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Soccer

Japan sakka
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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).

Soccer / Football / Futbol

China zú qiú
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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 / Football / Futbol

Japan shuu kyuu
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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 vague awareness of a rugby-like game that is also called football in the USA.

Football / Futbol

Japan futto bouru
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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.


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
踢
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Mandarin/ ti1
Taiwan t`i / ti
Japanese teki
Chinese to kick; to play (e.g. soccer)
To kick.

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坂豚
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坂豚 Japanese sakabuta サカぶた
Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (derogatory term) (slang) soccer fan
大球
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大球 Mandarin dà qiú / da4 qiu2
Taiwan ta ch`iu / ta chiu
Chinese sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball that use large balls; see also 小球[xiao3 qiu2]

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射門
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射門
射门
Mandarin shè mén / she4 men2
Taiwan she men
Chinese (soccer, handball etc) to kick or shoot the ball towards the goal

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國足
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國足
国足
Mandarin guó zú / guo2 zu2
Taiwan kuo tsu
Chinese national soccer team

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傳球
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傳球
传球
Mandarin chuán qiú / chuan2 qiu2
Taiwan ch`uan ch`iu / chuan chiu
Chinese pass (in soccer); to feed (ball)

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前衛
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前衛
前卫
Mandarin qián wèi / qian2 wei4
Taiwan ch`ien wei / chien wei
Japanese zenei / zene ぜんえい
Chinese advanced guard; vanguard; avant-garde; forward (soccer position)
Japanese (n,adj-no) (1) advance guard; vanguard; (2) avant-garde (e.g. music); Maee (surname)
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Guard
勁射
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勁射
劲射
Mandarin jìng shè / jing4 she4
Taiwan ching she
Chinese shooting vigorously (with gun); power shot (e.g. in soccer)

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杜威
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杜威 Mandarin dù wēi / du4 wei1
Taiwan tu wei
Chinese Du Wei (1982-), Shanghai soccer star; Dewey (name)

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投中
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投中 Mandarin tóu zhòng / tou2 zhong4
Taiwan t`ou chung / tou chung
Chinese to throw at a target; to shoot (in soccer, basketball etc)

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投籃
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投籃
投篮
Mandarin tóu lán / tou2 lan2
Taiwan t`ou lan / tou lan
Chinese to throw at a basket; to shoot (in soccer, basketball etc)

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撲救
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撲救
扑救
Mandarin pū jiù / pu1 jiu4
Taiwan p`u chiu / pu chiu
Chinese firefighting; to extinguish a fire and save life and property; to dive (of goalkeeper in soccer)

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攻防
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攻防 Mandarin gōng fáng / gong1 fang2
Taiwan kung fang
Japanese koubou / kobo こうぼう
Chinese attack and defense; the midfield (in soccer)
Japanese offense and defense; offence and defence;

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球技
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球技 Japanese kyuugi / kyugi きゅうぎ
Japanese ball game (e.g. baseball, tennis, soccer);

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球隊
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球隊
球队
Mandarin qiú duì / qiu2 dui4
Taiwan ch`iu tui / chiu tui
Chinese sports team (basketball, soccer, football etc)

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球門
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球門
球门
Mandarin qiú mén / qiu2 men2
Taiwan ch`iu men / chiu men
Chinese goalmouth (in soccer)

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皇馬
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皇馬
皇马
Mandarin huáng mǎ / huang2 ma3
Taiwan huang ma
Chinese Real Madrid soccer team; abbr. for 皇家馬德里|皇家马德里

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角球
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角球 Mandarin jiǎo qiú / jiao3 qiu2
Taiwan chiao ch`iu / chiao chiu
Chinese corner kick (in soccer); free strike in hockey

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足協
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足協
足协
Mandarin zú xié / zu2 xie2
Taiwan tsu hsieh
Chinese soccer league; same as 足球協會|足球协会

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足壇
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足壇
足坛
Mandarin zú tán / zu2 tan2
Taiwan tsu t`an / tsu tan
Chinese soccer circles; soccer world

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足球
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足球 Mandarin zú qiú / zu2 qiu2
Taiwan tsu ch`iu / tsu chiu
Chinese soccer ball; a football; CL:個|个[ge4]; soccer; football
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Soccer / Football / Futbol
超聯
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超聯
超联
Mandarin chāo lián / chao1 lian2
Taiwan ch`ao lien / chao lien
Chinese hyperlink; superleague (e.g. soccer)

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蹴球
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蹴球 Japanese shuukyuu / shukyu しゅうきゅう
Japanese football (incl. soccer, rugby, American football, etc.; esp. used for soccer)
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蹴鞠
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蹴鞠 Mandarin cù jū / cu4 ju1
Taiwan ts`u chü / tsu chü
Japanese shuukiku / shukiku しゅうきく
 kemari けまり
Chinese cuju, ancient Chinese football (soccer)
Japanese kemari; type of football played by courtiers in ancient Japan

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臨門
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臨門
临门
Mandarin lín mén / lin2 men2
Taiwan lin men
Japanese rinmon
Chinese to arrive home; facing one's home; home-coming; (soccer) facing the goalmouth
to face the gate

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自陣
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自陣 Japanese jijin じじん
Japanese one's own ground; one's own position; on'e own area of the field (soccer, rugby, etc.)

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英超
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英超 Mandarin yīng chāo / ying1 chao1
Taiwan ying ch`ao / ying chao
Chinese Premier League; England Premier Soccer League

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險球
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險球
险球
Mandarin xiǎn qiú / xian3 qiu2
Taiwan hsien ch`iu / hsien chiu
Chinese dangerous ball (in soccer, volleyball etc)

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開球
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開球
开球
Mandarin kāi qiú / kai1 qiu2
Taiwan k`ai ch`iu / kai chiu
Chinese open ball (math.); to start a ball game; to kick off (soccer); to tee off (golf)

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門將
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門將
门将
Mandarin mén jiàng / men2 jiang4
Taiwan men chiang
Chinese official gatekeeper; goalkeeper (soccer, hockey etc)

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Soccerサッカ
サッカ
sakka
saka
n/a
Soccer / Football / Futbol足球
足球
n/azú qiú
zu qiu
tsu ch`iu
zu2 qiu2
zuqiu
tsuchiu
tsu chiu
Soccer / Football / Futbol蹴球
蹴球
shuu kyuu
shuukyuu
shu kyu
n/a
Football / Futbolフットボール
フットボール
futto bouru
futtobouru
futto boru
n/a

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "soccer" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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