The Chinese text at the top of the page is the simplified Chinese text which is more commonly used in China. If you scroll down the page, you can find the traditional Chinese characters.

Two Tigers is sung to the tune of "Frère Jacques". I made the translation fit the tune (as long as you extend the beat on the word "two" when you sing it).

Notes

Here's a slightly different translation by Frank:

Two tigers Two tigers
Run fast. Run fast.
One doesn't have ears.
One doesn't have a tail.
Really strange!
Really strange!

Here's a translation by Anna-Marie:

Two old tigers
Two old tigers
Running very fast
Running very fast
One has no eyes
One has no tail
How strange!
How strange!

It's been pointed out that the first two lines are literally "two tigers". Joyce wrote, "Not 'old' tigers... translated too literally... The word 'old' is in front of the word 'tiger', because people call tigers this way orally, even cubs, they would then literally be referred to as -young 'old' tigers- therefore, the 'old' should be omitted because it doesn't make sense."

Sammy Li Wei Long sent this English version below with the note: "Here is a little bit of correction for the song Ling Zhi Lao Hu in English so that people can sing it in English according to the tune..."

Liang Zhi Lao Hu , [Two Old Tigers]:

Two old tigers
Two old tigers
Run very fast
Run very fast
One of them has no eyes
One of them has no tail
Oh how strange
Oh how strange

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Mandarin Transliteration

liang3 zhi3 lao3 hu3
liang3 zhi3 lao3 hu3
pao3 de kuai4
pao3 de kuai4
yi4 zhi3 mei2 you3 yan3 jing1
yi4 zhi3 mei2 you3 wei3 ba
zhen1qi2 guai4
zhen1 qi2 guai4

James Yannucci gave us this key to the numbers in the transliteration:

The numbers are the tones used for each word. The Chinese use 4 different tones:

1. Is a high level tone (almost like your singing the word)
2. Is a high rising tone
3. The tone starts at a neutral point then drops down low then returns.
4. Drops fast and abrupt

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Dutch Translation

twee oude tijgers
twee oude tijgers
lopen heel snel
lopen heel snel
ene heeft geen ogen
ene heeft geen staart
hoe raar is dat!
hoe raar is dat!

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兩隻老虎
兩隻老虎
跑得快
跑得快
ㄧ隻没有耳朵
ㄧ隻没有尾巴
真奇怪
真奇怪

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Many thanks to Frank for the 2nd and 3rd recordings, the 2nd translation and the simplified Chinese text.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - 两只老虎

Thanks and Acknowledgements

1st translation by Lisa Yannucci. 2nd translation by Frank. Thanks to Frank for the text and translation. Thanks to Anna-Marie for translating the song into English (the 3rd translation) and Dutch. Thanks to James Yannucci for the Mandarin transliteration. Thanks to Joyce for writing about the meaning of this song and helping with the Chinese text.

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