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Queen's Road East - how many friends are there?

Lo Ta-yu's song 皇后大道东 contains the following 2 lines: 这个正义朋友面善又友善 因此批准马匹一周跑两天 Which I understand to mean: This righteous friend has a kindly face and is friendly Therefore (they) permit the horses to ...
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我的思念是不可触摸的网 - what is this metaphor?

The song 心雨 (Heart Rain) is mostly straightforward and I think I understand it. But the first line is obscure: 我的思念 是不可触摸的网 Literally, it means "My longing, is a net that can't be touched". ...
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Understanding lyrics of song "游京"

Despite being a very lovely song, I'm having a little trouble understanding some of the lyrics to the song “游京.” In line (3), I understand individually the words 人, 杂乱, 戏, and 小丑, but I don't really ...
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谈的谈,说的说 - what is the subject?

小城故事 (Small Town Stories) by the incomparable Deng Lijun has the following lyrics: 谈的谈,说的说 小城故事真不错! I get the sense that the exact translation of 谈的谈 etc is not important compared to the next line, ...
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Meaning of 特异人士

In the song 皇后大道东 there is a verse which says: 冷暖气候同样影响这都市 但是换季可能靠特异人士 What are the 特异人士 here on whom the changing of the seasons depends? Google translates this as "special people" but I ...
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How to understand 无法可修饰的一对手

The song 真的爱你 begins with this line: 无法可修饰的一对手 which means literally "A pair of hands that can't be decorated". It's his mother's hands so they might be aged a bit but I feel there must be ...
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Uncrowned bodies, and altruistic ideology

Beyond released a song called 长城, The Great Wall. It seems to reflect mixed feelings and a sense of the human cost that went into building the Wall. https://youtu.be/IOXoAvF6r_A?si=bOuI6TCa67321S2I In ...
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What doe these lyrics mean in Memory of Zhengzhou?

Li Zhi's folk song Memory of Zhengzhou (关于郑州的记忆) contains this verse: 她說她喜歡鄭州冬天的陽光 巷子裡飄滿煤爐的味道 霧氣穿過她年輕的脖子 直到今天都沒有散去 Most of this is straightforward to understand, but line 3 and 4 are a bit puzzling. ...
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Is there any proverb/idiom about "climbing over the wall at night"?

Yes, even I find this question rather funny ;) But trying to translate a beautiful Chinese song titled "我對自己開了一槍" there's this part: 反正世事無常 沒必要在夜裡翻牆 And I'm cracking my mind wondering if it'...
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Seeking help in translation lyrics from the Chinese song

I'm trying to translate 光年之外 [Light Years Away] by G.E.M. (mostly from English though...) and in the first verse there's a line which I'm really curious about. 感受停在我发端的指尖 如何瞬间 冻结时间 记住望着我坚定的双眼 也许已经 ...
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在《恰似你的溫柔》這首歌歌詞裡面,什麼是「浪花的手」?

歌詞 但願那海風再起  只為那浪花的手  恰似你的溫柔 什麼是「浪花的手」? 我有初步研究過,似是指 海風 ,是只是為了掀起浪花的手,這海風,恰似是你的溫柔。但網上搜查,卻說浪花,恰似是你的溫柔。到底是海風還是浪花,並且加上「浪花的手」,是否有比較確切的意思? The question in English is, what is "wave / tide bubble hand&...
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"總會" to mean "definitely", is this usage proper?

In the lyrics to 《寂寞寂寞就好》 there is a line which reads: 我總會把你戒掉 From context, I gather that “總會" means definitely, in other words: 我一定會把你戒掉 I have never seen this usage before, is this proper ...
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Best way to emotionally convey "pull the floor from your feet"

I'm making a memorial pictures slide show for my grandfather's funeral. I want the Linkin Park song - One More Light playing in the background with the translated Chinese lyrics showing on the bottom ...
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Is this grammatically correct? 我对着红绿灯说着是否一切会好转

So, this weird sentence and a reply go as follows 我对着红绿灯说着是否一切会好转 它们说「我不知道」 I came across it and reckoned it was a mistranslation, but a friend pointed out it's actually Taylor Swift's song that goes: ...
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A line from a song lyric: "人理所当然的忘记"

This is a part of lyrics from the song 小幸运 by 田馥甄: 也许当时忙着微笑和哭泣 忙着追逐天空中的流星 人理所当然的忘记 是谁风里雨里一直默默守护在原地 I would like to know how the third sentence works out, in terms of grammatical structure. The ...
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Can someone translate these lyrics in English?

爱恨廉价 似苍苍蒹葭 苦艾后劲 皆贪共与他 望光亮 两世皆行走潇洒 破万枷 散馀霞 众相皆渡他 Ref 众相渡他·2020肖战生贺原创曲 I used Google Translate and a dictionary to find the meaning, but it doesn't make sense.
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Is there a word for Chinese songs that rhyme like Jay Chou's 迷迭香 and JJ Lin's 伟大的渺小?

Every single line in Jay Chou's song "Rosemary" ends with the "ao" sound: ni de zui jiao wei wei shang qiao xing gan de wu ke jiu yao xiang xiang bu dao ru ci xin tiao ni de ...
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What are the Hokkienese lyrics in the Wax Chattels song "Cede"?

I was reading a review of the new album Clot by Wax Chattels. There was one sentence that caught my attention: The vitriolic choruses of "Cede" are in Cheng's native language — Taiwanese ...
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Can native Mandarin speakers understand all of the lyrics to the song 芒种 without seeing them written out?

I've been listening to the song 芒种 recently as it's quite catchy. My Chinese is fairly advanced in that I can have a conversation about pretty much anything with a Chinese person on everyday topics. I ...
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Why is the Internet saying 雪花飘飘 北风萧萧 all of a sudden? Is this the Chinese equivalent of Rickrolling?

