Chinese Tongue Twisters for Beginners

 

Pinyin Characters English (literal translation, some may not make sense, but hey it’s tongue twister!)
sì hé shísì shì sì, shí shì shí.shí sì shì shí sì, sì shí shì sì shí 。

sì bú shì shí, shí bú shì sì.

shí sì bú shì sì shí, sì shí bú shì shí sì.

 

四和十四是四,十是十.

十四是十四,四十是四十。
四不是十,十不是四。

十四不是四十,四十不是十四。

Four and tenFour is four, ten is ten.

Fourteen is fourteen, forty is forty.

Four is not ten, ten is not four.

Fourteen is not forty, forty is not fourteen.

chī pútaochī pútao bù tǔ pútao pí er,bù chī pútao dào tǔ pú tao pí er.  吃葡萄

吃葡萄不吐葡萄皮儿,不吃葡萄倒吐葡萄皮儿。

 

Eat grapes

Eat grapes (but)don’t spit out the grape skin.Don’t eat grapes but do spit out the grape skin.

shānyáng shàng shānshān yáng shàng shān,

shān pèng shānyáng jiǎo.

shuǐniú xià shuǐ,

shuǐ mò shuǐniú yāo.

 

山羊上山山羊上山,

山碰山羊角。

水牛下水,

水没水牛腰.

 

The goat goes up the hillThe goat goes up the hill,

The hill hits goat’s horn.

The buffalo goes down to the water,

The water submerges buffalo’s waist.

xiǎomáo hé xiǎomāoxiǎomáo bào zhe huā māo,

huāmāo yòng zhuǎ zhuā xiǎomáo,

xiǎomáo yòng shǒu pāi huāmāo,

huāmāo zhuā pò le xiǎomáo,

xiǎomáo dǎ téng le huāmāo,

xiǎomáo kū, huāmāo jiào,

xiǎomáo sōng kāi le huāmāo,

huāmāo pǎo lí le xiǎomáo.

小毛和小猫小毛抱着花猫,

花猫用爪抓小毛,

小毛用手拍花猫,

花猫抓破了小毛,

小毛打疼了花猫,

小毛哭,花猫叫,

小毛松开了花猫,

花猫跑离了小毛。

 

Little Mao and the kittyLittle Mao holds up the spotted cat,

The spotted cat scratches little Mao with claw,

Little Mao pads on spotted cat with hand,

Spotted cat scratches little Mao,

Little Mao hits spotted cat,

Little Mao cries, spotted cat screams,

Little Mao lets go of spotted cat,

Spotted cat runs away from little Mao.

niǎo hé māoshùshang yì zhī niǎo,

dìshang yì zhī māo.

dìshang de māo xiǎng yǎo shùshang de niǎo,

shùshang de niǎo xiǎng zhuó māo de máo.

鸟和猫

树上一只鸟,

地上一只猫。

地上的猫想咬树上的鸟,

树上的鸟想啄猫的毛。

Bird and catOn the tree there is a bird,

On the ground there is a cat.

Cat on the ground wants to bite the bird on the tree,

The bird on the tree wants to pick the hair of the cat.

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