C​HINESE POEMS

Traditional Characters

Cantonese & 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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靜夜思

Quiet Night Thoughts

by Li Bai  (李白)

牀前明月光

疑是地上霜

舉頭望明月

低頭思故鄉

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詠鵝

Goose Song

by Luo Binwang (駱賓王)

鵝,鵝,鵝

曲項向天歌

白毛浮綠水

紅掌撥清波

Video in Cantonese

Video in Mandarin

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春曉

SpringDawn

by Meng Haoran (孟浩然)

春眠不覺曉

處處聞啼鳥

​夜來風雨聲

花落知多少

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小池

Little Pond

by Yang Wanli (楊萬里)

泉眼無聲惜​細流

樹陰照水愛晴柔

​小荷才露尖尖角

​早有蜻蜓立上頭

Video in Cantonese

Video in Mandarin

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元日

The First Day of Chinese New Year

by Wang Anshi (王安石)

爆竹聲中一歲除

春風送暖入屠蘇

​千門萬戶曈曈日

​總把心桃換舊符

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村居
Village Life
by Gao Ding (高鼎)

草長鶯飛二月天
拂堤楊柳醉春煙
​兒童散學歸來早​忙趁東風放紙鳶

Video in Mandarin
​(Simplifed Characters on video)