Changing Scripts: Conversations about Mandarin Chinese with native speakers and learners

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Ep 17: Ziwei: A talented, determined and focused language learner & researcher

November 17th, 2018

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This week we talk to Ziwei, who is originally from China’s Hunan Province. He is hands down one of the most intelligent, motivated, and hard working people I have ever known. We met in a Natural Language Processing class (taught by Sowmya, guest on the Virtual Expat Podcast, episode 63 ) in Iowa State University’s PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology Program. I always admired Ziwei's kind, determined and focused demeanor. Since I left the program in December 2016, he has gotten married, had a child and taken on a Statistics Degree along with this already challenging PhD research. I am in awe with him and I think you will be too when you hear his views on the differences in learning Mandarin Chinese versus English, French and German.

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Links to things mentioned in this episode:

-Ziwei’s Iowa State University Profile (last one on the page)

-Mandarin Chinese stroke order (here is a video showing you what we were talking about)

-An interesting Quora thread on the stroke order strictness with regards to the English alphabet

-Short video of Bart Simpson writing English sentences on the board as punishment (If anyone has an example of this with writing Mandarin Chinese on a blackboard in school, please send it to me and I will add it here).

-Phoneme, Grapheme connection: Here is a short video explaining these two concepts and here is a written explanation

-Elena Cotos, who Ziwei is working with right now. She is at the forefront of move-step analysis AND AWE’s, Automated Writing Evaluations with respect to academic writing genres.  

-R programming language

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Ep 16: The Accumulation of Forgetting AND Hope while learning Mandarin Chinese

November 10th, 2018

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This week we talk about language learning struggles with non-inflected verbs in Mandarin Chinese (and where the hell time meaning is in this hide and seek semantic process), keeping learning motivation levels up and how important it is to have long term goals NOT just learning methods. A special reading of a poem in Mandarin Chinese is included in this episode; both to motivate me to keep on keeping on and to motivate you to start or keep going with your own Mandarin Chinese language studies/practice.  

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IN THIS EPISODE:

Podcast updates:

-Changing Scripts was featured in Podbean Podcast Blog’s “Recommended Language Learning Podcasts” article

-The new TubeToPod YouTube channel is gaining momentum. If you love podcasts and want to help bridge YouTube viewers over to the podside, please submit a short, phone video to the project. All videos are unedited, less than 2 minutes and answer 3 quick questions about podcasts. Email me at stephfuccio(at)gmail.com to get involved

My Mandarin Chinese language learning update:

-My HSK 3 test is December 2, 2018

-I use and highly recommend this HSK series: Standard Course (both the coursebook and workbook really prepare you for the test)

-HSK 3, chapter 16 (NOT 15), #16 ; What part of this sentence (* below) tells us the WILL/future part of the meaning of “I will sleep in the car for a while”

Full listening transcript conversation (* is the line I am talking about in this episode):

女:你今天回来有点儿晚啊。

男:今天不知道怎么了,特别累,回家的时候累得我在公共汽车上就睡着了。

*女:我有时候也在车上睡一会儿。

男:但是我坐过站了,只好下了车再往回坐。

问:男的为什么回来晚了?

-Motivation level: 5 out of 10 (1 is lowest, 10 is highest)

Why? Wanting speaking skills to develop while only having time for reading and listening skills practice.

Mandarin Chinese language learning community:

-“Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard” David Moser, University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies

-Steve Kaufman’s “Forgetting Words Means I’m Learning Them” YouTube video

-Spittoon Literary Magazine, Sang Ke’s poem “I Can Separate My Soul From My Body”

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Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 15: Rebroadcast: Phil from episode 2: the Beginning of Changing Scripts interviews

November 4th, 2018

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This week I want to take a moment to reflect on the beginning of these Mandarin Chinese language conversations. Moments from this conversation with Phil have crept into my language learning time and time again since we chatted in May 2018. This first interview was done in a coffee shop and recorded in video format for the Changing Scripts YouTube channel. Phil’s tips on learning Mandarin Chinese are extremely useful and his own story of how he learned the language so rapidly is a testament to his language learning aptitude. He is still trying to learn different aspects of the language as he reads fiction and finishes up his graduate degree in Chinese while living in Nanjing, China.   

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 14: Weekly Mandarin Chinese Learning Update: Oct 28, 2018

October 28th, 2018

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My next Mandarin Chinese language test, HSK 3, is December 2, 2018. Join me while I share the things I am doing to get ready for this test, deal with the self pressure of being a very slow and frustrated language learner and some interesting tidbits about the Mandarin Chinese language and China too.

 Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast:

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In this episode:

-Language learning news

Polyglot Conference : October 26-28, 2018 in Ljubjana, Slovenia. Follow the conference on Twitter or YouTube. Many sessions are posted on YouTube after so check the event out.

- Quantifiable study tasks & motivation ranking 

- Mandarin Chinese audio example: HSK 3, chapter 12, number 2 & La Bamba song

- Interviews & Interview Questions:

I interviewed Tanya Crossman , author of Misunderstood, a book on TCKs (third culture kids) on her experience with Mandarin Chinese. Her episode will come out in season 3, in Spring 2019. Tanya added this question to the interview question list:

***How did you learn emotional language (communicate your feelings)?***

IF you have a question you’d like me to ask our guests, let me know.  

