Sunday, March 7, 2010

French to English: Olympic Souvenirs, Part 3

I've lined up a few more Olympic souvenirs for you.  The items have long names only because "Vancouver 2010" appears in most of them.  I will abbreviate this to "V2010," just to save space.

FRENCH
ENGLISH
calendrier-agenda V2010 engagementV2010 calendar planners
V2010 cadre de 15 po (pouces) pour billets de patinage artistiqueV2010 15-inch figure skating ticket frame
porte-cartes de visite V2010 nature en métal argentéV2010 silver plated (nature) business card case
Des plus brillants exploits:  Le livre commémoratif officiel des XX1es Jeux olympiques d'hiver et des Xes Jeux paralympiques d'hiverWith Glowing Hears:  the official commemorative Book of the V2010 Winter Games
cadre en verre récyclé autochtone V2010 horizontal - gris noirV2010 Aboriginal picture frame - charcoal
Boîtes à histoire V2010 Survive au déluge - gris noirV2010 Surviving the Flood story box - charcoal
V2010 - Le jeu vidéo des Jeux olympiques d'hiver pour PlayStation3Official video game of the V2010 Olympic winter games for PlayStation3
V2010 - Le jeu vidéo des Jeux olympiques d'hiver pour XBOX360Official video games of the V2010 Olympic winter games for XBOX360
cravate V2010 faite de soie à 100% et ornée du logo répetitif - bleueV2010 100% silk tie, Blue repeat logo
étiquette de voyage - patinage de vitesseV2010 travel tag - speed skating
sac fourre-tout V2010 en nylon - bourgogneV2010 ice nylon tote bad - burgundy
hockey Quatchi coussin de voyage V2010 pour la nuque - moyenV2010 hockey Quatchi travel neck pillow - medium
porte-monnaie à plis trois sections Quatchi de V2010V2010 Quatchi tri-fold wallet

Wondering what "Quatchi" is?  I had the same question.  I looked it up and Google brought me to the Vancouver 2010 web site - for mascots.  It is pronounced "kwat-chu" and is described as a legendary symbol used by Aboriginal communities in the Pacific West region.  Quatchi is a "sasquatch."

No, sasquatch does not refer to someone who hails from the province of Saskatchewan.  Quatchi was adopted as one of the symbols for the Vancouver Olympic games and is introduced as a shy mascot.  He comes from the deep and mysterious forests of Canada, travelling across the country to meet and encourage people to discover Canada's hidden wonders and...to invite them to play hockey! 

In the real world, however, a sasquatch is a yeti-like animal found in the northwestern regions of North America.

This description in French will charm you and your kids. It is copied from  http://www.vancouver2010.com/mascot/en/profile_q.php.

I provide an English translation right after the French descriptions below:
Quote:

"Quatchi est un jeune sasquatch qui vient des forêts mystérieuses du Canada. Quatchi est timide, mais il adore explorer de nouveaux endroits et rencontrer de nouveaux amis."

English:  Quatchi is a young sasquatch who comes from the mysterious forests of Canada.  Even if Quatchi is shy, he loves to explore new places and to meet new friends.

"Même si Quatchi aime tous les sports d’hiver, il aime surtout le hockey. Il rêve de devenir un gardien de but célèbre de par le monde. En raison de sa grande taille, il est parfois maladroit. Mais personne ne peut remettre en question sa passion. Il sait que s’il travaille fort et qu’il fait toujours de son mieux, il réalisera peut-être un jour son rêve." 

English:  Even if Quatchi likes all winter sports, he likes hockey in particular.  He dreams of becoming a world-class goalie.  Because of his large size, he can be awkward at times.  No one, however, can question his passion.  He knows that if he works hard and does his best, he may one day realise his dream.

Quatchi's story says everything about what the Olympic Games have come to represent for young dreamers!

This ends our series on Olympic souvenirs.  Please visit often for more themes.

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