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29. Football


Football zúqiú 足球   



This stamp was issued in 1959 in a set of 16 stamps celebrating the 1st National Games. 



The two characters that make up the word for football are foot and ball. The character for foot, sort of looks like a man with a large foot. The original character for the foot may have been a drawing of the lower leg with a foot but it hasn't changed much from the ancient seal script. 


Suggested activities:

  • Find out Chinese words for some other sports: 
basketball ; tennis ; table tennis ; badminton ; rugby ; volleyball

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