Tokyo Olympics words
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Tokyo Olympics words

Tokyo Olympics words

Welcome to the second issue of the Giant Mandarin newsletter. In this week’s newsletter we reflect on the recently concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, which was held from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8.

While motivated by the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, many of the words this week will be relevant for discussing sports and sporting events, as well as large-scale events, in general.

In this week’s Elementary–Intermediate Words we focus on essential nouns relating to the Olympics, including the names of this year’s host country and city, as well as the names of some of the most popular sports at the event.

In Advanced Words, we include some harder nouns and important verbs and measure words. We also reference a Reuters Chinese-language wrap-up article on the Tokyo Olympics.

Finally, in Supplementary Reading we suggest three English-language pieces on the Tokyo Olympics. We hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Elementary–Intermediate Words

  1. 日本 Rìběn - Japan 🇯🇵
  2. 东京 Dōngjīng - Tokyo 🏢
  3. 奥运会 Àoyùnhuì - Olympic Games 🏟
  4. 金牌 jīnpái/银牌 yínpái/铜牌 tóngpái - gold, silver and bronze medals respectively 🥇🥈🥉
  5. 田径 tiánjìng - track and field 👟
  6. 游泳 yóuyǒng - swimming 🏊‍♂️
  7. 举重 jǔzhòng  - weightlifting 🏋️‍♀️
  8. 乒乓球 pīngpāngqiú - table tennis (ping-pong) 🏓
  9. 竞技体操 jìngjìtǐcāo - artistic gymnastics 🤸‍♀️
  10. 跳水 tiàoshuǐ - diving

Advanced Words

  1. 开幕式 kāimùshì - opening ceremony
  2. 闭幕式 bìmùshì - closing ceremony
  3. 举行 jǔxíng - to hold a formal or important event such as a ceremony
  4. 圣火 Shènghuǒ - Olympic flame 🔥
  5. 排行榜 páihángbǎng - rankings chart, table or list
  6. 届 jiè - measure word for formal repeating events
  7. 记录 jìlù - record
  8. 耗资 hàozī - to spend (large amounts of money on) 💰

东京奥运会落幕 新冠疫情和戏剧性事件让其大变模样, Reuters, August 9, 2021

  1. 获得 huòdé - to obtain
  2. 枚 méi - measure word for small, valuable objects

Supplementary Reading

Curated content to supplement coverage in newspapers and magazines

  1. US Edges Out China in Olympic Gold Medals, Gerry Harker, SupChina. (Gerry Harker writes the monthly China Sports Column for SupChina)
  2. How the Olympics Became Bigger and More Diverse, Daily Chart, The Economist
  3. Watching Olympic Skateboarding Among 20 Skeptical, Aging Skaters, Nic Dobija-Nootens, The Atlantic

That’s a wrap for this week.

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