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Children’s Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 《小星星》

This song is very well known in many cultures. Just about everyone I’ve met knows a variation of this song. The melody of this song was originally published in 1762, and the version I’m the most familiar with is the one arranged by Mozart.

Enough history lessons, I’m here to share the Chinese lyrics to this very popular lullaby. IMPORTANT: this is NOT a line by line translation of the song. In the Chinese version of this song, the lyrics follow loosely the same meaning as the English version, and both sing about the stars in the night sky. The Chinese lyrics uses a different metaphor and refers to the stars as blinking eyes (rather than diamonds) in the sky. Both versions create a vivid picture for our babies to enjoy, and both of them rhymes incredibly well too. Next time when you sing this at bed time, consider trying out both versions, I’m sure you will enjoy them both.

这首儿歌在许多国家都有传唱不同的版本。曲子的曲调早在1762年就被谱写,之后又衍生了许多不同编曲的版本。Carol我最熟悉的是莫扎特的小星星变奏曲。

这首曲子的中文歌词与英文歌词的意思十分相近,同样唱的是夜空中明亮的星星。中文版中把星星比喻成眼睛,一眨一眨,而英文版则比喻成钻石,闪闪发光。两个版本都十分不错,下次唱给宝宝听的时候不妨两个都试试看吧。

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