MOVIES/DRAMAS/TV SHOWS tips

Another thing I always like to do is to watch movies/dramas/TV shows – whatever – that I can listen to the new language, get used to the colloquial spoken language and also get used to the new culture. So I’m trying to watch Chinese stuff (or, at least mandarin spoken ones) so I can practice my listening a little bit. Although I admit it, I always watch with subtitles… but anyway! At least I can listen to it!

I don’t know if anyone will read what I wrote since I usually don’t read others reviews, so I don’t expect anyone else to read about it either. If I like the movie, I like it and I usually don’t look to know what others people think about it. But if you want to watch mandarin spoken movies, I’ll try to update here with some of my favorite tips as much as it’s possible. Oh, let me warn you. I am a girl and I like girly stuff. So… most of all… I will recommend girly stuff!! But okay… I will try to watch some other genres to please everyone that might get here someday!

And well, this will be MY point of view. Just a regular person writing randomly about stuff I like. So please don’t compare it to any professional work out there.

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So, my first try, a few months ago, was the Taiwanese “Hear me”.


Genre: Romance
Director: Cheng Fen Fen
Cast: Eddie Peng Yuyan, Chen Yihan, Michelle Chen, Lo Peian, Lin Meihsiu
Rating: PG

Synopsis
Yang Yang (Chen Yi Han) and her elder sister, Xiao Peng (Chen Yan Xi) are born with hearing disabilities and they communicate using sign language in their daily lives. Xiao Peng joins the swimming team for the disabled and has ambition to participate in the Olympic one day. Yang Yang is always there to give her the fullest support.

Tian Kuo (Eddie Peng), who provides lunch catering to the swimming team are impressed with the sisters’ relationship and starts to develop his feeling for Yang Yang. He even provides free lunch box to Yang Yang with extra ingredients. Yang Yang, although is from poor family knows that she needs to repay him back one day by calculating the amount of lunch boxes she receives from him.

Tian Kuo understands the hardship of the sisters and willing to wait patiently for her in order to chat with Yang Yang online on MSN. Their relationship grows stronger day by day and Tian Kuo hopes to marry her in the future. One day Yang Yang realizes she spent too much time with Tian Kuo that she has neglected her sister and she decides to break off their relationship… ~~

I guess it was my first mandarin spoken movie I ever watched and I was very trilled to it. The synopsis sounded good, the storyline interesting… Guess how surprised I got when I finally understood that the movie was basically all about deaf people? Well, I read that before but I guess I didn’t quite realized that deaf people also DON’T SPEAK! But I decided to watch it anyway and I decided to share with you all because, despite of not much spoken scenes, the movie is still great.

For me, it’s lovely how the story happens. Yang Yang is a very hard working girl who does everything to help her sister, Xiao Peng, to train for the deflympics. Their bound is very touching. And I love to see how the sisters love each other.

When Tian Kuo and Yang Yang met on the deafly center where Xiao trains,   they assumed that everyone around there were deaf but … well, watch the movie.

Tian Kuo got impressed by her, and tried to get closer to her, but she was always so busy ad running somewhere else, from a job to another.

He eventually gets closer to the sister and got touched by her friendship and how hard their work to make each other happy. Since he has an easier life, he tries to help them as much as he can. And then he start to be part of the sister’s life. And yes, as you must have predicted, Tian Kuo falls for Yang Yang and some more drama involves the movie.

I think how the whole story happens is adorable. Very soft and gentle. I miss this on occidental movies, sometimes. Like kissing scenes. On Asian movies they are so rare and so troublesome, that it makes it kind of funny. But also, it makes the scene deeper and makes you value the moment. So, of course, before the so longing kissing scene happens a lot of drama goes through.

Well, I liked the movie a lot. I think it’s delicate and cute. And no one dies at the end! Yay! \o/ It really annoys me how on romances someone always die at the end. I’m so tired of stories like that… the dialogue on the movie is funny. Eddie Peng brings a lot of life to Tian Kuo character. By the way, I LOVE all the scenes with his parents!

They are so nosy, so loud! But they are a family with lots of love and it’s touching the scene when they met Yang Yang.  I honestly thought they would be opposite to him dating a deaf girl, but no, they completely accepted her and tried their best to get close to her! It’s a movie full of companionship, understanding and family love.

Another good point is the soundtrack. It’s ADORABLE. Honestly? I settled the main song as my ringtone. I love it =]

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My Way – Translation

It has been so long since last post! I’m so sorry! I’m failing already on my goal to post here every week!! But, in my defense, I should say i have been working a lot lately. Besides, MBA is driving me C-R-A-Z-Y! And, of course, lots of chinese classes. No, I didn’t stop studying, people! Even tho I’m failing updating here, I am trying my best to learn more.

