Celebrate Year of Monkey Chinese children’s song 三轮车跑的快 Sanlunche pao de kuai Tricycle runs fast: lyrics, pinyin, English translation

Happy Chinese New Year 2016. The Year of the Monkey – begins on February 8th and lasts until Jan 27th, 2017.


三輪車跑得快

经典儿歌童谣:小猴子 (又名三轮车跑得快) 祝大家猴年快乐!

三轮车跑的快
Sānlúnchē pǎo de kuài
Tricycle runs fast

三轮车跑的快
Sānlúnchē pǎo de kuài
Tricycle runs fast.
三轮车(tricycle)跑(run)得(structural particle: used after a verb (or adjective as main verb), linking it to following phrase indicating effect, degree, possibility etc)快(fast)

上面坐个老太太
shàngmiàn zuò gè lǎo tàitài
On the tricycle, an old lady is sitting.
上面(on top of)坐(sit)个(measure word)老(old)太太(lady/woman)

要五毛 给一块
yào wǔ máo gěi yī kuài
Ask for fifty cents, (yet) is given one dollar.
要(ask)五(five)毛(one mao equal to 10 cents) 给(give)一(one)块(dollar)

你说奇怪不奇怪
nǐ shuō qíguài bù qíguài
You say, is it strange or not?
你(you)说(say)奇怪(strange)不(not)奇怪(strange)

小猴子吱吱叫 肚子饿了不能跳
xiǎo hóuzi zhī zhī jiào dùzi è liǎo bù néng tiào
Little monkey chattered. The stomach is hungry, and so he was not able to jump.
小(little)猴子(monkey)吱吱(onom. to chatter/to gibber)叫(shout) 肚子(stomach)饿(hungry)了(past tense marker)不能(not able to)跳(jump)

给香蕉 还不要
gěi xiāngjiāo hái bùyào
Giving him the banana, (yet) he is refusing it.
给(give)香蕉(banana) 还(yet)不(not)要(want)

你说好笑不好笑
nǐ shuō hǎoxiào bù hǎoxiào
You say, is it funny or not?
你(you)说(say)好笑(laughable/funny)不(not)好笑(laughable/funny)

Translated by Shu

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