Jasmine Flowers

茉莉花

A popular folk song

There is a popular folk song I would like to share with you. The title of this song is 茉莉花(Mò Lì Huā). This song was first written in Qing Dynasty. There are a few regional variations, and the most well known one was from provinces in Southeast of China. Some resources say it is played during 2008 Summer Olympics and 2010 Shanghai Expo Opening Ceremony. Over these years in history, Mo Li Hua gain its popularity in China and other Chinese communities aboard.

The Song

The singer of this video is named 蔡琴 (cài qín). I like her singing very much and hope you do the same.

茉莉花

The Lyrics

好一朵美丽的茉莉花 (hǎo yī duǒ měi lì de mò lì huā)

好一朵美丽的茉莉花 (hǎo yī duǒ měi lì de mò lì huā)
芬芳美丽满枝芽 (fēn fāng měi lì mǎn zhī yā)
又香又白人人誇 (yòu xiāng yòu bái rén rén kuā)
让我来将你摘下 (ràng wǒ lái jiāng nǐ zhāi xià)
送给别人家 (sòng gěi bié rén jiā)
茉莉花 茉莉花 (mò lì huā mò lì huā)

Literal Translation

A good beautiful jasmine flower
A good beautiful jasmine flower
Sweet-smelling, beautiful, stems full of buds
Fragrant and white, everyone praises
Let me pluck you down
Give to someone
Jasmine flower, oh jasmine flower

Key Words

Some of the key words are:


茉莉花 (mò lì huā): jsmine flower

朵 (duǒ): a measure word for flowers

美丽 (měi lì): beautiful

芬芳 (fēn fang): fragrant

枝芽 (zhī yā): bud

摘下 (zhāi xià): pluck

别人家 (bié rén jiā): someone lese

希望你喜欢 (xī wàng nǐ xǐ huān )

I hope you will like it.

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