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Little duckie (xiāo xiāo yā zi)
Last updated: 02.02.20
In their cultural notes in Sing Chinese, Cindy Mao and Ma Baolin explain that ducks are one of the most favourite animals for many children. Therefore there are quite a number of Chines children's songs about ducks. Singing this song, one should note how the Chinese say "ga-ga-ga" instead of "quack-quack". The children may also choose to act out the movements of the ducks walking and jumping in the water.
Verse 1.
Little duckie quack quack quack.xiāo xiāo yā zi ga ga ga ga jiào
You look funny when you walk.zǒu qǐ lù lái zhēn hào xiào.
Swagger to left, swagger to rightyáo yáo bǎi, bǎi bǎi yáo
Jump in the water 'n' wash yourselfzǒu dào shuǐ lǐ qù xǐ zǎo
Verse 2.
Little duckie quack quack quack.xiāo xiāo yā zi ga ga ga ga jiào
A bath is good for your health.zǐ qǐ zāo lái shēn tǐ hǎo
Wash yourself, scrub yourselfxǐ xǐ xǐ, cā cā cā
Hurry up and finish your bath.kuài kuài xǐ lái kuài kuài cā
Verse 3.
Little duckie quack quack quack.xiāo xiāo yā zi ga ga ga ga jiào
Happily play with little friendsdà jiā wán de hā hā xiào
Swagger to left, swagger to rightyáo yáo bǎi, bǎi bǎi yáo
Go back home and have a nap.huí dào jiā lǐ qù shuì jiào.