May 132011

Recently I got to hear a student sing her own translation of “Friday” by Rebecca Black into ancient Greek. Only slightly less impressive is the Chinese version by dawen (@_dawen_) on YouTube, which I learned about the same day (thanks to a retweet by @MandarinSx of a tweet by @EastAsiaStudent).

The video is subtitled in tradtional characters, but the artist has added simplified and pinyin lyrics to the description.

Apart from all the days of the week, a good thing for beginning students of Chinese to listen for is all the “location” expressions with . There’s 在前面在后面在右边,and the question 在哪儿.

More advanced students can listen for the places where the lyrics are not a literal translation of the English.

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