223 Kung Fu

What was the first Kung Fu movie that you saw? Was it Kung Fu Panda or Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon?” James Trapp, a long time expert in Chinese language and culture comes on the show to talk to ShaoLan about Kung Fu, something that has been misunderstood by people in the west for decades. Did you know that Tai Chi is also a form of martial art and while the slow pace of it can be deceptive, it is also a combat martial art!

The Chinese word for “Kung Fu” is 功夫, where the first character is made up of 工 which means “work” and 力 which means “power.” The character 功 itself means “success” or “achievement,” the second character 夫 represents a grown man (with a top knot)! The successful and powerful man must be good at 功夫!

Learn With James Trapp

UCL Institute of Education Confucius Institute

Join Our 600,000 Followers

Kung Fu
gōng fū
Merit, achievement
Adult man
Tai Chi
太極 / 太极
tài jí
Too much, extremely
極 / 极
氣功 / 气功
qì gōng

Become a Golden Chineasian

Want to master all the phrases taught in Talk Chineasy? Want to level up your Chinese and surprise your friends? Become a Golden Chineasian and enjoy useful custom learning materials!

Join Now