Chinese Song:当你老了When You Are Old

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

The lyrics of the song is in the back. The following is the tribute to parents recited before the boy sang.

A tribute to Parents 向父母致意_Text in Chinese and Pinyin (in PDF)

Tribute to parents (Slides in Power Point Slides)

Tribute to Parents 向父母致意

当父母老了

走不动了

希望你记得

小时候是谁扶着你

一步一步地学走路

当父母老了

讲话不清了

希望你会记得

小时候是谁

一句一句地教你讲话

当父母老了

记性变差了

请你记得

小时候是谁

耐心地提醒你各种事情

时间会让父母多了皱纹

可是我更记得

他们的青春

都花在谁的身上

English Translation: 

When your parents are old

Can no longer walk

I hope you will remember

Who held you and helped you

to learn to walk step by step while you were little

When your parents are old

Can no longer speak clearly

I hope you will remember

Who taught you

how to speak every sentence while you were little

When your parents are old

their memory is getting worse

Please remember who patiently

remind you all kinds of things

Time will add get more wrinkles on your parents’ face

But I will take heart to remember

on whom they have spent their youth

 

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1   嚮, 曏 xiàng towards; to face; to turn towards
2 父母    father and mother; parents
3 致意  zhì  pay tribute to; to send one’s greetings; to send best regards; to devote attention to
4    當 dāng when
5 老了  lǎo le getting old
6   zǒu to walk; to go
7 不动  不動  dòng can’t move
8   le particle indicating a new situation one is in; (completed action marker)
9 希望   wàng to wish for; to desire; hope; Classifiers: 
10   you (informal, as opposed to courteous  )
11 记得  記得  de to remember
12 小时候  小時候 xiǎo shíhou in one’s childhood
13   shì is; are; am
14   shéi who; also pr. [shui2]
15   to support with the hand; to help sb up
16   zhe aspect particle indicating action in progress
17 一步    (single) step
18

 

de

xué

 adverb suffix

to learn

19 走路  zǒu  to walk; to go on foot
20 讲话  講話 jiǎnghuà a speech; to speak; to talk; Classifiers: 
21 不清   qīng unclear
22   huì can
23 一句    a sentence
24   de -ly; structural particle: used before a verb or adjective, linking it to preceding modifying adverbial adjunct
25   jiāo to teach
26 记性  記性  xing memory (ability to retain information)
27   biàn to change; to become
28   chà to fall short of; lacking; wrong; inferior
29   qǐng please
30 耐心  nài xīn to be patient; patience
31 提醒   xǐng to remind; to call attention to
32 各种  各種 zhǒng every kind of; all kinds of
33 事情  shì qing affair; matter; thing; business; Classifiers: 
34 时间  時間 shí jiān time; period; Classifiers: 
35   ràng to let sb do sth; to make
36   duō many; much
37 皱纹  皺紋 zhòuwén wrinkle; Classifiers: 
38 可是   shì but
39   I; me; my
40   gèng more; even more;
41 他们的  他們的  mende their; theirs
42 青春  qīngchūn youth; youthfulness
43   dōu all; both; entirely; (used for emphasis)
44   huā  to spend (money, time)
45   zài (located) at; (to be) in
46   de of; ~’s (possessive particle)
47 身上  shēnshang on the body; at hand; among

Downloadable Worksheets for “A tribute to Parents”

Dang Ni Lao Le_Lyrics in Chinese and Pinyin (In PDF)

当你老了 – 赵照
当你老了
头发白了
睡意昏沉
当你老了
走不动了
炉火旁打盹
回忆青春
多少人曾爱你
青春欢畅的时辰
爱慕你的美丽
假意或真心
只有一个人还爱你
虔诚的灵魂
爱你苍老的脸上的皱纹
当你老了
眼眉低垂
灯火昏黄不定
风吹过来
你的消息
这就是我心里的歌
当你老了
头发白了
睡意昏沉
当你老了
走不动了
炉火旁打盹
回忆青春
多少人曾爱你
青春欢畅的时辰
爱慕你的美丽
假意或真心
只有一个人还爱你
虔诚的灵魂
爱你苍老的脸上的皱纹
当你老了
眼眉低垂
灯火昏黄不定
风吹过来
你的消息
这就是我心里的歌
当我老了
我真希望
这首歌是唱给你的

Vocabulary for “Dang Ni Lao Le”

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1    當 dāng when;
2

 

lǎo

 you

old.

3   le (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
4   zhào surname Zhao
5   zhào to shine; to illuminate; here it is the first name of the composer and singer.
6   tóu head; Classifiers: 
7 发白  發白  bái to turn pale; to lose color; to go white
8 睡意  shuì  sleepiness
9 昏沉  hūnchén murky; dazed; befuddled; dizzy
10   zǒu to walk
11 不动  不動  dòng not move
12 炉火  爐火  huǒ the fire of a stove
13   páng beside; one side
14 打盹   dǔn to doze off
15 回忆  回憶 huí  to recall; memories; Classifiers: 
16 青春  qīngchūn youth; youthfulness
17 多少  duōshǎo how many
18   rén man; person; people; Classifiers: 
19   céng once; already; ever (in the past); former
20

 

ài

 love

you

21 欢畅  歡暢 huānchàng happy; cheerful; jubilant
22   de of; ~’s (possessive particle);
23 时辰  時辰 shí chen time; one of the 12 two-hour periods of the day
24 爱慕  愛慕 ài  to adore; to admire
25 你的   de your; yours
26 美丽  美麗 měi  beautiful
27 假意  jiǎ  insincere; hypocrisy; insincerity
28   huò or
29 真心  zhēn xīn sincere; heartfelt; Classifiers: 
30 只有  zhǐ yǒu only
31 一个人  一個人  rén by oneself (without assistance); alone (without company)
32   hái still
33 虔诚  虔誠 qiánchéng pious; devout; sincere
34 灵魂  靈魂 líng hún soul; spirit
35 苍老  蒼老 cāng lǎo old; aged; (of calligraphy or painting) vigorous; forceful
36 脸上  臉上 liǎnshàng  on the face
37 皱纹  皺紋 zhòuwén wrinkle; Classifiers: 
38 眼眉  yǎn méi
39 低垂   chuí to droop; to hang low
40 灯火  燈火 dēnghuǒ lights
41 昏黄  昏黃 hūnhuáng  pale yellow; dim
42 不定   dìng indefinite
43 风吹  風吹 fēngchuī  feng: wind;

chui: blow

44 过来  過來 guò lái to come over
45 消息  xiāo xi news; information; Classifiers: 
46   zhè this
47 就是  jiù shì (emphasizes that sth is precisely or exactly as stated); precisely; exactly; even; if; just like; in the same way as
48   I; me; my
49 心里  心裡 xīn li in one’s heart; chest; heart; mind
50   song; Classifiers:  ; to sing
51 老了  lǎo le getting old
52   zhēn really; indeed
53 希望   wàng to wish for; to desire; hope; Classifiers: 
54 首歌  shǒu  song
55   shì is; are; am; yes; to be
56   chàng to sing
57   gěi to; for

Downloadable Worksheets

 

A moving video about mother’s love

 

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