Dear parents, did you sing “if you are happy and you know it” or “Jingle bells” with your children, when they first started learning English? Well, what if they’re learning Mandarin and feel like singing? Here are six songs for different age groups. Let’s sing together!
For 3-6 years old
Sounds from animals 动物的叫声
Easy catchy melody, easy vocabulary, super simple but useful sentences.
This song not only teaches your kids about animals, but also the sounds they make in Chinese! (Yes, the animals’ sounds are different in Chinese than in English) It will also help them learn some basic verbs such as walk (走), swim (游) and roll (滚), too.
Two tigers 两只老虎
Every country has its own version of this song. Every child knows the melody!
It’s interesting for kids to learn and sing a version of the same song in another language, plus the lyrics are really funny: one tiger has no ears, another tiger has no tail…
It’s nonsense, but kids don’t care! Trust us, once they’ve learned this song, they’ll never forget it.
For 6-9 years old
Where is my friend? 朋友在哪里
Beautiful and easy melody, contains numbers, and some basic everyday vocabulary and simple question structure.
White little bunny 小白兔白又白
Every Chinese child knows this song. It’s extremely catchy and popular in China.
It’s a song children sing with their grandparents, parents, kindergarten classmates and anybody you can think of.
It contains easy vocabulary like white bunny, ears, carrot, vegetables, etc.
Having learned this song, your kid will share a “universal language and topic” with Chinese kids. The adults will be impressed too!
For 9 years old and above
Counting ducks 数鸭子
You may know how to count 12345 in Chinese, but how about when the number are not in order? “Counting ducks” gives you a good blend of easy and advanced expressions for numbers in Chinese.
The yellow bird 黄鹂鸟
Is this a song, or a funny joke? No one can tell. But we know it has an absolutely beautiful melody with funny words that contain some advanced vocabulary and expressions.
Once your kids understand the meaning of the lyrics, they will laugh and love this song for sure.