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Lost at the start of your Chinese composition writing?

If you always stuck at your compo starting or find yourself staring at a blank sheet of paper when you need to write a Chinese composition, this guide  will help you learn how to start writing your introduction easily.

Why compo writing is so hard

I’m sure we’ve all thought of these questions when we were students ourselves:

  • How should I start my compo?
  • What kind of compo starting is the best?
  • What should I write about?
  • Is there a Chinese composition introduction that I can use for every compo?

Yes, beginning a Chinese compo is always the hardest part of writing. It takes the longest time to think about but once you have the start, the rest is going to be much easier.

Luckily, after teaching Chinese composition writing to so many primary school children, I’ve found a useful introduction writing formula that can work for any Chinese compo!

So pay attention if you are just starting to learn about composition writing in Primary 2 or 3. This will be a life saver.

The fool-proof way of starting your Chinese composition

The formula that we are going to use is the 4W formula – the who-what-where-when formula.

If you prefer to watch a video instead, check out this video above where we’ll cover:

  • What makes a good Chinese composition starting
  • Chinese compo starting phrases that you can use
  • Example of Chinese composition weather starting
  • Example of how to write a complete Chinese compo’s beginning

Otherwise, here’s a breakdown of the each component:

Starting your Chinese composition introduction with the 4Ws


There is always a main character in any story. Identify that character and tell the readers who he or she is at the start so that they know whose story they are reading.


Your main character is always busy with something in the first picture. Describe “what” they are doing in the picture so that the readers will know what to expect.


This is simple. “Where” is the location that the story takes place. Is it at home? Is it in school? Telling your readers where the main character is at will help your readers create a scene in their minds for your story to happen.


Finally, think about when the story takes place. If your readers know the time of the day that your story is happening, they’ll have a clearer timeline of the events that follow.

Once you have these 4 elements in your intro, top it off with some good weather phrases and your chinese composition is good to go!

Start writing your Chinese composition confidently

Now that you’ve learn the formula to start a Chinese composition, it’s time to put it to practise.

Try writing your next composition introduction based on what I’ve shared and see if you can apply it. Once you’re used to it, starting a Chinese compo is going to be easy.

Besides describing the weather to start your Chinese composition, there are also other good ways to start such as introducing the main character’s personality traits or using flashbacks.

However, I’ve found that opening a compo with the main character’s personality traits or using flashbacks requires a higher level of thinking and may backfire if used wrongly. So unless you are taking higher Chinese, I would advise against using such openings.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any other questions about composition writing in Chinese! Otherwise, you might want to learn how to write a perfect ending for your compo next.




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