- Language learning/language community:

Vocab post on Instagram : 关 and 关于 : Tanya kindly helped out with this advice:

On the Virtual Expat Podcast, at about 1 hour and 5 minutes into the episode, Mai from the Intellect Grime YouTube channel and I were complaining about certain language websites (her: sites in Arabic and me: sites in Mandarin Chinese.) Kai-Fu Lee explains why Mandarin Chinese websites are formatted the way they are in AI Superpower , a book about technology in China that I can not recommend highly enough.  

Jeremy Tiang’s “A Star is Born” poster language analysis language tweet)

Translator Rebecka Eriksson’s tweet about an interview with Sheng Keyi, the author of Northern Girls

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

Ep 13: Weekly Mandarin Chinese Learning Update: Oct 21, 2018

October 21st, 2018

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My next HSK test, HSK 3, is December 2, 2018. Join me while I share the things I am doing to get ready for this test, deal with the self pressure of being a very slow and frustrated language learner and some interesting tidbits about the Mandarin Chinese language and China too.

Mentioned in the episode:

-My Mandarin Chinese study methods & statistics

-Language example:the Chinese language equivalent of “how do you spell that?”  HSK 3 Standard Course Workbook, chapter 9, #17

-Literary Shanghai, http://www.literaryshanghai.com/, translation event with Shelly Bryant, https://shellybryant.com/ and Jeremy Tiang (episode 10)

-Joy Reid, “Eye” learners and “ear” learners, https://wkubiopedia.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/reid-eyes-and-ears-learners.pdf

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

 

Ep 12: Ian: Reading as a gateway into Mandarin Chinese

October 21st, 2018

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The first time I met Ian we were walking around Shanghai for a work event, talking about the challenges of learning Mandarin Chinese. When he casually described the Mandarin Chinese script (cursive) book he had to special order, my mouth dropped and I made a mental note to ask him to be on the podcast later. Thankfully he agreed to do this. Because of our similar learning method of focusing on reading first and speaking later, this conversation was a turning point for me. Hearing how far Ian has been able to get with this strategy, I finally could envision my own future success in the language, which to that point felt very illusive. (Thanks Ian!) Fair warning, you will want to dig into the show notes for this episode to save some of his learning recommendations.

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16:00 Card catalogue

19:41 Fun with Chinese Characters

35:00   How Chinese characters can change English language education: Jonathan Stalling at TEDxOU”

39:40 Chinese in a Flash

40:00 Bookstores on Fuzhou Lu, book and cultural street in Shanghai

50:00 Four Chinese character idioms

51:28 New York Times Mandarin Chinese bilingual website, The Chairman’s Bao, BBC News Chinese language edition

56:40 Skritter, Chinese Pod, Anki, ChinesePod , Du Chinese , Word Swing

1:03:16  ADVChina YouTube channel

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Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

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Ep 11: Weekly Mandarin Chinese Learning Update: Oct 14, 2018

October 14th, 2018

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My next HSK test, HSK 3, is December 2, 2018. Join me while I share the things I am doing to get ready for this test, deal with the self pressure of being a very slow and frustrated language learner and some interesting tidbits about Chinese and China too.

Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast:

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In this episode:

Instagram study photos:

  1. new flashcard to review flashcard number tracker (the circled numbers are the ones moving out of the new flashcard pile
  2. meaning notes on HSK listening transcripts

Barry Manilow song "One Voice":

https://genius.com/Barry-manilow-one-voice-lyrics

Young China Watchers

http://www.youngchinawatchers.com/

China in Africa Podcast

https://chinaafrica-podcast.com/

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

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Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 10: Jeremy Tiang: Writer, Translator and Global Linguistic Soul

October 9th, 2018

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As a Writer, Translator and Playright; words are what Jeremy Tiang uses to share his ideas about the world and all of its ambiguity. In his prose he addresses issues of identity, culture, and the boundaries of what we think these things mean. His upbringing in Singapore was multicultural and yet it was not. So much so that when asked what his first language is he replies, “It is complicated” and it is easy to see why. Singapore, very much like Jeremy and very much like most curious, discerning people such as yourself (yes, listeners, I am talking about you), is in a state of constant change. This change includes how it shares itself with the world and Jeremy plays a part in how we see both Singapore and its people, especially, if I understand it right, those who are not often portrayed in the national narrative. In this podcast episode, we primarily dig into Jeremy’s language experiences from early childhood to the present day. But those cultural tones are impossible to remove from language, so we did not even try.  

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In this episode:

Jeremy’s Twitter Account

Cedilla & Co, his Translation Collective

56:33 New Yorker article on Hyperpolyglots

59:00 Omniglot website (learn about any language)

1:00:02 Pomodoro Method

1:00:06 Ode to Joy Shanghai TV show

2:00:00  Crazy Rich Asians

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

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Ep 9: NEW Weekly Learning Updates: Oct 7, 2018

October 8th, 2018

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In this episode:

Apologies, my new mic stand is being exchanged SO I was naively holding my beautiful microphone in my hand for this episode. The weird sounds that ensued will not happen again. Terribly sorry.

My new review flashcard holder with pockets

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Music courtesty of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

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International Podcast Day LIVE events today!

September 30th, 2018

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