Important people and cultural icons

August 26, 2009, 08:42 AM posted in General Discussion

Hi everybody,

I want to make and share some new flashcards like I did here that include the Chinese names for worldwide famous people and icons, such as 'The Beatles' or 'Marilyn Monroe' and so on.  (I get tired of resorting to the English name.)  I want to make two sets of 50.  Do any of you have any ideas on who should be included?  Thanks in advance.

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August 26, 2009, 10:31 AM

Hi Xiaophil

I had a go with 尼尔戴蒙德(ni2 er3 dai4 meng2 de2) on another thread recently - but is he famous enough?


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August 29, 2009, 12:52 AM

Thanks zhenlijiang.  Good suggestions.

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August 26, 2009, 12:43 PM


Sadly no, it was me responding to Barb's story of hot August nights in Australia (get it?).  We do tend to get off topic from time to time.   


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August 26, 2009, 12:57 PM

ok,mdbg and nciku both failed that one,but google images came up with the goods.Very good August nights.I haven't listened to him in ages but some of his stuff was great.Hey that thread also had 圣诞老人,mate..what's wrong with him as a candidate?

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August 27, 2009, 07:15 AM

Okay, here are some names.  I still hope to get some other people's input.  Maybe this will generate some interest (or maybe not).

1.         The Beatles 披头士

2.         Charles Manson 查尔斯·曼森

3.         Gandhi 甘地

4.         Jesus Christ 耶稣基督

5.         John Lennon 约翰·列侬

6.         Elvis Presley 埃尔维斯·普雷斯利

7.         Julius Caesar 裘力斯·凯撒

8.         Henry VIII 亨利八世

9.         Andy Warhol 安迪·沃霍尔

10.     Michael Jackson 迈克尔·杰克逊

11.     James Brown 詹姆斯·布朗

12.     Napoleon Bonaparte 拿破仑·波拿巴

13.     Winston Churchill 温斯顿·丘吉尔

14.     Nelson Mandela 纳尔逊·曼德拉

15.     Bob Marley 鲍勃·马利

16.     Tupac Shakur 图派克·沙克

17.     Madonna 麦当娜

18.     Bruce Lee 李小龙



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August 27, 2009, 02:27 PM


how 'bout our mate Kevin?

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August 26, 2009, 10:48 AM

Haha, he wouldn't normally top my list, but because the thought of talking about him in Chinese makes me smile, I will definitely include him.

Was this thread you spoke of something I would find useful for this project?

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August 27, 2009, 02:57 PM

woot :)

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August 27, 2009, 05:51 PM

@xiaophil, I would add some suggestions, but I don't know... the list you compiled is pretty eclectic.  I'm guessing that you discussing non-Chinese cultural icons.  If I was looking for a foreign cultural icon who had a major impact on China, my number one selection would be

Karl Marx - 馬克思

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August 28, 2009, 01:04 AM

Karl Marx is a good one.  Thanks.  Hmmm, I feel like some other philosophers need mentioning...  But you are right, I am avoiding Chinese figures. 

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August 28, 2009, 01:21 AM


1.         George Washington 乔治·华盛顿

2.         Abraham Lincoln 亚伯拉罕·林肯

3.         Adolf Hitler 阿道夫·希特勒

4.         Charles de Gaulle 戴高乐

5.         Santa Claus 圣诞老人

6.         Plato 柏拉图

7.         Socrates 苏格拉底

8.         James Dean 詹姆斯·迪恩

9.         Che Guevara 切·格瓦拉

10.     Alfred Hitchcock 阿尔弗雷德·希区柯克

11.     Jessie James 杰茜·詹姆斯

12.     Ho Chi Minh 胡志明

13.     Joseph Stalin 约瑟夫·斯大林

14.     Buddha 菩萨, 佛陀, 佛

15.     Mohamed 默罕默德


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August 28, 2009, 01:42 PM

Xiaophil, I had a Chinese calendar last year with a quote for every day. I recall that besides Marx and Socrates--Lenin, Einstein and Shakespeare were the most-oft quoted foreigners. fyi.

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August 27, 2009, 02:55 PM

Haha, well you know bababardwan, I was going to include all the current presidents and prime ministers, but the list would have gotten pretty long.  However, because he is a Mandarin speaking maniac, and because I am grateful for your feedback, I will gladly squeak him in.