World geography words
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World geography words

World geography words

Welcome to this week’s issue of the Giant Mandarin newsletter. This week’s newsletter is about world geography.

In this week’s Elementary–Intermediate Words we include essential words on the topics of world geography and place in the context of everyday conversation. In Advanced Words, we focus our attention on the building blocks of world geography: countries, continents and oceans.

Finally, in Supplementary Reading we suggest an article where people all over the world share maps they’ve made to visualize their experiences of the challenges and changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic; a geography-based browser game; and a website that allows you to look through someone else's window, somewhere else in the world.

Elementary–Intermediate Words

中国 Zhōngguó - China; Chinese (adjective) 🇨🇳

韩国 Hánguó - South Korea; South Korean (adjective) 🇰🇷

日本 Rìběn - Japan; Japanese (adjective) 🇯🇵

菲律宾 Fēilǜbīn - Philippines; Filipino (adjective); Philippine (adjective) 🇵🇭

美国 Měiguó - United States; American (adjective); US (adjective) 🇺🇸

加拿大 Jiānádà - Canada; Canadian (adjective) 🇨🇦

英国 Yīngguó - England; Britain; United Kingdom; English (adjective); British (adjective); UK (adjective) 🇬🇧

法国 Fǎguó - France; French (adjective) 🇫🇷

德国 Déguó - Germany; German (adjective) 🇩🇪

意大利 Yìdàlì - Italy; Italian (adjective) 🇮🇹

西班牙 Xībānyá - Spain; Spanish (adjective) 🇪🇸


Wǒ méi qùguò Chéngdū, nàli de shēnghuó zěnmeyàng?

I haven’t been to Chengdu before, what’s life like there?
  1. 那里 nàli - there
  2. 生活 shēnghuó - life ☀️

láizì Niǔyuē, nǐ shì cóng nǎli lái de?

I’m from New York, where are you from?
  1. 来自 láizì -  from
  2. 哪里 nǎli - where
  3. 地方 dìfāng - place
  4. 地理 dìlǐ - geography 🗺
  5. 地球 dìqiú - Earth 🌎
  6. 世界 shìjiè - world 🌍
  7. 全球 quánqiú - globe; global 🌏

Advanced Words

  1. 地图 dìtú - map 🗺
  2. 国家 guójiā - country; nation
  3. 大洲 dàzhōu - continent

亚洲 Yàzhōu - Asia 🌏

非洲 Fēizhōu - Africa 🌍

北美洲 Běiměizhōu - North America 🌎

南美洲 Nánměizhōu - South America 🌎

南极洲 Nánjízhōu - Antarctica 🐧

欧洲 Ōuzhōu - Europe 🌍

大洋洲 Dàyángzhōu - Oceania 🌏

  1. 大洋 dàyáng - ocean 🌊

太平洋 Tàipíngyáng - Pacific Ocean

大西洋 Dàxīyáng - Atlantic Ocean

印度洋 Yìndùyáng - Indian Ocean

北冰洋 Běibīngyáng - Arctic Ocean

南冰洋 Nánbīngyáng - Antarctic Ocean (also called the Southern Ocean)

  1. 国籍 guójí - citizenship; nationality
  2. 国际关系 guójì guānxi - international relations 🤝
  3. 国际 guójì - international 🌐
  4. 关系 guānxi - relationship; relations

Supplementary Reading

  1. Your Year In Maps: Readers around the world visualize their experiences of the trauma, tumult and transformation brought on by COVID-19, Laura Bliss and Jessica Martin, Bloomberg CityLab
  2. City Guesser: A geography-based browser game that strives to provide an exceptional travel and guessing experience
  3. WindowSwap: Here to fill that deep void in our wanderlust hearts by allowing us to look through someone else's window, somewhere in the world

And that brings us to the end of this week’s newsletter.

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