Rio Olympics 2016: Chinese Vocabulary
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are now under way and it’s time to learn some Chinese words about sports!
In this article, you’re going to learn some general and specific vocabulary about sports so you can talk about the Olympic Games with your Chinese friends.
So, what are you waiting for… Ready, Steady, Go!
The first thing to learn is how to say Olympic Games in Mandarin: Olympic Games = 奥林匹克运动会 (àolínpǐkè yùndònghuì) even though people normally just call them 奥运会 (ào yùn huì) for short.
According to tradition, the Olympic Torch 奥运会的圣火 (àoyùnhuìdeshènghuǒ) is a flame that marks the start of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Flag 奥运会会旗 (àoyùnhuìhuìqí), which is hung to fly in the main stadium as well as in all other venues during the Games, is white with five interlaced rings in the center – these are called the Olympic Rings 奥运会五环 (àoyùnhuìwǔhuán). The opening ceremony of the Olympics 奥运会开幕式 (Àoyùnhuì kāimù shì) took place on the evening of Friday 5 August 2016 in the Maracanã Stadium 马拉卡纳体育场 (Mǎ lā kǎ nà tǐyùchǎng) ,in Rio de Janeiro.
Here are the 28 sports included on the program for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games- 2016里约奥运 (Lǐ yuē àoyùnhuì):
BALL GAMES – Chinese Vocabulary
足球 (zúqiú) Football
网球 (wǎngqiú) Tennis
七人制橄榄球 (qī rén zhì gǎnlǎnqiú) Rugby sevens
高尔夫 (gāo’ěrfū) Golf
曲棍球 (qūgùnqiú) Field hockey
羽毛球 (yǔmáoqiú) Badminton
手球 (shǒuqiú) Handball
排球 (páiqiú) Volleyball
乒乓球 (pīngpāng qiú) Table Tennis
篮球 (lánqiú) Basketball
AQUATICS – Chinese Vocabulary
游泳 (yóuyǒng) Swimming
花样游泳(huāyàng yóuyǒng) Synchronised Swimming
水球(shuǐqiú) Water polo
田径 (tiánjìng) Athletics
自行车 (zìxíngchē) Cycling
体操 (tǐcāo) Gymnastics
马术 (mǎshù) Equestrian
射箭 (shèjiàn) Archery
射击 (shèjī) Shooting
击剑 (jījiàn) Fencing
举重 (jǔzhòng) Weightlifting
拳击 (quánjī) Boxing
柔道 (róudào) Judo
摔跤 (shuāijiāo) Wrestling
跆拳道 (táiquándào) Taekwondo
皮划艇 (pí huá tǐng) Canoe/ Kayak
赛艇(sài tǐng) Rowing
现代五项(xiàndài wǔ xiàng) Modern pentathlon
铁人三项(tiěrén sān xiàng) Triathlon.
Olympics Chinese Vocabulary
Now that you know the names of all the Olympic Sports in Chinese, you just need to learn these other few words to watch and comment on the games with your Chinese friends:
运动员 (yùndòngyuán) = Athlete ; 比赛(bǐsài) = Match/ Competition
裁判员(cáipàn yuán) = Referee/Judge ; 规则(guīzé) = Rules
金牌(jīnpái) = Gold medal ; 银牌 (yínpái) = Silver medal; 铜牌(tóngpái) = Bronze medal.
残奥会(Cán ào huì) = Paralympic Games.
In conclusion, I want to make sure you know how to support your team properly, so when the athletes enter the Olympic stadium, no matter if you are at home or in Rio, get ready to cheer them up by saying “加油，加油！” (jiāyóu) which literally means “to add oil” … GO TEAM!
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