小毛驴

  • This is our sixth song – 小毛驴 (Little Donkey)
  • There is an idiom (成语  chéng yǔ) that we will learn in this song : 心血来潮 (xīn xuè lái cháo).
  • 心血来潮 means being seized by a whim or being prompted by a sudden impulse.
  • Let’s start by reading the lyrics.

小毛驴

yǒu zhī xiǎo máo
cóng lái
yǒu tiān xīn xuè lái cháo
zhe gǎn
shǒu zhe xiǎo biān
xīn zhèng
zhī zěn me huá
shuāi le shēn
  • Here is the song:
  • Please note that the 了 in the last sentence should be pronounced as ‘ le ‘. However, it is sung as ‘ liǎo ‘.
  • Click on the character, and it will link you to the character page.
  • Meaning of the song:
我有一只小毛驴
I have a little donkey
我从来也不骑
I never ride it
有一天我心血来潮
One day I was seized by a whim
骑着去赶集
Ride it to the market
我手里拿着小皮鞭
I have a small whip in hand
我心里正得意
And I am enjoying the ride
不知怎么哗啦啦啦啦
Then I don’t know what happened
我摔了一身泥
I fell off it and got very muddy
: I, me
: have
: one
: measure word for animal
: small, little
: little
: donkey
: from the past till the present; at all times
: used for emphasis, often before a negative expression
: not
: ride
: one day
: be seized by a whim; be prompted by a sudden impulse
: verb plus 着 placed before another verb, indicating an accompanying action or state
: go
: market
: hand
: in
: hold
皮鞭 : small whip
: heart
: right now
: proud of oneself; pleased with oneself
: don’t know
: how
哗啦 : onomatopoeia used to describe the sound of a violent fall, blow or breakage or waterflow
: fall, fall out
: used after an action that has taken place or something that has changed
whole; all; throughout
: body
: mud
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  • Happy singing and learning!

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6 thoughts on “小毛驴”

  1. It’s a really good for beginner like me. Thanks so much for sharing. This website is always helpful to those who are eager to learn Chinese for basic.

  2. Thank you!

    My son is learning this song in Chinese school and I need help to help him! I love that this is broken down into each line with clear pronunciation of each word and the little extra tip with the idiom. Really helps in learning and understanding the song.

    1. Hi Franks,
      This is one of the popular Chinese children songs. I hope your son loves this song and love learning Chinese as well. 🙂

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