Friday, August 15, 2014

PROFESSOR ALISTER INGLIS DEMONSTRATES SLENDER GOLD SCRIPT

Sorry my Chinese is not so good 对不起我的中文不好

I know this is not a very new song. But it is a very good song for beginners. Some high frequently used phrases are repeated again and again. So I bet they will stick to your memory after you finish singing this song. :)

First enjoy this Youtube video:




Lyrics with Pinyin and English translation:


对不起我的中文不好!


duìbùqǐ wǒde zhōngwén bùhǎo

Sorry my Chinese isn't so good!



作词:前进乐团

zuò cí : qián jìn yuè tuán

Lyrics: Transition

作曲:前进乐团

zuò qǔ : qián jìn yuè tuán

composer: Transition



 对不起 我的 中文 不 好,对不起 对不起,我 不 知道 你 说 什么!

duìbùqǐ wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo , duìbùqǐ duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù zhīdào nǐ shuō shénme

Sorry, my Chinese is not so good. Sorry, very sorry, I don't know what you're saying.



对不起 我的 中文 不 好,对不起 对不起,我 只 想 跟 你 当 朋友!

duìbùqǐ wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo , duìbùqǐ duìbùqǐ, wǒ zhǐ xiǎng gēn nǐ dāng péngyou

Sorry, my Chinese is not so good. Sorry, very sorry. I just want to be your friend.



 First Verse

Hello你好吗?你的 英文 很 好听!你 是 美国人 吗?

Hello, nǐ hǎo ma ? nǐde yīngwén hěn hǎotīng ! nǐ shì měiguórén ma ?

Hello, how are you? Your English sounds great! Are you American?



并不是 美国人,我 是 一位 英国 绅士!

bìng bú shì měiguórén ,wǒ shì yí wèi yīngguó shēnshì !

I am not American. I am an English gentleman!



如果 你 专心 听,你 会 了解 我!

rúguǒ nǐ zhuānxīn tīng, nǐ huì liǎojiě wǒ !

If you listen carefully, you will understand me!



 Second Chorus

 对不起 我的 中文 不 好,对不起 对不起,我 不 知道 你 说 什么!

duìbùqǐ wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo , duìbùqǐ duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù zhīdào nǐ shuō shénme

Sorry, my Chinese is not so good. Sorry, very sorry, I don't know what you're saying.



对不起 我的 中文 不 好,对不起 对不起,我 只 想 跟 你 当 朋友!

duìbùqǐ wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo , duìbùqǐ duìbùqǐ, wǒ zhǐ xiǎng gēn nǐ dāng péngyou

Sorry, my Chinese is not so good. Sorry, very sorry. I just want to be your friend.



 Second Verse

欢迎光临!里面坐,先生你要吃什么?

huānyíng guānglín! lǐmian zuò , xiānsheng nǐ yào chī shénme?

Welcome! Have a seat. Sir, what do you want to eat?



我 要 睡觉。

wǒ yào shuìjiào.

I want to go to sleep.

你 很 累 是不是?

nǐ hěn lèi shìbushì?

Are you tired?



我 不 累 我 肚子 很 饿!

wǒ bú lèi wǒ dùzi hěn è !

I am not tired. I am hungry!



我 想 要 吃 水饺,请 你 快点 做!

wǒ xiǎng yào chī shuǐjiǎo ,qǐng nǐ kuàidian zuò !

I want to eat dumplings. Please make it quickly!



 Third Chorus

 对不起 我的 中文 不 好,对不起 对不起,我 不 知道 你 说 什么!

duìbùqǐ wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo , duìbùqǐ duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù zhīdào nǐ shuō shénme

Sorry, my Chinese is not so good. Sorry, very sorry, I don't know what you're saying.



对不起 我的 中文 不 好,对不起 对不起,我 只 想 跟 你 当 朋友!

duìbùqǐ wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo , duìbùqǐ duìbùqǐ, wǒ zhǐ xiǎng gēn nǐ dāng péngyou

Sorry, my Chinese is not so good. Sorry, very sorry. I just want to be your friend.



 Solos

 没关系 我的 中文 进步 了,没关系 没关系,我 还要 跟 你 当 朋友!

méiguānxi wǒde zhōngwén jìnbù le ,méiguānxi méiguānxi, wǒ háiyào gēn nǐ dāng péngyou!

No problem, my Chinese has now improved. No problem at all, I still want to be your friend.

(Repeat 4 times)



The following will be the list of the keywords of this song, with pinyin and English translation.



