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Every four years, the eyes of the world are on the Summer Olympics (夏季奥运会 – xià jì ào yùn huì). This year, the games are taking place in Rio de Janeiro (里约热内卢 – lǐ yuē rè nèi lú), the first time the games have been held in South America. The slogan for the 2016 Olympics is “A new world” (一个新世界 – yī gè xīn shì jiè). Over 11,000 athletes representing 206 different nations are competing in the games this year. Everyone is talking about them all over the world, but you might have a little trouble doing so in Chinese if you don’t know the lingo. Never fear, because we’re here to help!
To get you talking about the Olympics in Chinese, here are all of the events in alphabetical order in English, along with the Chinese translation and pinyin:
Of course, all athletes dream of taking home a medal to their home country. Here are the Chinese names for the three medals that are up for grabs in each event:
The 2016 installment of the games marks the 10th time China has sent a team to compete since their debut back in 1952. As the most populous country in the world, it should come as no surprise that China has sent quite a few athletes – 412 to be exact – to compete in 29 different sports. Track and field is the event with the most Chinese athletes, at 56. While China is expected to pull in quite a few gold medals, perhaps the biggest star of the team thus far has been Fu Yuanhui (傅园慧). After winning a bronze medal in swimming, her cheerful interview made her an overnight sensation, particularly on social media. Watch the interview with English subtitles and see for yourself:
We hope you all enjoy watching the Olympics, and best of luck to all the Chinese athletes!