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5 Easy-to-Learn Chinese Songs to Practice Your Mandarin

ASHLEY LABRIE

Right now, a lot of people are practicing social distancing, and hoping that soon the coronavirus pandemic will be over very soon. It’s a scary, strange time right now, and we hope that everyone stays home, and stays safe.

If you’re like many of us here in California, you may be starting to get a little cabin fever from being stuck inside for the past week or more... Well, we’ve got you covered!

Songs are a GREAT way to learn the Chinese language, better understand Chinese culture, AND have some fun while you’re at it! Plus, singing karaoke is a great way to lift your spirits while you're at home! 

With that in mind, we’ve compiled the TOP 5 Chinese language songs that are PERFECT for Chinese language learners of every level - from beginner, all the way to upper intermediate and advanced

Check out the list of songs below, including the lyrics in hanzi, pinyin, and with rough English translations, the Youtube music videos for each song, and get practicing now! 

You can master the songs you like and break them out at Chinese-style karaoke with your Chinese friends once things get back to normal, or better yet, do some virtual karaoke with your friends with Skype, Google Hangouts, or some other video chat/screen sharing programs!

(Please note that the text showing in the videos of many of these songs is in traditional Chinese characters, so if you have trouble recognizing the characters, check out the lyrics for Simplified options!)

Song Number 1: 月亮代表我的心 (yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn) - The Moon Represents My Heart

By: 邓丽君 (dèng lì jūn) - Teresa Teng


First up is this is a classic song by the Taiwanese singer Teresa Tang, from back in the 1970s. It is no doubt one of the most famous, popular Mandarin songs of all time. 

Its slow tempo and simple language which is repeated several times makes it a top contender for Chinese songs to learn, and your Chinese friends of all ages will surely be impressed if you sing this song at karaoke with them!


Check out this awesome video where Yangyang teaches you the song:




Lyrics:

你问我爱你有多深我爱你有几分
nǐ wèn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu duō shēn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu jǐ fēn
You ask me how deep my love for you is, how much I really love you...
 
我的情也真,我的爱也真
wǒ de qíng yě zhēn wǒ de ài yě zhēn
My feelings are real, my love is real.
 
月亮代表我的心
yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn
The moon represents my heart.

你问我爱你有多深我爱你有几分
nǐ wèn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu duō shēn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu jǐ fēn
You ask me how deep my love for you is, how much I really love you...

我的情不移,我的爱不变
wǒ de qíng bù yí wǒ de ài bú biàn
My affection won’t waver, my love won’t change.

月亮代表我的心
yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn
The moon represents my heart.

轻轻的一个吻已经打动我的心
qīng qīng de yí ge wěn yǐ jīng dǎ dòng wǒ de xīn
Just one soft kiss is enough to move my heart.

深深的一段情叫我思念到如今
shēn shēn de yí duàn qíng jiào wǒ sī niàn dào rú jīn
A period of time when our affection was deep, has had me missing you until now.

你问我爱你有多深我爱你有几分
nǐ wèn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu duō shēn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu jǐ fēn
You ask me how deep my love for you is, how much I really love you.
 
你去想一想,你去看一看
nǐ qù xiǎng yi xiǎng nǐ qù kàn yi kàn
Go ahead and think about it, go ahead and take a look at it [the moon],

月亮代表我的心
yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn
The moon represents my heart.

Song Number 2: 朋友 (péng you) - Friends 
By: 周华健 (zhōu huá jiàn) - Wakin Chau 

This song is from back in the ’90s, and is also a great pick for those just starting out learning Chinese! It has a relatively slow tempo, the words are short and to the point, and it’s got a great message as well!

You can watch the music video and listen to the song here: 




Lyrics:
 
这些年 / 一个人 / 风也过 / 雨也走
zhè xiē nián / yí ge rén / fēng yě guò / yǔ yě zǒu
These years, alone, the wind has also passed, the rain is also gone.
 
