Tuesday, 8 January 2008

体操 - tǐ cāo - Artistic Gymnastics

The first character of today’s word is 体, tǐ, meaning body.

The second character is 操, cāo, meaning to exercise.

The literal translation “body exercise” would leave a lot to be desired, because together the words mean Artistic Gymnastics.

tǐ is pronounced tea, with a 3rd or falling and rising tone.

cāo is pronounced tsow, “ts” as in its, and “ow” as in cow. cāo has the 1st or level tone.