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Oceania in Chinese Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

We’ve been all over the world on our ongoing Chinese geography lesson. In case you’ve missed any of the past posts, here are the links for you to bookmark:

We’ve still got two continents to cover – Antarctica (南极洲 – nán jí zhōu) and Australia (澳洲 – Ào zhōu), also sometimes referred to as Oceania (大洋洲 – dà yáng zhōu). It’s not just a clever name, as this region is surrounded by oceans. This is the smallest continent in the world, consisting of the Australian mainland along with many other islands. Some are quite large, such as New Zealand, while others such as Nauru are tiny.

A look at Oceania.

A look at Oceania.

There are 14 independent countries in Australia/Oceania. Here they are in English, Chinese and pinyin:

English

Chinese

Pinyin

Australia

澳大利亚

Ào dà lì yǎ

Fiji

斐济

Fěi jì

Kiribati

基里巴斯

Jī lǐ bā sī

Marshall Islands

马绍尔群岛

Mǎ shào ěr qún dǎo

Micronesia

密克罗尼西亚

Mì kè luó ní xī yà

Nauru

瑙鲁

Nǎo lǔ

New Zealand

新西兰

Xīn xī lán

Palau

帕劳

Pà láo

Papua New Guinea

巴布亚新几内亚

Bā bù yǎ xīn jǐ nèi yǎ

Samoa

萨摩亚

Sà mó yǎ

Solomon Islands

所罗门群岛

Suǒ luó mén qún dǎo

Tonga

汤加

Tāng jiā

Tuvalu

图瓦卢

Tú wǎ lú

Vanuatu

瓦努阿图

Wǎ nǔ ā tú

As it accounts for a vast majority of the area and the population of the continent, let’s take a closer look at Australia. The country is composed of six states and ten territories. Two territories are on the mainland – the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory – while the others are located offshore. Outside of government, the ACT and the Northern Territory are often treated like states because of their large populations and the fact that they’re on the mainland bordering other states. Here are the six states plus the two almost states in Chinese:

New South Wales

新南威尔士州

Xīn nán wēi ěr shì zhōu

Queensland

昆士兰

Kūn shì lán

South Australia

南澳大利亚

Nán ào dà lì yǎ

Tasmania

塔斯马尼亚

Tǎ sī mǎ ní yǎ

Victoria

维多利亚

Wéi duō lì yǎ

Western Australia

西澳大利亚

Xī ào dà lì yǎ

Australian Capital Territory

澳大利亚首都地区

Ào dà lì yǎ shǒu dū dì qū

Northern Territory

北领地

Běi lǐng dì

While we’re at it, we might as well learn the five biggest cities in Oz in Chinese:

Sydney

悉尼

Xī ní

Melbourne

墨尔本

Mò’ěr běn

Brisbane

布里斯班

Bù lǐ sī bān

Perth

珀斯

Pò sī

Adelaide

阿德莱德

À dé lái dé

If you’re from down under, it might not be a bad idea to learn a bit of Chinese, as more and more people from the Middle Kingdom are heading to Australia. And they’re not just going on holiday – many Chinese are choosing to study, work, and even buy property in the land of kangaroos. Just watch this short news clip from CCTV about the booming Chinese real estate market in Oz:

Now that we’ve covered all seven continents – there really isn’t much to say about Antarctica (sorry, penguins) – our geography lesson is finished! Now you can go anywhere in the world and know where you are in Chinese. Maybe next month we’ll look beyond our atmosphere for more new Chinese lessons.

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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.


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