Kung Fu lessons
pretzellogicOctober 14, 2009, 04:16 AM
Let us know when there's a lesson with dialogue like, "Master, after 'beauty looks in the mirror', what comes next?" "Grasshopper, this is going to be a long journey indeed".
simonpetterssonOctober 12, 2009, 07:51 PM
I requested a wuxia lesson at the intermediate level some time ago, but no results as of yet. ChinesePod does get a lot of requests, so all we can do is wait ...
pretzellogicOctober 13, 2009, 03:14 AM
are you kidding? Tai chi is arguably a cousin to Kung Fu, or maybe a brother, but it is not Northern Long Fist. Plus, i'm not sure why we're supposed to make do with 1 lesson about the Shaolin temple, when there are more than 100 lessons about food at multiple levels.
BEBCOctober 12, 2009, 05:24 PM
Not only vocab useful for standard Kungfu films, but also for the broader period action type of films like Hero, House of Flying Daggers, etc
Vocab for military rank, strategy etc and vocab useful for political intrigue.
That would go quite a way to understanding what is going on in such films without recourse to the subtitles
pretzellogicOctober 13, 2009, 06:13 AM
yeah, I know i've posted before that this lack of Kung Fu lessons is interesting. In the US, Kung Fu is one of the biggest reasons Americans are aware of Chinese culture (in addition to famous Chinese Americans, Chinatowns, Chinese restaurants and so on. Plus living in Los Angeles, which had a relatively large Chinese and Asian American presence and influence). If Quentin Tarantino and the Wu Tang Clan were subscribing to this site, they'd be pretty disappointed.
simonpetterssonOctober 13, 2009, 06:18 AM
Now that I think about it, I remember there being a lesson on Bruce Lee many years ago, in the infancy of ChinesePod. I recall that Ken didn't know what to call the "double stick weapon" (nunchucks). We also learned the Chinese word for "wail".
This was when I was not a member, just listening to the lessons (they were all free back then) and not really studying the language.
pretzellogicOctober 13, 2009, 06:27 AM
you're right!! I found the one lesson:
I will say this lesson is light on actual Kung Fu dialogue (like "Li Jian, you have desecrated the temple!"), as it just seems to discuss how big a star Bruce Lee is. They don't really even discuss "Enter the Dragon" or "Return of the Dragon".
podsterOctober 14, 2009, 03:18 AM
- There is more than one Tai Chi Lesson:
simonpetterssonOctober 13, 2009, 06:03 AM
Well, you do learn a couple of useful terms in the tai chi lesson. As to whether tai chi is or is not kung fu, that's a matter of definition. It's a martial art and it's from China.
But yeah, I hear ya, bring on the "Your Thousand Dragon style is no match for my Five Elements Fists!" dialogues.
One can speculate, though, that such a famous aspect of Chinese culture cannot have been missed by accident ...