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Ep 20C: Recommendations & Season 4 Starts August 9th

July 19th, 2019

 

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This is a recommendation episode, where I tell you more about episodes from my other podcasts that came out this week AND some flashbacks to other episodes from the other three podcasts in my four podcast world. This episode is the exact same on all of the podcasts it is on this week, so if you are crazy enough to listen to more than one of my pods, you only need to listen to one of these. 

A few money announcements first. I am starting a Beginning Expat Podcasters Online Two Hour Workshop this Fall. Email me to get more information, stephfuccio(gmail.com) . I am also selling my voice! No, really, If you or anyone you know needs a voiceover talent, please contact me at https://www.voices.com/actors/stephfuccio.  I am NOT charging for promo spots in the three interview podcasts: Virtual, Scripts and Bookish but am offering them for FREE (inspiration: Odd Dad Out Podcast, thanks Adam) to Content Creators that I like AND that fit into that particular episode’s content. Enough about money, let’s get to the audio goodness.  

This week we have a new episode of Creatively Complicated Podcast with my Co-Host, Writer Summer Rylander. In this podcast we dive into the messiness of our own creative process. In this episode, we focus on doing more and doing less, essentially realizing that we need to change creative productivity places. Does tasking out your creative process help you do more and improve your craft? 

Going back to previous episodes of Changing Scripts, I want to highlight another Writer, Jeremy Tiang. Jeremy was kind enough to sit down with me when he was visiting Shanghai last year. To clarify, Jeremy is 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. We primarily explore 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.

Another flashback episode I’d like to highlight is on the Virtual Expats Podcast. A former student of mine from Hanoi, Vietnam and an Artist now living in my birthplace, New York City, Anh Ta, in episode 66. We explore how her geographic movement from Vietnam to the U.S. has affected her online experience. Anh is an Artist with a strong online presence that she carefully curated for both professional and personal usage. 

By the way, if all this talk about podcasts is inspiring you to make your own, you can get a free month of Podbean hosting service by using this promo code: https://www.podbean.com/virtualexpats

Bookish Expats podcast has a brand new episode starting off Season 4 next Friday. Nicole Palazzo from the Expat Cast Podcast will be with us to talk about how a certain book about Germany helped her understand her new host culture. 

All of our podcasts will be back to normal in August with Virtual and Creatively Complicated will have two episodes and Changing Scripts will have 1, a full schedule for the next month will be in the show notes and available at https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Upcoming episodes: 

All episodes are published Fridays @ 12pm Panda time (China time), which is where I am currently living (If you are in North America, that’s late Thursday evening):

-July 19, 2019: Creatively Complicated 

-July 26, 2019: Bookish Expats: Nicole Palazzo, Expat Cast Podcast

-August 2, 2019: Virtual Expats: Danny Salay, Travel Man Dan on YouTube

AND 

Creatively Complicated 

-August 9, 2019: Changing Scripts: Thom Clairmont, ThomReads on Instagram

-August 16, 2019: Virtual Expats:Ting AND Creatively Complicated

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Ep 20B: Recommendation: Hiatus listening

July 12th, 2019

  

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 THE NEXT Changing Scripts podcast episode will be published at 12pm Friday, August 9th China time. (Which is 4pm Fri in Auckland, 9am Fri in Delhi, 6am Fri Cairo, 1am Fri in Rio de Janeiro, and 11pm Thur in San Francisco. For more locations, use this handy website: https://www.timeanddate.com/

Thom of ThomReads Instagram account will be our guest in that episode. I am going to add recommendation episodes weekly when there isn’t a new episode on Scripts. I will label them as "recommendations" so feel free to skip them if you are only interested in the Changing Scripts interviews. 

In this recommendation episode, I want to give you some podcast episodes to listen to while Changing Scripts is on hiatus. 

