a lot about the environment and how to protect it, and different skills like how to kayak, how to wear a lifejacket properly, etc. We also learned how to cooperate. I think that Outward Bounds provided us with a good experience (outside of home).

口語考試

十月二十五日是我們的口語考試。口語考試要是一分鐘(可以超過一分鐘,最多的是兩分鐘),要說你在學校/學校外面參加了的活動。我寫了花博會。我在學校參加了活動但是我覺得太無聊,沒做有趣的事情,所以我寫花博會。

我是第一位同學做我的口語考試,站在同學們前面,我覺得很擔心我不會做的很好。因為我是第一位同學做我的口語考試,所以我有兩次機會。第一次做了五十米,我第二次機會做的是五十五米。

我沒夠我要說的時間,但是我覺得我寫的/說的很好。我用了課文裡的新詞語,用我們新學的句子結構。我覺得今年我做的口語考試更好,比以前越來越好。