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.
我只担心我的儿子。- Level 13
Wǒ zhǐ dānxīn wǒde érzi
I only worry about my son.
Tā guāng huì shuō kōnghuà 。
He’s all talk.
Jǐnjǐn yī gè yuè wǒ jiǎndiào le shí bàng 。
I lost ten pounds in a month!
人每天都要吃饭。- Level 15
Rén měitiān dōu yào chīfàn
People all need/want to eat every day.
行为的改变才会带来结果的改变。- Level 18
Xíngwéi de gǎibiàn cái huì dàilái jiéguǒ de gǎibiàn
Only changes in behavior will bring about changes in results.
你主要是太害怕了。- Level 19
Nǐ zhǔyào shì tài hàipà le
Mainly, you’re too scared.
中国银行就在我家对面。- Level 19
Zhōngguó yínháng jiù zài wǒ jiā duìmiàn
Bank of China is right across the street from my house.
你完全做错了。- Level 21
Nǐ wánquán zuòcuò le
You did it completely wrong.
TRISTAN KNOTTS ON“BONUS: WHY DOES THE MANDARIN BLUEPRINT METHOD WORK SO WELL?“
Jo Boaler, a Stanford professor of mathematics education, has a
really interesting book called “Limitless Mind”. Her book breaks
down the barriers that most students often have towards learning,
in this case as it relates to math, and how no one is inherently
bad at learning a particular subject. She shows how making
mistakes and using different parts of our brains to really enable
us to become proficient at what it is we are learning. Definitely
see some parallels between her research and your language
JENNIFER SWANSON ON“NASAL FINAL EN QUIZ’
Fabulous, thank you. And thanks for answering so quickly too.
This course is fabulous! I am excited to get to the actual
Blueprint, but first the pronunciation. I found you first via the
podcast, and am so glad I did.
YASMIN GUENDOUZI ON“YOU DID IT!!!“
This course has been an absolute pleasure to work through and
its production has been so well done. It is evident that you two
have a put a lot of time, effort and hard work into this and it
has really paid off. I really appreciate all that you’ve done and
are still doing, especially regarding how often you respond to
people’s comments and questions. I’m extremely excited to start
the Mandarin Blueprint method. It’s amazing that I have a small
level of comprehension just from the pronunciation course. I was
listening to a random Chinese podcast and there was a point in
there when they were talking about being hungry and getting a
meal and how they were starving to death and I understood that
part of the conversation. Absolutely brilliant!! I recently
downloaded Weibo because I thought it would be a good platform
for reading characters in the future and I’m already identifying
a few simple sentences from my constant practice through Anki.
I’ve been enjoying your course more than working on my masters
(haha, is that bad?), it’s the highlight of my day watching your
videos and practicing the flashcards.
I do have one question as I go forward, and my apologies if it
has been addressed already. So, I’ve watched a lot of anime
throughout my life and there are some characters that have
already got an image seared into my brain. An example is Gaara
from Naruto, he’s got 爱 tattooed to his forehead, and its
pronunciation is the same in Japanese, it’s ai (just without the
tone). In another anime, 水 appears behind a character that uses
water for their power. I was just wondering if this will help or
Sorry for being long winded as always, keep up the good work, you
two are fantastic.
www.zhihu.com (chinese Quora)
RICK ANGLELAND ON“IT’S A WORD! 打“
Too soon to mention use of 打 to hit the phone to make call?
In Japanese and Korean you hit the guitar and the piano, not play
them. Something similar in Chinese?
RICK ANGLELAND ON“IT’S A WORD! 想“
Re: what happens to the tones in songs? (I always wondered about
this). Yangyang says they more or less are lost, but people can
recognize the words by the context (which would also mean the
surrounding syllables, not just the meaning of the sentence). I
am a musician and I’ve been listening to a lot of Chinese music,
and that’s what my ears tell me too: mostly absent tones. So
there would be the possibility of ambiguous words/sentences. I’ve
also heard that Chinese people love word play and puns, so I
guess clever songwriters could take advantage of the ambiguity of
HOWARD SOH ON“NEW VOCABULARY UNLOCKED! 小“
For the first example, do we need to include the measure word
HOWARD SOH ON“NEW VOCABULARY UNLOCKED! 太太“
For 太太的看法和爸爸不一样, are we referring to my father or her father?
