World Cup Chinese

The 2014 World Cup is around the corner and the world will be talking about it. Unfortunately China didn’t qualify for this World Cup but that doesn’t mean you can’t cheer on your other favorite team in Chinese! Here’s a primer on all the important Chinese you need to know to talk about the World Cup or keep up with the Chinese TV broadcast!

World Cup Vocabulary

  • 世界杯 (shìjiè bēi) : World Cup
  • 巴西 (Bāxī) : Brazil
  • 2014巴西 (Bāxī) 世界杯(shìjiè bēi) : 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
  • 开幕式 (kāi mù shì) : Opening Ceremony
  • 小组赛 (xiáo zǔ sài) : Group match
  • 巴西(Bāxī) 对 (duì) 克罗地亚( Kèluódyà) Brazil VS Croatia
  • 前锋(qián fēnɡ) striker
  • 守门员(shǒu mén yuán) goalkeeper
  • 比分(bǐfēn) Score
  • 二比一(èr bǐyī)2:1
  • 赢(yínɡ) to win
  • 输(shū) to lose
  • 排名(pái mínɡ) rank
  • 冠军(ɡuàn jūn) Champion

World Cup Phrases

我最喜欢意大利队啦, 你支持哪队?(wǒ zuì xǐhuɑn Yìdàlì duì lā, nǐ zhīchí nǎ du?)

My favorite team is Italy. What’s your favorite team?

今年我力挺英格兰  (jīnnián wǒ lìtǐnɡ yīnɡɡélán)

I’m rooting for England this year.

我觉得西班牙队一定夺冠。(wǒ juédé xībānyá duì yídìnɡ duóɡuàn。)

I believe that Spain is going to take the Cup.

虽然法国队夺冠无望,但我是它的铁杆球迷。(suīrán Fǎɡuó duì duóɡuàn wúwànɡ ,dàn wǒ shì tāde tiěɡǎn qiúmí。)

France is hopeless for the championship, but I am a die-hard fan.

World Cup Smacktalk

比赛的比分是多少?(bǐ sàide bǐfēn shì duōshǎo?)

What’s the score?

犯规!裁判去哪了?!(fànɡuī !cáipàn qù nǎ le ?!)

Foul! Where is the referee?

太精彩了!(tài jīnɡcǎi le !)

This game is excellent!

无聊死了!(wúliáo sǐle !)

So boring.

这 是 我 看过  有史以来 最 窝气 的 比赛  了! (zhè shì wǒ kànɡuò yǒushǐyǐlái zuì wōqì de bǐsài le!)

This is the most upsetting game I"ve ever watched.

臭 脚!(chòu jiǎo !)

Off target! (literary “stinky feet”)