朱莉娅吉拉德 Zhūlìyà Jíllādé (Julia Gillard) - first foreign-born Australian Prime Minister (born in Wales, 1961) - first female Australian Prime Minister - not famous for speaking Chinese This Chinese name is from MDBG when I put in Julia Gillard - any suggestions welcome. 陆克文 (Kevin Rudd) stood down this morning when faced with inevitable defeat - it did not go to a vote. Just 12 months ago he was hugely popular - he had one of the highest ever approval ratings for a Prime Minister.
I like her hair - red, I like her voice - Australian, I like her style - treacherous (essential quality in Labor politics). What's not to like?
I am disappointed they didn't go to the election with Kevin Rudd - the drover's dog could have won. The polls must have said that she would go better than Rudd.
PS. I think she made quite an impression in the United States - there was a media report that high school students could really not understand what she was saying. (Interesting given our discussion elsewhere.)
Hee hee - thanks mate, got caught up in the emotion of the moment. Some of my best friends are called Zhu, they wouldn't like my slip. Then again there was something poetic about Jūlìyà Jíllādé. What's the saying:
Have I got that right?
bodaweiJune 24, 2010, 04:36 AM
Has anyone else noticed the connection between her name 朱莉娅 and her hair colour?
go_manly - let's stick to what really matters? ;-)
...or perhaps it could be ..oranchina....using chibi de chi, though I wouldn't advise it as that chi might have some unfortunate connotations [but it is nice to see how it's worked "China" into the name]
bodaweiJune 24, 2010, 07:14 AM
(China Daily, 26 June 2010)
提要 ti2yao4 (summary):
当地时间 dang1di4shi2jian1 (local time)
见证 jian4zheng4 (witness)
正式 zheng4shi4 (officially)
宣誓 xuan1shi4 (sworn in)
成为 cheng2wei2 (to become)
一任总理 yi1ren4cong3li3 (Prime Minister)
在当天早些时候 (earlier the same day)
当天 (the same day)
早些 (a bit earlier)
举行 ju3xing2 (to hold)
工党内部会议 (Labor Party caucus)
内部会议 nei4bu4 hui4yi4 (caucus - lit. internal meetings)
工党 gong1dang3 (Labor Party)
议员的支持 yi4yuan2 de zhi1chi2 (support of members)
取代 qu3dai4 (replace)
工党领袖 gong1dang3 ling3xiu4 (Labor Leader)
从而也 cong2er2ye3 (thus..)
Translation: (Today) Julia Gillard was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia by the Governor-General 昆汀布莱斯 (Quentin Bryce). Earlier in the day at the Labour Party caucus, Julia Gillard got the majority of Labour MPs to replace Rudd as Labor leader, to become Prime Minister of Australia.
(To clarify events (the report is a little ambiguous): Julia Gillard was elected in the Party Room unopposed. Mr Rudd chose not to stand.)