My assignment for this subject has a few questions. One part is about making sentences based on a picture. The other part is to film a video – a scene asking a friend to come by for dinner. I have a few Chinese friends at work but the challenge is to find time to make that video. I find that we can squeeze at least 15 to 20 mins creating the video nearing the time to punch out at work.
- Students are required to write the script in Pinyin but first I created the storyline and dialogue in English. I read all the chapters in my module and tried to incorporate all the different elements of everyday speech into the story.
- I translated English into Chinese using sentences in the OUM module or Google Translate. Using Google translate is inaccurate though. Especially if you type it using the English sentence (grammar) cause the translated lines would be jumbled up.
- This was evident when I asked my Chinese friend to help check if the dialogue is OK. Turned out I had a lot of corrections to do.
- I tried to memorize my lines for the scene but gave up. I couldn’t be sure if I could even memorize the dialogue in English, what more in Chinese. So, I placed the script on the table. It was printed in really huge fonts.
- I recorded my video with my Samsung A32 and a mini microphone I bought from Shopee to enhance the audio.
- Obviously, there were loads of bloopers as my OCD Chinese friend had to correct a lot of my pronunciations. Ha ha ha. Behind the scenes, it was a session full of roaring laughter.
Here is the final product.