February 8th, 2013
Shirley Stump shared this Chinese New Year Song with the note: "Happy Chinese New Year for the 10th of February, this song is very popular in China. It has a very catchy chorus that I sing at my music classes for preschool children. The chorus is: Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Ni Ya, Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Ni." […]
February 5th, 2013
Laba is a Chinese festival that has traditionally started off the Chinese New Year preparations. It’s on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. Agnes wrote about it from China: "We eat Laba Rice Porridge and Laba Garlic for the Laba Festival. Laba Porridge is made of mixed grains and corns, like peanuts, chestnuts, […]
March 24th, 2011
We received the song below from a Chinese friend. He was unsure of how to translate it into English. 我在马路边捡到一分钱 (一分钱) 我在马路边捡到一分钱， 交给人民警察叔叔手里边。. 叔叔拿着钱， 对我把头点， 我高兴地说了声： “叔叔，再见。 Here’s the English translation we have: I’m in the street, I find a penny I take the penny to the police. The policeman takes the penny and says […]
March 24th, 2010
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes is sung all over the world. Here’s the Chinese version that we just added to Mama Lisa’s World… 头儿,肩膀,膝,脚趾 头儿,肩膀,膝,脚趾 膝,脚趾 膝,脚趾 头儿,肩膀,膝,脚趾 眼耳鼻口 Literal English Translation: Head, shoulders, knees, toes, Knees, toes, Knees, toes, Head, shoulders, knees, toes, Eyes, ears, nose, mouth. Check out the Head, Shoulders, Knees and […]
February 14th, 2010
Frank wrote… Hello Mama Lisa, I came across your web page, excellent site! Attached please find two mp3 files of two kids song of Two Tigers. Two Tigers MP3 Two Tigers MP3 #2 The lyrics and translation are as follows: Traditional Chinese: 兩隻老虎 兩隻老虎 跑得快 跑得快 隻没有耳朵 隻没有尾巴 真奇怪 真奇怪 Simplified Chinese: 两只老虎 […]
May 11th, 2009
This song is called “Mei mei bei zhe yang wa wa” in Pinyin, literally it’s, “Little Sister Carries Her Foreign Doll”. (Pinyin is the system used to transliterate Mandarin Chinese using the Roman alphabet.) “Foreign” doll refers to a western style doll as opposed to a traditional Chinese doll. Here’s a Chinese song in the […]
October 19th, 2008
Sandy wrote looking for help with lyrics to a Chinese New Years song. Here’s what she wrote… Looking for the entire words to an old song “I’m a Little Chinese Doll from across the sea. Where the lovely lotus blooms neath a cherry tree. Paper dragons you will meet on a Chinese New Year, Winding […]
November 9th, 2007
Kel wrote: Hi, I just found your web page and am interested in finding a song and lyrics. The song is called is “Looking at the Sights With My Small Eyes” (in Chinese its “Xiao Yan Jing Kan Jing Zhi Er”). It’s from an album called “Children’s Folk Rhymes in Beijing”….. I’m trying to find […]
June 28th, 2007
I recently received a song from China called Little Swallow. The sheet music was very different from the notes on staffs that we use in the West. It consisted of numbers with dots and lines. Here’s what it looks like: I asked Wang Li, who sent me the song, about it. She said, “In China […]
May 29th, 2007
I received a wonderful Chinese children’s song recently called Count Ducks. The text I received is a scanned in image – I had a hard time making it look crisp and clear. If anyone can send me the computerized text in Chinese, I’d be grateful. Here’s the graphic, followed by an English translation. Count Ducks […]
January 18th, 2007
Linda wrote: Dear Mama Lisa, I spent two years in Taiwan and three in Hong Kong as a child. I was taught a song, I believe in Mandarin, that began as follows: Gu gu ba ba jung wei da een ya za wo ja way gwa chu dong dong dong bing shou ha ha I […]
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