Chinese spring vocabulary and a poem by Meng Haoran


Let’s learn some spring vocabulary through a Chinese poem by 孟浩然 (mèng hào rán) called 春晓 chūn xiǎo – A Morning In The Spring. 

春 眠 不 觉 晓,  chūn mián bù jué xiǎo
Sleeping in the spring, I didn’t even notice morning has come.

处 处 闻 啼 鸟。 chù chù wén tí niǎo
You can hear birds’ singing everywhere.

夜 来 风 雨 声, yè lái fēng yǔ shēng
Last night there was the sound of the rain and the blowing wind,

花 落 知 多 少。huā luò zhī duō shǎo
I wonder how many beautiful flowers blew off in the wind.

孟浩然 mèng hào rán (689-740 A.D.) was one of the most famous poets of the Tang dynasty. He often portrayed the beauty of mother nature in his poems, using a simple and natural writing style.

Here are some words and phrases that will come in handy talking about spring.

  • spring:春天 chūn tiān
  • good weather: 好天气 hǎo tiān qì
  • warm: 暖和 nuǎn huo
  • comfortable: 舒服 shū fú
  • a beautiful view: 美丽的景色 měi lì de jǐng sè


Do you know the names for the other seasons in Chinese?  Check your vocabulary with these flashcards on seasons and dates at our Language Lab.