Chinese Rhyme: Two Tigers两只老虎

By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih
From Ling-LingChinese.com

A Chinese nursery rhyme: Two Tigers

两只老虎 “Liang Zhi Lao Hu”

Two Tigers is a popular Chinese nursery rhyme. It originated from Taiwan. The French variation that adopts the same tune is called Frère Jacques.

Lyrics in Chinese characters

First Version

两只老虎

两只老虎。
两只老虎。
跑得快。
跑得快。
一只没有眼睛。

一只没有嘴巴。
好奇怪。
好奇怪。

 

(眼睛 yǎnjing: eye)

(嘴巴 zuǐba: mouth)

Second Version

两只老虎

两只老虎。
两只老虎。
跑得快。
跑得快。
一只没有耳朵。
一只没有尾巴。
真奇怪。
真奇怪。

Lyrics in pinyin (second version)

Liǎng zhī lǎohǔ,
Liǎng zhī lǎohǔ,
Pǎo de kuài,
Pǎo de kuài,
Yī zhī méiyǒu yǎnjīng,
Yī zhī méiyǒu wěibā,
Zhēn qíguài,
Zhēn qíguài.

English translation (second version)

Two Tigers
Two Tigers
Run so fast
Run so fast
One has no eyes
One has no tail
So strange
So strange
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 liǎng two; both; some; a few; tael, unit of weight equal to 50 grams (modern) or 1⁄16 of a catty (old)
2 zhī classifier for birds and certain animals, one of a pair, some utensils, vessels etc
3 老虎 lǎo tiger; Classifiers:
4 pǎo to run; to run away; to escape;
5 de structural particle: used after a verb (or adjective as main verb), linking it to following phrase indicating effect, degree, possibility etc
6 kuài rapid; quick; speed; rate; soon; almost; to make haste; clever; sharp (of knives or wits); forthright; plain-spoken; gratified; pleased; pleasant
7 one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; throughout; “one” radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1); also pr. for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
8 没有 沒有 méiyǒu haven’t; hasn’t; doesn’t exist; to not have; to not be
9 眼睛 yǎnjing eye; Classifiers:
10 嘴巴 zuǐ ba mouth; Classifiers:
11 hǎo good; well; proper; good to; easy to; very; so; (suffix indicating completion or readiness); (of an unmarried couple) to be close; to be keen on each other
12 奇怪 guài strange; odd; to marvel; to be baffled
13 耳朵 ěr duo ear; Classifiers: ; handle (on a cup)
14 尾巴 wěi ba tail
15 zhēn really; truly; indeed; real; true; genuine

Liang Zhi Lao Hu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2yXLmf9T3E

 

Two Tigers_Lyrics in Pinyin & Chinese Characters

Two Tigers_Lyrics Worksheets

Two Tigers_Vocabulary Worksheets

Two Tigers_Flashcards

 

By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih
From Ling-LingChinese.com

 

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