The Mandarin Blueprint Podcast focuses primarily on The Mandarin Blueprint Method online course and the Pronunciation Mastery online course. Creators Luke Neale & Phil Crimmins answer questions and comments from the online curriculum, discuss topics related to China and Mandarin learning and have special guests.
This blog post explains the theory behind props and Chinese character components.
Other props based on meaning could include the Great Wall of China.
Or based on looks, it could be a giant Toothbrush, a bubble blower (as it kinda looks like a side view of a bubble coming out of a bubble blower), or a famous German/Greek person (because 阝looks like the German letter ß, and the Greek letter β).
Or since it also looks a little like the number ’13’ it could be an unlucky object like a Black Cat or a Broken Mirror.
I’m going with a Beard Trimmer, as you’re essentially “mowing the lawns” but on your face.
Other choices based off the appearance could be a pair of Scissors or Hedge Cutters
This blog post explains the theory behind sets and pinyin finals.
This blog post explains the theory behind actors and Pinyin Initials.
This blog post explains the theory behind Movie Scenes and learning characters.
I’ve got my Yoko Ono (y-) in the backyard of my -ao set, with the following props: Boombox (覀), and John Lennon (女 – he wrote the song ‘Woman’).
John and Yoko are hanging out in the backyard of my -ao set, when John feels like playing a song. He picks up the boombox, and starts playing “I want it that way” by the Backstreet Boys. But Yoko doesn’t like that song (you can see it in her face), so she tries to grab the boombox off John because she wants to change the song, but John was too quick and holds it high above his head, leaving poor Yoko trying to jump as high as can to grab it, but failing miserably.
Actor : Jennifer Garner
Set : My high school (where I learned ENGlish)
Props : Lindsay Lohan x 2 Twins from The Parent Trap, Samurai Sword & Gandalf’s staff.
It was the year 1944 when my high school became a refuge for civilians during the Japanese Occupation.
To cope with increasing number of refugees, Jennifer Garner was asked to find a new water source. She and the twins went around the school to scourge for new sources of water. The twins carried a samurai sword and Gandalf’s staff, just in case.
They went to an abandoned classroom in the basement. Twin 1 used her samurai sword to clear out overgrown vegetation around the area and Twin 2 used the staff to prod at a vague structure in the middle of the room.
It was an ancient water well.
Jennifer, pleasantly surprised, then said “Well well well. What do we have here?”
I’ve got Mark Wahlberg (m-) in the kitchen of my -ei set, with the following props: hose (氵), School Desk (几), and Han Solo (又).
Mark Wahlberg and Han Solo are having a water fight in my -ei set! However Han doesn’t have any swimwear on so he’s frantically looking for a place to hide! He finds a school table in the kitchen and hides under there. Meanwhile Mark brings a hose into the kitchen and, unfortunately for Han, finds and hoses him down.
Set : My clinical school (Education)
Props : A can of Pringles, a sword
Beyonce and I were in the pantry of my clinical school, cracking our heads on how to make a movie with these props.
Beyonce had an idea. She smiled. I knew what she was up to.
I said “DONT go there, please”
“But it will be goooooooood”, she said.
Beyonce, ignoring my annoyance, grabbed a can of Pringles and began to dance.
“All the Pringle ladies. All the Pringle ladies….”
I, who was fed up with dealing with puns all day, grabbed the sword and dramatically slashed all the Pringle cans in sight before storming off set.
Keyword : Medicine
Actor : Idina Menzel
Set : A house with a lot of painful memories (-AO)
Props : Rose, Stethoscope
Idina Menzel, still recovering frrom her anxiety attack, locked herself in the bathroom of my -AO house. She felt that it’s probably better to be a solo performer, rather than relying on others to get her back on Broadway.
Maybe Romeo and Juliet would be a good choice for a monologue.
She held up a rose (stolen from the nurse’s counter) and said
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet”
She then quickly drops down to the floor to act out Juliet’s fake death, and puts on a stethoscope (stolen from an intern) on her chest to play the role of the Nurse.
“She’s dead, deceased. She’s dead, alack the day!”
She then played Romeo, took an empty bottle of MEDICINE and “drank” it.
“Thy DRUGS are quick. Thus with a kiss, I die.”
For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Idina and her Broadway show.
I’ve got Yoko Ono (y-), in the Living Room of my -ou set, with the following props: Giant Gun Holster (𠂇), and Han Solo (又).
Yoko Ono is about to start some target practice in the living room. She has her hand by her gun holster waiting to quick-draw High Noon-style. In one quick movement, she grabs the ‘gun’ and attempts to fire when she realized that she actually grabbed out her long time friend Han Solo! Both faces gasp in surprise as they haven’t seen each other in ages! They promptly walk off set to grab a beer.
Keyword : Wide
Actor : Po from Kungfu Panda
Props : Roof-shaped Hat, Rose, Telescope
Set : Anatomy Lab
Po was admiring a telescope at the entrance of my Anatomy lab. It came attached with a shiny WIDE angle lens. Po then looked into the telescope and noticed a guy wearing a roof shaped hat and baggy clothes, suspiciously suspended at the side of the next building.
He then remembered the announcement the day prior; that in lieu of increasing crime rate in the university, people should keep their eyes WIDE open and be aware of any suspicious behaviors.
Po then shouted, “HEY YOU!”
The guy got panicked and fell into the rose bush below.
Turned out he was a broadband installer for the uni.
I’ve got Woody (w- [from the movie ‘Toy Story’]) in the kitchen of my -en set, with the following props: A Top Hat (亠), and a Big Beard Trimmer (乂).
Woody, wearing a Top Hat and monocle, is trimming his hipster beard with a Big Beard Trimmer as he wants to look “CULTURED“.
My quick scene :
George Clooney at the bedroom of my -AI set – altering his wife’s snakeskin top as she’s about to tap dance at the Met Gala.
He altered the couture a quarter shorter.
Hey Guys, first off, I wanted to say how much I am enjoying proceeding through this method – it’s at the top of the list of things I enjoy doing every day (apart from seeing my wife at the end of the day of course!). I can’t even imagine the hours and hours of hard work on your end that was put into making this all happen. Well done! One thing I have been wondering about though: is it natural for details of the movies I’m making to ‘fall off” and just after a while learn to recognize words(characters) as ‘sight words’, that is, characters you just know without having to do a lot of cognitive heavy lifting? As I’m going through this method, I find myself at first making movies with very minute details, but then the more I review them and become familiar with them and just recalling them over and over again with the SRS, I find I don’t need the ‘crutch’ of the movie details as much. If needed, of course, I can still recall say the room/location if I’m not sure of the tone, but overall this reliance on the visualization aspect of the method diminishes with time, in my experience. Is this the natural progression of this method? If so, I can’t believe how easy it is! Any thoughts you guys would like to throw in?
to be honest)?
although I can’t escape the present tense, I can usually make myself understood). I am a professional bagpiper, and teach piping. I work as a bodyguard 4 nights a week as well.
conversant level (and read easily) I started hunting for a method.
good material but not organized course instruction. Even after buying the HSK 1 workbook, and the textbook, the pedagogy still seems to me to require I am in a classroom. I’m not. It doesn’t work for me.
than my taste.
Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll definitely check them out.