Sunday, 27 January 2008

击剑 – jī jiàn – Fencing

The first character of today’s word should be familiar. We have seen 击, jī before in the word 拳击, quán jī meaning boxing. Also in 射击, shè jī meaning shooting. It means to hit.

The second character 剑, jiàn means a sword.

The sport that involves hitting with a sword is Fencing.

jī is pronounced jee, with a 1st or high, level tone.

jiàn is pronounced j-yen to rhyme with yen, and it has a 4th or falling tone.