有过泪 / 有过错 / 还记得坚持什么
yǒu guò lèi / yǒu guò cuò / hái jì de jiān chí shén me
There were tears, there were mistakes, we still remembered what we were persevering in.
 
真爱过 / 才会懂 / 会寂寞 / 会回首
zhēn ài guò / cái huì dǒng / huì jì mò / huì hui shǒu
Only once you’ve really loved, will you know, you’ll be lonely, you’ll look back.
 
终有梦 / 终有你 / 在心中
zhōng yǒu mèng / zhōng yǒu nǐ / zài xīn zhōng
I alway have dreams, I always have you, inside my heart.
 
朋友一生一起走 / 那些日子不再有
péng you yì shēng yì qǐ zǒu / nà xiē rì zi bú zài yǒu
Friends walk through life side by side, those days will never return.
 
一句话 / 一辈子 / 一生情 / 一杯酒
yí jù huà / yí bèi zi / yì shēng qíng / yì bēi jiǔ
One word, one life, a lifetime friendship, one cup of wine.
 
朋友不曾孤单过 / 一声朋友你会懂
péng you bù céng gū dān guò / yì shēng péng you nǐ huì dǒng
Friends mean you’re never lonely, with the voice of a friend you’ll understand.
 
还有伤 / 还有痛 / 还要走 / 还有我
hái yǒu shāng / hái yǒu tòng / hái yào zǒu / hái yǒu wǒ
There are wounds, there is pain, though we’ll part, you’ll still have me.

Song Number 3: 对不起我的中文不好 (duì bu qǐ wǒ de zhōng wén bù hǎo) - Sorry, My Chinese is Not Good 
By: 前进乐团 (qián jìn lè tuán) - Transition

This is a 老外 (lǎo wài) - “foreigner” - favorite, from an English rock band called Transition. The song is not only super catchy, but its message is also very relatable to Mandarin Chinese learners - the whole song is about the long and winding Mandarin learning journey, while picking up inspiration along the way! 

The song also teaches you some super useful Chinese phrases as well, so be sure to add this one to your list!

Check out the music video and listen to the song here: 




By the way: Would you believe that you’ll understand OVER 90% of the Chinese used in this song after taking our Beginner Conversational Course? Believe it! 

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Lyrics:

对不起,我的中文不好。对不起,对不起,我不知道你说什么!
duì bu qǐ wǒ de zhōng wén bù hǎo, duì bu qǐ, duì bu qǐ, wǒ bù zhī dào nǐ shuō shén me
Sorry, my Chinese isn’t 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!
duì bu qǐ wǒ de zhōng wén bù hǎo, duì bu qǐ, duì bu qǐ, wǒ zhǐ xiǎng gēn nǐ dāng péng you
Sorry, my Chinese isn’t good. Sorry, very sorry. I just want to be your friend.

Hello,你好吗?你的英文好好听!你是美国人吗?
Hello, nǐ hǎo ma ? nǐ de yīng wén hǎo hǎo tīng ! nǐ shì měi guó rén 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 měi guó rén wǒ shì yí wèi yīng guó shēn shì !
I am not American. I am an English gentleman!

如果你专心听,你会了解我!
rú guǒ nǐ zhuān xīn tīng, nǐ huì liǎo jiě wǒ !
If you listen carefully, you will understand me!

对不起,我的中文不好。对不起,对不起,我不知道你说什么!
duì bu qǐ wǒ de zhōng wén bù hǎo, duì bu qǐ, duì bu qǐ, wǒ bù zhī dào nǐ shuō shén me
Sorry, my Chinese isn’t 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!
duì bu qǐ wǒ de zhōng wén bù hǎo, duì bu qǐ, duì bu qǐ, wǒ zhǐ xiǎng gēn nǐ dāng péng you
Sorry, my Chinese isn’t good. Sorry, very sorry. I just want to be your friend.

