News Hack – Terrorist Attacks

In light of the recent Russian bombings, and attacks on the American Embassy in Pakistan you may well find yourself staring at a Chinese news article about similar attacks and wondering what certain words mean. Here is an outline of keywords that should go some way to helping you better understand this type of news:

炸彈

Pinyin: zhà dàn
Zhuyin: ㄓㄚˋ ㄉㄢˋ
English: bomb

爆炸

Pinyin: bào zhà
Zhuyin: ㄅㄠˋ ㄓㄚˋ
English: explode

炸藥

Pinyin: zhà yào
Zhuyin: ㄓㄚˋ ㄧㄠˋ
English: explosives

攻擊

Pinyin: gōng jí
Zhuyin: ㄍㄨㄥ ㄐㄧˊ
English: attack

襲擊

Pinyin: xí jí
Zhuyin: ㄒㄧˊ ㄐㄧˊ
English: surprise attack

恐怖主義

Pinyin: kǒng bù zhŭ yì
Zhuyin: ㄎㄨㄥˇ ㄅㄨˋ ㄓㄨˇ ㄧˋ
English: terrorism  (主義 = ism)

恐怖分子

Pinyin: kǒng bù fēn zi
Zhuyin: ㄎㄨㄥˇ ㄅㄨˋ ㄈㄣ ㄗ˙
English: terrorist

自殺炸彈客

Pinyin: zì shā zhà dàn kè
Zhuyin: ㄗˋ ㄕㄚ ㄓㄚˋ ㄉㄢˋ ㄎㄜˋ
English: suicide bomber

好戰分子

Pinyin: hào zhàn fēn zi
Zhuyin: ㄏㄠˋ ㄓㄢˋ ㄈㄣ ㄗ˙
English: warmonger

塔利班

Pinyin: tǎ lì bān
Zhuyin:  ㄊㄚˇ ㄌㄧˋ ㄅㄢ
English: Taliban

戰鬥

Pinyin: zhàn dòu
Zhuyin: ㄓㄢˋ ㄉㄡˋ
English: fight, combat, battle

目擊者

Pinyin: mù jí zhě
Zhuyin: ㄇㄨˋ ㄐㄧˊ ㄓㄜˇ
English: witness

分離勢力

Pinyin: fēn lí shì lì
Zhuyin: ㄈㄣ ㄌㄧˊ ㄕˋ ㄌㄧˋ
English: separatist forces

叛軍

Pinyin: pàn jūn
Zhuyin: ㄆㄢˋ ㄐㄩㄣ
English: rebel army

譴責

Pinyin: qiǎn zé
Zhuyin: ㄑㄧㄢˇ ㄗㄜˊ
English: to condemn

報復

Pinyin: bào fù
Zhuyin: ㄅㄠˋ ㄈㄨˋ
English: retaliate/to hit back

首相

Pinyin: shǒu xiāng(
Zhuyin: ㄕㄡˇ ㄒㄧㄤ
English: Prime Minister

總統

Pinyin: zǒng tǒng
Zhuyin: ㄗㄨㄥˇ ㄊㄨㄥˇ
English: President

死亡

Pinyin: sǐ wáng
Zhuyin: ㄙˇ ㄨㄤˊ
English: to die/death

喪生

Pinyin: sàng shēng
Zhuyin: ㄙㄤˋ ㄕㄥ
English: to be killed

受傷

Pinyin: shòu shāng
Zhuyin: ㄕㄡˋ ㄕㄤ
English: sustain injuries

暴力

Pinyin: bào lì
Zhuyin: ㄅㄠˋ ㄌㄧˋ
English: violence, force

遺體

Pinyin: yí tǐ
Zhuyin: ㄧˊ ㄊㄧˇ
English: remains (of a victim)

大使館

Pinyin: dà shǐ guǎn
Zhuyin: ㄉㄚˋ ㄕˇ ㄍㄨㄢˇ
English: an embassy

官員

Pinyin: guān yuán
Zhuyin: ㄍㄨㄢ ㄩㄢˊ
English: an official

摧毀

Pinyin: cuī huǐ
Zhuyin: ㄘㄨㄟ ㄏㄨㄟˇ
English: to destroy

開槍

Pinyin: kāi qiāng
Zhuyin: ㄎㄞ ㄑㄧㄤ
English: to shoot, open fire

槍聲

Pinyin: qiāng shēng
Zhuyin: ㄑㄧㄤ ㄕㄥ
English: sound of a gun shot

Have we missed any words that would be important to reading this type of news article? If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below:

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