Thinking about English 01
||Notice the difference: in Chinese the sign says "horse club"; in English it's "jockey club". Does anyone know the reason for this difference?|
Q: 哪匹馬會講英語嗎？ (What horse speaks English?) A: 奧巴馬 (Obama)
English we say "watermelon", but in Chinese we say
西瓜 "West melon"
because this melon came from "the West".
Watermelons were first grown in Egypt and then spread to other
countries. In the 10th century, they made their way to China. China is now
the largest producer of watermelons, growing more than all the rest of the
|In English we say "China", but in
Chinese we say 中國 "Middle Kingdom" because China
used to think of itself as the middle of the world.....just like England
did....which is why countries to the East of England were called "The
Near East", "The Middle East" or "The Far
The name "China" comes from Cin, a Persian name for China popularized in Europe by Marco Polo