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Technique / Technology 技巧/技术

I’d like to ask about the difference between the words technology and technique. They both seem to mean 技术 in Chinese, but what are the differences?

Sonia, China

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In this week’s programme we look at two similar words: technique and technology.

As our listener Sonia pointed out, both words can be translated as 技术 in Chinese. So what are the differences?

In the programme you’ll hear a story about Finn swimming in China, and how it helped him learn the connection between the words 技术, technology and technique.

But before you listen, have a look at these sentences and see if you can work out the difference between the words technique and technology:

My new car has all the latest technology: sat nav, automatic parking... it even makes coffee.


David Beckham has wonderful technique when it comes to passing and crossing the ball.


Scientists are using a new technique to test cold and flu drugs.


Jimi Hendrix’s guitar playing technique was really ground-breaking.


My friend loves new technology – she’s always buying new gadgets.


Information Technology, or IT, has changed the way people live and work.

A beach

Swimming technique or technology?

You’ll also hear some other interesting technology-related words in the programme.

Don’t forget, if you have a question about English, email it to questions.chinaelt@bbc.co.uk. We may answer it on this programme.

Glossary

pointed out 指出

ground-breaking 独创的,有突破性的