Monday, February 21, 2011

上山打老虎 Up the Mountain to Hunt for Tigers



This is a popular thyme of counting on fingers.


一二三四五,上山打老虎,

yi1 er4 san1 si4 wu3, shang4shan1 da3 lao3hu3.

老虎没打到,见到小松鼠。


lao3shu3 mei2 da3dao4, jian4dao4 xiao3 song1shu3.

松鼠有几只? 让我数一数。


song1shu3 you3 ji3zhi1, rang4 wo3 shu3yi1shu3

数来又数去,一二三四五。

shu3lai2 you4 shu3qu4, yi1er4 san3 si4 wu3.


Translation:

One two three four five, (I) go up the mountain to hunt for tigers.
Haven't caught any tingers, (but) saw little squirrels.
How many squirrels (did I see)? Let me count them.
(I) counted again and again, one two three four five.




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