Learning Mandarin via pop music
From Judy Shei, author of the awesome 1st grade Mandarin YouTube channel at
Someone asked me for some easy Mandarin pop songs to learn… I asked my 24 year old cousin & her buddies for a few (thanks Facebook!) and below are some suggestions…. All are subtitled in traditional Chinese, my apologies. I remembered memorizing my first pop song 6 months after moving to Taiwan and literally learning to read Chinese by the light of KTV (karaoke in a private room with just friends). Enjoy! I like the first two best.
張懸 兒歌 http://youtu.be/JJhmN_c9At8
陳奕迅 – Baby Song http://youtu.be/3uiZJl1Yp_4
胡夏 《那些年》–那些年我们一起追的女孩 http://youtu.be/0YM2hl-Zmbs (lyrics in simplified in the description)
猜不透 叮噹 http://youtu.be/rG_mPhssUUk (has a short little skit in the beginning of a guy remembering a lost love, very cute)
And of course this… The Moon Represents My Heart, subtitled in simplified Chinese. The kids have already learned it and it’s a classic! http://youtu.be/IhWjeCI7v_g
Most cities have a radio station that broadcasts in Mandarin. In the San Francisco Bay area it’s
You can also listen online at
You can also putt the Shazam app on your phone so you can tag songs you like and download them.