我唱北京 “I Sing Beijing” @ New York
These american singers took 5 weeks of training to pronounce and sing in Chinese.
Who say Chinese is difficult ? A language of the same age as Egyptian, Babylonian, Somalian and Ancient Indian, yet survives 5,000 years still used by 1/4 of human beings today.
“It is not a language, it is a THING!” — discovered by Leibniz, the 17 CE German Philiosopher and Mathematician (invented 0&1 Binary & co-invented Calculus with Newton). He wrote to French King Louis 14th to promote Chinese as an ‘Esperanto’ 世界语 ( characteristica universalis, or universal character — the ideal universal and formal language) — when French was then the World’s lingua-franca.
Any ideal human language needs to fulfill 3 properties:
1) symbols to note down object pictures & ideas — hence pictograms. Chinese calligraphy is an Art of drawing.
2) denote human voice in musical sounds — hence 4 tones (à la do-re-mi-fa). Chinese poem is a piece of music filled with matching intonations (押韻).
3) sans ‘man-made’ troublesome rules, a.k.a. grammar. Chinese nouns & verbs are without the rules of -s, -ed, -ing, etc, or noun sex genders (French /German). The Chinese characters can provide the tenses, conditional (条件语气) / subjuntive (假设语气) nuances in the context.
Learning Chinese is the EXACT opposite way of learning any alphabetical languages (ie occidental languages + ‘alphabetized’ Korean / Japanese ) — just like learning to eat with chopsticks versus fork & spoon. It is a matter of changing mindset.
I SING BEIJING American Debut Highlights Video:
The first patriotic Anti-Japanese Invasion War Song “黄河大合唱” (Yellow River) written by Xie XingHai 冼星海 , who was educated in Singapore at 养正 YangZhen Primary School in 1911.
Jamez McCorkle – 那就是我 (Na Jiu Shi Wo) – NCPA Beijing, China – “I Sing Beijing”…: