First you’ll find the simplified Chinese text, followed by an English translation. Then you can listen to a recording of the poem in Mandarin and follow along with the Pinyin (pronunciation). After that you’ll find the traditional Chinese text with another translation.
Early Winter Cold
The leaves fall, the geese fly south,
There’s a cold north wind on the Han River.
My house is on a bend on the river,
Far across the vast clouds in Chu.
A stranger in every village, shedding tears for home,
Looking at a lonely sail on the horizon,
I’m lost and want to ask how to find my way,
The still wide sea is endless in the evening.
Below is a recording of the poem. You can follow along with the Pinyin below that…
Zao Han Jiang Shang You Huai (Meng Haoran)
Mu4 luo4 yan4 nan2 du4,
Bei3 feng jiang shang4 han2.
Wo3 jia Xiang shui3 qu,
Yao2 ge2 Chu yun2 duan.
Xiang lei4 ke4 zhong jin4,
Gu fan tian ji4 kan.
Mi2 jin4 yu4 you3 wen4,
Ping2 hai3 xi man4 man4.
Below is the traditional Chinese text with a more complex translation of that version:
The River in Early Winter
Leaves have withered and faded, the Swan geese fly South,
The howling North wind is blowing and the Han River is cold.
My home is on the hill, a thatched cottage on a bend of the river,
Looking at the distance of my homeland of Chu, it looks vast up high in the clouds.
Homesick tears have been shed, as a stranger life’s miserable,
A lone sail on the distant horizon is unbearable under these circumstances.
I am looking for someone to ask, "Where is the ferry crossing?"
Can’t see in the deepening shades of dusk, only the long wide water of the river.
Translations by Lisa Yannucci
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