欢迎光临!里面坐,先生你要吃什么?
huān yíng guāng lín! lǐ mian zuò, xiān sheng nǐ yào chī shén me?
Welcome! Have a seat. Sir, what do you want to eat?

我要睡觉。
wǒ yào shuì jiào.
I want ‘to go to sleep’.

你很累,是不是?
nǐ hěn lèi, shì bu shì?
Is it that you’re tired?

我不累,我肚子很饿!
wǒ bú lèi wǒ dù zi hěn è !
I’m not tired. I’m hungry!

我想要吃水饺,请你快点做!
wǒ xiǎng yào chī shuǐ jiǎo, qǐng nǐ kuài diǎn zuò !
I want to eat ‘dumplings’. Please make them quickly!

对不起,我的中文不好。对不起,对不起,我不知道你说什么!
duì bu qǐ wǒ de zhōng wén bù hǎo, duì bu qǐ, duì bu qǐ, wǒ bù zhī dào nǐ shuō shén me
Sorry, my Chinese isn’t 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!
duì bu qǐ wǒ de zhōng wén bù hǎo, duì bu qǐ, duì bu qǐ, wǒ zhǐ xiǎng gēn nǐ dāng péng you
Sorry, my Chinese isn’t good. Sorry, very sorry, I just want to be your friend.

没关系,我的中文进步 了,没关系,没关系,我还要跟你当朋友!
méi guān xi wǒ de zhōng wén jìn bù le, méi guān xi, méi guān xi, wǒ hái yào gēn nǐ dāng péng you!
No problem, my Chinese has now improved. No problem at all, I still want to be your friend.

Song Number 4: 对面的女孩看过来 (duì miàn de nǚ hái kàn guò lái) - Look Over Here, Girl 
By: 任贤齐 (rèn xián qí) - Richie Ren

This is a cute, funny song about a guy’s quest to find a girl that likes him. It’s fun, light hearted and quite catchy as well! 

You can watch the music video and listen to the song here: 




Lyrics:

对面的女孩看过来,看过来,看过来
duì miàn de nǚ hái kàn guò lái, kàn guò lái, kàn guò lái
The girls across the way, look over here, look over here.

这里的表演很精彩,请不要假装不理不睬
zhè lǐ de biǎo yǎn hěn jīng cǎi, qǐng bú yào jiǎ zhuāng bù lǐ bù cǎi
The performances here are wonderful, please do not pretend to be cold.

对面的女孩看过来,看过来,看过来
duì miàn de nǚ hái kàn guò lái, kàn guò lái, kàn guò lái
The girls across the way, look over here, look over here.

不要被我的样子吓坏,其实我很可爱
bú yào bèi wǒ de yàng zǐ xià huài, qí shí wǒ hěn kě ài
Do not be scared by my appearance. I’m actually very cute.

寂寞男孩的悲哀,说出来,谁明白
jì mò nán hái de bēi āi, shuō chū lái, sheí míng bai
A lonely guy’s sadness, spoken out loud, who would understand.

求求你抛个媚眼过来,哄哄我,逗我乐开怀
qiú qiu nǐ pāo ge mèi yǎn guò lái,  hǒng hong wǒ, dòu wǒ lè kāi huái
Please throw your flirtations over,  coax and tease my joy and happiness.

(嘿嘿嘿,没人理我,嘿!)
(hēi hēi hēi, méi rén lǐ wǒ, hēi!)
Hahaha, no one is paying attention to me, ha!

我左看右看,上看下看,原来每个女孩都不简单
wǒ zuǒ kàn yòu kàn, shàng kàn xià kàn, yuán lái měi ge nǚ hái dōu bù jiǎn dān
I look left, look right, look up, look down.  Turns out every girl is not so simple.

我想了又想,我猜了又猜,女孩们的心事还真奇怪
wǒ xiǎng le yòu xiǎng, wǒ cāi le yòu cāi, nǚ hái men de xīn shì hái zhēn qí guài
I’ve thought and I’ve thought, I’ve guessed and I’ve guessed, girls’ thoughts are really quite strange.

