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Ball Games Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Culture, sports, Vocabulary

No matter where you’re from or which language you speak, chances are you play some kind of ball game. You also probably enjoy watching them. But… can you talk about them in Chinese? You’ll be able to after you study this post!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayx6_YoETns

A great lesson on sports with my favorite YouTube Chinese teacher – Mike Laoshi.

Here are the Chinese names for some of the most popular ball games around the world. Try using them to make sentences or ask questions.

 Chinese

 Pinyin

 English

 篮球

lán qiú

basketball

 足球

zú qiú

football

 乒乓球

pīng pāng qiú

ping pong

 羽毛球

yǔ máo qiú

badminton

 冰球

bīng qiú

ice hockey

 橄榄球

gǎn lǎn qiú

rugby

 美式橄榄球

měi shì gǎn lǎn qiú

American football

 棒球

bàng qiú

baseball

 排球

pái qiú

volleyball

 水球

shuǐ qiú

water polo

 马球

mǎ qiú

polo

 网球

wǎng qiú

tennis

 手球

shǒu qiú

handball

 高尔夫球

gāo’ěr fū qiú

golf

 台球

tái qiú

pool/billiards

 壁球

bì qiú

squash

 板球

bǎn qiú

cricket

 保龄球

bǎo líng qiú

bowling

 躲避球

duǒ bì qiú

dodgeball

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is a teacher, student, writer, photographer, web designer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently planning a trip through Central/South America.


Comments:

  1. sasha:

    Here are some ways to use the vocabulary:

    你喜欢。。。吗?- Do you like… (game)?

    你会打。。。吗?- Can you play… (game where you use hands)?

    你会踢。。。吗?- Can you play… (game where you use your feet)?

  2. Ginger:

    what about dodgeball?


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