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Understanding the Song 當我想你的時候 Enough to Rewrite It Helps Learn Grammar and Vocabulary

One good way to both study and test the understanding of a language concept, is to try to use the grammar and vocabulary in your own meaningful sentences. My tutor has helped me do this many times by encouraging me to both speak and write sentences based on a particular concept I am trying to learn. One example of this was during a week when I was concentrating on understanding special words that are necessary for changing word order in Chinese sentences. I used recent vacation adventures in crocodile territory to inspire me. This week, I’m going to begin work on a very popular Chinese song, but the lyrics are not something I can relate to, so I’m going to change it some, with supervision from my tutor, of course. This will help me dig into the grammar more, and make it a more memorable song for me. It’s poetic the way it is written, but it doesn’t have anything to do with my life … yet.

The song, in it’s original version -

I’m hoping my tutor can help me find a karaoke track for my own version. Meanwhile, I will begin with the title for my first grammar review of how I can talk about the “when” of something in Chinese. The structure is,

當 。。。的時候

(dang1)。。。。 (de.)(shi2hou4), which literally means: (just at)…. (belongs to) (a time or moment). The “de.” is a character/sound used to designate the possessive, so using it here is meaning that which belongs to the time described, and will be clarified by what is placed between the (dang1) and the (de.)(shi2hou4). So, for this song, it means

(當)(我)(想)(你)(的時候)

(dang1) (wo3) (xiang3) (ni) (de.shi2hou4)

(just at) (I) (think, remember, miss) (you) (possessive suffix) (time, moment)

When I think of you (implying longing and missing in the context of the original song)

This title is fine, but the song goes downhill from there, in a manner of speaking. It is about the heartbreak of missing a sweetheart, which is not a problem I have, except when he goes on business trips. I’m not sure that’s worth a song of this nature. The tune is a soft one, but when I listen to it, it is not inherently sad so much as it is thoughtful. I’m inclined to make it a gentle song of love fulfilled. There are actually already a number of places where the original lyrics have already been translated, if you want to see that. So, I’m not depriving you of anything. Now, for my version, which I’m sure will make my tutor laugh until we get some of the vocabulary and kinks worked out. But, what you get here should be “approved.”  :-)

New Title - 因為你全然的愛我

(yin1 wei4) (ni3) [(quan2 ran2) (de.)] (ai4) wo3)

(because) (you) [(complete) (ly)] (love) (me)

Because You Completely Love Me

 

1. (那)(一)(天)(你)(漫步)(到)(我的)(生命)

(na4) (yi4) (tian1) (ni3) (man4 bu4) (dao4) (wo3de.) (sheng1 ming4)

(that) (one) (day) (you) (wander) (arrive) (to) (my) (life/destiny)

That day you wandered into my life

 

2.  (看見)(你的)(碧眼)(對)(我)(微笑)

(kan4 jian4) (ni3 de.) (bi4 yan3) (dui4) (wo3) (wei1 xaio4)

(saw) (your) (blue eyes) (direct at) (me) (smile)

I saw you blue eyes smile at me

 

3.  [(那)(一刻)(之前)](的)(往事)(已)(消失)

[(na4) (yi2ke4) (zhi1 qian2)] (de.) (wang3 shi4) (yi3) (xiao1 shi1)

(that) (quarter hour, brief period of time) (before this) (things of the past) (disappeared)

In that moment, everything in the past disappeared

 

4.  (剎那間)(我)(心)[(有)(了)](回響)

(sha4 na4 jian1) (wo3) (xin1) [(you3)(le.)] (hui2 xiang3)

(instantly that time) (my) (heart) [(as)] (respond)

Suddenly my heart responded

 

5.  (昨夜)(我)(想起)(你)(真摯的)(心)

(zuo2 ye4) (wo3) (xiang3 qi3) (ni3) (zhen1 zhi2 de.) (xin1)

(last night) (I) (though about) (your) (faithful, sincere) (heart)

Last night I thought about your devoted heart

 

6.  (望著)(你)[(睡覺)(的)](面容)

(wang4 zhe.) (ni3) [(shui4 jiao4) (de.)] (mian4 rong2)

(viewing, gazing, hoping) (your) [(sleep) (suffix turning previous word into an adjective)] (face)

Gazing  at your sleeping face

 

7.  (那)(一刻)(我)(知道)(我)(幸福)

(na4) (yi2 ke4) (wo3) (zhi1 dao4) (wo3) (xing4 fu2)

(that) (moment) (I) (know) (I) (happy, blessed, bliss)

In that moment I knew I was blessed

 

8.  (不由得)(愛情)(湧上)(心頭)

(bu4 you2 de.) (ai4 qing2) (yong3 shang4) (xin1 tou2)

(cannot help) (love) (gush up) (heart top)

Uncontrollable love rose in my heart

———

(只有)(時間)(展現)(真愛)(堅強)

(zhi3 you3) (shi2 jian1) (zhan3 xian4) (zhen1 ai4) (jian1 qiang2)

(only) (time) (unfold, reveal) (true love) (strong)

Only by time is true love revealed as strong

 

(只有)(時間)(才能)(探知)(情)(深)

(zhi3 you3) (shi2 jian1) (cai2 neng2) (tan4 zhi1) (qing2)( shen1)

(only) (time) (just able) (to know, find out) (love) (deep)

Only by time can we know how deep love is

 

