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Leakage!

Spoiling Olympic secrets

Posted by Tim Johnson

Thu Jul 31, 7:03 AM ET

Much to the dismay of China, a Korean journalist snuck into the Bird’s Nest stadium Monday night and filmed a rehearsal of the Aug. 8 opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games.

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As background, the opening ceremonies for the Games have been a huge secret, almost equivalent to military classified information. Leakers have been threatened with seven-year jail terms. China’s most famous filmmaker, Zhang Yimou, put together the three and a half hour show.

So when the two-minute Korean network news spot was posted on YouTube, China jumped to action. First, it leaned on YouTube to block the link. Click here to see what happens when you call up the video. (Please correct me if it's only blocked in China.) Then China ordered domestic video websites to take it down.

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That’s the Chinese way: if you have a leak, find out how to make it go away, even if you have to pull out a sledgehammer and drive a stake through its heart.

I saw the video this morning on YouTube before it was taken down, but I’ll excerpt from a Sydney Morning Herald article about what the show contains.

It begins with a countdown and thunderous drums. A giant traditional scroll painting unfurls, revealing a lone rhythmic gymnast.

Other highlights include the projection of larger-than-life whales on a giant screen that appears to run around the entire interior lip of the stadium roof, and dozens of airborne acrobats.

There is also spectacular use of gymnastics in which hundreds of performers synchronise to create moving tableaux. In one scene, thousands of white cubes with people underneath move up and down in waves that suggest the explosive growth of high-rise cities in China.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcb_china/20080731...golympicsecrets

And here's the SMH blog with a video link of the footage: http://blogs.smh.com.au/olympics/stephenhu...youtubeoly.html

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PD: Can anyone tell me the number of order Venezuela will march? O_O (yeah, that's my country)

The Chinese translation of Venezuela is: 委內瑞拉. In Mandarin, it is said like this: wěi nèi ruì lā.

So, if the "pin yin" system is used, it would be at the back end of the parade. Come to think of it, I think I should do this, to help you guys out what is the Chinese equivalent of the English country names.

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The Chinese translation of Venezuela is: 委內瑞拉. In Mandarin, it is said like this: wěi nèi ruì lā.

So, if the "pin yin" system is used, it would be at the back end of the parade. Come to think of it, I think I should do this, to help you guys out what is the Chinese equivalent of the English country names.

NOT IN PINYIN~please.

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NOT IN PINYIN~please.

Then, what do you suggest? Just outright English, like the way they did it for the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics?

Anyway, I know a couple of them, like Canada 加拿大 (jiā ná dà) and the United States of America 美國 (měi guó).

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Then, what do you suggest? Just outright English, like the way they did it for the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics?

Stroke (CJK character)

The CJK strokes (also known as the CJK(V) or CJKV strokes) are the strokes needed to write the Chinese characters used in East Asia. The corresponding CJKV characters being the characters that come from Chinese Hanzi, and which are now used in China, Japan, Korea, and still a little in Vietnam.

There are some thirty distinct types of strokes recognized in Chinese characters, some of which are compound strokes made from basic strokes. The compound strokes comprise more than one movement of the writing instrument, and many of these have no agreed-upon name.

Each single stroke includes all the motions necessary to produce a given part of a character before lifting the writing instrument from the writing surface; thus, a single stroke may have abrupt changes in direction within the line.

In order to be able to write CJK characters one first has to know how to write CJK strokes, and thus, needs to identify the basic strokes that make up a character. The following section lists the most usual common shapes of the basic CJK strokes, and the proper way of writing each. Many different lists of basic strokes coexist and there is no broad agreement as far as the stroke names are concerned (examples). We use a set of 37 CJK strokes based on the 8 basic strokes of 永, and 29 other compound strokes. We also use a common naming system, which is not the only available.

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SO for example

GREAT BRITAIN

United States

Italy 大利

They usually would pick the first Chinese chacracter of counting total strokes it has. like Great Britian is 8 strokes to form 英

8 strokes to form 美, 13 strokes to from 意. Then that means Italy definitly behind the GB and U.S.

Usually if both of the first chacracters of 2 nations are having the same amount of strokes, then they would be adding the second chacracter and the third one of all the strokes combined to rank them. In this case, you could see GB and U.S. are still the same, then they might be counting the full name of two nations like The United States of America 美利坚合众国 and The United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland 大不列颠与北爱尔兰联合王国 in which case the U.S. has the far less total strokes than GB~

That means U.S. is following by GB, and Italy would be that last of these 3

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Oh, I see. The radical and/or strokes idea is not a bad one. For those not knowing what this means, it means that the number of "single movements before picking up the brush again" of the first Chinese character could determine the parade of athletes order. There are SEVENTEEN (17) radicals in the Chinese language, PLUS what Maryjane has provided in her post. For examples, look up this Chinese-English Dictionary site for your information.

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So where would that leave the US and the UK in the running order of countries ish. Knowing my luck i'll miss Great Britain when i go for a pee during this marathon opening ceremonies lol!

Ah the good old days when it was in french or english........

