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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Jiayou is a Chinese figure of speech or idiom. "Jia" means add, "You" means oil or fuel. So it literally means "add oil," "add fuel." "fuel energy". When people say "Zhongguo , Jiayou", it can be loosely translated as "Go, go, China." It is mainly used during sporting events, games, competitions, or just to encourage someone. For example, "Sichuan jiayou!" is used to encourge those victims after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.It has the meaning of
"be stronger!" or "be more strong-minded!". When it is used for sports, it encourages the athletes to do better.