Today I’ll leave here another temptive of translation… did I suceed anyhow? I hope so! let me know what you think!

 

Fusion乐团 – My Way

街道两边 日落之前
jie dao liang bian ri luo zhi qian
凝结在这个孤单季节
ning jie zai zhe ge gu dan ji jie
眼前浮现 是那幅画面
yan qian fu xian shi na fu hua mian
拥抱在树叶飘落瞬间
yong bao zai shu ye piao luo shun jian
感受餘温尚存你我之间
gan shou wen shang cun ni wo zhi jian
虚幻现实无法分辨
xu huan xian shi wu fa fen bian
It’s my way to run away
It s my way to run away
It’s my way just walk away~~~~~~~~
It s my way just walk away~~~~~~~~
It’s my way
It s my way
早已厌倦, 喧嚣的世界
zao yi yan juan xuan xiao de shi jie
独自享受这孤单季节
du zi xiang shou zhe gu dan ji jie
浮想连篇, 是那幅画面
fu xiang lian pian shi na fu hua mian
拥抱在树叶飘落瞬间
yong bao zai shu ye piao luo shun jian
感受餘温尚存你我之间
gan shou wen shang cun ni wo zhi jian
虚幻现实无法分辨
xu huan xian shi wu fa fen bian
It’s my way to run away
It s my way to run away
It’s my way just walk away~~~~~~~~
It s my way just walk away~~~~~~~~
It’s my own way
It s my own way

“Translation”

Following the street, the sun is setting down (?)
I stare at this lonely season
Right now emerge the scene of that
Embrace leaves float down moment
I feel the exist (space?) between you and me
Unable to distinguish Illusion from reality
It’s my way to run away (2x)
It’s my way just walk away (2x)
It’s my way (2x)
Long ago dreary clamor of the world
Enjoying the lonely season alone
Collecting ideas to that scene/picture
Embrace leaves float down moment
I feel the exist between you and me
Unable to distinguish Illusion from reality

Flashcards

I’ve heard/read few people talking about using flashcards to make it better for them to memorize or even just to practice the new words. Since now I’m starting to use characteres, it’s another stuff to learn too. So I decided to give it a try.

I got some papers who ere about to be trow into the bin and i decided to ‘reuse’ it and make some simple flashcards. Like those you can see here:

 

Actually it has been great to practice. I like to test myself using random words to see if i really know them, so this has been great. On one side i write the character and the pinyin and on the back i write the meaning of it.


I am liking it, actually. I’m just wondering how many of those I will get in a few months… haha

 

Yes, I know I know.. the camera on my phone sucks. I promise I’ll try to take better pictures next time!

Homework: shopping and bargain

I was doing my homework today when i realized that it would be a good idea to share it here.

Right now I’m learning some key words about shopping and bargain. SO I had to create a dialogue where I try to buy something and then I have to talk about sizes, collors and try to bargain a better price. Well, my vocabulary is not much yet.. and I’m still a beginner (please *always* remember that..) and so far, I have only used pinyin. We (teacher and I) have decided to keep focusing on pronounciation and know how chinese structure works before using the characters.  So the whole dialogue is written like that.

Oh, of course, if you know chinese and wants to correct me, please feel free!

Oh², I can only type 2 kinds of tones on my computer (` and´) so since i can’t type them all, I decided to only write the number of the tone by the side of the word (ex: shen2 = shén)

Ok, shall we?

 

 

A: Ni3 hao3! Ni3 mai3 shen4 me?

B: Ni3 hao3. Wo3 ke3 yi3 shi4 shi yi1shuang1 xie2 ma?

A: Ke3 yi3, ni3 chuan1 duo1 da4 hao3 de?

B: zhong1 hao3 de. (i choose this cause i don’t know about shoes sizes in chinese..)

A: Hao3 de.

B: Wo3 xiang3 yi1 dianr3 xiao3. You3 dianr3 da4 ma?

A: Hao3 de. Shi4 you4.

B: Wo3 bing4 yao4 yi1shuang1 wa4 zi. Yi3jian4 hei1 de.

A: Hao3 de.

B: Duo1 shao3 qian2?

A: Yi3 gong4 qi1 shi2 kuai4.

B: Tai4 gui4 le! Pian4 yi dianr3 ba?

A: Ni3 shuo1 duo1 shao3 qian2.

B: Liu4 shi2 kuai4 ba?

A: Hao3 de.

B: Xie4 xie. Zhe4 ge yi1 bai3 kuai4.

A: Bu4 ke4 qi. Zhao3 ni3 si4 shi2 kuai4.  Zai4 jian4.

