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Friday, February 20, 2015

Introducing the Teach Kids Chinese Podcast! Episode 1 -- Chinese Nursery Rhymes no. 1

Some people do big things and start new projects during the western New Year on January 1st, but in Chinese fashion we're doing something big on Chinese New Year. We started the Teach Kids Chinese Podcast!

Ever since we upgraded our stereo system in our car and we can now play things off our phone, we've been looking for more Chinese things to let our kids listen to in the car. We haven't found very much. There is one Kids Chinese Podcast out there, but it's geared more for an absolute beginner or even teenagers / adults. Plus you have to pay money to see transcripts. We didn't really see anything for parents teaching their kids. We decided to take things into our own hands and make a podcast ourselves!

Our first project will be to go through Chinese nursery rhymes. We will probably cover about 10-12 in all, and we did the first three today. As we go through each one for the first time, we will go slowly and explain what all the words mean in English as well. When we finish them all, we'll release a podcast that has all the rhymes in one podcast, all in Chinese, without English explanations, at a faster / more fun pace.

We cover the following Chinese nursery rhymes today:

  • Little Dew Drop (小露珠)
  • Little Star (小星星)
  • Little White Bunny (小白兔)
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(We are new to this whole thing... if the link is broken or something isn't working then PLEASE let us know! Also, the podcast was just approved today, it won't be available to find by search in the itunes store for a few days)

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And you can download the mp3 directly here!





Here is the transcript of the podcast:




Hi, this is miaomiao from teachkidschinese.com. Welcome to our first ever Teach Kids Chinese Podcast!

您好,我是苗苗,来自“教孩子学中文网站”!欢迎您收听教孩子学中文的第一次播音!



Today we’re going to learn 3 different Chinese nursery rhymes.

今天我们将来学习3首不同的儿歌。

Let’s go ahead and get started!

我们来开始吧!



This first one is called Little Dew Drop

第一首名叫“小露珠”

I'm going to read it first in Chinese

我先用中文念出来



《小露珠》

小小露珠真可爱

花儿草儿身上戴,

太阳公公一上班,

急急忙忙都跑开。



Now let's explain what it means.

我们现在来解释一下儿歌的意思



小小露珠真可爱,

is small, 露珠 is dew drop, 真可爱 is very cute. The small dew drop is very cute.



花儿草儿身上戴,

花儿is flower,草儿 is grass ,身上戴 is to put it on your body , so花儿草儿身上戴

means on top of the flowers and grass



太阳公公一上班

太阳 is the sun,公公 is an old man, so太阳公公 is a cute way of saying the old sun,一上班 means he comes out to work. so太阳公公一上班 means when the old sun comes out to work



急急忙忙都跑开

急急忙忙 means in a hurry, means all, 跑开 means run away, so急急忙忙都跑开 means they all run away in a hurry.



So, here is the whole nursery rhyme in English:

Little Dew Drop

The little dewdrops are really cute,

On top of flowers and grass

When the old sun comes out to work,

They all run away in a hurry



Say it with me again in Chinese!

跟我一起用中文再说一遍!



《小露珠》

小小露珠真可爱

花儿草儿身上戴,

太阳公公一上班,

急急忙忙都跑开。



The second nursery rhyme is called “Little Stars”.

第二首儿歌名字叫“小星星”

I'm going to read it first in Chinese

我先用中文念出来



《小星星》

小星星,亮晶晶,

白天睡,晚上醒,

不说话,眨眼睛,

看宝宝,笑盈盈。



Now let's explain what it means.

我们现在来解释儿歌的意思



小星星,亮晶晶

小星星 means little stars,亮晶晶 means flashing or sparkling or glittering light. So小星星,亮晶晶 means little stars sparkling lights



白天睡 晚上醒,

白天 means day time means sleep, 晚上 means night time means awakeso白天睡, 晚上醒 means sleep during the day, wake up at night



不说话,眨眼睛,

不说话 means don’t talk, means blink,眼睛 means eyes, so不说话,眨眼睛 means they don’t talk, blinking their eyes



看宝宝,笑盈盈

看宝宝 means watch over babies,笑盈盈 means full of smiles, so看宝宝,笑盈盈 means watch over babies, full of smiles



So, here is the whole nursery rhyme in English:



Little Stars

Little stars, sparkling light,

Sleep during the day, wake up at night,

They don’t talk, blinking their eyes,

Watching over babies, full of smiles.



Say it with me again in Chinese!

跟我一起用中文再说一遍!



《小星星》

小星星,亮晶晶,

白天睡,晚上醒,

不说话,眨眼睛,

看宝宝,笑盈盈。



This last nursery rhyme is my favorite!

这最后一首儿歌是我最喜欢的!



It’s called Little White Bunny, and I’ll first read it in Chinese.

它的名字叫小白兔”,我先用中文念出来



《小白兔》

小白兔,白又白,

两只耳朵竖起来,

爱吃萝卜爱吃菜,

蹦蹦跳跳真可爱



Now let's explain what it means.

我们现在来解释儿歌的意思



小白兔白又白

小白兔 means little white bunny,白又白,means white and white, which is a cute way of saying very white!



两只耳朵 means two ears,竖起来 means stand upright, so 两只耳朵竖起来 means two ears stand upright.



爱吃萝卜爱吃菜

爱吃萝卜means love to eat carrots爱吃菜 means love to eat green leafs, so爱吃萝卜爱吃菜 means love to eat carrots and green leaves



蹦蹦跳跳真可爱

蹦蹦跳跳 means jumping and bouncing around,真可爱 means really cute, so蹦蹦跳跳真可爱 means jumping and bouncing around really cute



So, here is the whole nursery rhyme in English:

Little White Bunny

Little white bunny, white and white,

Two ears stand upright,

Love to eat carrots and green leaves,

Jumping and bouncing around really cute.



Say it with me again in Chinese!

跟我一起用中文再说一遍!



《小白兔》

小白兔,白又白,

两只耳朵竖起来,

爱吃萝卜爱吃菜,

蹦蹦跳跳真可爱



OK, that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed learning nursery rhymes with us today! You can access the transcript of this podcast on our website, teachkidschinese.com. See you next time!

好,今天就到这里。希望你今天喜欢跟我们学儿歌!你可以到我们的网站teachkidschinese.com下载播音的手稿。下次见!

1 comment:

  1. I just discovered the podcast, and it's very helpful for learning Chinese! It would be wonderful though if you included Pin Yin in the transcript for those of us who can't read characters yet. Thanks! :)

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