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Denis Zavyalov  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 13:24
English to Russian
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Oct 15, 2003

Yesterday, I was fortunate to translate an article concerning today's China's first manned spaceflight from Russian into English. The new word to indicate Chinese spacemen is 'taikonaut'. Historically, Russian spacemen are called 'cosmonauts' (Greek 'cosmos' - space + Greek 'naut' - traveler), whereas American spacemen are called 'astronauts' ('Astra' - star, planet). The new Russian word is based on Chinese 'taikong' (space) and Greek 'naut', hence the term - taikonaut. Congratulations! We have witnessed a magnificent flight, and an interesting linguistic development in at least two languages.

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Yongmei Liu  Identity Verified
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Local time: 10:24
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It is indeed a well-coined word! Oct 15, 2003

...to match the marvellous achievement!

zavdenis wrote:

Yesterday, I was fortunate to translate an article concerning today's China's first manned spaceflight from Russian into English. The new word to indicate Chinese spacemen is 'taikonaut'. Historically, Russian spacemen are called 'cosmonauts' (Greek 'cosmos' - space + Greek 'naut' - traveler), whereas American spacemen are called 'astronauts' ('Astra' - star, planet). The new Russian word is based on Chinese 'taikong' (space) and Greek 'naut', hence the term - taikonaut. Congratulations! We have witnessed a magnificent flight, and an interesting linguistic development in at least two languages.


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Chinoise  Identity Verified
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Thanks for this great invention! Oct 15, 2003

zavdenis wrote:

Yesterday, I was fortunate to translate an article concerning today's China's first manned spaceflight from Russian into English. The new word to indicate Chinese spacemen is 'taikonaut'. Historically, Russian spacemen are called 'cosmonauts' (Greek 'cosmos' - space + Greek 'naut' - traveler), whereas American spacemen are called 'astronauts' ('Astra' - star, planet). The new Russian word is based on Chinese 'taikong' (space) and Greek 'naut', hence the term - taikonaut. Congratulations! We have witnessed a magnificent flight, and an interesting linguistic development in at least two languages.


I was so happy last night to see China's first manned space flight launched successfully that I added "taikonaut" to my glossary more than three times after reading your timely posting.

Thanks......


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Marta Argat  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:24
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Great! Oct 17, 2003

And this also shows the ability of Russian language to use all - not only European - languages for smart coinages! ( We've spoke a lot about that @ the Russian forum )

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Chinoise  Identity Verified
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True! Oct 17, 2003

Marta Argat wrote:

And this also shows the ability of Russian language to use all - not only European - languages for smart coinages! ( We've spoke a lot about that @ the Russian forum )


IMO, Russian is one of the most versatile(and difficult) languages in the world--- my/our parents were and still are crazy about it !


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Chinoise  Identity Verified
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P.S. Oct 17, 2003

Marta Argat wrote:

And this also shows the ability of Russian language to use all - not only European - languages for smart coinages! ( We've spoke a lot about that @ the Russian forum )


Additionally, many Russian songs are simply beautiful!


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Xiaoping Fu  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 10:24
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太空和宇宙 Oct 17, 2003

前不久,我回了一趟大陆。与四岁的小外甥及12岁的外甥女一起玩。看着小外甥的一大堆玩具,我惊呼:“嚯!这么大的宇宙飞船!”谁知小外甥白了我一眼,说:“什么宇宙飞船,这叫‘太空船’!”外甥女在一旁窃笑:“老土了吧?”我顿感自愧弗如,说了声“后生可畏”,逃之夭夭。:-)

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