Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chinese Poem - 静夜诗 - 李白

There are some arguments on whether kids should recite the Chinese poems (those classical type e.g. from the Tang  Dynasty 唐诗, Song Dynasty 宋词, or Yuan Dynasty 元曲), I'm more pro towards the arguments that classical Chinese poems are beneficial to the kids, but I would not force her to memorise the poems, the choice is still hers.

I try to recite the poems to her at night before sleep (so in another words I got to refresh my memory on these.....haha!), sometimes she would recite after me, sometimes she would ignore me and sing her nursery rhyme.

So the first poem she can memorise is the 静夜诗 from 李白. A video of her:

The poem in Chinese:
床 前 看 月 光,疑 是 地 上 霜。
举 头 望 山 月,低 头 思 故 乡

I found the English translation of this poem here, although I do not think it has fully translated the meaning of this beautiful poem written in the Tang Dynasty by Li Bai, it can be a reference for those who do not understand Chinese.

"So bright a gleam on the foot of my bed
Could there have been a frost already 
Lifting my head to look, I found that it was moonlight.

Sinking back again, I thought suddenly of home."

I would upload more videos of her reciting the Chinese poems, but if she is not interested, I would just stop here.

Development age: 3 years 10 months
(every kid learns on his or her own pace, this is just a milestone of my girl as a guideline)

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