Friday, 4 January 2008


You should recognize the second part of today’s word. You can tell from the character 球, qiú, that this is a sport that uses a ball.

The first character is wǎng, which has the meaning net. However, wǎng qiú is not Netball, it is Tennis. The character 网, wǎng does resemble a net and the word is used to refer to all kinds of nets including the internet.

wǎng has a 3rd tone, the falling and rising tone. Think of the tennis net falling towards the middle and then rising towards the end.

qiú is pronounced chyo, with a 2nd or rising tone.