Links: 

-Isolation box that I used for recording this episode: 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzwoxatnxKY/utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

-Changing Scripts Podcast: Ep 2: Phil, From English to Chinese: http://bit.ly/2Y1szDo

-Virtual Expats Podcast: Ep 61: Jo of the Life in Breaths Project: http://bit.ly/2xINc8v

-Bookish Expats Podcast:Shannon Two Who Travel (blog): 2012 (two part interview episode)

Ep 5A: http://bit.ly/2xINc8v and  Ep 5B: http://bit.ly/30EaDwn

-Creatively Complicated: Summer and I talk about Boxing in Creativity: http://bit.ly/2YQKKZq

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Ep 20A: Announcement: 2 podcast episodes out today & Changing Scripts Brief Break

July 5th, 2019

 

THE NEXT Changing Scripts podcast episode will be published at 12pm Friday, August 9th China time. (Which is 4pm Fri in Auckland, 9am Fri in Delhi, 6am Fri Cairo, 1am Fri in Rio de Janeiro, and 11pm Thur in San Francisco. For more locations, use this handy website: https://www.timeanddate.com/

Thom of ThomReads Instagram account will be our guest in that episode.  Going forward, I am going to add announcement episodes here every time there is a new podcast episode for any of my projects. I will label them as announcements so feel free to skip them if you are only interested in the Changing Scripts interviews. 

LINKS:

-Brendan Davis’s Virtual Expats Podcast episode: https://virtualexpats.podbean.com/e/ep769-brendan-davis-crazy-in-the-best-ways-on-and-offline/

-Damon Castillo, the music in this episode is “Saint Cecilia” off his band’s “Mess of Me” album, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

-Two podcasts that I produced this week are:

  1. Creatively Complicated, https://creativelycomplicated.libsyn.com/website/ep-5-boxing-in-creativity
  2. Bookish Expats, https://bookishexpats.podbean.com/

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Ep 20: Angela:A Self Proclaimed Muddler of Many Languages

June 10th, 2019

 

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In this episode, we chat with Angela, a Canadian who went to China for the first time in 2006, which is where she met her husband. She left China and returned, as so many expats do. Lucky for me, she came back to China in 2010 and worked at the same school teaching Academic English to students who were about to study abroad. Angela’s relationship to languages and language learning is the complete opposite to mine: before learning Mandarin Chinese she fluently learned French, Spanish and Finnish, with a strong emphasis on speaking the language. She is now a teacher in Canada and is able to help International students from China and other countries, adapt to their new learning and academic life in a small study group environment as well.

A sound note: Angela’s adorable baby boy joined us for some of this conversation. I have edited out the vast majority of the sounds that overpowered our voices but there are a few soft baby noises left. If you are someone who will be annoyed by such sounds, please feel free to listen to the first 30 minutes of the podcast (before Morgan joined us) and then return next month for another episode of Changing Scripts. Thank you.

If you have any comments or questions about this episode, please feel free to connect with me on any social media platform, “stephfuccio"

THE NEXT Changing Scripts PodTube will be published on Tue, July 9th. 

Podcast break:

Thom Reads, Chinese language learner and future guest of Changing Scripts. His Instagram account is https://instagram.com/thomreads?igshid=ccd4p77jwzojhttps://instagram.com/thomreads?igshid=ccd4p77jwzoj

SHOW LINKS:

-My video of the chinese writing tracing app video; http://bit.ly/30vH8xv

-ChinesePod, https://chinesepod.com/

- granny cloud video Angela talked about: 

https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-prize/prize-winning-wishes/school-in-the-cloudhttps://www.ted.com/participate/ted-prize/prize-winning-wishes/school-in-the-cloud

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Ep 19: Josh: Living Comfortably in a Third Culture Language Space

May 22nd, 2019

 

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Nine Years Ago Joshua Ogden-Davis left graduate school in Texas, moved to China and taught himself Chinese. He is now a Mandarin Chinese Translator, does audio and video production in multiple languages, and is a Puppeteer. In this Changing Scripts podcast episode we dig into Josh’s fuller language story, including this switch from English to Mandarin Chinese as well as his experiences with Spanish, German and English from his beforetime. We learn that although Josh was good at and liked learning aspects of grammatical knowledge growing up, it was not until he was able to simultaneously learn and immediately use Mandarin Chinese that he understood the importance of motivation, activation and fluency over accuracy. Josh shares his hilarious Chinese language experiences from taxi rides where he was asked some pretty intimate details about his genitalia AND his own appearance on a local Chinese dating show. He admits that he spends his time in the space in between English and Chinese languages and ponders if that could be called a “third culture language (TCL)”. I say hell yea, let’s do this

Josh’s Info:

His video channel (Chinese language): https://v.qq.com/x/cover/fdfbpzs9q6ymtz7/z0521iq71kx.html

His Co-Authored Book: 与老外交朋友, Don’t Be Shy,Just Say Hi! (Chinese language)

https://read.douban.com/ebook/34493671/

THE NEXT Changing Scripts PodTube will be published on Tue, June 11th.

