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Two Tigers

Children's Songs for Learning Mandarin Chinese


Two Tigers is sung to the tune of Frere Jacques. It tells of two tigers who are running fast - one of them without ears and the other one without a tail. How strange!

Practice saying the words with their correct tones before singing this song. Singing tends to hide the tonal differences of words, so make sure you know the proper tones for the words to this song.


Click on the links to hear audio clips.

liǎng zhī lǎohǔ

liǎng zhī lǎohǔ, liǎng zhī lǎohǔ
pǎo dé kuài, pǎo dé kuài
yī zhī méiyǒu ěrduo, yī zhī méiyǒu wěiba
zhēn qíguài, zhēn qíguài

Traditional Chinese Characters


兩隻老虎 兩隻老虎
跑得快 跑得快
一隻沒有耳朵 一隻沒有尾巴
真奇怪 真奇怪

Simplified Characters


两只老虎 两只老虎
跑得快 跑得快
一只没有耳朵 一只没有尾巴
真奇怪 真奇怪

English Translation

Two tigers, two tigers,
Running fast, running fast
One without ears, one without a tail
How strange! How strange!

Hear The Song

Click on the link below to hear the whole song.

Two Tigers Sung in Mandarin Chinese


liǎng zhī lǎohǔ

liǎng 兩 (trad) 两 (simp) means "two". There are two ways to say "two" in Mandarin Chinese - èr (二), and liǎng. Liǎng is always used with measure words, but èr does not usually take a measure word.

zhī 隻 (trad) 只 (simp) is a measure word for tigers, birds and some other animals.

pǎo dé kuài

dé 得 is the adverbial de, which links pǎo (run) and kuài (fast).

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