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

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

Summary: Conversations with people who are learning Mandarin Chinese AND also those who grew up with it

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 Ep 16: The Accumulation of Forgetting AND Hope while learning Mandarin Chinese | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:23

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.   Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link 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” Would love to know what you think about this episode! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message) Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ 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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:44:59

  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.    Would love to know what you think about this episode! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message) Changing Scripts Podcast website, YouTube Channel, Changing Scripts Amazon Affiliate Link Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/ 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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:20

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: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Support the podcast: Changing Scripts Podcast Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link 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 Would love to know what you think about this episode! Socials:Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message) 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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:48

  Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Changing Scripts Amazon Affiliate Link (shop normally with this link and support this podcast at the same time! 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 --------------------------------------------------- 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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:41:30

Changing Scripts Podcast website, YouTube Channel, Changing Scripts Amazon Affiliate Link Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates 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. Would love to know what you think about this episode! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message) 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 --------------------------------------------------- Music courtesty of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album. Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 Ep 11: Weekly Mandarin Chinese Learning Update: Oct 14, 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:08

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: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link In this episode: Instagram study photos: new flashcard to review flashcard number tracker (the circled numbers are the ones moving out of the new flashcard pile 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/ --------------------------------------------------- Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album. ----------------------------------------------- Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 Ep 10: Jeremy Tiang: Writer, Translator and Global Linguistic Soul | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:05:22

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.   Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link 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 --------------------------------------------------- Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album. ------------------------------------------------ Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 Ep 9: NEW Weekly Learning Updates: Oct 7, 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:45

Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link 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 --------------------------------------------------- Music courtesty of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album. All projects:https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 International Podcast Day LIVE events today! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 06:57

All of the events from this amazing online podcasting conference are available on YouTube all year long. Happy podding! International Podcast Day YouTube Channel Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Changing Scripts Amazon Affiliate Link (shop normally with this link and support this podcast at the same time!

 Ep 8: Eric Olander: from English to Mandarin Chinese | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:24

  Eric Olander, co-host of the China in Africa Podcast: https://chinaafrica-podcast.com/, has been studying and using the Mandarin Chinese language for over 30 years. With this linguistic longevity comes language wisdom, a realistic perspective and sensible tools to give those of us studying the language a boost. His viewpoint on Mandarin Chinese can help people who are not able or interested in learning Mandarin Chinese understand the juxtaposition of this communication tool with the culture it is so intimately connected to as well as its' role globally now and in the future.      Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link  --------------------------------------------------- Music courtesty of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album. All projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 Ep 7: Lucy, from Mandarin Chinese to English & Japanese | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:35

Lucy grew up in Shanghai, China speaking both Standard Mandarin Chinese and a local Songjiang dialect. She later learned other languages both as a child and an adult. Her descriptions of both the Chinese and foreign language classrooms in China are fascinating. She is now working in an English language workplace in Shanghai in the Social Media arena of a local publication, Sixth Tone: http://www.sixthtone.com/ .  Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Subscribe to Changing Scripts Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS Join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates Support the podcast: Virtual Expats Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link In this episode: Chinese words talked about in this ep: ru and ren, pan and fan: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxIPGolVug/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1qporthas3   40:11 Afu https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC689uDf0ryZniKpuSK9ESTw   44:10 Ximalaya Podcast Site (in Chinese) https://www.ximalaya.com/   --------------------------------------------------- Music courtesty of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album. All projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 Ep 6: Liv Lin in the shoe, from Cantonese to Spanish, English and Mandarin Chinese | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:13

Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel  Liv is in an interesting language experience right now. She grew in New York City using Cantonese with her Southern Chinese mother and some Mandarin Chinese with her Taiwanese father. She then picked up Spanish and English in her diverse NYC environment. She has traveled extensively and has learned a few more languages along the way. But it is now, while living and working in Shanghai, China, that she is faced with a myriad of language AND cultural obstacles that she feels the most challenged by. Liv started an intensive Mandarin Chinese summer course the day after this interview in order to face these challenges head on. We have the pleasure of talking to her before and after this course. The after conversation will be in the Fall season.  Liv's website: http://www.thatlivlife.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This podcast is a sister project to the Changing Scripts YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClzR7HySZTVb6g-tSzAhi5A Music Info: Galaxies by Split Phase is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Split_Phase/Compendium/split_phase-38-galaxies

 Ep 5: Eric: from Chinese to English, Japanese and French | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:50:22

Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel Eric (his English name) grew up partly outside of Shanghai, China and then in Shanghai. He is now a Software Engineer that maneuvers through his Shanghai life in a multitude of languages including Mandarin Chinese, Shanghaiese, English, Japanese and French. In this conversation we talk about:  -how he learned his 1st language-both the spoken and written form  -how learning his other languages compared to his Chinese 1st language experience -what languages he reads in and why  -how technology has changed language learning -how street signs in China include a script that is not a language at all and so much more.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This podcast is a sister project to the Changing Scripts YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClzR7HySZTVb6g-tSzAhi5A Music Info: Galaxies by Split Phase is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Split_Phase/Compendium/split_phase-38-galaxies

 Ep 4: Yifei (from Chinese) & Phil (to Chinese) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:34:45

Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel  This is our first group chat about Simplified Mandarin Chinese. In this episode we have Yifei, a Chinese college student in Shanghai and Phil from episode 2 fame (he's British), who is a Master's student and also works in Shanghai. Some of the things covered during this conversation are: -how they learned their 1st and 2nd languages  -higher level language learning issues such as studying uncommon vocab for the GRE exam and how to practice less common grammatical structures in every day conversations without sounding out of place - how to keep motivated -challenges at different levels of learning languages -unlearning beginner ideas of languages - culture effecting lexical (vocabulary) nuance within a language and so much more.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Music Info: Galaxies by Split Phase is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Split_Phase/Compendium/split_phase-38-galaxies  

 Ep 3:Angie, From German to Chinese in Shanghai, China | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:10

Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channel   Angie's YouTube channel, T(h)ree of books, about books and bookstores:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6LBSm1HZjecZt7EVnyUImw ------------------------------------------------------------------- Music Info: Galaxies by Split Phase is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Split_Phase/Compendium/split_phase-38-galaxies

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