In the song 忘不了 by Teresa Teng (lyrics here), one line goes:


That is, according to online lyrics. Except in this video, both at 00:25-00:26 and at 1:18-1:20, I hear:

Ta kan yi yan

So are the lyrics wrong, or is it me mishearing, perhaps its /thau/ with the /u/ being almost undetectable, and that is some regional/dialectal pronunciation? How should it be spelt if "Ta kan yi yan" actually makes sense?


While browsing Youku to respond to @dan's comment with a Youku video, I found this, where the line is:


That certainly matches the sounds I hear, but what does it mean?

  • Perhaps 踏看? So "I inspect quickly" or the likes?
    – MickG
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 12:48
  • can't play youtube here. :(
    – dan
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 12:59
  • @dan See the edit.
    – MickG
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 13:06
  • 他看一眼: he caught a glimpse
    – dan
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 13:14
  • @dan That would have been my guess, but who is "he" in this song?
    – MickG
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 13:15

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Trying to make sense of a tweet-length song is hard, but since the song is from a romance movie in 1980, it could be a boy meeting a girl for the first time.

  • His first glance warmed her and brightened her world.
  • His second glance established the fond love and sealed her fate.

That is all I can think of.

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