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Learn Chinese Through Songs #7 – Peaceful Summer

Peaceful Summer (宁夏) by Fish Leong (梁静茹)

This song is a hit by the Malaysian-Chinese singer Fish Leong (Liang Jingru). Slightly strange choice of English name perhaps, but apparently she chose it because the pronunciation of the last character of her name sounds like ‘fish’ in Cantonese.

The song is about the hazy heat of summer, but also the feelings of being away from somebody. The lyrics are sung fairly slowly, so it’s a good song to learn.

Incidentally, the title of the song 宁夏 is also the name of a region in western China, but that’s got nothing to do with the song. The first character on its own means ‘quiet’ or ‘peaceful’ and the second character is part of the word for ‘summer’ (夏天).

Skip forward to about 1 minute 28 seconds in the video to find where the lyrics start.

As always, the lyrics are given karaoke style in traditional characters in the video, and in simplified characters, Pinyin and English below 🙂

níngjìng de xiàtiān
宁静的夏天
Peaceful summer

tiān kōng zhōng fán xīng diǎn diǎn
天空中繁星点点
Dozens of stars twinkling in the sky

xīn lǐ tou yǒu xiē sī niàn
心里头有些思念
In my heart I’m missing you a little

sī niàn zhe nǐ de liǎn
思念着你的脸
missing your face

wǒ kě yǐ jiǎ zhuāng kàn bù jiàn
我可以假装看不见
I can pretend that I can’t see it

yě kěyǐ tōu tōu de xiǎng niàn
也可以偷偷地想念
or just miss you in secret

zhí dào ràng wǒ mō dào nǐ nà wēn nuǎn de liǎn
直到让我摸到你那温暖的脸
until I am able to touch your warm face

CHORUS:

zhī liǎo yě shuì le
知了也睡了
The cicadas are also asleep

ān xīn dì shuì le
安心地睡了
Soundly asleep

zài wǒ xīn lǐ miàn
在我心里面
In my heart

níng jìng de xià tiān
宁静的夏天
A peaceful summer

BRIDGE

nà shì gè níng jìng de xià tiān
那是个宁静的夏天
That was a peaceful summer

nǐ lái dào níng xià dì nà yī tiān
你来到宁夏的那一天
The day you came into my peaceful summer

CHORUS