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.
02:53 – Phase 5 Updates
For this category, I tried to think of something distinct and personal to me. Growing up, I used to watch WWF wrestling all the time. It was during the “Golden Era” of the WWF, so there were a lot of memorable wrestlers. Here were my picks:
Yu = Randy “Macho Man” Savage [remember his “ooooo yeeeahhh”]
Ju = Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Qu = Curt Hennig “Mr. Perfect”
Lu = “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith [born in Lancashire, England]
Nu = Hulk Hogan
Xu = Ric Flair [remember his “woooooo”]
27:08 – Fluent in Mandarin Video Reaction
You were right Phil, ‘mooning’ was a terrible prop.
I ended up going with ‘mirror ball’, which is sufficiently moon-like. It works quite well for making scenes that are concerts, parties, discos etc
Getting struck by cupid’s arrow doesn’t kill you. It makes you fall in love instead.
Location: Outside my grandma’s house
Actor: Shu Qi
Props: Samurai Sword and Cross
My girlfriend and I are sitting outside of my grandma’s house during a garage sale. Shu Qi comes to the garage sale and brings a giant glass cross to the table that we are selling and starts asking me questions about it. But, she is being a little too friendly with me. All of a sudden my girlfriend grabs a samurai sword and gives this huge glass cross a whack across the top and it falls over and shatters into a THOUSAND pieces in the actual shape of the cross. Shu Qi leaves and I get in trouble.
Location: Backyard of my first apartment
Actor: Hahou Mo (Donnie Yen’s character in Kung Fu Killer)
Props: Megaphone and Gene Simmons Tongue
Gene Simmons is performing classic Kiss songs in the backyard of my first apartment, but he is singing them in Mandarin. Along comes Hahou Mo who starts speaking to Gene in Cantonese through a megaphone. Gene Simmons, not recognizing the language, sticks his tongue out at him and keeps singing in Mandarin. So, I hold up a sign to Gene that reads “That’s Cantonese TALK”, and he just sticks his tongue out at me and sings “Rock and Roll All Night”.
This is looking to be a great course! I’ve studied for about 6 months on and off, my pronunciation of syllables and pairs is pretty accurate people tell me. Where I’m struggling is intonation within sentences, flowing sentences, so hopefully, that will be covered eventually. I’m watching all as a review. Thanks!
Location: Brother in Law Joey’s House
Actor: Hahou Mo
Props: Hose and Gene Simmons’ Tongue
I’m hanging out with my family at the in-laws house after the Kiss concert. All of a sudden Gene Simmons staggers into the house and collapses in the kitchen, dead, laying on the floor with his tongue hanging out. Everyone starts yelling that Gene Simmons is dead and tries to revive him using CPR. Nothing is working when all of a sudden Hahou Mo burst into the house with a hose in his hands. He sprays Gene Simmons’ tongue with water, and Gene suddenly wakes up and starts singing “I’m Alive” [from the 1985 album Asylum].
Location: Backyard of Grandma’s House
Actor: Lu Jianxing
Props: Gene Simmons’ Tongue and Large Hook
I am in the backyard of my grandma’s house with family as we celebrate the 4th of July with a Kiss concert. They are right in the middle of “Crazy, Crazy Nights”, but the firework show is set to begin and Kiss will not get off stage. From the right hand side, I see Lu Jianxing approach the stage with a giant hook. He gestures to Gene Simmons to exit, but Gene just sticks his tongue out at him. With that, Lu Jianxing uses his giant hook to yank Gene off stage. Right at that moment, fireworks begin going off and chaos ensues on stage as a brawl breaks out.
I think part of the reason why children and young people pick up languages easily is that they learn languages for the sake of learning them. Children don’t really have specific goals when learning a language. They learn for fun through stories, games, and immersion. Maybe their parents enroll them in a dual language program or after-school activities for Chinese, Spanish, etc. Sometimes not setting goals for learning frees you up to learn the language and enjoy it for what it is. It’s generally not good when adults are called out for acting like babies or children, but I think babies and children are good at learning for learning’s sake.
“What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.”-Alfred Mercier
Adults have to-do lists, schedules, and projects to take of, so they are always in the mindset of goals or ask the question, “What’s in it for me?”
If a person finds learning Chinese (or any other language) interesting or fun, then they should continue learning whether or not they have explicitly stated goals. Another example would be reading. People can read without any specific goal in mind. They can read a book for leisure or for pleasure. Some people read in order to write a research paper or study for an exam. Keep learning, feeding the language module, reviewing with Anki every day to develop a lasting memory of the language and have a skill for life.
Actor: Joseph Stalin (ju-)
Props: Burrito, Rolling Stones mouth
Set: backyard of my childhood home
Joseph Stalin is in the backyard of my childhood home. He is pacing between the patio and the crabapple tree, eating a breakfast burrito. There is a severely malnourished prisoner lined up against the crabapple tree, waiting for his sentence – death or the gulag. Stalin has forced him to repeat the sentence, “I am a traitor” all night long and the prisoner has nearly collapsed from exhaustion. Stalin walks up to him and stares him down. Just then the prisoner’s mouth turns into the Rolling Stones mouth with the tongue sticking out, repeating the sentence faster and faster, now pleading for mercy as he senses the end is near. Stalin takes his burrito and shoves it into the prisoner’s mouth. The burrito explodes like a grenade, blowing the prisoner’s head off and delivering Stalin’s death sentence.
Location: Backyard of Ed’s House (Father-In-Law)
Actor: Randy “Macho Man” Savage
Props: Samurai Sword, Pliers, Twins (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito from the movie “Twins”)
It’s late evening and I’m in the backyard of my father-in-law Ed’s house as there is a steel cage match between Randy Savage and Arnold for the WWF title. A pair of pliers hangs in the middle of the cage and the first wrestler to grab them and open the cage before the MOON is at its apex wins the world title. Both are extremely tired, when suddenly, someone throws the Macho Man a wooden Samurai Sword. He’s holding the sword as he stands right under the pliers ready to knock Arnold out, when, suddenly, Danny Devito jumps inside the cage. Arnold and Danny hit the Macho Man with a double dropkick while Arnold grabs the pliers out of the air. They look up and see that the MOON is almost at its apex as they rush to cut the lock off the cage. Just as the moon reaches the apex, Arnold exits the cage and special guest Neil Armstrong gives Arnold the belt.