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Bilingual Song--0030: Shirley Sings the Chinese Art Song --0032: " Dahai, Guxiang -- The Ocean, My Hometown" in English & Chinese

Listen to Shirley Sing the Song In Chinese on May 10, 2008
Listen to Shirley Sing the Song in English on May 10, 2008

The first time I saw the sea was when I sailed from Dalian to Shanghai in 1979. It was during the journey of 2 days and 2 nights, through different weather conditions, that I realized for the first time the great power of nature and saw for the first time so many beautiful views of sea. Even now, I still remember the wonderful waves, the flying sea birds and their calls and the rich colors of the water.

Later, I lived by the biggest fresh water lake in China, Tai Lake, for 9 years. I now live in Shenzhen, by the South China Sea, and have lived here for 15 years.

I love great nature and the seas, lakes and oceans. Whenever I am near them, I feel my heart becomes bigger, my mind becomes clearer and my emotions become more positive with much joy. With a thankful heart, I appreciate great nature because it has created the human race and it has offered us rich resources and a rich environment.

"Dahai, Guxiang -- The Ocean/Sea, My Hometown" was the first song that my new vocal music teacher Ms. Huang taught me and I first recorded it in Chinese and English with the help of my first vocal music teacher Ms. Ma in July 28, 2007.

This weekend, as a review, I re-translated, re-sang and re-recorded it and hope you enjoy it and find that I have made some progress.

I do hope that my effort will be of some help to you to learn Chinese culture and to improve your Chinese Listening level.

Listen to Shirley Sing the Song In Chinese on May 10, 2008
Listen to Shirley Sing the Song in English on May 10, 2008


MAIN MEANING OF THE SONG

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

I was born by the sea,
I've grown up next to it.

Ocean, oh ocean,
You are the place where I live.
The wind is blowing,
the waves are surging,
flowing with me everywhere.

Ocean, oh ocean,
You are like my mama,
Wherever I am going,
You are always with me.

The ocean, ah my hometown,
The ocean, ah my hometown,
My hometown,
My hometown....


CHINESE CHARACTER AND PRONUNCIATION

啊,故乡

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。

Listen to Shirley Sing the Song In Chinese on May 10, 2008
Listen to Shirley Sing the Song in English on May 10, 2008


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to shirley@ebridge.cn, or shirleyz004@yahoo.com, You are welcome to publish your opinions in Forum For Friends. :-)   

--Shirley Zhang
Written, Translated & Recorded it on Sat, May 10, 2008.