Wednesday, April 23, 2008

在爱我吧 (Love me again)

In this post, I am documenting my learning of Chinese using the lyrics of a song by Emil Chao called 在爱我吧 (Love me again). This post is in 3 parts and each part is designated with a caption in blue:
  1. Lyrics of the song
  2. Meaning of the song in English
  3. Learning the meaning of words
Song selection: 在爱我吧
Singer:Zhou Hua Jian周华健

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Lyrics of 再爱我吧
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I found the song lyrics long ago that gave both the pinyin and chinese characters with the intonation of each characted indicated. Unfortunately I am unable to put the tonal indicators here. Perhaps another time when I can upload a handwritten copy of the lyrics. I used the Chinese typing tool from the Chinese online dictionary to type the Chinese Characters.
在爱我吧
你对我已疲倦了马
ni dui wo yi pi juan le ma

为什么你不说话

wei shen me ni bu shuo hua

用你最初的回答在爱我吧。
yong ni zui chu de hui da zai ai wo ba

没有我你怕不怕
Mei you wo ni pa bu pa

孤独的黑夜向谁说话
Gu du de hei ye xiang shui shuo hua

难道你真的那么
Nan dao ni zhen de na me sha

嘿你!回过头想想我
Hei ni hui guo tou xiang xiang wo

看着我还是你的拥有
Kan zhao wo hai shi ni de yong you

嘿你!请珍惜你和我
Hei ni 去ing zhen xin ni he wo

你不能就此离去
Ni bu neng jiu ci li qu

难道你不觉得真的可惜
Nan dao ni bu jue de zhen de ke xi

再爱我吧再爱我吧
Zai ai wo ba zai ai wo ba

让我能再拥抱你一下
Rang wo neng zai yong bao ni yi xia

再爱我我吧再爱我我吧
Zai ai wo ba zai ai wo ba

请给我的回答
Qing gei wo ni de hui da

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Meaning of the song as I understand it to be.
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再爱我吧(Love me again)

你对我已疲倦了马
ni dui wo yi pi juan le ma
Are you tired of me?

为什么你不说话
wei shen me ni bu shuo hua
Why do you not say a word?

用你最初的回答在爱我吧。
yong ni zui chu de hui da zai ai wo ba
Tell me the answer you gave the very first time and love me again

没有我你怕不怕
Mei you wo ni pa bu pa
Without me are you afraid?

孤独的黑夜向谁说话
Gu du de hei ye xiang shui shuo hua
Lonely nights, whom will you talk with?

难道你真 的那么傻
Nan dao ni zhen de na me sha
Could it be that you are really so foolish?

嘿你!回过头想想我
Hei ni hui guo tou xiang xiang wo
Hey! Turn around and think of me

看着我是你的拥有
Kan zhao wo hai shi ni de yong you
See (perceive) me as one you can possess

嘿你!请珍惜你和我
Hei ni aing zhen xin ni he wo
Hey, please treasure you and me

你不能就此离去
Ni bu neng jiu ci li qu
You cannot simply leave

难道你不觉得真的可惜
Nan dao ni bu jue de zhen de ke xi
Could it be that you do not think that it is a pity

再爱我吧 再爱我 吧
Zai ai wo ba zai ai wo ba
Once again, love me; once again, love me

让我能再拥抱你一下
Rang wo neng zai yong bao ni yi xia
Let me be able to embrace you a little while

再爱我我 吧再爱我我吧
Zai ai wo ba zai ai wo ba
Once again, love me; once again love me

请给我的回答
Qing gei wo ni de hui da
Please give me a reply
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Learning the meaning of words I do not understand
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Here are the words that my tutor and I have singled out for explanation and for practice in writing. Writing is important because it is one of the ways in being able to recognise the word if it is seen again elsewhere. Another way I feel that would be helpful is to have an understanding of the radicals (the parts that make up each individual character). Knowing what they mean helps one to make intelligent guesses at the meaning of words.

再爱我吧

你对我已疲倦 (tired)了马?
为什么你不说话?
用你最初(your very first) 的回答在爱我 吧。
没有我你怕不怕?
孤独(lonely)的黑夜向谁说话?
难道(Could it be that)你真的那么 (foolish)
嘿你!回过头(turn back)想想(think of)我
看着(see and feel that)我是你的拥有(yours to possess)
嘿你!请珍惜(treasure)你和我
你不能就此(this)(leave)去
难道你不觉得(feel that)(really)的可惜(a pity)
再爱我我 吧 再爱我吧
让我能再拥抱(hug)你一下
再爱我我 吧再爱我我 吧
请给我的回答 (reply)

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