Many people like to watch the Olympic Games even if they don’t play sports themselves. Some people just like the grandeur of the ceremonies. No matter which part of the Games you like, be sure you can talk about the events now happening, or at least respond to questions about them.
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To discuss the various events and ceremonies at the Olympic Games
(ii) How to talk generally about the Olympic Games in Brazil
Two colleagues are talking about the Olympics:
(zài jiē shàng)
(on the street)
Nǐ zǎo shàng kàn ào yùn huì kāi mù shì le me?
Did you watch the Olympic opening ceremony this morning?
Méi yǒu a. wǒ kě qǐ bù lái. Wǒ zhōu mò ài shuì lǎn jiào.
No, I didn’t. I couldn’t get up. I like to sleep in on weekends.
Nà nǐ děng huì er kě yǐ kàn chóng bō.
Then you can watch the replay later.
Duì. Dàn yào shì méi yǒu shí chā, wǒ kěn dìng huì kàn zhí bō de. Xī wàng wǒ mén Zhōng Guó kě yǐ zài Lǐ Yuē duō ná jǐ kuài jiǎng pái.
Right. But if there was no time difference, I would definitely watch it live. Hope China gets lots of medals in Rio.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
睡懒觉：sleep in/get up later than usual
时差：time difference/jet lag
等会儿：a moment later
In Chinese, the country comes first and then the city.
During the Olympic Games, Chinese team usually wear the same outfit, the red and yellow suits, which are the same colours as our national flag (the Five-Starred Red Flag). Chinese audience actually really hope that they could be more creative on the outfit style, they make fun of the current red-yellow colour suit in a friendly way. They name it as ‘西红柿炒鸡蛋’, which is a very common Chinese homemade dish ‘tomato stir-fry eggs’.
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