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.
First thing that came to my mind was the fighting scene in the bamboo forest in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I could imagine Chow Yun Fat and Zhang Zi Yi (plus the soundtrack Tan Dun composed for the film gives background music).
But, I also like William Edmeades’ panda idea, and could easily imagine 2 panda cubs.
I guess I’ll see which can fit best into making the full character movie scene and choose based off that 🙂
This blog post explains the theory behind actors and Pinyin Initials.
A few more ideas:
Parminder Nagra (from Bend it Like Beckham)
Just a small suggestion: it could be helpful to mention somewhere above in the notes that Jackie Chan is the actor suggested for the null initial that we will learn later on.
I had chosen Jackie Chan for my zh- actor, and could have chosen another for the null initial. But, I’m short on time, and nothing else was coming to mind. Luckily, I hadn’t filmed many scenes with Jackie as zh- actor, so I just went back and re-filmed this character with the French actor Jean Dujardin as my new zh- actor. I pronounce his name in my head with an exaggerated English-speaker’s accent speaking French to get the ‘zh’ sound 🙂
This blog post explains the theory behind Movie Scenes and learning characters.
This one’s a simple character, but I couldn’t resist sharing the scene as everything comes together quite beautifully!
Actor: Shrek (shu-)
Set: Lounge of -ei set
Props: Spock (㇇), Hockey Stick (亅), and Ice Skates (冫).
Shrek and Spock are playing Ice Hockey with each other. They’re so evenly matched (Shrek with his strength, and Spock with his intellect), that they soon begin to play so furiously and quickly that the ice begins to melt beneath them! Realising that the Living Room is now flooded with WATERSpock and Shrek both hold their skates in the air as they don’t want them to get wet!
Zach Galifianakis is in the bathroom of the little house we stayed in the h-IGH-lands of Sri Lanka (-ai set). He’s shaving very carefully with a gigantic razor, when suddenly the electricity goes out (which it actually often did when we stayed there).
The camera then goes left to Ron Swanson ( 亻), who was taking a bubble bath before all the lights went out. He stretches his head around like the mom from the Incredibles movie & asks, “Hey Zach, where are you ?”
Then Zach Galifianakis takes a handful of magic soil from the pot next to him. He then throws it on the ground, making a poof of smoke and light. When the smoke clears, there’s a spotlight on him, and a giant soil-made X marks the spot appears underneath his feet. Zach says in a funny voice, “I’m RIGHT HERE, silly!”
Location: Childhood home (Backyard)
Actor: Billy Zane
Props: Macaulay Culkin and Cooking Pot Lid
I’m hanging out in the backyard of my childhood home with Billy Zane. He tells me he scored a gig on Sesame Street and he is going to be doing the LETTER “L”. He asks if he could practice his skit for me real quick. Macaulay Culkin shows up and Billy Zane grabs a lid from one of my cooking pots. He puts the cooking pot lid on Macaulay’s head and a drapes a giant letter L on him and says, “”L” is for LIDS kids, and what do we put lids on”. He and Macaulay then go on to list a bunch of stuff with lids. He asks what I think of his LETTER presentation, and I tell him it’s decent.
Location: Current Home (where i got ENGaged)
Actor: Diane (current landlord)
Props: Cooking Pot Lid and Rocket Launcher
I’m in my backyard and I hear a knock at the gate. It’s my landlord and she states that she did not receive this months rent and is here to evict me. She pulls out a rocket launcher and sets it on the ground and puts a cooking pot lid over the barrel. She says that I have 10 minutes to CONFIRM payment was mailed or she will blow the house up. I quickly call my bank and ask them to give me the CONFIRMATION number from the check that was mailed. The lady says she will read it off and I put her on speaker phone. The teller reads off all the numbers, and my landlord looks at me and says, CONFIRMed, and packs up the rocket launcher and leaves.
I like this review of theory (frankly because I don’t practice enough) – but it is good to relearn the props that build new keywords (Did I say that right?)
For a young fella Phil is very savvy (savoir faire) and articulate (must be the jazz training)- and people tell me I am too critical whatever that means
My elder brother is already an actor…I’m afraid of confusion. Maybe I should change the actor, but I’ve already got used to him as an actor…
(I was talking about choosing a prop. I see now, after 2 days I have put the comment under the wrong video but don’t know how to delete it from here.)
OMG this is so funny – After completing this lesson I thought, “Well I get it – just continue to mark down in my Excel file the actors, sets, props and I’m off to the next character” Sound familiar? Well it must have – because 10 minutes after completing Lesson 5 I get an email that says,
“You have reached a stage in the course where watching the videos may be feeling unnecessary. After all, how complicated is it to select and Actor or “Pick a Prop?” ”
Hahaha – omg how did you know? LOL 😉
Ok, ok – I will continue to go through the lessons w/videos and really do it right.
Thanks for the great course – I told you at the beginning ‘Something wonderful is going to happen.” And I certainly haven’t been disappointed.
I was thinking this morning, It’s not that the course is difficult – the truth is, the course is actually very simple. Pretty straight forward. But people’s ability to follow-through and stick with something can be a challenge. So day by day we go – I don’t want to look back and think – “Gee I should have stuck with this a year ago – imagine how far I’d be today….” So I just stick with it.
Charlie Chan say:
“Best time to plant tree… 20 years ago…
Second best time…. today.”
requires hard work and suffering.
misery, bleary eyed reading. It sounds like you and Luke both did a good bit of that and I think it’s what most people are accustom to and expect when tackling a difficult subject.