RICK ANGLELAND ON“IT’S A WORD! 呆“
How do 呆 usage 2 and 住 differ in meaning?
I’ve stayed in China before.
RICK ANGLELAND ON“IT’S A WORD! 呆“
I think usage 2 of 呆 is so unrelated to usage 1 that I’m not
going to remember it, or only by repetitious practice with
sentence cards. I’m thinking of making another movie for the
second meaning, linked to the 1st movie so I know there are two
separate meanings (otherwise when recognizing the character and
accessing my movie I might forget it has another separate
meaning). What’s your advice?
TRISTAN KNOTTS ON“NEW VOCABULARY UNLOCKED! 但是 & 只是“
We should be assigning photos to these vocab words, correct?
4 excellent techniques for learning words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlsgMEolSJE
SIMON MELLOR ON“THE 3 MAIN FACTORS OF PRONUNCIATION PART 1: HEARING“
Just signed up for the course – super excited to be starting from
a beginner level. Enjoying the videos so far, its nice to get a
general overview and the feeling of human interaction with you
guys before getting into the learning phase.
Normally i like to dive headfirst in to something, like the
shallow end of a swimming pool, but i’m in this for the long game
so this is pretty enjoyable content.
TRISTAN KNOTTS ON“ANKI DECK(S) INSIDE – LEVEL 9 COMPLETE“
Motivational emails at the end of each level are one of my
favorite aspects of the program as they are so encouraging and
insightful. I love that y’all put the time into the little things
such as the emails and level reviews that really take this method
to another level.
SAM RODRIGUEZ ON“THIS IS WHAT YOUR STUDY SESSION SHOULD LOOK LIKE (REQUIRED)“
That moment when you realize you need an Anki deck to help
remember the Mandarin Blueprint study method 😀 I love it. So
much to dig into. It most definitely works for me. I sat at my
desk this morning and with no problem replayed the movie for
“dry” in my head. I was shocked how well it worked.
36:30 – Course Updates
This blog post explains the theory behind Movie Scenes and learning characters.
DOM THOMSON ON“SPECIAL EFFECTS & MEMORY ATHLETICS“
Here we go, character one. Exciting.
Shane Warne (bit of a childhood hero for this wannabe leg
spinner) is in the kitchen of my childhood home. He’s up next to
bat so has got his pads on, heading through to the back garden
(used to play lots of cricket with my brother in the garden).
Unfortunately, the back door has been replaced by the door to
Number 10 Downing Street. Shane Warne knocks, twists the handle,
bangs on the door but it won’t open.
Increasingly desperate, he starts smashing on the door with his
cricket bat (vertical line prop). He smashes harder and harder
but the door doesn’t move an inch.
At this point he walks away from the door with a glint in his
eye. Any Englishman who grew up in the nineties knows the look in
Shane Warne’s eye when he’s about to do something special. He
pulls out a magic wand (horizontal line) and aims directly at the
number ten. Green and gold sparks fly at the door, huge
explosion, the door lies in a wreck on the floor.
Shane Warne puts his wand away, picks up his bat off the floor,
and steps over the now broken door to Number 10 on his way out to
bat. Raucous applause.
TOM ON“MAKE A MOVIE 土“
Tywin Lannister finds one of his soldiers in the living room of
my set lazing about, smoking a cigarette and injecting himself
with drugs. Furious at a Lannister guard exhibiting such
behaviour, Tywin orders him to dig a hole and bury the offending
items (cigarette first, so it’s at the bottom). By the time he’s
finished there’s soil all over the living room, so Tywin makes
him fill the hole back in.
TYSON ON“MAKE A MOVIE 饭“
I’m practicing my flips (反) in the backyard of my -an set.