寂寞男孩的苍蝇拍,左拍拍,右拍拍
jì mò nán hái de cāng yíng pāi, zuǒ pāi pai, yòu pāi pai
Lonely boys’ fly-swatters, left swat swat, right swat swat.

为什么还是没人来爱,无人问津哪,真无奈
wéi shén me hái shì méi rén lái ài,wú rén wèn jīn na,zhēn wú nài
Why is there no one to love, no one interested, really helpless.

对面的女孩看过来,看过来,看过来
duì miàn de nǚ hái kàn guò lái, kàn guò lái,kàn guò lái
The girls across the way, look over here, look over here.

寂寞男孩情窦初开,需要你给我一点爱
jì mò nán hái qíng dòu chū kāi, xū yào nǐ gěi wǒ yì diǎn ài
Lonely guys need a first love too, please give me a little love

(嗨—-嗨—-!)
(hāi —-hāi —-!)
Hi! -- Hi!

我左看右看,上看下看,原来每个女孩都不简单
wǒ zuǒ kàn yòu kàn, shàng kàn xià kàn, yuán lái měi ge nǚ hái dōu bù jiǎn dān
I look left, look right, look up, look down.  Turns out every girl is not so simple.

我想了又想,我猜了又猜,女孩们的心事还真奇怪
wǒ xiǎng le yòu xiǎng, wǒ cāi le yòu cāi, nǚ hái men de xīn shì hái zhēn qí guài
I’ve thought and I’ve thought, I’ve guessed and I’ve guessed, girls’ thoughts are really quite strange.

我左看右看,上看下看,原来每个女孩都不简单
wǒ zuǒ kàn yòu kàn, shàng kàn xià kàn, yuán lái měi ge nǚ hái dōu bù jiǎn dān
I look left, look right, look up, look down.  Turns out every girl is not so simple.

我想了又想,我猜了又猜,女孩们的心事还真奇怪
wǒ xiǎng le yòu xiǎng, wǒ cāi le yòu cāi, nǚ hái men de xīn shì hái zhēn qí guài
I’ve thought and I’ve thought, I’ve guessed and I’ve guessed, girls’ thoughts are really quite strange.

爱真奇怪!
ài zhēn qí guài!
Love is really strange!

唻唻唻……喔哎噢!
lài lài lài ……wō āi ō!
La la la …. Oh eh oh!

唻唻唻……噢—-!
lài lài lài …… ō —-!
La la la …. Oh--!

(唉! 算了,回家吧!)
(āi! suàn le , huí jiā ba!)
Ugh, nevermind, let’s go home!

Song Number 5: 童话 (tóng huà) - Fairy Tale
By: 光良 (guāng liáng) - Michael Wong

If you’re looking for a nice ballad, look no farther than 童话 (tóng huà) - “Fairy Tale”! It’s a really nice song, with a slow tempo, but be warned - it’s a bit of a tear jerker!

Watch the music video and listen to the song here:




Lyrics:

忘了有多久 再没听到你
wàng le yǒu duō jiǔ zài méi tīng dào nǐ
I forgot how long, I didn't hear you

对我说你 最爱的故事
duì wǒ shuō nǐ zuì ài de gù shi
Telling me about your favorite story

我想了很久 我开始慌了
wǒ xiǎng le hěn jiǔ wǒ kāi shǐ huāng le
I thought about it for a while, I started to panic

是不是我又做错了什么
shì bu shì wǒ yòu zuò cuò le shén me
Is it that I did something wrong again?

