Sunday, 20 January 2008

足球 – zú qiú – Football

Today’s first character is 足, zú meaning foot.

The second character is 球, qiú meaning ball.

Together they mean football. (A note for any of our American readers: This is the kind of football that is most popular outside America, the kind where you kick the ball with your feet! )

zú is pronounced zoo, with a 2nd or rising tone.

qiú is pronounced chyo ( to rhyme with yoyo ), with a 2nd or rising tone.