Learn Typhoon in Chinese

Yesterday, the Typhoon named Haikui finally hit Shanghai (I say finally, because we had a few warnings about Typhoon’s coming that never materialized). Today, however we’re going to have a quick look at the characters behind 台风:

Learn to say Typhoon in Chinese

Breakdown of Typhoon in Chinese

  • 台 (tái) – First character for Taiwan; other meanings include: stage, platform, stand and more..
  • 风 (fēng) – Wind

How to Remember 台风

Remembering how to say Typhoon is not that difficult for us English speakers seeing as how similar they sound.
There are a few different theories, however, on how the word originated, according to Wikipedia. Some say 台风 was taken from the English word, Typhoon, whilst there is also the belief that the word 台风 originally came from China. The Chinese theory is based upon the idea that the initial 台 (tái) sound of the word was a reference to Taiwan, where, from the point of view of mainland China, the winds 风 (fēng) came from. It is worth noting that these are not the only theories of the origin of the word (See Typhoon in Wikipedia for more)
Wherever it originated, it is one of the easier words for English speakers to recall! Let’s just hope we don’t have to use it that often!!

Ross Cranwell is the founder of LingoBite. Born in Ireland, Ross has lived in China for over 7 years – mainly in Shanghai, but also in Beijing and Guangzhou. He previously worked at the US Chamber of Commerce, and the cool startup, ChinesePod, before starting LingoBite, to continue his love for languages & entrepreneurship. Ross speaks Mandarin, Italian and an Irish version of English :-)

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One Response to Learn Typhoon in Chinese

  1. By beton, August 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Great info and straight to the point.

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