C​HINESE POEMS

Simplified Characters

 

Mandarin 

Students usually start learning classical Chinese poems in Primary One.

In upper primary and secondary these poems are often used for  背默, this means students have to memorise the poem

and then write it down in a dictation. 

Students tell us dictating poems is one of the hardest things

they have to do. 

Fortunately the poems are usually quite short!

So here are a few famous  poems to get you started.

Click on the icons to watch videos of the poem.  

Enjoy!

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静夜思

Quiet Night Thoughts

by Li Bai  (李白)

床前明月光

疑是地上霜

举头望明月

低头思故乡

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咏鹅

Goose Song

by Luo Binwang (骆宾王)

鹅,鹅,鹅

曲项向天歌

白毛浮绿水

红掌拨清波

Video in Mandarin

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春晓

SpringDawn

by Meng Haoran (孟浩然)

春眠不觉晓

处处闻啼鸟

​夜来风雨声

花落知多少

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元日

The First Day of Chinese New Year

by Wang Anshi (王安石)

爆竹声中一岁除

春风送暖入屠苏

千门万户曈曈日

总把新桃换旧符  

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小池
The Little Pond 
by Yang Wanli  (杨万里)

泉眼无声惜细流
树阴照水爱晴柔
小荷才露尖尖角
早有蜻蜓立上头  

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村居
Village Life
 
by Gao Ding  (高鼎)

草长莺飞二月天
拂堤杨柳醉春烟
儿童散学归来早
忙趁东风放纸鸢