对不起   duìbùqǐ       sorry

中文      zhōngwén      Chinese

知道     zhīdào            to  know

说   shuō                    to say, to speak

什么  shénme               what

只   zhǐ                        only, just

想    xiǎng                want, think

跟     gēn                   with

当   dāng              to treat as, to regard as

朋友   péngyou         friend

你好吗?   nǐ hǎo ma ?      how are you?

英文   yīngwén          English

美国人    měiguórén          American

并不 bìng bú              not at all, emphatically not

英国      yīngguó              English, Britain

绅士      shēnshì               gentleman

如果      rúguǒ               if

专心      zhuānxīn            to concentrate

听          tīng                 listen

会          huì                   will

了解        liǎojiě            understand

欢迎光临  huānyíng guānglín           Welcome

里面    lǐmian                              inside

坐      zuò                           sit

先生    xiānsheng                Sir

吃       chī                             eat

要       yào                          want, need to, plan to

睡觉     shuìjiào                    sleep

很累      hěn lèi                        very tired

肚子       dùzi                        belly, stomach

饿     è                                 hungry

水饺      shuǐjiǎo               dumpling

请          qǐng                         Please

快点       kuàidian               a bit quicker, a bit faster

做            zuò                         make, do

没关系  méiguānxi                   that's all right, it's okay

进步        jìnbù                      to improve, to progress

还要          háiyào                   still want to




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Character with the han sound

汉 (漢) hàn

A Character a Day 一日一字 -- 汉 hàn

Simplified character:  汉
Traditional character:  漢

The original meaning of this character refers to the biggest branch of Changjiang River (Yangzi River),  Hanshui River. It was a remote and bare place for the political prisoners exiled by the government.

The following video lesson will show you some of the most common compound words about this character.  It will be a nice lesson for Chinese learner to practice listening and improve vocabulary the same time.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Little Apple -- A Pop Song

 Today I am going to introduce a new pop song, Little Apple, which is quiet popular recently in China. The following video will show you the version I like the most. It is sung by a French girl, whose Chinese name is Jin Xiaoyu (金小鱼jīn xiǎo yú ). She is one of the most popular foreign stars who became famous in China's TV show.




The original singers of this song is a well-known band called Chopstick Brothers (筷子兄弟 kuài zi xiōng dì ). Nowadays you will hear this song everywhere in China.





The Disco style of the song and the easily remember lyrics also makes this song quite popular for people who like exercise. This following video will show you a type of dance for exercise, which is called Square Dance (广场舞 guǎng chǎng wǔ ). Sometime dozens, hundreds, even thousands of people are seen dancing the same time.






The lyrics of the song:

小苹果
xiǎo píng guǒ
Little Apple
歌词:
gē cí
lyrics:
我种下一颗种子      终于长出了果实
wǒ zhòng xià  yì kē zhǒngzi     zhōngyú zhǎng chū le guǒshí
I planted a seed. Now it's time to see the fruit at last.

今天是个伟大日子
jīntiān shì ge wěidà rìzi     
Today is a great day.

摘下星星送给你 拽下月亮送给你   
zhāi xià xīngxing sòng gěi nǐ    zhuài xià yuèliang sòng gěi nǐ
I will pick the stars for you, and  pull down the moon for you

让太阳每天为你升起      
ràng tàiyang měitiān wèi nǐ shēng qǐ
Let the sun rise up for you everyday

变成蜡烛燃烧自己 只为照亮你         
biàn chéng làzhú ránshāo zìjǐ     zhǐ wèi zhào liàng nǐ
I'd rather become a candle burning myself to light up you

把我一切都献给你 只要你欢喜
bǎ wǒ yí qiè dōu xiàn gěi nǐ    zhǐ yào nǐ huān xǐ
Devote all myself to you to make you happy

你让我每个明天都 变得有意义
nǐ ràng wǒ měi ge míngtiān dōu biàn de yǒu yìyi
Everyday will become meaningful because of you

生命虽短爱你永远 不离不弃
shēngmìng suī duǎn ài nǐ yǒng yuǎn  bù lí bú qì
Life is short, but we will be together forever

你是我的小呀小苹果儿
nǐ shì wǒ de xiǎo a xiǎo píngguǒ
You are my little apple

怎么爱你都不嫌多
zěn me ài nǐ dōu bù xián duō
No matter how much love I give to you, I still think that's not enough. ( I will never stop loving you.)