B: Zai4 jian4!

 

Translation…?

When I was learning english, one of my favorite things to do was getting a song i like and try to translate it. Even if it wasn’t right. Even if i spelled it all wrong. I could always check on dictionary later, anyway. hehe.

So I decided to do that with chinese too. I try to get some songs I like and try to translate it. I absolutely love how this song sounds and I decided to actually know what it’s saying! Of course I know that the translation is pretty poor, since I did almost all of it looking at the dictionary. So, if anyone out there knows chinese and it’s kind enough to check it and see what I’m doing right or wrong.. please feel free to correct me! =]

And no.. I didn’t write the part in chinese.. i just copy.. but i translated all by myself! Well, with a little help of the dictionary.. =]

wo xi huan ni de yan
kan zhe wo de yan
wo xi huan ni de lian
tie zhe wo de lian

wo xi huan ni de shou
qian zhe wo de shou
wo xi huan ni de kou
wen zhe wo de kou
shi jian zai gai bian
ni bu yao gai bian

yin wei wo hen ai ni
bu xiang yao ni fang qi ai qing
wo ai ni zhen de hen ai ni
suo yi xiang
jiu zhe yang ji xu ai xia qu

shi jian zai gai bian
ni bu yao gai bian

yin wei wo hen ai ni
bu xiang yao ni fang qi ai qing
you qi zhe duan de lai bu yi
wo ai ni zhen de hen ai ni
suo yi xiang
jiu zhe yang ji xu ai xia qu

yin wei wo hen ai ni
bu xiang yao ni fang qi ai qing
you qi zhe duan de lai bu yi
wo ai ni zhen de hen ai ni
suo yi xiang
jiu zhe yang ji xu ai xia qu

ba zheng ge shi jie dou gei ni

作詞:嚴爵 作曲:嚴爵

我喜歡妳的眼 看著我的眼
我喜歡妳的臉 貼著我的臉

我喜歡妳的手 牽著我的手
我喜歡妳的口 吻著我的口
時間在改變 妳不要改變

因為我很愛妳 不想要妳放棄愛情
尤其這段得來不易
我愛妳 真的是很愛妳 所以想
就這樣繼續愛下去

時間在改變 妳不要改變

因為我很愛妳 不想要妳放棄愛情
尤其這段得來不易
我愛妳 真的是很愛妳 所以想
就這樣繼續愛下去

因為我很愛妳 不想要妳放棄愛情
尤其這段得來不易
我愛妳 真的是很愛妳 所以想
就這樣繼續愛下去

因為我很愛妳 不想要妳放棄愛情
尤其這段得來不易
我愛妳 真的是很愛妳 所以想
就這樣繼續愛下去

I like your eyes

Look at my eyes

I like your face

Close to my face

I like your hand

Hold my hand

I like your mouth

Kiss my mouth

Time changes

Don’t you ever change

Because I will ever love you this much

I don’t believe you would ever ask me to renounce this love

I really love you very much (?)

I wish this to continue this way (?)

The rest of it is pretty much repetition, so I didn’t repeated all of it all over again. Well.. let me know how right/wrong i am doing, please!

Chinese learning resolutions

Making new years resolutions is always very important so you can keep the track of your own growth and you never forget the things you really want to do, even during all day by day distractions.

After thinking about all the things I want to reach now in 2012 I came to think that I have been on and off oh chinese for about 2 or 3 years now. I have never been serious about it and that’s why I’m still a begginer after all this time. Well, no more excuses for this new year!!

I got mostly inspired by a post discussion and  this post. So I guess it’s a great chance to take it seriously this time and really start to learn and *speak* chinese! Create public blog and post my goals makes me put some more effort, since I don’t want to embarass myself in front of everyone.

By this, I’m mking a commitment of:

  1. NEVER miss any of my chinese classes
  2. ALWAYS review the new words learned and keep reviewing even when I don’t have classes
  3. Post here at least once a week about my development and all the new things I have learned.

So, goals for learning chinese in 2012:

  1. Take chinese classes 3 times a week,
  • always paying all the attention that is required;
  • always preparing myselff to the classes, making sure i completed the homework and made a review of the last class.

2.  Study by myself,

  • reviewing the audio lessons at least once a day;
  • making personal notes and abstration from each lesson;
  • studying them everyday for at least 30 minutes.
3.  Posting on Blog
  • post at least once a week, reporting my development;
  • post other things related to chinese language that I think it might be interesting.

Any other ideas of what should i set as a goal? I’m free to recieve sugestions!

And why The Gyoza Dilemmas you may ask? Well, it’s obvious. I’m addicted to gyoza! =]

 

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