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Learn Chinese Through Songs – #1: Teresa Teng – Sweet Honey Honey

Learning Chinese through music is a great way to unwind and study in a more relaxed way!

Today, I want to try something new on the blog, and start to introduce some Chinese songs. I’ll be picking some of the most loved songs in mainland China and Taiwan, both classic and modern, the kind of songs that will always go down well if you ever go to China and sing them at karaoke 🙂

As well as the karaoke video with the music and Chinese lyrics, I’m also including the full Chinese text in simplified characters, as well as the Pinyin pronunciation guide, so you can follow or sing along even if you don’t know the characters!

Note that a lot of Chinese karaoke videos are in traditional Chinese characters (including this one), but I’ll give you the lyrics below in simplified Chinese characters, that way you can go with the ones you’re most familiar with or make your own comparisons. 

Whether you’ve just started learning Chinese and you want to explore the culture a bit more, or you’ve been learning a while and you just want to approach things from another angle, it can be quite fun to learn some Chinese songs..

Today, I’ve chosen a slow and fairly easy song, which is also an absolute classic. It’s old (from 1979), but you’ll still here it sung all over China. The singer, Teresa Teng, died in the 90s, but she’s still a much-loved singer, and this is one of her signature songs.

Hope you enjoy it!

Sweet Honey Honey
甜蜜蜜
Tián mì mì

by Dèng Lìjūn (Teresa Teng) 邓丽君

tián mì mì nǐ xiào de tián mì mì
甜蜜蜜 你笑得 甜蜜蜜
So sweetly, you smile so sweetly

hǎo xiàng huāér kāi zài chūn fēng lǐ
好像 花儿 开 在 春风 里
just like the way the flowers bloom in the spring breeze

kāi zài chūn fēng lǐ
开 在 春风 里
in the spring breeze

zài nǎlǐ zài nǎlǐ jiàn guò nǐ
在 哪里 在 哪里 见 过 你
Where, where have I seen you before?

nǐ de xiào róng zhè yàng shoú xī
你 的 笑容 这样 熟悉
Your smile is so familiar

wǒ yī shí xiǎng bù qǐ
我 一时 想 不 起
(but) I can’t remember (where)

ā ~ ~ zài mèng lǐ
啊 在梦里
Ah, in a dream.

mèng lǐ mèng lǐ jiàn guò nǐ
梦里梦里见过你
In a dream, I saw you before in a dream.

tián mì xiào de duō tián mì
甜蜜 笑得多 甜蜜
Sweetly, smiling sweetly

shì nǐ ~ shì nǐ ~ mèng jiàn de jiù shì nǐ
是 你 是 你 梦见 的 就是 你
It was you, it was you, the person I saw in my dream.

zài nǎlǐ zài nǎlǐ jiàn guò nǐ
在 哪里 在 哪里 见 过 你
Where, where have I seen you before?

nǐ de xiàoróng zhè yàng shoú xī
你 的 笑容 这样 熟悉
Your smile is so familiar

wǒ yī shí xiǎng bù qǐ
我 一时 想 不 起
I can’t remember (where)

ā ~ ~ zài mèng lǐ
啊 在梦里
Ah, in a dream.

zài nǎlǐ zài nǎlǐ jiàn guò nǐ
在 哪里 在 哪里 见 过 你
Where? Where have I seen you before?

nǐ de xiào róng zhè yàng shoú xī
你 的 笑容 这样 熟悉
Your smile is so familiar

wǒ yī shí xiǎng bù qǐ
我 一时 想 不 起
(but) I can’t remember

ā ~ ~ zài mèng lǐ
啊 在梦里
Ah, in a dream

mèng lǐ mèng lǐ jiàn guò nǐ
梦里梦里见过你
In a dream, I saw you in a dream.

tián mì xiào de duō tián mì
甜蜜 笑 得 多 甜蜜
Sweetly, smiling sweetly

shì nǐ ~ shì nǐ ~ mèng jiàn de jiù shì nǐ
是 你 是 你 梦见 的 就是 你
It was you, it was you, the person I saw in my dream.

zài nǎlǐ zài nǎlǐ jiàn guò nǐ
在 哪里 在 哪里 见 过 你
Where, where have I seen you before?

nǐ de xiàoróng zhè yàng shoú xī
你 的 笑容 这样 熟悉
Your smile is so familiar

wǒ yī shí xiǎng bù qǐ
我 一时 想 不 起
(but) I can’t remember (where)

ā ~ ~ zài mèng lǐ
啊 在梦里
Ah, in a dream.