Tuesday, March 2, 2010

French to English: Olympic Souvenirs, Part 2

hockey I opened the paper this morning and there were the noisy and happy headlines - still awash in Sunday night's hockey victory.  They're calling Sidney Crosby the new Canadian hero, the kid who worked overtime to take his team to the finish line, snatching the gold away from the Americans.  This 22-year old has got it made.

For ordinary mortals like me, 22 was a year that passed  unnoticed.  No blaring trumpets.  No admiring and cheering audience.  How many people that age have their future sealed in enviable glory and fame, not to mention the million dollar sponsorship offers that will be pouring into Sidney Crosby's e-mail and cellphone?  At this point, I believe he'll need at least five managers to oversee and prioritize his commitments as soon as he returns to Nova Scotia...and of course to make sure that his skates are as sharp as a Swiss army knife.

That was a boisterous party - the Vancouver Olympics.  I didn't watch all of it, but caught snippets here and there.  The figure-skaters held my attention and the ski jumpers took my breath away.  The speed skaters made my knuckles white.

Before I go to the souvenirs, let's take a look at the 15 Olympic winter sports.  Note that a few are the same in French and English like curling, luge and bobsleigh.

ski alpinalpine skiing
ski de fondcross country skiing
patinage artistiquefigure skating
ski acrobatiquefreestyle skiing
hockey sur glaceice hockey
combiné nordiqueNordic combined
piste courteshort track
saut à skiski jumping
surf des neigessnowboarding
patinage de vitessespeed skating

Now, for more Olympic souvenir shopping.  While browsing the Vancouver 2010 online Olympic store, I not only learned new French words, but also learned one new English word - lanyards.  I had never heard of lanyards so opened my Canadian Oxford dictionary.  A lanyard is a rope put around the neck or slung over the shoulder with anything (whistle, key, USB drive, etc) attached to it.  I had one to hold my ID card when I was a corporate employee, but didn't know then that it was a lanyard.

Here we go:

casquettescaps (hats)
mascotte en pelucheplush mascot
port-clès et lanièreskeychains and lanyards
bruiteurs des Jeux d'hiverWinter Games noisemakers
pièces de monnaiecoins
écharpe 100% satin de soie100% silk satin scarf
mini sac à dosgrind pack
pendentif autochtone Vancouver 2010 en argent sterlingVancouver 2010 sterling silver Aboriginal round pendant
réplique du flambeau olympique de Vancouver 2010Vancouver 2010 torch replica
clochette à vache Vancouver 2010Vancouver 2010 cow bell
breloques à boisson Inukshuk Vancouver 2010 plaquée argentVancouver 2010 silver plated Inukshuk drink charms

If you were wondering about "Inukshuk", this is what it looks like.  The picture is courtesy of Wikipedia.  It means something which acts for or performs the function of a personimage.  Inukshuks are man-made stone landmarks  and are used by Aboriginals in the Arctic region of North America.

If you recall, the Inukshuk was adopted by the Vancouver Olympics as part of its official logo.
If you're interested in more Olympic souvenirs, you can visit the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Store at:  http://www.vancouver2010.com/ and then click on the Olympic Store tab.  You can switch languages by simply clicking on "French" or "English" right at the very top!

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