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Bilangual Song--052: Shirley Sings A China (Hasake) Folk Song 082:"Ma Yi La" in English & Chinese in the US--020

Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In English July 18, 2009 in the US
Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In Chinese July 18, 2009 in the US

Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In Chinese Feb 17, 2008 in China

This is a very famous Chinese Xingjiang / Hasake folk song. Its lyric has been collected into the textbook of the high school -- All the Chinese high school students have to learn it as one of their language and literature lessons.

I enjoy its alive tone, full of the enthusiasm, positive emotion and funny lyrics...

I translated it into English and I taught myself to sing it in Chinese first time   Feb 17, 2008, then my music teacher corrected something for me in my music lesson. At that time, I could not sing it in English for the rhythm of the song is too fast.

After studying in the US for more than 9 months, I feel that maybe I can try to sing it in English. So, since Saturday morning, I have been working on it for about 10 hours. Now, I have completed the re-translation, re-sang it Chinese and sang it in English first time.

I really hope that my effort will be some help to you to learn Chinese culture and Chinese language.

Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In English July 18, 2009 in the US
Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In Chinese July 18, 2009 in the US

THE MAIN MEANING OF THE SONG

People call me Ma Yi La,
poet Ma Yi La;
teeth is white,
sound is good,
singer Ma Yi La.
When I am happy,
I sing a song,
play my Dongbula, Dongbula.
coming and going poeple
are crowding under my eaves,
Ma Yi La,la yi la,
ha la la ku,la yi la,la yi la,
ha la la ku la yi la ya la,
la la la,la la la.

I am a Wali girl,
name Ma Yi La.
The edges of my white handkerchief
are embroidered roses.
Young Hasake,
everyone envies, envies me,
whose singing can compete with mine.
Ma Yi La,la yi la,
ha la la ku,la yi la,la yi la,
ha la la ku la yi la ya la,
la la la,la la la.

The edges of my white handkerchief
are embroidered roses,
who can come to sing a song
to match Ma Yi La.
Young Hasake,
everyone knows me, knows me,
They are running from the far away mountains,
Ma Yi La,la yi la,
ha la la ku,la yi la,la yi la,
ha la la ku la yi la ya la,
la la la,la la la.


CHINESE CHARACTER AND PRONUNCIATION

Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In English July 18, 2009 in the US
Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In Chinese July 18, 2009 in the US

人们玛依拉 - Renren dou jiao wo Ma Yi La,
玛依拉 - shiren Ma Yi La,
齿 - yachi bai, shenyin hao,
玛依拉 - geshou Ma Yi La。
高兴 - gaoxing shi changshang yi shou ge,
拉,拉 - tanqi na dongbula,dongbula,
人们我的呀-laiwang renman ji zai wo de wuyan xia,
玛依拉,拉依拉 -- ma yi la,la yi la,
哈拉拉库拉依拉,拉依拉,拉呀拉 - ha la la ku,la yi la,la yi la,
哈拉拉库拉依拉呀,拉呀拉,拉拉拉 - ha la la ku la yi la ya la, la la la。

-- Wo shi Wali guniang,
玛依拉 -- ming jiao Ma Yi La,
上边玫瑰-Bai shou jin sibian shang xiuman la meigui hua。
哈萨克 -- Nianqing de Hasake,
羡慕,羡慕 - renren xianmu wo, xianmu wo,
歌声呀 -shui di gesheng lai he wo bi yi xia ya 。
玛依拉,拉依拉 -- ma yi la,la yi la,
哈拉拉库拉依拉,拉依拉,拉呀拉 - ha la la ku,la yi la,la yi la,
哈拉拉库拉依拉呀,拉呀拉,拉拉拉 - ha la la ku la yi la ya la, la la la。

上边玫瑰- Bai shou jin sibian shang xiuman la meigui hua。
玛依拉-shui neng la changshang yi shou ge bibi Ma Yi La。
哈萨克 - Nianqing di Hasake,
- renren dou zhidao wo,
来到了我的呀-cong na yuanshan laidao wo di jia ya。
玛依拉,拉依拉 -- ma yi la,la yi la,
哈拉拉库拉依拉,拉依拉,拉呀拉- ha la la ku,la yi la,la yi la,
哈拉拉库拉依拉呀,拉呀拉,拉拉拉- ha la la ku la yi la ya la, la la la。

Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In English July 18, 2009 in the US
Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In Chinese July 18, 2009 in the US

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to shirley@ebridge.cn, or yiping007@missouristate.edu, You are welcome to publish your opinions in Forum For Friends. :-)

--Shirley Zhang
Written, Translated and Recorded It Sun Feb 17, 2008 in China   / July 18, 2009 in the US.