Compared with the USA or China it’s nothing, but our little country has never been so successful in an Olympic Games since 1952,then Swiss athletes also won three medals in one day.
Gold for Fabian Cancellara, congratulations to the fastest man on a bike.
It almost makes me want to forgive the Kings of the Road here who can’t obey a traffic rule the moment they get their helmets on and their noses down.
Congratulations to Karin Thürig,also on a bike, and Sergei Aschwanden,bronze in believe it or not Judo.
And to all the other Athletes who have had their labours crowned, especially Michael Phelps who is phenomenal. Our neighbours up north are already murmuring that it gives food for thought. But then the days of the old DDR are long gone.
I’m just hoping that Roger Federer will win too,not so we have another medal, but because he’s one of the nicest people around and he deserves it.
Now if you want to say it in Chinese;
Zhu he Fabian,Karin,Sergei,Michael,….huo de jiang pai (tschoo hey F.K.S.M.hoo-o de chiang pie)
We congratulate…….to the medal.
The second lesson of Olympic Chinese is easy too.
I hope you managed to remember the first.
hao (how)——- good
zao shang hao (zow shang how)——–good morning
ni hao ma? (ni how ma)——–how are you
So if like me you have only managed to keep the word hao in your head,you are almost there.
As a little piece of consolation for fellow Bloggers over 40. It has been proved that older learners of a foreign language usually have to learn a new word nine times, and forget it nine times,until on the tenth time it will stick.
Since yesterdays Olympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing we all Know that we can’t beat them, so we might as well join them.
I have faith in the the youth of China that they will see that radical changes are made. The happy,open. faces of the Chinese athletes proclaimed a new China more than any immaculate mega spectacle that the central committee liked to show us.
Just so as we are not left speaking only English, I thought a few words in the world language to come, might be a good idea to learn during the Games.
ni hao (ni how)——good day
xie xie (shia shia) —–thankyou
zai jian (zye jian) ——goodbye
Look in again on Monday for more.