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  1. Valid May 2019: Language Card Games, coupon code: Changing Scripts
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SHOW LINKS:

-Stroke order video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD7Lc4QBh5w

-Pleco dictionary app: http://bit.ly/30vH8xv

-My video of the chinese writing tracing app video; http://bit.ly/30vH8xv

-Josh’s appearance on a Chinese dating show: http://bit.ly/2VQocut

-Manchurian alphabet, https://www.omniglot.com/writing/manchu.htm

-Leitner box, Leitner System info: https://supermemo.guru/wiki/Leitner_system

-The History of English in 10 Minutes video: http://bit.ly/2YFB3N1

-Papi Jiang: Article in English explaining this: http://bit.ly/2YyYA26 & Her specific video that Josh was talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyI_E4Ez0hA

-My HSK 3 post test video feedback : http://bit.ly/30A2Pw8

-Hannah Lund’s Expat Rewind episode: http://bit.ly/2wdFQJi

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Ep 18: Lotta: Cultural Flexibility with Mandarin Chinese and Finnish

May 7th, 2019

 

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In this Changing Scripts podcast episode we chat with Lotta, a Finnish college student who lived in Shanghai, China between High School and University. During part of that time she took intensive Chinese language courses. Lotta has continued with her Chinese language learning even after returning to Finland by using TV shows and other media until she can take more language classes at her university. In this chat, Lotta shares with us her intensive Mandarin Chinese classroom experience in Shanghai, how she used the language outside of the classroom and how Mandarin Chinese compares to the handful of other languages she has learned and used in her life thus far. Lotta’s mother, Pia, was a guest on the Expat Rewind Podcast last year, where shared her first impressions of Shanghai via a blog post she wrote after moving here from Finland. Hi Pia!

This podcast is part of the Changing Scripts podtube experience: which is part podcast, part YouTube channel. The YouTube channel is where I share my own slow but steady language learning experience: challenges, questions, frustrations and all.

Lotta’s socials:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com

LINKS:

Meteor Garden (TV show): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_Garden_(2018_TV_series)

Slow Chinese: https://www.slow-chinese.com/

Bear Talk: https://www.beartalking.com/podcast Chinese tech podcast

25:15 A special offer from Matthew Boyle at Language Card Games, https://languagecardgames.com

THE NEXT Changing Scripts PodTube will be published on Tue, May 21st.

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Ep 17: Taylor: Languages as Family Members

April 16th, 2019

 

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In the Changing Scripts podcast episode, we talk to Taylor, an American Marketing Professional who grew up with a strong language learning curiosity. Mandarin Chinese was one of her first language loves and one that she has kept in contact with. I am using people analogies  because Taylor used them in the interview and it is simply a brilliant way to see the time, energy and commitment that it takes not only to learn a language but to maintain it over the years as well. We also talked about her other language encounters, food that came with the languages she learned, her favorite language learning YouTube channels and so much language geeky more. Taylor was one of the first people I met on Twitter in the very supportive #Chinese language learning world and I am forever grateful for her encouragement. Thanks Taylor!  

In accompanying Changing Scripts YouTUBE video I dive deeper into two aspects of Taylor’s interview:

1. Her languages as family member analogy and how it relates to my own language learning

2. Her desire to learn Ancient Chinese Literature and my own desire to learn slangish modern Mandarin Chinese so I can read social media posts online. I love how different and personal language learning can be and how people with such different goals can still learn from each other in the process.

