Words on traditional and new media
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Words on traditional and new media

Words on traditional and new media

Welcome to this week’s issue of the Giant Mandarin newsletter. This week’s newsletter is about media, both traditional and new.

In this week’s Elementary–Intermediate Words we focus on essential words for talking about traditional forms of media: newspapers and magazines. In Advanced Words, we shift our attention to new forms of media: social media, blogs and podcasts.

Finally, in Supplementary Reading we suggest an analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we consume media; an article breaking down #booktok; a piece on the popular appeal of Joe Rogan; and an article on how podcasts have amplified the voices of athletes. We hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Elementary–Intermediate Words

  1. 传统媒体 chuántǒng méitǐ - traditional media
  2. 传统 chuántǒng - traditional; tradition
  3. 媒体 méitǐ - media
  4. 报纸 bàozhǐ - newspaper 🗞
  5. 杂志 zázhì - magazine

读 dú - to read

读报纸 dú bàozhǐ - to read a newspaper

读杂志 dú zázhì - to read a magazine

  1. 新闻 xīnwén - news 📰
  2. 记者 jìzhě - journalist

头条 tóutiáo - headline

头条新闻 tóutiáo xīnwén - headline news story

假 jiǎ - fake

假新闻 jiǎxīnwén - fake news

Advanced Words

  1. 新媒体 xīnméitǐ - new media
  2. 社交媒体 shèjiāo méitǐ - social media
  3. 博客 bókè - blog ✍️
  4. 播客 bōkè - podcast 🎧

录 lù - to record 🎤

录播客 lù bōkè - to record a podcast

  1. 短信 duǎnxìn - text message
  2. 视频 shìpín - video
  3. 图片 túpiàn - picture 🌄
  4. 网红 wǎnghóng - Internet celebrity (slang)
  5. 火 huǒ - popular (slang) 🔥

Supplementary Reading

  1. As Lockdowns Lift, Media Firms Brace for an “Attention Recession”, International, The Economist
  2. The Next Literary Frontier: The Rise of BookTok, Ava Culoso and Katie Kalhorn, The Hoya
  3. Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?, Devin Gordon, The Atlantic
  4. The Rise of the Athlete Podcaster, Hua Hsu, The New Yorker

That brings us to the end of this week’s newsletter.

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Giant Mandarin (@GiantMandarin) is written by David Wu (@davidwuio).