红红的小脸儿温暖我的心窝
hōng hong de xiǎo liǎn er wēn nuaň wǒ de xin̄wō
Your shinning red face warms my heart

点亮我生命的火
diaň liang̀ wǒ shenḡming̀ de huǒ
You light the fire of my life

你是我的小呀小苹果儿
nǐ shì wǒde xiaǒ a xiaǒ pinǵ guǒ
You are my little apple

就像天边最美的云朵
jiù xiàng tiān biān zuì měi de yún duǒ
You are the most beautiful cloud in the sky

春天又来到了    花开满山坡
chūntiān yòu lái dào le   huā kāi mǎn shānpō
Spring is here again, blooming flowers cover the hillside

种下希望就会有收获
zhòng xià xīwàng jiù huì yǒu shōuhuò 
The seed of hope will grow into harvest one day.



Key words and key phrases:


小苹果   xiǎo píng guǒ       Little Apple



种下 zhòng xià               plant down



颗 kē                measure word for seed



种子 zhǒngzi          seed



终于 zhōngyú                 at last, finally, eventually



长出 zhǎng chū                   grow out



了 le                              completed action marker



果实 guǒshí                        fruit



今天 jīntiān                       today



伟大 wěidà                          great



日子 rìzi                      day, a date



摘下 zhāi xià               to pick



星星 xīngxing                star



送给你 sòng gěi nǐ              to give to you as a gift



拽下 zhuài xià                   to pull down, to drag down



月亮 yuèliang                   moon



让 ràng                        to let sb do sth, to have sb do sth



太阳 tàiyang                     sun



每天 měitiān                   everyday



为你 wèi nǐ                         for you



升起 shēng qǐ                          rise up



变成 biàn chéng                   to change into, to become



蜡烛 làzhú                                   candle



燃烧 ránshāo                            burn



自己 zìjǐ                  oneself



只 zhǐ                     only, just



为 wèi                  for



照亮 zhào liàng          to illuminate, to light up



一切 yí qiè              everything



都 dōu                  all, all together



献给 xiàn gěi         to dedicate, to devote




只要 zhǐ yào                   as long as, if only



欢喜 huān xǐ                   be happy



让 ràng                           let sth happen



每个 měi ge                        every, each



明天 míngtiān                    tomorrow



变 biàn                              change, become



有意义 yǒu yìyi                meaningful



生命 shēngmìng                     life



虽 suī                            although, even though



短 duǎn                       short



爱你 ài nǐ                        love you



永远 yǒng yuǎn                        forever, eternal



不离不弃 bù lí bú qì                            to never leave each other



怎么... 都... zěn me... duō...               No matter how (much) ... still...




嫌 xiá                         complain, dislike



多 duō                           too much



红红的 hōng hong de                    red




小脸儿 xiǎo liǎn er                        little face



温暖 wēn nuaň                           warm



心窝 xin̄wō                                  heart



点亮 diaň liang̀                          to light, to illuminate



生命的火 shenḡming̀ de huǒ             fire of one's life



就 jiù                                           just(emphasis)



像 xiàng                                        to resemble, to be like



天边 tiān biān                         horizon, far in the sky



最美的 zuì měi de                     the most beautiful



云朵 yún duǒ                                 a cloud



春天 chūntiān                                   spring



又 yòu                                        again



来 lái                                            come



到 dào                                          arrive



花 huā                                        flower



开满 āi mǎn                              to bloom abundantly



山坡 shānpō                                 hillside



希望 xīwàng                                 hope



就 jiù                                           then




会 huì                                     will, to be possible



有 yǒu                                       to have



收获 shōuhuò                         harvest, reward





















Friday, August 1, 2014

The Legend of Wang Xizhi

Wang Xizhi ( 303–361) ) is one of the most famous calligraphers in Chinese history. He lived in the Jin Dynasty (265-420).  He was regarded as the sage of calligraphy. His calligraphy, especially his running script calligraphy, was most precious for anyone who is interested in Chinese calligraphy. Tang Taizong, one of the emperors of Tang Dynasty, loved his calligraphy so much that he ordered lots of copies of his work. It's also said that Wang Xizhi's most famous work, the Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion was buried with the emperor in his mausoleum. So nowadays people can only enjoy the copies of the original one.
The following video from ChinaX will give you more detail of the legend of Wang Xizhi and his well-known Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You are My Baby -- 你是我宝贝







Now you maybe have a question. The final of 醉 is not 'ei', but 'ui'. In fact, 'ui' is the abbreviation of 'uei'.

When final 'uei' spelled with a initial, 'uei' is abbreviated to 'ui'.