Learning Chinese with Songs - 小酒窝(Cute Dimples)
There are many good reasons to listen to Chinese popular songs. You can improve pronunciation, learn Chinese vocabulary, develop grammar structure and beautiful expressions in Chinese, and learn more about Chinese culture, which is fun!
In this article, we are going to listen to a sweet love song 小酒窝(xiǎo jiǔ wō) by 林俊杰(lín2 jùn jié) and 蔡卓妍(cài zhuó yán). This song is chosen for its simple lyrics.
Step 1: Check out their music video.
No matter how much you can understand the lyrics, all you need to do is to feel the song with your heart, especially the lyrics, all by yourself before I start to explain it. You are encouraged to repeat this step for more than once!
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Step 2: Get to know the song
A. An Overview on the Lyrics
I have always been seeking for someone to rely on and a hug
Who will pray for me? Who will worried about me?
Who will be mad at me? Who will lose his/her temper for me?
Happiness is now coming my way
Fate has led me to you
Loneliness has been driven away
Boredom left after I met you
小酒窝 长睫毛 是你最美的记号
Little dimples, long eyelashes, they are your most beautiful features
I can’t fall asleep without seeing your smile
You will never know how important you are to me
Your presence completes my life
小酒窝 长睫毛 迷人得无可救药
Little dimples, long eyelashes, hopelessly attractive
I slowed down my pace, feeling intoxicated
Finally, we found each other
A good warm life is good for us
I will love you until the end of time
B. Vocabulary Bite
The vocabulary list is presented according to the order of their appearance in the song.
Flashcards and Pronunciation of the Dialog:
Step 3: Practice with this video with (traditional) Chinese lyrics and Pinyin subtitles, over and over again!
* Practice for Learners from higher levels. Fill in the blanks while listening to the song.
小酒窝 长睫毛 是你最美的记号
小酒窝 长睫毛 迷人得无可救药
Step 4: Extension Reading Practice:
歌手信息(gē shǒu xìn xī) Singer Information
林俊杰 (JJ Lin)
蔡卓妍 (Charlene Choi)
Released in 2008, this song became a hit in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong area, winning many awards-of-the-year. The song expresses the innocence of first love. Similar to the way the melody conveys a sense of simple love, the lyrics are also written in basic Chinese. This song uses many common words;“想念”“幸福”“缘分”“孤单”, for example, words that Chinese speakers use to describe relationships.
The singer, Junjie Lin (better known as JJ), is a talented composer and singer. He is popular in the Asia-Pacific region for his songs “江南(jiang nan)" and“一千年以后(yi qian nian yi hou)”. Charlene Choi(better known as “ah Sa”), singer and actress, rose to fame with the Cantonese pop group Twins (linked with Gillian Chung). Before the collaboration, JJ and Charlene did not have a chance to work together. The song was originally sung by JJ alone, but when the first demo was completed, the producer felt something was missing. JJ immediately thought of Charlene's "perfectly cute dimples", thus inviting Charlene to participate in this duet.