This article will not only show some sports vocabulary but also tell you how to talk about sports with Chinese people, especially some conversations about summer Olympic Games!
Before we get started, let’s see how to say Olympic Games itself: àolínpǐkè yùndònghuì 奥林匹克运动会, and normally people just call it “ào yùn huì 奥运会” for short.
|Swimming yóu yǒng 游泳||Canoe/ Kayak pí huà tǐng 皮划艇|
|Diving tiàoshuǐ 跳水||Rowing sài tǐng 赛艇|
|Water Polo shuǐqiú 水球||Sailing fán chuán 帆船|
Chinese people are big fan of aquatics! The diving competition is the match you should not miss since the Chinese team has been winning the championship for a long time. Both Chinese women and men are top athletes in this field. The diving champions are very popular among Chinese people too, like Guo Jingjing 郭晶晶, the “diving queen” and ”diving prince” Tian Liang 田亮.
100m/ 200m/ 400m/ 800m/ 1500m/ 5000m/ 10000m: yì bǎi/ liǎng bǎi/ sì bǎi/ bā bǎi/ yìqiān wǔ bǎi/ wǔ qiān/ yí wàn mǐ pǎo : 200/ 400/ 800/ 1500/ 5000/ 10000米跑
110 m/ 400 m hurdles: yì bǎi yīshí mǐ / sì bǎi kuàlán 110米/ 400米跨栏
20 km/ 50 km walk: èr shí gōnglǐ/ wǔ shí gōnglǐ jìng zǒu 20公里/ 50公里竞走
4 x 100 m/ 4 x 400 m relay: sì chéng yī bǎi mǐ/ sì chéng sì bǎi mǐ jiēlì 4×100米/ 4×400米接力
Marathon mǎāsōng 马拉松
|Hammer liànqiú 链球|
|High jump tiàogāo 跳高||Javelin biāoqiāng 标枪|
|Pole vault chēnggǎn tiàogāo 撑杆跳||Shot put qiānqiú 铅球|
|Long jump tiàoyuǎn 跳远||Discus tiěbǐng 铁饼|
|Triple jump sān jí tiàoyuǎn 三级跳远||Decathlon shí xiàng quánnéng 十项全能|
It is known that the Chinese athletes do not usually rank at the top, but Chinese people’s passion for sports is something you cannot deny. We owe it to the 110m hurdles final of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games which drew national attention because of Liu Xiang, known in China as the”Flying Man.”
Badminton yǔmáoqiú 羽毛球
|Softball lěiqiú 垒球|
|Baseball bàngqiú 棒球||Table Tennis pīngpāng qiú 乒乓球|
|Basketball lánqiú 篮球||Volleyball páiqiú 排球|
|Football zúqiú 足球||Tennis wǎngqiú 网球|
|Handball shǒuqiú 手球||Beach volleyball shātān páiqiú 沙滩排球|
|Hockey qūgùnqiú 曲棍球|
As a Mandarin teacher, I’ve heard of a lot of jokes about ”do not mention your ping-pong skill in front of Chinese people” from my students all over the world. But the truth is that not everyone in China knows how to play table tennis, let alone to play it very well, including me. The idea that all Chinese are good table tennis players is, of course, a stereotype.
Archery shèjiàn 射箭
|Fencing jījiàn 击剑|
|Boxing quánjī 拳击||Gymnastics tǐcāo 体操|
|Equestrian mǎshù 马术||Rhythmic gymnastics yìshù tǐcāo 艺术体操|
|Judo róudào 柔道||Shooting shèjī 射击|
|Taekwondo táiquándào 跆拳道||Triathlon tiěrén sānxiàng 铁人三项|
|Weightlifting jǔzhòng 举重||Wrestling shuāijiāo 摔跤|
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