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Dudes, i got more or less how the lighting of the cauldron will be. From a korean website (once again SBS are such a thieves >o<) , this is what i obtained after translating it (there are a lot of mistakes but it gives you an idea

http://news.sbs.co.kr/section_news/news_re..._id=N1000451458

wtf? this translation sucks! but from what i perceive it is going to be either a dragon or a phoenix coming down from the roof and their are going to be nine fires? very hard to understand

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Hey, Maryjane, I thought there are NINE strokes with the two examples of Great Britain and the USA there.

Anyway, if you want to know what your country translates into Chinese, you could ask her for advice.

By the way, 英国 or 英國 (Yīng guó) could be at the BACK, if the pin yin system is used here because of the ROMANIZATION (English TRANSLITERATION) way of reading Chinese. Essentially, that is what "pin yin" is.

Also, to Maryjane, what kind of Chinese script would the placards show: the traditional (like what the Cantonese mostly use) or the simplified one (like what most Mainland Chinese use)? That example somewhere in this topic, it looked like it used the TRADITIONAL one for practice.

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Hey, Maryjane, I thought there are NINE strokes with the two examples of Great Britain and the USA there.

Anyway, if you want to know what your country translates into Chinese, you could ask her for advice.

By the way, 英国 or 英國 (Yīng guó) could be at the BACK, if the pin yin system is used here because of the ROMANIZATION (English TRANSLITERATION) way of reading Chinese. Essentially, that is what "pin yin" is.

Also, to Maryjane, what kind of Chinese script would the placards show: the traditional (like what the Cantonese mostly use) or the simplified one (like what most Mainland Chinese use)? That example somewhere in this topic, it looked like it used the TRADITIONAL one for practice.

I think Pin Yin is a good way to learn to speak Chinese for the children

But actually because Chinese is based on a logographic writing systems as Egyptian hieroglyphs, so the more original the better.

I think it's going to be used in the simplified ones because of its popularity, but more important it's a symbol of modern China, one of the formal languages of the UN.

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Here's the scenario: the last runner appears with the torch, an animated 'Phoenix' swoops down to get the flame from the Torch, 'flies up' to the roof -- and there explodes into the cauldron!

Then the cauldron tilts up to its stationary position. That's it.

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OK~ I have helped to make a short list from 1 to 69 for the Athelets Marching Order on 8.8.2008 in Beijing

1.Greece 希腊

2.The Republic of Guinea 几内亚

3.The Republic of Guinea-Bissau 几内亚比绍

4.Yemen 也门

5.Turkey 土耳其

6.Turkmenistan 土库曼斯坦

7.Maldives 马尔代夫

8.Republic of Malta 马耳他

9.Republic of Madagascar 马达加斯加

10.The Republic of Mali 马里

11.Malaysia 马来西亚

12.Marshall Islands 马绍尔群岛

13.Malawi 马拉维

14.The Republic of Macedonia 马其顿

15.The Republic of Uganda 乌干达

16.Kingdom of Bhutan 不丹

17.The Republic of the Gambia 冈比亚

18.Barbados 巴巴多斯

19.Republic of Benin 贝宁

20.Japan 日本

21.Republic of Ecuador 厄瓜多尔

22.The Independent State of Papua New Guinea 巴布亚新几内亚

23.Eritrea 厄立特里亚

24. the Federative Republic of Brazil 巴西

25.Jamaica 牙买加

26.The State of Israel 以色列

27.Republic of Vanuatu 瓦努阿图

28.Kingdom of Denmark 丹麦

29.Ukraine 乌克兰

30.Kingdom of Belgium 比利时

31.Republic of Mauritius 毛里求斯

32.Republic of Uzbekistan 乌兹别克斯坦

33.The Islamic Republic of Mauritania 毛里塔尼亚

34.Kingdom of Bahrain 巴林

35.Republic of Paraguay 巴拉圭

35.Oriental Republic of Uruguay 乌拉圭

36.Chinese Taipei 中华台北

37.The Central African Republic 中非

38.Hong Kong 中国香港

39.Commonwealth of the Bahamas 巴哈马

40.State of Brunei 文莱

41.The Republic of Panama 巴拿马

42.Islamic Republic of Pakistan 巴基斯坦

43.Palestine 巴勒斯坦

44.The Cayman Islands 开曼群岛

45.The Most Serene Republic of San Marino 圣马力诺

46.Cuba 古巴

47.Republic of Niger 尼日尔

48.Federal Republic of Nigeria 尼日利亚

49.Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 圣文森特和格林纳丁斯

50.Saint Lucia 圣卢西亚

51.Republic of Nicaragua 尼加拉瓜

52.Republic of Ghana 加纳

53.The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe 圣多美和普林西比

54.Republic of Nepal 尼泊尔

55.The Republic of Rwanda 卢旺达

56.Republic of India 印度

57.Republic of Indonesia 印度尼西亚

58.Timor-Leste 东帝汶

59.Belarus 白俄罗斯

60.Republic of Chad 乍得

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61.Canada 加拿大

62.Republic of Lithuania 立陶宛

63.The Burkina Faso 布基纳法索

64.The Republic of Burundi 布隆迪

65.The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis 圣基茨和尼维斯

66.State of Qatar 卡塔尔

67.The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg 卢森堡

68.The Gabonese Republic 加蓬

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