Podcast LINKS:

-National Geographics Magazine

-Narcos Netflix show

-Stealing Freedom book

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001OERNM4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

-KemushiChan ロレッタ(YouTube)

-Records of the Grand Historian, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Records_of_the_Grand_Historian

-Collocation and colligation, https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/colligation

And lexical bundles, http://sdhanel.com/corpuslinguitics/lexicalbundles.html

-Academic who did the Chinese collocations study and presetntation at Iowa, FIND

http://blclab.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/JNL10.pdf

-Viki

https://www.google.com/search?q=viki+rakuten&oq=viki+&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.3982j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

-Amanda Tastes (NOT Amanda Eats),

https://www.youtube.com/user/amandaslittlekitchen

-Mongolian language script, http://www.omniglot.com/writing/mongolian.htm

-Rice dish persian; https://www.unicornsinthekitchen.com/persian-savory-saffron-cake-tahchin/

-Sunflower Splendor

https://www.amazon.com/Sunflower-Splendor-Thousand-Chinese-Midland/dp/0253206073

-Zhihu: (like Quora but in Chinese)

https://www.zhihu.com/signup?next=%2F

-Chairman’s Bao Chinese reader site: https://www.thechairmansbao.com/

-Yu Hua: Author, “To Live”  and “Brothers” (two novels Taylor recommends)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/334971.To_Live

-San Mao; author who wrote many travel oriented novels

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanmao_(author)

-Mo Yan (Author, Taylor recommends NOT to read it until years after learning about the language and culture due to the cultural and linguistic density of his books. )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Yan

-HSK 3 test Changing Scripts YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_luOMPrZZJw&t=3s

-Coursera HSK courses, https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=hsk

THE NEXT Changing Scripts PodTube will be published on Tue, May 8th.

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Ep 16: Tanya Crossman: Learning Mandarin Chinese on 3 Continents

April 1st, 2019

 

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In the Podcast episode, we talked to Tanya Crossman, author of Misunderstood The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century  about her experiences learning and using Mandarin Chinese since she was a teenager. Tanya has a deep connection both to Chinese culture and language but her language story does not stop there. It also includes the languages and dialects she was exposed to growing up in different countries, studying 12 languages thus far, dreaming in “the language that is contextually appropriate” and her love of learning language scripts. Tanya’s insights into the cultural aspects of Mandarin Chinese are as clear as can be, even for someone not familiar with Mandarin Chinese at all.

A special thank you to Mo Sibyl from the More Sibyl Podcast. It was her episode with Tanya that got us connected. If you’d like to know more about Tanya’s Third Culture Kid history or research, this is a great episode to listen to.

In the accompanying YouTUBE video,https://youtu.be/cvpOaGwxFMk, I dive deeper into two aspects of Tanya’s interview:

1. At the end of every interview I ask the guest what question I should ask future Changing Scripts guests. Tanya added this question: “How did you learn the emotional part of a language?” In this YouTube video, I reach back into my language teaching experience to remember if I helped my students to do this at all.  

2. Out of Tanya’s 12 languages there are a number of different scripts that she has learned. I am in awe with this because I am still struggling to read AND understand my first new script, the hanzi characters of Mandarin Chinese. Learning this new script has made me really understand the difference between reading a word or phrase and understanding what it means. 

This video was filmed while I was walking around Minhang Cultural Park in a Korean neighborhood in Shanghai, China.

THE NEXT Changing Scripts PodTube will be published on Tue, April 27th. You can follow all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Tanya’s Chinese language and culture blog:

https://storiesfromtanya.com/life-in-china/chinese-language-and-culture/

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This interview was created with: Steph’s mic is a Samson Q2U, we chatted remotely with Zoom remote video software, the podcast was edited with Audacity, a free, open source audio software, and the podcast sound was leveled (evened out) with Auphonic, a free AI leveling software.

Ep 15: Eric Olander of the China in Africa Podcast, Part 2

March 12th, 2019

 

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In this episode we continue our conversation from episode 8 with Eric Olander about his 33 year Mandarin Chinese language learning experience. Eric is a Journalist, Blogger, Media Executive, and Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the China Africa Project which includes the China in Africa Podcast, which he co-hosts weekly with Cobus Van Staden. Last time we chatted with Eric in episode 8 he shared his controversial learning methods but this time we dig into more of the cultural side of the Mandarin Chinese. We learn about how learning about how the time indicator 了 (le) can be thought of as a time bridge, how he knew he achieved a certain level of language learning competency when he got yelled at in Chinese and so much more.

The newest Changing Scripts YouTube video, part of this podtube experience, is available here: https://youtu.be/vu5F99JJCg4

SHOW NOTES:

-Chengyu, 3 Chinese character sayings

-”rubber time” https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=rubber-time

-”Misunderstood” by Tanya Crossman

-Dolce and Gabbana & recent events in China

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Ep 14: 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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