31 October 2013

Vocabulary: sports

Do you like to play sports? Here's a list of the most popular sports in China, along with the basic question to find out what sports do someone practice.





Question: What is your favorite sport?
你最喜欢什么运动?
Nǐ zuì xǐhuan shénme yùndòng? 

Answer
最喜欢 + sport
最喜欢游泳
Wǒ zuì xǐhuan yóuyǒng
My favorite sport is swimming


Some verbs require the use of special verbs such as  (zuò) to do,  (tī) to kick, or  (dǎ) to strike.


Answer
你最喜欢 + verb + sport
我最喜欢足球
Wǒ zuì xǐhuan tī zúqiú
I like to play football

我最喜欢篮球
Wǒ zuì xǐhuan dǎ lánqiú
I like to play basketball


As you can see from the list, all sports played with a ball has the character  (qiú) that means ball.



zúqiú
football

shǒuqiú
handball

páiqiú
volleyball

lánqiú
basketball
乒乓
pīngpāngqiú
table tennis

wǎngqiú
tennis
羽毛
yǔmáoqiú
badminton
游泳
yóuyǒng
swimming
跑步
pǎobù
run
太极拳
tàijíquán
taichi
健身
jiànshēn
exercise
功夫
gōngfu
kung fu