A Scottish actor speaks fluent mandarin for two minutes in a very popular Chinese TV episode “蜗居” [Living in a Snail’s Shell]
Posted by Grace Feng on December 17, 2012
After you’ve learned mandarin for some time, especially after you’ve gained some progress, you probably want to know how well other Chinese learners are doing around the world. I’d like to show you how well a Scottish actor is doing in a very popular Chinese TV episode “蜗居 wōjū” [Living in a Snail’s Shell]. I don’t have information on how long he had been learning mandarin, but his spoken mandarin is actually very good. In his lines, he did make some small grammar errors. But his expression was very clear and flew well.
Hint: What is happening in that two-minute play?
Hai Ping, a Chinese woman that came to Shanghai to strive for a new life that she had dreamed of, was working part time as a Chinese tutor. That night, she went to her student Mark’s apartment to have an one on one Chinese lesson. Mark chatted about the his comparison between Shanghai and New York. And then he told Hai Ping that he met a woman who spoke mandarin was actually a Japanese. He wanted to introduce Hai Ping to that Japanese woman as her son’s Chinese teacher.
Please fast forward to 5:38 to watch him speaking fluent mandarin with the Chinese actress for two minutes. See whether you can take that role too. :-)
For Chinese readers that can’t access youtube, please fast forward the following video to 3:34 on youku:
Category: Chinese speaking practice
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