Chinese Children’s Song: 鱼儿水中游 Fish, Fish, Swim in the Water

By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih

Video 1: 鱼儿水中游 (in simplified Chinese characters)

Video 2 (in traditional Chinese characters)

Lyrics for Fish Fish, Swim in the Water:


Lyrics for 鱼儿水中游 Fish, Fish, Swim in the Water (with Pinyin and simplified Chinese Characters)

ér ér shuĭ zhōng yóu kàn jiàn qián miàn xiàn gōu
gōu shàng shí wèi mĕi kàn tuò xián liú xiăo
ér bié shàng gōu tān xiăng shòu shī yóu
ér ér shuĭ zhōng yóu yóu lái yóu yōu yōu
juàn le shuĭ căo è le xiăo chóng yōu
yōu yōu yōu shuĭ jīng shì jiè rèn yóu

Title: 鱼儿鱼儿水中游 (With English Translation)

(simplified chinese version)


Fishy, Fishy, swimming in the water


Swim to and fro happily and leisurely


When they are tired, they lie down on the water plants


When they are hungry, they look for little worms.

乐悠悠  乐悠悠

Happily and leisurely (or happy and free   Happy and free)


The crystal world allows them to be free


Fishy, Fishy, Swimming in the water


You see a [fish]line with a hook ahead


The food on the hook is delicious, making your mouth water just looking at it!


Fishy, Don’t take the bait (or Don’t get hooked)


You will lose your freedom by seeking instant gratification

鱼儿水中游 Fish, Fish, Swim in the Water (in PDF) (including Chinese characters and pinyin)

 Vocabulary 生词

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 鱼儿 魚兒 ér  fish
2 shuǐ surname Shui; water; river; liquid; beverage; additional charges or income; (of clothes) classifier for number of washes




in the middle of

To swim

5 看见 看見 kàn jiàn to see; to catch sight of
6 前面 qián miàn ahead; in front; preceding; above
7 一线 一線 xiàn front line; referring to a fishline
8 鈎, 鉤 gōu variant of ; to hook; to sew; to crochet; hook; check mark or tick; window catch
9 shàng on top; upon; above; upper; previous; first (of multiple parts); to climb; to get onto; to go up; to attend (class or university);
10 shí to eat; food; animal feed; eclipse
11 wèi taste; smell; classifier for drugs (in TCM)
12 měi the Americas; abbr. for 美洲 ; beautiful; very satisfactory; good; to beautify; to be pleased with oneself
13 kàn to see; to look at; to read; to watch; to visit; to call on; to consider; to regard as; to look after; to treat (an illness); to depend on; to feel (that); (after verb) to give it a try; Watch out! (for a danger)
14 de a sentence particle used after a verb to show effect; degree or possibility
14 tuò saliva; to spit
15 xián variant of ; saliva
16 liú to flow; to disseminate; to circulate or spread; to move or drift; to degenerate; to banish or send into exile; stream of water or sth resembling one; class, rate or grade
17 xiǎo small; tiny; few; young
18 bié surname Bie; to leave; to depart; to separate; to distinguish; to classify; other; another; do not; must not; to pin; to stick (sth) in
19 上钩 上鉤 shàng gōu to take the bait
20 贪图 貪圖 tān to covet; to seek (riches, fame)
21 享受 xiǎng shòu to enjoy; to live it up; pleasure; Classifiers:
22 shī to lose; to miss; to fail
23 自由 yóu freedom; free; liberty; Classifiers:
24 游来游 游來游 yóu lái yóu  To swim to and fro
25 to go; to go to (a place); to cause to go or send (sb); to remove; to get rid of; (when used either before or after a verb) to go in order to do sth; to be apart from in space or time; (after a verb of motion indicates movement away from the speaker); (used after certain verbs to indicate detachment or separation); (of a time or an event etc) just
26 surname Le; happy; cheerful; to laugh
27 悠悠 yōu yōu lasting for ages; long drawn out; remote in time or space; unhurried; a great number (of events); preposterous; pensive
28 juàn tired; old variant of
29 le (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
30 to lie; to crouch
31 水草 shuǐ cǎo water plants; habitat with water source and grass
32 饿 è to be hungry; hungry
33 覓, 覔 to seek; to find; old variant of
34 chóng lower form of animal life, including insects, insect larvae, worms and similar creatures; Classifiers: ; person with a particular undesirable characteristic
35 水晶 shuǐ jīng crystal
36 世界 shì jiè world; Classifiers:
37 rèn surname Ren; to assign; to appoint; to take up a post; office; responsibility; to let; to allow; to give free rein to; no matter (how, what etc); classifier for the number of terms served in office, post, or rank

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