#24 – The power of number :The Number Eight

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English Excerpt:

Page 7
Paragraph 2
Do you know why the Summer Olympics in Beijing were scheduled to open on 8 August 2008 at 8.08.08 p.m. 6 or 8 minutes and 8 seconds past 8 o’clock? That’s because the number 8 is another lucky in Chinese culture. The word for “eight” pronounced in the Cantonese dialect sounds like a word meaning to prosper or “sudden fortune” and is super-lucky to the Chinese.

Chinese Translation:

Page 7, 第 dì七qī 页 yè
Paragraph 2 , 第 dì 二 er̀ 段 duaǹ

Do you (你 nǐ) know (知道 zhī daò) why the Summer Olympics in Beijing ( 北京 beǐ jinḡ) were scheduled to open on 8 August ( 八月八日 bā yuè bā rì) 2008 at 8.08.08 p.m. or 8 minutes (八分 bā fen̄ ) and 8 seconds ( 八秒 bā miaǒ) past 8 o’clock (八点 bā diaň)? That’s because (因 为 yin̄ weí)the number (数 字 SHÙ ZÌ ) 8 is another lucky (幸运的 xìng yùn de) number 数字 in Chinese 中国culture (文 化 weń huà). The word (字zì) for ‘eight’ (八bā) pronounced in the Cantonese dialect sounds like a word字meaning to prosper (发 fā) or ‘sudden fortune’ and is super-lucky to the Chinese 中国人。


Vocabulary

1. Page 7 = 第七页 dì qī yè

2. Second paragraph = 第二段 dì er̀ duaǹ

3. Know = 知道 zhī daò

4. Beijing = 北京beǐ jinḡ


北 beǐ = northern
京jinḡ = capital

5. August eighth =八月八日 bā yuè bā rì


八bā = eighth
月yuè = moon

八bā = eighth
日rì = day

6. Eight minutes and eight seconds = 八分 bā fen̄ ,八秒 bā miaǒ

分 fen̄ = minute
秒 miaǒ = second

7. 8 o’clock =八点 bā diaň


点diaň = hour of or o’clock

8. because =因为 yin̄ weí

9. culture = 文化 weń huà