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Bilingual Song--001: Shirley Sings A Chinese Art Song --0025 "The Ocean Is My Hometown" in English & Chinese



Since I started to learn to sing in 2002 I have dreamt of singing a song in both Chinese and English.

Now, 4 years have passed and I have now started a new column on my website where I sing a song in both in Chinese and in English and on Saturday night I translated this song and sung it in English.

For three weeks Ms. Ma, my first vocal music teacher wasn’t able to give me any lessons because she was sick and she is planning to go to Beijing and so I have now found a new vocal music teacher. However Ms Ma called me and said she would like to offer me a lesson on Saturday night.

I appreciate Ms. Ma because she taught me to sing and is an illuminative teacher and she has taught me for 4 years no matter whether it has been windy or wet. I would really like to learn from her as long as she can teach me.

My new teacher, Ms. Huang, is from Shanghai Music College. She is interested in what I am doing in combining music, classical poetry, painting, calligraphy and English and Chinese learning and she thinks that I’m doing a meaningful job. Because of this she has reduced her fee for teaching me to sing by 50%   and she started to teach me improvisatory accompaniment on Sunday for she wants to help me to create my own music.

I am touched by my teachers. I could not go to Music College in my golden years but now I have been lucky enough to meet such nice teachers. I am going to cherish the god-given opportunity to learn from my teachers.

Can you imagine? Last Sunday I had a 1 hour lesson from my new teacher, but I drove for 2 hours. I missed my turning three times on the way going to her home and coming back. However, I felt it was worth it for the opportunity to learn from such an excellent teacher. I told myself when I lost my way in the streets: Every Road Leads to Rome and since I had plenty of gasoline, then I would certainly reach my destination. :-)

This song is the theme song from a Chinese teleplay.    Apart from translating and singing it in English to help you to understand its meaning in English, I have also read it in Chinese to help you to hear the Chinese language more clearly. You are welcome to read it after me in standard mandarin. I do hope that what I am working and exploring will be a little help to you in touching Chinese culture and in improving your Chinese language level.


When I was young,
My mama told me,
“The Ocean is my hometown”.

I was born by the sea,
I grew up next to it.

Ocean, oh Ocean,
You are the place where I live,
The wind blows, the waves crash,
You drift with me everywhere.

Ocean, oh Ocean,
You’re just like my mama,
Sailing all over the world,
You’re always by my side.

Ocean, ah my home,
Ocean, ah my home,
My hometown,
My hometown....



候-- Xiao shihou,
妈妈讲 -- mama dui wo jiang,
故乡 -- Dahai jiu shi wo guxiang。
海边-- Hai bian chusheng,
-- hai li chengzhang。

-- Dahai a dahai,
生活 -- shi wo shengzhang de difang,
涌 -- hai feng chui, hai lang yong,
四方 -- sui wo piaoliu sifang。

-- Dahai a dahai,
妈妈样 -- jiu xiang mama yiyang,
天涯 -- zou bian tianya haijiao,
我的旁 -- zong zai wo de sheng pang。

故乡-- Dahai a guxiang,
故乡-- Dahai a guxiang,
我的故乡 -- Wo de guxiang,
我的故乡 -- Wo de guxiang。

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to, or, You are welcome to publish your opinions in Forum For Friends. :-)   

Written, Translated, Sung and Recorded on Sun, July 29, 2007