Conversation: Obscure Hobbies

I knew this would happen one day, I’d have to explain what it is I do during my free time when I’m not learning languages. It’s hard enough in English let alone Chinese, but I should have known to be prepared. Alas, it was a catastrophe, and only Wikipedia was able to save the day. First of all, I’ll tell you what hobby I’m talking about:

轮滑阻拦赛

轮滑: roller skating
lún huá

阻拦: obstruct
zǔ lán

: competition
sài

Did you guess what it is? Well, let’s first check out the description:

两队分别派5名队员上场,其中3名拦截队员,1名策应队员,1名得分前锋。第一声哨声响起,拦截队员和策应队员迅速滑出;第二声哨声再响,位于队伍最后方的前锋奋力滑行,只要超过对方策应队员即可成为领先前
锋。超过对方队员越多,得分越高。每两分钟为一次堵塞,每次堵塞后计算前锋得分。

What a mouthful:

两队分别派5名队员上场
two teams individually send 5(mw) team members enter the court
Each team sends out five of its members to the court.

其中3名拦截队员,1名策应队员,1名得分前锋
in it 3(mw) intercept team member, 1(mw) coordinator team member, 1(mw) score forward.
there are 3 blockers, 1 pivot (who coordinates the action), and a jammer who scores.

第一声哨声响起,拦截队员和策应队员迅速滑出
first (mw) whistle sound [sounds], blockers and pivot rapid slip out.
at the sound of the first whistle the blockers and pivot advance.

第二声哨声再响,位于队伍最后方的前锋奋力滑行,只要超过对方策应队员即可成为领先前锋。
second whistle sound again sound, be located troops last side ‘s jammer do all one can slide, as long as surpass the other side pivot can then become lead jammer
Then, when the second whistle sounds, the jammer that first breaks through the other team’s block and passes the pivot becomes lead jammer.

超过对方队员越多,得分越高。
surpass other team members the more, score the more high
The more of the other team’s members the jammer passes the higher the score.

每两分钟为一次堵塞,每次堵塞后计算前锋得分。
every two minutes for one time block up, every time block up after calculate jammer score
There is a jam every two minutes and at the end of each jam the score is calculated for each jammer.

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Yep, you guessed it, Roller Derby.

That’s me up there with the white helmet trying to get through. It was my first and only game with this team that was trying to get off its feet.

Do you guys have obscure hobbies that have put you at a loss for words when trying to explain in another language? I’d like to hear your stories 🙂

P.S. Some news: I finally took the DELF B2 Exam two weeks ago, and finished all the classes required in my degree. I’m so happy to have some time back. Now on to HSK 4 in March!

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