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CASTING CALL 14/55
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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, “xi-.” You can choose any female person with a first name, last name, or nickname that begins with letters or sounds like the “X” in Chinese. “Sh” in English sounds pretty similar. 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 “xi-“ 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 “xi-“ to help you out:
Once you have chosen your actor for “xi-“ you can mark this lesson as complete and add your chosen actor to the “xi-“ Anki card.
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:
Outside the Entrance
儿 (Human Legs)
Script 1: Sheryl Crow discovers Edward Snowden on a computer telling the world about how the NSA has been just like BIG BROTHER by spying on everyone. Upon realizing he’s been caught, Edward shouts for reinforcements causing a giant rolling stones mouth to come into the picture, eat the computer to destroy the evidence, and then both the mouth and big BROTHER revealer Edward Snowden hop on a pair of human legs to make their escape. Sheryl Crow can’t keep up with them!
Script 2: Shakira takes a lollipop (儿) from cookie monster (口), who is stuck to the ceiling. However, Mcauley Caulkin’s ELDER BROTHER from the movie “Home Alone” (Buzz) comes in and takes it from Shakira, who cowers in fear from the big bully.
Remember to keep the legs below the mouth to keep the positioning correct and not confuse it with 四.
Script 1: This story utilizes a common association, or cultural trope，to get across the meaning. It’s a combination of George Orwell’s book 1984 and the concept of “Big Brother” combined with a person we can strongly associate with that concept, Edward Snowden. In other words, the expression of meaning in this scene is represented by Snowden himself.
Script 2: Emotions and reactions
Image credit: CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
PICK A PROP
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PICK A PROP TO REPRESENT兄
If you have an ELDER BROTHER, totally use him for this prop. However, if you don’t, is there some elder brother you can think of from a friend? Consider using Edward Snowden. After all, he showed us all what “big brother” was up to.
Other suggestions: Perhaps a BROTHER from a movie or book you’ve seen? As always, if you are able to think of a prop that is personal to you, this will have the highest probability of being memorable.