Thursday, 3 January 2008

Track and field

Today’s word is “track and field” or athletics. In Chinese the order of the words is reversed, however “field and track” still means the same thing though.

田 tián means field, and if you examine the character it does indeed resemble a square field divided into four quarters. tián rhymes with “yen” and is a 2nd or rising tone.

径 jìng means “track”. It has a 4th or falling tone.