Vector- thanks for the info. Coupled with the info from the other folks my teacher and I were able to put together a rough description of my hobby to explain to someone else. When I get on my home computer, would you mind if I post it here for you to nit-pick?
Sure, I'd be happy to take a look at it.
That was my first draft. I figure that covers most of the basic questions people would have. If you see any errors or can think of any other points I should make, please let me know! Thanks.
Nicely done! I think you covered the main ideas and it made sense to me. I'm not an expert in written grammar (that goes for both Chinese and English!) so I'll leave that to your teacher but it all made sense to me.
I know one question that comes up is the controls (控制点）...like how do you know you're at the right place / sequence, and what does it look like when you get there? You mentioned we go "place to place" so maybe that's good enough. Just a thought. Describing what the controls/checkpoints are might tie in with your explanation about importance of the SI card.
I laugh how there are multiple ways to say orienteering. I've been using 定向运动 since that's what OACN uses but yeah other ways too. I think Taiwan's federation uses yours. Another example of cross-strait differentiation in the language, haha. As if orienteering needed more stumbling blocks for people trying to understand it, lol.
Congrats on the 1 yr old! One word... well 2 actually: Baby carrier! :) Its been huge for us.
I'll be interested in hearing what your teacher corrects, if anything, since I'm sure there's something to learn. Good luck on your assignment!