CASTING CALL 17/55
Click Here for the theory behind “Actors”.
TIME TO CHOOSE A NEW ACTOR!
You can choose any male person with a first name, last name, or nickname that begins with letters or sounds that relate to “m-.” 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 male names relating to “m-“ 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 male people that relate to “m-“ to help you out:
Once you have chosen your actor for “m-“ you can mark this lesson as complete and add your chosen actor to the “m-“ Anki card in your “Actors” Anki deck.
Want to share your actor choice with us? Leave a comment below…we’re building a database that will help future Mandarin Blueprint users.
PICK A PROP
PICK A PROP TO REPRESENT ㇉
NEW: Toilet. Can you see how it looks much like a toilet observed from the side? Be sure to give it some kind of special feature so as not to confuse it with the toilets that are already in the bathrooms of your sets. Glowing, huge, golden, sparkling or some other features are all good options.
MAKE A MOVIE
Click Here for a detailed guide to creating incredibly vivid “Movie Scenes”.
HOW TO WRITE IT:
Bedroom or Living Room
𠃍 ( Horse’s Head)
㇉ (NEW: Toilet)
一 (Razor Blade)
Script 1: Matt Damon has run across a bazaar scene when walking into the bedroom. There is a giant golden toilet with a horse head sticking out. It is stuck and under high stress, as its head is flailing about and its neighing quite frantically. Seeing this, Matt Damon pulls out a razor blade to try to start cutting open the toilet. As he succeeds, it is revealed that under the horse head was, in fact, a majestic HORSE, that Matt proceeds to ride off with.
Script 2: Mad Max’s horse head is stuck in the toilet. He tries in vain to yank it out and has to resort to smashing the toilet with a razor blade. To his surprise, it’s not just a horse head. An entire horse comes out of the floor.
Script 1: Be sure to look at the facial expression of compassion when Matt Damon sees the horse’s predicament and his look of concentration when trying to set him free with the razor blade. How about some sound effects as well?
Script 2: Simple and straightforward.
Image credit: CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
PICK A PROP
PICK A PROP TO REPRESENT 马
When the full character is used as a prop in other characters (like the next character 吗), it can simply be a horse of your choosing. Mr. Ed perhaps?
IT’S A WORD!
马 (mǎ) carries the meaning “horse,” but it is also a word that can be used independently.
Here are some example sentences of this word in action:
Usage 1 – “horse“:
tāmen xǐhuan mǎ ma
Does he like horses?
má hěn è
The horse is hungry.
zhè mǎ tài ruò le
This horse is too weak.
弱- ruò- weak
zhège yŏuqián rén hěn bù xǐhuan mǎ
This rich person doesn’t like horses.
These sentences are only meant to give you some context; 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.