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CASTING CALL 21/55
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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 “f-.” 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 “f-“ 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 “f-“ to help you out:
Once you have chosen your actor for “f-“ you can mark this lesson as complete and add your chosen actor to the “f-“ 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.
PICK A PROP
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PICK A PROP TO REPRESENT 冫
NEW: Icicle or Ice Skates. This component represents freezing things or ice when used in characters, so both of the suggested props are associated with Ice. Feel free to pick another association you have with ice to represent this prop.
MAKE A MOVIE
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HOW TO WRITE IT:
Outside the Entrance
乙 (A Swallow)
冫(NEW: Icicle or Ice Skates)
Script 1: Forrest Gump wants to FLY away with Jenny (as was her wish since childhood), so they try to hang on to the feet of a huge swallow. Unfortunately, they’re too heavy, but Forrest uses his flying icicle to take him, and now the swallow can take off as it’s load is light enough. The FLY out of the window one after the other, Jenny hanging onto the sparrow and Forrest riding his flying icicle.
Script 2: There is a swallow who’s wings are stuck to the wall causing it to be unable to FLY. Freddy Krueger walks in, and though he is well known for his knife hands, he instead utilizes his ice skates he’s wearing to set the swallow free, and it immediately FLYS away.
Script 1: Whoosh! Sound effects and emotional signs of a struggle and then success
Script 2: Make sure that the ice skates are either more prominent than usual or glowing so that you can make them a distinct prop. This will allow you to remember they were important in the future. Also, consider using slow motion at the moment the swallow escapes and starts to FLY to emphasize that this is the crucial part.
Image credit: CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
IT’S A WORD!
飞 (fēi) carries the meaning “to fly,” but it is also a word that can be used independently.
Here are some example sentences of this word in action:
Usage 1 – “to fly“:
rén bùnéng fēi
People cannot fly.
能- néng- can, able to
yú néng fēi ma
Can fish fly?
能- néng- can, able to
tā fēi de tài kuài le
It’s flying too fast.
得- de- used to connect verbs like 飞 to adjectives to indicate how the action took place. How was the flying (飞)? It was “too fast” （太快了)
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.