London Big BenEvery city in the world has its own soul and its own characteristics, which are created by history and by the people who contribute everyday to make the city alive. If we think about London, for example, the first monument that comes up to our mind is the magnificent Big Ben; while, if we think about Beijing maybe the first things that we picture are the Great Wall or the Forbidden City. Nevertheless, a city is not only made by its memorials, but also by its particular lifestyle. That is to say: every city conveys an atmosphere and a way of living, closely linked to the culture of the country itself.  

 

Have you ever thought about the Chinese translation of some words that are purely related to European cities? Let’s start with the lovely capital of England to boost your curiosity!

THIS IS ENGLAND…

ENGLISH CHINESE PRONUNCIATION (pinyin)
London 伦敦 ndūn
UK 英国 Yīngguó
 English language 英语  Yīngyǔ
 English person 英国人  Yīngguórén
Underground/Subway 地铁 Dìtiě
Queen Elizabeth 伊丽莎白王后 Yīlìshābái wánghòu
British Accent 英国口音 Yīngguó kǒuyīn

 

THIS IS LONDON…

ENGLISH CHINESE PRONUNCIATION (pinyin)
Vintage Markets 古董 市场 Gǔdǒng shìchǎng
Fish and Chips 炸鱼和薯条 Zháyú hé shǔtiáo
Afternoon Tea 下午茶 Xiàwǔ chá
Cupcake 纸杯蛋糕 Zhǐbēi dàngāo
Red Bus 双层 巴士 Shuāngcéng bāshì
Musicals 音乐剧 Yīnyuèjù
Pop Culture 流行文化 Liúxíng wénhuà
Shakespeare Theatre 沙士比亚剧院 Shāshìbǐyà jùyuàn

 

It’s well known that Chinese people love London and that the city is full of tourists in every season. Next time a Chinese tourist stops you asking for direction using a rather hard to define English pronunciation, you’ll be able now to understand where he or she wants to go thanks to this simple English/Chinese Tourist Vocabulary.

 

TOURIST VOCABULARY IN LONDON

ENGLISH CHINESE PRONUNCIATION (pinyin)
Big Ben 大 笨钟 Dàbèn zhōng
London Tower Bridge 伦敦塔桥 Lúndūn tǎqiáo
River Thames 泰晤士河 Tàiwǔ shīhé
London Eye 伦敦眼 Lúndūn yǎn
Westminster Abbey 威斯敏斯特 教堂 Wēisīmǐnsītè Jiàotáng
Harry Potter 哈利波特 Hāli Bōtè
Notting Hill 诺丁山 Nuòdīngshān
Camden Town 康登镇 Kāngdēng zhèn
Hyde Park 海德公园 Hǎidé Gōngyuán
Abbey Road 艾比之路 Àibǐzhī lù