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CASTING CALL 24/55
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 “z-.” Make sure it is a real person, not a fictional character. It can be someone you 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 “z-“ 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 “z-“ to help you out:
Once you have chosen your actor for “z-“ you can mark this lesson as complete and add your chosen actor to the “z-“ 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
Click Here for a detailed guide to creating incredibly vivid “Movie Scenes”.
HOW TO WRITE IT:
Bedroom or Living Room
Script 1: Zach Galifianakis is asleep on the living room floor, snoring loudly. The sun is floating above him peacefully until it goes off like an alarm. It visually vibrates as it brings him out of his deep sleep. But Zach is not ready to get up. It’s way too EARLY for him. So he picks up his Syringe and pops the sun like a balloon, making it whizz around the room as the air escapes.
Script 2: Zorro needs to be up EARLY for a critical interview, but the floating sun that usually wakes him up in the morning is still dark because its so EARLY, in order to fix this he sticks a syringe in it from the bottom and injects it, causing it to brighten up, and a rooster instantly crows.
If you haven’t noticed by now, we don’t use many words in these mini-movies. That’s because specific words don’t tend to stick quite as well as visual things. We have to support the words being said with visual cues that also communicate the same meaning. Sounds are OK, hence the rooster crowing in Script 2.
With this scene, having Zach say: “it’s too early” is not enough. We have to show him with tired, dark eyes, messy hair, and an unkempt beard trying to fumble around for our sun alarm clock.
Image credit: CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
PICK A PROP
Click Here for the theory behind “Props”.
PICK A PROP TO REPRESENT 早
When used as a prop in other characters, it will have the vivid image of a huge cup of coffee that people drink to survive the EARLY morning.
IT’S A WORD!
早 (zǎo) carries the meaning “(early) morning,” but it is also a word that can be used independently.
Here are some example sentences of this word in action:
Usage 1 – “(early) morning“:
tā hén zǎo zài jiā chīfàn
He is at home quite early.
wŏ jīntiān hén zǎo qù wàimian
I went outside very early today.
Usage 2 – “early, in advance”:
wó zǎo dián zǒu le
I left a bit early.
点- diǎn- a bit, a little (when placed after an adjective…note that it is the second tone because of the 3rd tone ‘tone sandhi’ rule)
ní zǎoyidiǎnr chīfàn ba
Eat a bit earlier.
一点儿- yìdiǎnr- a little bit (the 4th tone is more often changed to a 5th tone in the context of a sentence)
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.