With just a few days left until Americans head to the polls for the most talked-about US election since the last one, the words on everybody’s lips: Trump or Clinton… or as some might say the definition of being caught between a rock and a hard place. Interestingly, Trump has come in for some unexpected support in China, many people citing the fact that he carries less ‘baggage’ as a little-known real estate mogul, as opposed to Clinton who has in recent years shown her willingness to stand up to the power of Beijing. I’m not sure I share the view of some Chinese netizens that he’s just a ‘cute big mouth’, though…

Despite endless parody, there’s nothing funny about this vote, so we thought we’d give you the lowdown on the US election Chinese vocabulary so if it all goes to pot we can move to China and moan the evenings away with meat-sticks and Tsingtao beer (maybe it won’t all be so bad after all…):

US Presidential Elections   美国总统大选 [美國總統大選]   Měiguó zǒngtǒng dàxuǎn

Hillary Clinton   希拉里·克林顿 [希拉里·克林頓]   Xīlālǐ Kèlíndùn

Donald Trump   唐纳德·特朗普 [唐納德·特朗普]   Tángnàdé tèlǎngpǔ

Republican Party   共和党 [共和黨]   Gònghédǎng

Democratic Party   民主党 [民主黨]   Mínzhǔdǎng

President   总统 [總統]   zǒngtǒng

Presidential Debate   总统辩论 [總統辯論]   zǒngtǒng biànlùn

To Vote/Voting   投票 [投票]   tóupiào

Candidate   候选人 [候選人]   hòuxuǎnrén

The White House   白宫 [白宮]   báigōng

Who are You Going to Vote for?   你要投给谁? [你要投給誰?]  Nǐ yào tóu gěi shéi ?

Campaign   活动 [活動]   huódòng

Front-runner   领先的人 [領先的人]   lǐngxiān de rén

With almost 150,000,000 Americans registered to vote on or before Tuesday 8th November, it’s set to be a media-frenzy of a week and we’ll keep you updated (in Chinese) on all of the latest news so you can practice your new vocabulary on our social media channels.


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