For many Chinese kids in Singapore, Chinese is one of the toughest subjects to master, especially if they’ve grown up in an English-speaking family. So when it comes to their 'ting xie' ('spelling' in Chinese) and 'mo xie' (aka 'dictation") tests, many school kids often resort to writing the characters over and over again so as to commit them to memory. 

Well, not in Jacelyn Tay's household.

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