(每天)(我)(感覺)[(全然)(的)](滿足)

(mei3 tian1) (wo3) (gan3 jue2) [(quan2 ran2) (de.)] (man3 zu2)

(every day) (I) (feel) [(complete) (ly)] (content)

Every day I feel completely content

 

(因為)(你)[(全然)(的)](愛)(我)

(yin1 wei4) (ni3) [(quan2 ran2) (de.)] (ai4) wo3)

(because) (you) [(complete) (ly)] (love) (me)

Because you completely love me

——–

1.   (生命)(是)(讓)(愛情)(開花)(的)(機會)

(sheng1 ming4) (shi4) (rang4) (ai4 qing2) (kai1 hua1) (de.) (ji1 hui4)

(life) (is) (let) (love) (blossom) (possessive suffix) (chance, opportunity)

Life is a chance to let love blossom and grow.

 

2.   (歡笑)(和)(痛楚)(之際)(更)(親密)

(huan1  xiao4) (han4) (tong4 chu3) (zhi1 ji4) (geng4) (qin1 mi4)

(laughter) (and) (pain, anguish) (during) (more) (intimacy, close)

Through laughter or pain holding close

 

3.   (選擇)(互相)(地)(珍愛)

(xuan3 ze2) (hu4 xiang1) (de.) (zhen1 ai4)

(choice, to choose) (mutual) (ly) (to value, to love dearly)

Choices to cherish each other

 

4.   (寬恕)(彼此)(的)(缺點)

(kuan1 shu4) (bi3 ci3) (de.) (que1 dian3)

(forgive) (each other) (‘s) (fault, shortcoming)

Forgiving each other’s faults

 

5.   (現在)(我們)(每天)(彼此)(相看)(間)

(xian4 zai4) (wo3 men.) (mei3 tian1)  (bi3 ci3) (xiang1 kan4) ( jian1)

(now) (we) (every day) (each other)(mutually) (see)

Now each day we can look at each other

 

6.   (在)(別人)(無視之處)

( zai4 )(bie2 ren2 )(wu2 shi4 zhi1 chu4)

(to) (other people) (not regard them special)

In ways no one else sees

 

7.   (只是)(一瞥)(滿滿)(地)(蘊藏)(著)(永恆)

(zhi3 shi4) (yi1 bie4) [(man3 man3)(de.)] [(yun4 cang2) (zhe.)]  (yong3 heng2)

(merely)(a glance) (packed close)(ly) (richly contain)(ing) (eternity)

A glance full of forever

 

8.   (永恆)(是)(愛情的)(真實)(意題)

(yong3 heng2) (shi4) (ai4 qing2) (de.) (zhen1 shi2) (y14 ti2)

(forever) (is) (love) (‘s) (true, real) (meaning, implication, theme)

Forever is loves true theme (meaning)

——

(and, of course, I will be repeating the chorus… )

(只有)(時間)(展現)(真愛)(堅強)

(zhi3 you3) (shi2 jian1) (zhan3 xian4) (zhen1 ai4) (jian1 qiang2)

(only) (time) (unfold, reveal) (true love) (strong)

Only by time is true love revealed as strong

 

(只有)(時間)(才能)(探知)(情)(深)

(zhi3 you3) (shi2 jian1) (cai2 neng2) (tan4 zhi1) (qing2)( shen1)

(only) (time) (just able) (to know, find out) (love) (deep)

Only by time can we know how deep love is

 

每天我感覺全然的滿足

(mei3 tian1) (wo3) (gan3 jue2) (quan2 ran2) (de.) (man3 zu2)

(every day) (I) (feel) (complete) (ly) (content)

Every day I feel completely content

 

因為你全然的愛我

(yin1 wei4) (ni3) (quan2 ran2) (de.) (ai4) wo3)

(because) (you) (complete) (ly) (love) (me)

Because you completely love me

 

(musical interlude and the chorus again twice, because that is how it goes!)

 

(只有)(時間)(展現)(真愛)(堅強)

(zhi3 you3) (shi2 jian1) (zhan3 xian4) (zhen1 ai4) (jian1 qiang2)

(only) (time) (unfold, reveal) (true love) (strong)

Only by time is true love revealed as strong

 

(只有)(時間)(才能)(探知)(情)(深)

(zhi3 you3) (shi2 jian1) (cai2 neng2) (tan4 zhi1) (qing2)( shen1)

(only) (time) (just able) (to know, find out) (love) (deep)

Only by time can we know how deep love is

 

每天我感覺全然的滿足

(mei3 tian1) (wo3) (gan3 jue2) (quan2 ran2) (de.) (man3 zu2)

(every day) (I) (feel) (complete) (ly) (content)

Every day I feel completely content

 

因為你完全地愛我

(yin1 wei4) (ni3) (wan2 quan2) (de.) (ai4) wo3)

(because) (you) (complete) (ly) (love) (me)

Because you completely love me

(repeat)

(and the final refrain -) 

 

每天我感覺全然的滿足

(mei3 tian1) (wo3) (gan3 jue2) (quan2 ran2) (de.) (man3 zu2)

(every day) (I) (feel) (complete) (ly) (content)

Every day I feel completely content

 

因為你完全地愛我

(yin1 wei4) (ni3) (wan2 quan2) (de.) (ai4) wo3)

(because) (you) (complete) (ly) (love) (me)

Because you completely love me

 

 

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