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

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Ep 23: Mandarin Chinese & HSK Language Learning Update

January 6th, 2019

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In this Mandarin Chinese language learning update episode I share the HSK review tasks that I am doing, admit to some HSK 2 grammar points that I missed the first two times I studied them, the struggle with time words that are the opposite of English and share my HSK 4 2019 language learning plan.  

The YouTube video of this update is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKIv_mzmezw

Show Notes:

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Ep 22: Von: Mandarin Chinese Language & Brain Burn

December 27th, 2018

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This week we talk to Von, an American who grew up around Mandarin Chinese via martial arts and later intentionally slid into learning to read the language as well. Von thought the first 4 of the 5 years he studied Chinese were easy because he viewed it similar to the frequent practice of any new skill. But then the grammatical difficulty, script changes, and genre differences kicked in and the “brain burn” began. But that has not stopped his progress at all. He studies usually in intensive two week increments of about 6 hours a day and then pauses until the desire to learn returns (usually a few weeks later). His patience, persistence and contextualization of the language are ideal characteristics for what I wish were called the “Slow Language Learning Movement.” In a world where people strive to learn a language in 30 days, his views are refreshing and his approach is inspiring. Come along and listen to how he wants to use language to “speak the story of what he wants to say.”

Show Notes:

-TubeTo Pod YouTube channel

-Cat video that Von said would change my mind about cat videos

-Fluent in Mandarin, the website Von used to start learning Mandarin Chinese

-DimSum learning Chinese method

- Serge Melnyk Mandarin Chinese learning method

-Writing Video

-Chinese sign language

-Sign language

-Tricking video (like martial arts and acrobatics combined)

-Steve Kauffman YouTube

-Stylized Hanzi Chinese script for "grass/cao" that Von saw on this Chinese restaurant sign

-Two popular podcast sites in China (for Mandarin Chinese podcasts):

  1. Lizhi AND 2. Ximalaya

-SlowChinese.com

-New York Times Mandarin Chinese-English bilingual edition

-Changing Scripts “Goodbye Leitner Box” video

-#studygram hashtag on Instagram

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Ep 21: Liz aka 沃维薇 (Wò wéi wēi): Simultaneous Interpreter & natural storyteller

December 18th, 2018

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This week we talk to  沃维薇 (Wò wéi wēi), also known as Liz, about her dual Mandarin Chinese-English language experiences. Liz grew up in Shanghai, China with a passion for books and languages, which explains why and how she was reading English Sci-Fi at 14 years old. She is now a Simultaneous Interpreter, which is someone that is translating one language to another during a conversation at regular conversational speed. Yes, wow is the correct response to that. Her love of reading and storytelling has continued through her adult life and in fact, in this interview, she spoils us rotten by sharing a few of her favorite stories. I am not sure if Liz has her insightful views of language and switching between them because she is an Interpreter OR if she is an Interpreter because of these traits but what I am sure about is that she digs into languages and their cultural, social and emotional layers in a way that we have not done before in this podcast. Also, Liz wants to hear from you. Using the hashtag #strongstories on Twitter and/or Instagram, she wants you to share stories of language learning challenges and triumphs.

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Links to things mentioned in this episode:

-Neil Gaiman’s American Gods book

-Pudong Library, Shanghai

-Shanghaiese dialect info from Omniglot.com

-What is simultaneous interpreting (what Liz does for a living)?

-Arrival (movie)

-Dream of the Red Chamber

-Liz Gilbert’s TEDTalk, “Your elusive creative genius”  and her book about creativity “Big Magic” (chapter 5 is amazing!)

-Real World on MTV

-The Remains of the Day (movie)

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Ep 20: Connections: Post HSK 3 feedback & What Matthew said about Community

December 14th, 2018

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In this connections episode we expand on what our last guest, Matthew Boyle of Language Card Games suggested: community in language learning. Matthew shared an in person community idea that worked really well for him AND I want to share a few key online places that has helped me build language learning community. NOTE: Both of these segments were recording while walking around Shanghai, so there will be the sounds of life around me. 

Video versions: HSK 3 test impression Community Matters .  

Show Notes:

PART 1: Post HSK test feedback (recorded from a mall 30 minutes after completing the test)

-Standard Course HSK 3 Textbook & HSK 3 Workbook

PART 2: Connections with guest Matthew Boyle’s tip on Community (recorded outside while it was snowing in Shanghai)

-Instagram, studygram and Chinesestudygram

-YouTube: search for Chinese language learners NOT language learning (there is a difference). An example is yours truly via the Changing Scripts YouTube channel. Steve Kauffman and Olly Richards has also learned many languages, including Mandarin Chinese.  

-Twitter : studyChinese , #learnChinese, and #MandarinChinese are a few I follow

-Reddit Mandarin Chinese thread

-Medium Mandarin Chinese language thread

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Ep 19: Matthew Boyle, Mandarin Chinese Card Game Master Extraordinaire

December 6th, 2018

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This week we talk to Matthew Boyle, who started learning Mandarin Chinese thanks to an administrative error in his Arabic class registration at university. In 2011, he moved from the East Coast of the United States to Southern China and started to “play with the language” immediately. Matthew has progressed from learning Mandarin Chinese to making games via his company,  Language Card Games, to help others learn to use the language in a social and interesting way. In this conversation, Matthew shares his experience with tones, language teachers, phrases to use as a vegetarian in China and so much more. And it’s an exciting time for Language Card Games  and for you as Mandarin Chinese language learners because Matthew plans to release Chinese Champions 3, Othertongue 3, and Language Guardians 2 in 2019.

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A special audio thanks to Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting. Without him the audio of this episode would have made you (and me and everyone else) want to cry.

Links to things mentioned in this episode:

-The Changing Scripts YouTube review of Language Card Games   

-Matt’s Language Card Games website, YouTube channel , Facebook page, Twitter account and subreddit community page

-Vegetarian Mandarin Chinese phrases

-Japanese F and H sounds

- Chinese character TV reality show, 中国汉字听写大会; (pinyin: Zhōngguó hànzì tīngxiě dàhuì)

-Chinese language reading YouTube videos, here’s an example

-YouTube videos on opening toy eggs: this one has 15 million views!

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Ep 18: The Argh of Reading in 1st and Additional Languages

November 25th, 2018

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This week we talk about two things: my Mandarin Chinese language learning update and the fight in the U.S. on how reading is taught to children. These two topics intertwine more than you would think, so have a listen and let me know where you fall on these matters.

Show Links: (https://changingscripts.podbean.com/e/ep-18-how-to-foster-the-love-of-reading-in-1st-and-additional-languages/)

-Ziwei’s episode of Changing Scripts, where I learned the term “phoneme-grapheme mapping”

-Us and Them Podcast (NPR). I am talking about the Reading Wars episode from November 7, 2018.

-Emily Hanford, the Journalist highlighted in the Us and Them episode AND Hard Words, the project they discuss in the episode

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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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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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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.

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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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