Olympics in Chinese 🥇 LTL’s Ultimate Vocabulary Guide
Discover Everything About The Olympics in Chinese
The Olympic Games are an event no one can miss, unless you live in a cave!
Who doesn’t like to watch a competition and cheer for one’s own country to win?
In this article, you’re going to learn some general and specific vocabulary about sports from the Olympics in Chinese.
You’ll then be able to talk about the Olympic Games with your Chinese friends!
So, what are you waiting for… Ready, Steady, Go!
Olympics in Chinese – The Basics
Olympics in Chinese – Ball Games
Olympics in Chinese – Aquatic Games
Olympics in Chinese – Other Sports
Olympics in Chinese – Specific Vocabulary
Olympics in Chinese – FAQ’s
#1 Olympics in Chinese – The Basics
The first thing to learn is how to say Olympic Games in Mandarin:
奥林匹克运动会 – àolínpǐkè yùndònghuì
Even though people normally just call them 奥运会 (ào yùn huì) for short.
Here are a few more vocabulary for Olympics in Chinese before we dive into the sports in more details
- According to tradition, the Olympic Torch 奥运会的圣火 (àoyùnhuì de shènghuǒ) 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 in Chinese is called 奥运会开幕式 (àoyùnhuì kāimù shì).
👉 DID YOU KNOW – The Olympics 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from the 23rd July 2021 to 8th August 2021.
Get ready for the 28 sports included on the program of the Olympic Games!
#2 Olympics in Chinese – Ball Games
First things first, all the sports including a ball 🏀
- 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
What’s your favourite?
#3 Olympics in Chinese – Aquatic Games
Even though all these sports are related to water, you’ll rarely see the character for water 水 (shuǐ) in their names. Have a look:
- 游泳 (yóuyǒng) – Swimming
- 花样游泳(huāyàng yóuyǒng) – Synchronised Swimming
- 跳水 (tiàoshuǐ) – Diving
- 水球 (shuǐqiú) – Water polo
- 皮划艇 (pí huá tǐng) – Canoe/ Kayak
- 赛艇 (sài tǐng) – Rowing
- 帆船 (fānchuán) – Sailing
That’s not the end!
The Olympic Games include many more sports, and lucky for you, we translated them all:
#4 Olympics in Chinese – Other Sports
- 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
- 现代五项(xiàndài wǔ xiàng) – Modern pentathlon
- 铁人三项(tiěrén sān xiàng) – Triathlon
#5 Olympics in Chinese – Specific 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 the hosting country, get ready to cheer them up by saying “加油，加油！” (jiāyóu) which literally means “to add oil” …
But wait, we need to know how to cheer on our nation in Chinese also, right? Check out our list of countries in Chinese so you know how to say your home country!
GO TEAM! 💪
#6 Olympics in Chinese – FAQ’s
How do you say Olympic Games in Chinese?
Olympic Games in Chinese is 奥林匹克运动会 – àolínpǐkè yùndònghuì
or 奥运会 (àoyùnhuì) for short.
How do you say Paralympic Games in Chinese?
Paralympic Games in Chinese is 残奥会 – cán ào huì
How do you say Olympic Torch in Chinese?
Olympic Torch is Chinese is 奥运会的圣火 – àoyùnhuì de shènghuǒ
How do you say Olympic Rings in Chinese?
Olympic Rings in Chinese is 奥运会五环 – àoyùnhuì wǔhuán
When is the 2020 Olympics?
The 2020 Summer Olympics, also known as Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, will be held from the 23rd July to 8th August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
When was the last Olympic Games in China?
The last Olympic Games hosted by China were the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
The event was held in Beijing from the 8th to 24th of August 2008.
The sailing events took place in Qingdao, while football events happened across several cities.
When will be the next Olympic Games in China?
The next Olympic Games in China will be the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
The events will take place in Beijing, and the neighbouring cities from Hebei province, from the 4th to 20th February 2022.
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