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Football in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. American Football
  2. Football / Futbol
  3. American Football
  4. Soccer / Football / Futbol
  5. Soccer
  6. Neymar
  7. Crazy / Mad / Wild


American Football

China měi shì gǎn lǎn qiú
American Football

美式橄欖球 is the Chinese title for "American football" (not to be confused with international football known as soccer in the USA).

If you are a player or fan of American football, this would make a great wall scroll for your home.

The first two characters mean "American style."
The last three characters mean football or rugby (a game involving an oblong or ovoid ball).
The "American" adjective is needed in this title to differentiate from Canadian football, Australian rules football, and rugby.


See Also:  Soccer

American Football

Japan ame futou
American Football

アメフト is a short word that means "American football" in Japanese.

It is supposed to sound like an abbreviated version, "ame futo" which sounds like "ah-may foot-oh" (American Football).

There's not a great standard way to say "football" in Japanese, as the sport is not popular in Japan. Other Japanese terms for football can be confused with soccer or rugby.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Soccer

Football / Futbol

Japan futto bouru
Football / Futbol

In Japan, they use a few different words for football. This one is supposed to sound like the international word "football / futbol."


Note: This word is seldom if ever associated with the sport of American football.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

American Football

Japan a me ri kan fu tto bo ru
American Football

アメリカンフットボール is the full/long title for "American football" in Japanese Katakana.

It is "Amerikan Futtoboru" which is supposed to sound like "American Football."


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


See Also:  Soccer

Soccer / Football / Futbol

Japan shuu kyuu
Soccer / Football / Futbol

This the title for football or soccer in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja. The sport is very popular in both Japan and Korea (Korea and Japan co-hosted the football World Cup in 2002 - a world-class sporting event held every four years that rivals the Olympics).

In Japan, they sometimes say サッカ (sakka) or フットボール (futto bouru) in place of the pronunciation shown above. This is supposed to sound like the English word "soccer" and "football / futbol" respectively.

The first Kanji means "kick" and the second means "ball." So technically, this means "kick ball" in Japanese and Korean (this is just an educational note - this will always be understood as the game of soccer / football).


FYI: This game would never be confused with American Football in Japan or Korea. Unlike the game of American basketball and baseball (both quite popular in Japan and Korea), there is only a vague awareness of a rugby-like game that is also called football in the USA.

Soccer / Football / Futbol

China zú qiú
Soccer / Football / Futbol

This the word for football or soccer in Chinese. As with most of the world, football is very popular in China. During the World Cup, the whole country seems to shut down to watch (regardless of whether Team China is playing or not).

Soccer is probably the 3rd most popular participation sport in China (after ping pong and badminton).

As you might expect, the first character means "foot" and the second character means "ball."


FYI: This game would never be confused with American Football in Chinese. As with the rest of the world, there is a vague awareness of what American Football is (often described as "that game kind of like rugby").

For those familiar with American Football, there is some disgust regarding the fact that winners of the Superbowl call themselves "world champions" of a game that is only played in the USA. This is one of the reasons that jokes abound about how Americans are unaware that there is a world outside of their borders.

Soccer

Japan sakka
Soccer

In Japan, they use a few different words for soccer (football). This one is supposed to sound like the English word "soccer."


Note: Japanese are more likely to use a word like フットボール (futto bouru) which sounds like the international word football / futbol. They may only use this word if talking to an American friend (since the word "football" was hijacked in America to title a sport where the foot rarely comes in contact with the ball).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Neymar

China nèi mǎ ěr
Neymar

內馬爾 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Neymar.

This name is often associated with Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, the famous Brazilian football/futbol player.

Crazy / Mad / Wild

China kuáng
Japan kyou
Crazy / Mad / Wild

狂 is a single character that means "crazy" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. 狂 means crazy, unrestrained, lunatic, insane, confused, deranged, wild, or mad.

This can also refer to an extreme enthusiast (like a football fan). But then, it can also refer to a person possessing a mental abnormality.

In some context, this can mean conceited (it probably won't be read that way on a wall scroll).

A warning: 狂 is an odd selection for a wall scroll. You should only order this if you plan to bewilder or confuse those who see it. It kind of says something about you, something that most native Asian people will not view in a good light.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
American Football 美式橄欖球
美式橄榄球
měi shì gǎn lǎn qiú
mei3 shi4 gan3 lan3 qiu2
mei shi gan lan qiu
meishiganlanqiu
mei shih kan lan ch`iu
meishihkanlanchiu
mei shih kan lan chiu
American Football アメフトame futou / amefutou / ame futo / amefuto
Football
Futbol
フットボールfutto bouru
futtobouru
futto boru
futtoboru
American Football アメリカンフットボールa me ri kan fu tto bo ru
amerikanfuttoboru
Soccer
Football
Futbol
蹴球shuu kyuu / shuukyuu / shu kyu / shukyu
Soccer
Football
Futbol
足球zú qiú / zu2 qiu2 / zu qiu / zuqiu tsu ch`iu / tsuchiu / tsu chiu
Soccer サッカsakka / saka
Neymar 內馬爾
内马尔
nèi mǎ ěr
nei4 ma3 er3
nei ma er
neimaer
nei ma erh
neimaerh
Crazy
Mad
Wild

kyou / kyokuáng / kuang2 / kuang k`uang / kuang
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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