葉老師 (Teacher Grace Yeh) taught our children to sing this popular chinese children’s song in class, in preparation for their little surprise performance, on the last day of Sunday Chinese Kindergarten. The hand gestures in the video below (scroll to bottom) differ a little from what Yeh Laoshi showed the children. The song is called 家 “jia” which means “home”.
Here is a free coloring page you can print off your computer by clicking here. Do belt out the song aloud as you color this page! The video and audio (scroll to bottom) are here to help you learn this song.
By the front door of my home there’s a little river.
Behind my home, there is the slope of the hill.
Many wildflowers bloom on this hillside.
The wildflowers are as red as flames.
In the little river
there are white geese.
Little goslings are splashing in the green waves.
Little goslings are so happily splashing
they raise their heads and sing sweet songs.
Jia (Hanyu Pinyin version)
Wuo jia men chien you xiaohe
Houmian you sanpo
Sanpo shangmian yehua duo
Yehua hong shi huo
Xiao he li you bai er
Er er xi lupo
Xi nong lupo
Er er kuaile
Angtou cang qingge
Click on the widget to hear the version from award-winning CD 幼福-世界童謠精粹:
Here is a water-color pencil painting of the song Home 家 created by Elena, age 6 and 1/2 as she sang along to this song on this webpage.
New word : 天鵝 (pinyin: tian er) swan
Title:Swan and Cygnets
Artist:attributed to Yuan-Yu Wu
Date:Early Ming dynasty
Medium:Ink and colors on silk