Sunday, January 6, 2008

What's In A Name?

Just in case you have been living on Mars recently you might not be aware that this year is THE year for China big showcase to the world: the Olympic Games and it will happen the 08.08.08 at 08.08pm (August 8 or 8th of August 2008 at 8 o’clock and 8 minutes) well at least the start of the opening ceremony. The games last a little longer, until the 24th actually.

And no, it’s not by chance that the date and time were chosen: the number 8 happens to be a lucky number in China (see this post for the unlucky number!)

Since I sense I will probably write a lot about the Olympic this year (everything that is happening seems to be somehow connected to the Games) let's once and for all see what’s in the name:

Ao4 Yun4 Hui4
Olympic Games
Jeux Olympiques
(The 3 official languages of the Oly)
(Yes French is one of them…I’m not trying to be patriotic)

That’s the contraction of a much longer word:

  • ao4 lin2 pi3 ke4 (奥林匹克) you would have guest is the phonetic translation of Olympic.
  • yun4 dong4 (运动) means Sport… we are still on track so far
  • hui4 (会) is not the contraction of any other word it means conference, meeting, get-together…

Here you go: 7 months to practice your Chinese spelling (drawing?)

To know more about the Olympic (in Chinese, English and French)!


tong2 yi ge shi4 jie4 tong2 yi ge meng2 xiang3
Un Monde Un Rêve