你哭着对我说 童话里都是骗人的
nǐ kū zhe duì wǒ shuō tóng huà lǐ dōu shì piàn rén de
You tell me while crying, that fairy tales are lies 

我不可能 是你的王子
wǒ bù kě néng shì nǐ de wáng zǐ
I can't be your prince

也许你不会懂 从你说爱我以后
yě xǔ nǐ bú huì dǒng cóng nǐ shuō ài wǒ yǐ hòu
Maybe you won't understand, after you said you love me

我的天空 星星都亮了
wǒ de tiān kōng xīng xing dōu liàng le
All the stars in my sky started to shine brightly

我愿变成童话里 你爱的那个天使
wǒ yuàn biàn chéng tóng huà li nǐ ài de nà ge tiān shǐ
I'm willing to become the angel that you love from the fairy tale

张开双手 变成翅膀守护你
zhāng kāi shuāng shǒu biàn chéng chì bǎng shǒu hù nǐ
To stretch out my arms and turn them into wings to protect you

你要相信 相信我们会像童话故事里
nǐ yào xiāng xìn, xiāng xìn wǒ men huì xiàng tóng huà gù shi lǐ
You must believe, believe that we will be just like in the fairy tale

幸福和快乐是结局
xìng fú hé kuài lè shì jié jú
Happiness and joy is the ending
 
你哭着对我说 童话里都是骗人的
nǐ kū zhe duì wǒ shuō tóng huà lǐ dōu shì piàn rén de
You tell me while crying, that fairy tales are lies 

我不可能 是你的王子
wǒ bù kě néng shì nǐ de wáng zǐ
I can't be your prince

也许你不会懂 从你说爱我以后
yě xǔ nǐ bú huì dǒng cóng nǐ shuō ài wǒ yǐ hòu
Maybe you won't understand, after you said you love me

我的天空 星星都亮了
wǒ de tiān kōng xīng xing dōu liàng le
All the stars in my sky started to shine brightly

我愿变成童话里 你爱的那个天使
wǒ yuàn biàn chéng tóng huà li nǐ ài dì nà ge tiān shǐ
I'm willing to become the angel that you love from the fairy tale

张开双手 变成翅膀守护你
zhāng kāi shuāng shǒu biàn chéng chì bǎng shǒu hù nǐ
To stretch out my arms and turn them into wings to protect you

你要相信 相信我们会像童话故事里
nǐ yào xiāng xìn, xiāng xìn wǒ men huì xiàng tóng huà gù shi lǐ
You must believe, believe that we will be just like in the fairy tale

幸福和快乐是结局
xìng fú hé kuài lè shì jié jú
Happiness and joy is the ending

我愿变成童话里 你爱的那个天使
wǒ yuàn biàn chéng tóng huà li nǐ ài de nà ge tiān shǐ

I'm willing to become the angel that you love from the fairy tale


张开双手 变成翅膀守护你
zhāng kāi shuāng shǒu biàn chéng chì bǎng shǒu hù nǐ
To stretch out my arms and turn them into wings to protect you

你要相信 相信我们会像童话故事里
nǐ yào xiāng xìn, xiāng xìn wǒ men huì xiàng tóng huà gù shi lǐ
You must believe, believe that we will be just like in the fairy tale

幸福和快乐是结局
xìng fú hé kuài lè shì jié jú
Happiness and joy is the ending

我会变成童话里 你爱的那个天使
wǒ huì biàn chéng tóng huà li nǐ ài dì nà ge tiān shǐ
I will become the angel that you love from the fairy tale

张开双手变成翅膀守护你
zhāng kāi shuāng shǒu biàn chéng chì bǎng shǒu hù nǐ
I’ll stretch out my arms and turn them into wings to protect you

你要相信 相信我们会像童话故事里
nǐ yào xiāng xìn, xiāng xìn wǒ men huì xiàng tóng huà gù shi lǐ
You must believe, believe that we will be just like in the fairy tale

幸福和快乐是结局
xìng fú hé kuài lè shì jié jú
Happiness and joy is the ending

一起写我们的结局
yī qǐ xiě wǒ men de jié jú
We can write our ending together

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That wraps up our TOP 5 picks for Chinese songs to learn at any level! 


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