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> In China:
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> 黑人  奥巴马 是第四十四美国的总统!
> hei   ren        ao   ba  ma       shi   di     si    shi    si      
> meiguo de zongtong!
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> black man       obama        is   number   44          america  
> (genitive) president
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An observation:

Names, foreign objects and terms are translated phonetically in  
Mandarin,
using specific words that generally have no meaning to the subject

奥 ao: profound, difficult to understand
巴 ba:  according to context: hope for, cling to, be near
马 mâ: horse

Btw:

四, si, is "Four", an unlucky number (the same si, in a different  
tone, means "death"死,
hence no floor four or room number in Chinese hotels. Let's not  
beschry it though.

gunnar