Songs in Mandarin

Follow along with Claire Chiang as she teaches us two songs in Mandarin: Little Stars and Two Tigers.

Meet Claire Chiang
Learn the song Little Stars

Learn the song Two Tigers

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Meet Claire Chiang

Ming Ling (Claire) Chiang came to Canada 13 years ago from Taipei, Taiwan. Claire works for Burnaby Family Life as a program facilitator and the volunteer coordinator. She also teaches Mandarin. Claire believes that the best way to learn a language is by singing. She says, "Singing together with our children, we are not only nurturing their language skills but also building the bonding between children and parents."

Little Stars

Sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, this Mandarin song refers not to one star, but to a sky full of stars shining like little eyes.

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Little Stars in simplified Chinese

Xiăo Xīng Xing
Yì shăn yì shăn liàng jīng jīng
Măn tiān dōu shì xiăo xīng xing,
Guà zài tiān shàng fàng guāng míng
Hăo xiàng xŭ duō xiăo yăn jing
Yì shăn yì shăn liàng jīng jīng
Măn tiān dōu shì xiăo xīng xing

Little Stars
Twinkle, twinkle, brightly sparkling
The sky is full of little stars
Hanging in the sky shining brightly
Like a lot of small eyes
Twinkle, twinkle, brightly sparkling
The sky is full of little stars

Two Tigers

Sung to the tune of the French nursery song Frère Jacques, this Mandarin song is about two very strange looking tigers. The Tiger is the third sign of the Chinese zodiac. A person born in the Year of the Tiger is courageous, optimistic, tolerant and generous.

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Two Tigers in simplified Chinese

Liăng Zhī Lăo Hŭ
Liăng zhī lăo hŭ, liăng zhī lăo hŭ
Păo de kuài, păo de kuài
Yì zhī méi yŏu ěr duo, yì zhī méi yŏu yĭ ba
Zhēn qí guài, zhēn qí guài!

Two Tigers
Two tigers, two tigers
Run fast, run fast
One without ears, one without a tail
How strange, how strange!

Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Mandarin is the most widely spoken Chinese language. It’s especially associated with Beijing and northern China, and has more native speakers than any other language in the world. Did you know that the English words typhoon and tea came from Chinese languages?

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