CASTING CALL 29/55
Click Here for the theory behind “Actors”.
TIME TO CHOOSE A NEW ACTOR!
For any pronunciation that contains Simple Final i (YI) pick a female actor, in this case, “mi-.” You can choose any female person with a first name, last name, or nickname that begins with letters or sounds that start with “M.” 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 female names relating to “mi-“ 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 “mi-“ to help you out:
Once you have chosen your actor for “mi-“ you can mark this lesson as complete and add your chosen actor to the “mi-“ 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:
Hallway/Lobby or Kitchen
Script 1: Mariah Carey takes a sun in one hand and a moon in the other. She lifts them both above her head and with a big scream, smashes them together. This creates a BRIGHT white light.
Script 2: The room Hallway/Lobby or Kitchen that Marilyn Monroe is in is very dark, all there is is the small glow from the moon that is floating in front of her. She suspects that the light is coming from inside the moon, so she starts to hit to crack it open, and after she succeeds a super BRIGHT sun exits outside the moon to the left (positioning!) causing Marilyn Monroe to cover her eyes because it is just too BRIGHT.
Script 1: Pretty simple scene but it’s still important to apply intensity to this light explosion, and also Mariah’s clear reaction of discomfort to the strength of the light.
Script 2: The image of someone squinting and covering their eyes is an association with the word bright.
Image credit: CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
NEW VOCABULARY UNLOCKED!
THREE NEW WORDS HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED 明白, 说明 & 明年
The character just learned 明 can combine with 白，说 & 年 to make three high-frequency compound words!
Here are some example sentences of 明白 in action:
Usage 1 – “understand （míng bai）“:
wǒ bù míngbai nĭde huà
I don’t understand what you said.
wó hěn bèn, bù míngbai nǐde huà
I’m stupid and don’t understand what you are saying.
nǐ míngbai tāde huà ma
Do you understand what he said?
wǒ míngbai nǐde yìsi
I understand what you mean.
意思-yìsi- meaning; idea
Here are some example sentences of 说明 in action:
Usage 1 – “to explain, illustrate“:
zhè shuōmíng tā bú pà nĭ
This shows he isn’t afraid of you.
nǐ bù míngbai ma? wǒ shuōmíng yixia
You don’t understand? I’ll explain…
一下- yixia- a moment (placed after a verb. Usually two 5th tones in actual speech)
Here are some example sentences of 明年 in action:
Usage 1 – “next year“:
míngnián wǒ zài nàli gōngzuò
I’m working here next year.
wǒ míngnián qù wàiguó
I’m going out of the country next year.
nǐ míngnián huì qù nǎr
Where are you going next year?
nǐ míngnián yào bìyè ma
Are you graduating next year?
毕业- bìyè- to graduate