chinese for explaining american football to others
I'm an American and I wanted to explain the rules of american football to my Chinese friend. Unfortunately I don't really know the terms for American football to explain it to him. Do you know where I could find that? I've checked NCIKU and they have some words but not enough to help me explain the rules.
pretzellogicApril 24, 2013, 05:50 AM
The Patriots used to have a Chinese language portion of their website devoted to explaining football rules to people. But I can't find it.
Have fun explaining "hail-mary", "the immaculate reception", "play-action", "pulling guards","illegal man downfield" and "roughing the passer". The "shotgun" would be nice. I don't think John Madden's book "One Knee Equals Two Feet" was ever translated into Chinese, but that would have great explanations of stuff.
wow, I had no idea the NFL was trying to make a name for itself in China. Guess they wanna follow the example of the NBA though I highly doubt that would happen. great stuff though. thanks!
Right-WingnutApril 24, 2013, 05:58 AM
How about this for a start:
I haven't watched a game for years due to the boredom factor, but this article suggests the time I quoted of more than three hours (regardless of how it is broadcast on TV) is about right.
But I was actually being kind to the game when I said there was 60 minutes of play. It appears that the actual time the ball is in play is about 11 minutes on average. So only 6% of the duration of any game is action.
Actually a game of test cricket is scheduled to run for 30 hours over 5 days. But few people aim to see even a majority of the game.
Anyway, American football should be compared to Rugby or Rugby League, and cricket should be compared to baseball.
An 80 minute Rugby League game last under 2 hours, and there were media complaints last month that we were losing 10-12 minutes of that time due to inaction - the amount of action you get in 3 hours of an NFL game.
The average number of balls (equivalent to pitches) per hour in a test cricket game is about 80. This compares to about 50 pitches per hour in a MLB game.
Most people that grow up watching other forms of football find it almost impossible to watch American football live. 11 minutes of play over 3 hours is a very different experience to more "free flowing" sports. The average Chinese, who loves football or basketball, may be unlikely to ever convert over?
Speaking of cricket, this is five times more popular than American football (which apparently is "not as bad as cricket") and still no cpod lesson on the vocab of this sport? even ice hockey can get a lesson?
bo2jia1sen1April 25, 2013, 01:04 AM
what exactly makes you a Zhong1guo2tong1? How do you become one? I've been called an egg (because my shell is white but my heart is yellow) - is that the next level down from a Zhong1guo2tong1?