CASTING CALL 8/55
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TIME TO CHOOSE A NEW ACTOR!
For any pronunciation that contains Simple Final i (YI), pick a female actor, in this case, “ni-.” You can choose any female person with a first name, last name, or nickname that begins with letters or sounds that start with “N.” Make sure it is a real person, not a fictional character. It can be someone you personally know or a famous person.
Choose anyone you can imagine clearly in your mind, but the more familiar you are with them, the better. That’s why we suggest you first think about people from your real life. If you can’t think of anyone suitable, then consider choosing a famous person.
Think about it like this, if you have the choice between a celebrity you have heard of who’s appearance you are roughly familiar with, or a close friend of 10 years, then the latter is the better choice. However, if you have the choice between either a vaguely memorable professional acquaintance or a celebrity you have been obsessed with since childhood, go with the celebrity.
Here are some categories of people that may help trigger memories of people from your past:
FAMILY – FRIENDS – FAMILY FRIENDS – FRIEND’S FAMILY – TEACHERS – NEIGHBORS – CLASSMATES – ENEMIES/RIVALS – WORK COLLEAGUES – ACQUAINTANCES
Here is a list of female names relating to “ni-“ to get you going. See if any trigger real people from your life:
ACTORS – ATHLETES – MUSICIANS – ROYALTY – WRITERS – PHILOSOPHERS – SCIENTISTS – HUMANITARIANS – BUSINESS PEOPLE – MILITARY FIGURES – INVENTORS
NOTE: This tends to work best when you choose a person with a particularly memorable personality, someone you have a great liking or hatred for or someone from an area you are particularly interested in.
Here are some names of some famous female people that relate to “ni-“ to help you out:
Once you have chosen your actor for “ni-“ you can mark this lesson as complete and add your chosen actor to the “ni-“ flashcard.
Want to share your actor choice with us? Leave a comment below…we’re building a database that will help future Mandarin Blueprint users.
MAKE A MOVIE
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HOW TO WRITE IT:
Hallway/Lobby or Kitchen
(Choose from personal life or select celebrity)
午 (Cowboy Boots)
丨(Stick (NOTE: It is very short, so perhaps have your original Stick very clearly broken and thus shorter))
一 (Razor Blade)
Script 1: Natalie Portman is standing next to a comically big pair of cowboy boots. From inside she pulls out a shorter than usual giant toothpick, and then takes a razor blade to slam it into the floor. At that moment, a group of Chinese people in traditional clothing setting off fireworks with huge puppet dragons pop out of the floor because they are celebrating Chinese New YEAR.
Script 2: Here let’s rely on our experience of the new YEAR countdown and celebration to signify this meaning. Nelly Furtado is celebrating new YEAR with giant cowboy boots hanging from the ceiling. When she gets to “0”, she celebrates by hitting the boots with a razor blade attached to a stick as confetti and balloons fall all around her.
IT’S A WORD!
年 (nián) carries the meaning “year,” but it is also a word that can be used independently.
Here are some example sentences of this word in action:
Usage 1 – “year“:
nàge nǚde zhè bànnián bútài kuàilè
The woman has not been happy this half of the year.
女的- nǚde- woman
2016 was neither hot nor cold.
冷- lěng- cold
zhè bànnián wǒ yòng le tài duō qián
I’ve used too much money in the past 6 months.
wǒ zài zhōngguó gōngzuò le bànnián de shíjiān
I worked in China for half a year.
They are just to give you some context as to how these words are used; you don’t need to think about them too much for now. Just know that you can’t truly learn a word until you start to see it in the context of a sentence.