My F- actor bursts through the fence door, almost knocking me
He’s got bags of food from a local restaurant over his head and
he’s shouting, “The cooked rice is here!”
RICK ANGLELAND ON“MAKE A MOVIE 机“
My Ji actress is in front of my family home is running a huge
machine, shoving trees in a chute on one end, while desks spit
out the other end.
TRISTAN KNOTTS ON“MAKE A MOVIE 才“
(C)hristian Bale, as Patrick Bateman from American Pyscho, walks
into the kitchen of my (Ai)rline apartment with an unassuming
victim. There are a hockey stick, razor blade, and Samari sword
in the kitchen and you can use your imagination for the rest.
After the episode, he thinks “what just happened now”?
KIKA BISOGNO ON“MAKE A MOVIE 代“
(D)iego Maradona was invited to play soccer on the BACKYARD
gardens of the Palace of Vers(ai)lles. When he arrived, there
were two players on the field: one hitting the ball upwards with
a CRUTCH and another shooting it down with a CROSSBOW. He looked
puzzled. His manager said “ Don’t worry. We just decided TO
SUBSTITUTE the soccer match for a more entertaining game”
PAUL TOMASOVIC ON“MAKE A MOVIE 身“
First time I’m going to use a song in my movie but first thing
that came into my mind is Queen’s song, Somebody to Love.
KIKA BISOGNO ON“MAKE A MOVIE 看“
My Gr(an)dma goes to her BATHROOM and finds (K)Keanu Reeves
playing HANDball with an EYEBALL. “Stop that immediately!” She
says. “That poor thing LOOKs extremely frightened!”.
BEL HERMAWAN ON“MAKE A MOVIE 并“
Billie Eilish is in the bathroom of her ‘Eng’land Airbnb,
getting ready for a party. She’s wearing a headband with devil
horns. But she’s not really happy with her hair and wants to make
it greener. She was two bottles of hair dye – one yellow and one
blue – but the bottles are old and have stubborn corks in them.
She successfully uses a bottle opener and then COMBINEs the two
ALINA DANA COROIAN ON“MAKE A MOVIE 全“
Actor: Queen Mother of the West Xiwangmu (Chinese deity)
人 red UMBRELLA
王 Black GHOST KING (floating in the air and surrounded by black
Script: Queen Mother of the West Xiwangmu (Chinese deity) is in
the Kitchen of *an location. Black GHOST KING (floating in the
air and surrounded by black smoke) comes to visit wearing
fastuous attire and followed by a servant holding a huge fastuous
umbrella above his head. Now this is a COMPLETE image of a
COMPLETE sovereign, smiles Queen Mother of the West . But Black
GHOST KING says: only having by my side a magnificent beauty like
your majesty can my sovereign image be COMPLETE. Will you be my
wife, COMPLETE me and my life ?
PETTERI NAKAMURA ON“MAKE A MOVIE 提“
Tea Leoni walks into the kitchen in my childhood home and finds
Shakespeare there holding a glowing lightsaber asking in a deep
and resonant voice whether to be or not to be. She timidly raises
her hand asking “Sir, would you like to discuss this?”
JACK ON“MAKE A MOVIE 也“
Yi character killing mosquitoes with the various props as she
sings “Another one bites the dust”
DOM THOMSON ON“MAKE A MOVIE 兄“
My keyword connection for older brother was Percy Weasley. For
me, his main trait is being pompous and self-important and
ordering people around.
Cheryl Cole is doing a festival gig in the grounds of Hogwarts,
singing Girls Aloud’s absolutely banging cover of ‘Jump’.
Out of nowhere she’s struck by a spell and turns into a Rolling
Stones mouth with Kangaroo legs and a tail.
She’s now bouncing around the grounds, singing the chorus of
‘Jump’ at a deafening volume.
Percy Weasley orders her to stop immediately but Cheryl ignores
him and continues to sing and bounce.
Scene ends with the camera looking over Percy’s shoulder. Cheryl
bounces off into the distance as Percy yells “Excuse me! You are
not authorised to go there! Listen to me! I am a school prefect!
Come back here immediately!”