For some reason, the Internet is swamped with people saying 雪花飘飘 北风萧萧 Xuě huā piāo piāo \\ běi fēng xiāo xiāo For example the HSK Official Twitter account tweeted (the hashtag #...
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Are the Asian girls in this music video Chinese or Malaysian, and are they singing in Chinese?

https://youtu.be/BuAULI7PbRw?t=7 They are obviously Asian, and I seem to recognize some of the letters as being Chinese. Also, the song itself seems to be a famous/classic Chinese song which I've ...
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Is it possible that "那裏是吾家" was intended to be "哪裏是吾家?"?

The following is my translation of the song "那裏是吾家": "那裏是吾家" 作詞:許冠傑/黎彼得 作曲:許冠傑 足跡遍天下,看透異國繁華, (My footprints are all over the world, I've seen every flourishing foreign countries ...
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Why is it necessary to "translate" songs to Mandarin that are written in Standard Chinese, but originally sung in Cantonese?

Take, for example, the chorus to Beyond's 喜欢你. 喜欢你 那双眼动人 笑声更迷人 愿再可 轻抚你 那可爱面容 挽手说梦话 像昨天 你共我 As far as I can tell, the lyrics are in Standard Chinese even though they are sung in Cantonese. I see ...
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Can someone help translate 不枉 lyrics to English?

I have a general idea of the meaning of the song. And would love to read the translation. Here is the lyric for 不枉. =========== 不枉 水滔滔 天蒼蒼 一借東風頃到燒光 樹靜雲淡也是虛罔 撓起弓箭為著射穿怯慌 對酒當歌醉飲星光 相看一刻哪需多講 ...
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Doubts on some words in a Deng Lijun song

I just listened to the song 无奈 by Deng Lijun, and there are three points where what I hear doesn't match the lyrics I have: At the end of the sentence at 1:30-1:37, my lyrics have 痴情 | chïqíng, but I ...
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What is the meaning of 機歪?

I was listening to a Chinese song the other day. The song name is 謝謝妳愛我, sung by R.chord(謝和弦). In the second line of the first chorus, which goes "脾氣壞 固執任性機歪 還有點變態 ", I don't understand the word Ji ...
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What's the lyrics to Onra's "Like the Seasons"?

Onra's "Like the Seasons" on 网易 has a few guesses to it's lyrics: 风,在外面淫…… 你……在外面你…… I thought it sounds like 不在外面营, I did think it sounded like 淫 at first but I don't think it's a song for sex ...
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About an extra sentence in a Min song in a CD

光盘上在这首歌的结束又多一句话:“na li bo sua tsong lai thi pue tua”(若你无线总来?袂大?); maybe “tsong ai”, maybe “na bo sua”…就是“若你无线总爱紩袂煞” | Nā lí bô suànn tsóng ài thīnn buē suah | 如果你没线总要缝不完… but it sounds like it ends ...
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Hakka song: problem translating a bit

Full song lyrics with transliteration and translation attempt The spelling is not something I want to discuss here. Indeed, I discussed it here. The transliteration is that given by Minhakka, plus ...
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Is this Chinese and what is the meaning: 阿ㄘㄟˊ

I was listening to a pop song by the Chinese singer 那英. The song is called 天生不完美. I was curious to read the lyrics and so checked them at the following address: https://mojim.com/twy100287x13x7.htm ...
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Chinese songs for hiking

What songs do Chinese people sing during hiking? I'm both interested in traditional as well as contemporary songs. For example, in German there is a song "The miller's joy is wandering"
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Translating song lyrics: SHE Starlight 2 verses

I'm working on translating song lyrics, and trying to understand the meaning behind the song 星光 by S.H.E. The lyrics I'm struggling with are: 也許是你笑的弧度和我很像 Translation guess: Perhaps its the shape ...
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Complete list of albums and songs by 邓丽君。 [closed]

Where can I find a complete list of albums and songs by 邓丽君? I would like to access these for free or purchase all of them including the lyrics in simplified and traditional Chinese. I would like to ...
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How to say "Your eyes whispered:'Have we met?' "in Chinese? [closed]

It's from Taylor's songEnchanted.I need an answer as close to it as possible.
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一眼之念 一念执着 meaning

I want to translate lyrics for 步步惊心 intro song. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj8kElvozBY) 一眼之念 一念执着 - My Chinese friend told me that meaning is "I fall in love with you from first look" 一眼之念 - ...
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the meaning of 算什么 in 《我爱台妹》

I have recently been listening to MC Hotdog's seminal 2006 hit 《我爱台妹》 I am a little confused by the second and fourth lines of the chorus 我爱台妹,台妹爱我 对我来说,林志玲算什么 我爱台妹,台妹爱我 对我来说,侯佩岑算什么 I understand ...
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Meaning of 只 in 只把思念积压在我心头

Ok so firstly I take the sentence as a whole to mean. The missing is accumulating in my heart (i.e. I'm missing you more and more). Provided I've got that correct, what function does 只 perform here. ...
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Meaning of 又把聚会当做一次分手

Hi I'm trying to figure out what the lyrics of mean of 思 念. The last sentence is 又把聚会当做一次分手 However, the grammar is a tad difficult and I'm struggling to make sense of it. My interpretations: ...
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What are popular Chinese songs for toddlers? [closed]

I am trying to teach my daughter Chinese. Since she loves to sing songs in English, I believe that teaching her to sing Chinese songs will help her to learn more Chinese. Unfortunately, because I did ...
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What does 就算这次做错也只是怕错过 mean?

I found this sentence in a song's lyrics => " 就算这次做错也只是怕错过 ". What does it mean?
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