First off, that coke video was hilarious :roflmao: but with all due respect, I’d like to think the Mandarin I’m teaching isn’t that bad and misleading…
I mean, that’s like, baaaad. Haha.
Since I was born here, my Mandarin isn’t the best, I definitely concede to that. And yes, I do have an American accent.
I’ve seen people with more glaring accents (like my sister cough) and I definitely would not want to learn Mandarin from her, but I think the content I’m teaching can give a non-native speaker enough to latch onto and start being conversational in the language at least. I can start putting a disclaimer of sorts saying if they really want to nail down certain accents perfectly, my videos are probably not the best place to do that.
As far as the content goes, I’m beginning to see your point, there’s not enough Mandarin in these “How to Mandarin” videos. Others have brought it up to me as well. When I first started, I dedicated entire lessons to just one or two words, but with anything, that was just me testing the waters and figuring out how to do this. More recently, I’ve started to throw more phrases into the mix. The Youtube description beneath each video I post lists out the things I cover and lately, the lists have grown. Some earlier videos might not have had much content, but I certainly don’t think I’m “pretending” by any means. I’ll definitely keep that in mind, though, and think of even more to teach per episode.
There are videos out there that teach Mandarin, sometimes putting 20 or so different vocab words or phrases one after the other, but the way the person lists them off has always seemed sort of robotic to me. If the viewer doesn’t mind that, then those videos are the best to learn from. What I wanted to do from the beginning was just to connect to the viewer a bit more and give it more of a casual feeling. I’ve done some searching and haven’t found many videos like that. So while sometimes, it does come off as a “vlog” of sorts, that’s just me trying to give it a more relaxed atmosphere. And I like to throw some jokes and asides in there, which I guess could come off as embarrassing, but what is life if you can’t be a little embarrassing sometimes? :discodance:
But all that is to say thanks ehophi. Up to this point, this has been the most honest and thorough critique of what I’m doing and I actually really appreciate it. Also, I’ve gone through 4 years of art school, I’m no stranger to critique haha. There have been a handful of people who have shown support so I think I’ll keep doing it for them, but in the meantime, I definitely welcome any other comments you have. I’ll keep trying to improve! [/quote]
I think your videos so far are shite, but I like your attitude; and if you can survive the crucible of criticism in the mortar and pestle of Forumosa you will do well. Follow your dream. Where criticism is constructive: employ it. Where criticism is destructive: ignore it.