Reader Harsha wrote to me, “My 2 year old kid keeps singing a chinese rhyme that starts with ‘neevava neevava’ or may be ‘nee vah vah nee vaa vah’.” She wonders what song it is and what lyrics it is.

Well, she is right, this is a quite famous children’s song in Chinese. The name is “泥娃娃“ ní wá wá(Mud Doll). Here is the song.


 

泥娃娃

泥娃娃, 泥娃娃
ní wá wá, ní wá wá
Mud doll, mud doll
一个泥娃娃
yí gè ní wá wá
A mud doll
也有那眉毛,也有那眼睛
yě yǒu nà méi máo, yě yǒu nà yán jīng
She also has eyebrows, she also has eyes
眼睛不会眨
yǎn jīng bù huì zhā
But her eyes can’t blink

泥娃娃, 泥娃娃
ní wá wá, ní wá wá
Mud doll, mud doll
一个泥娃娃
yí gè ní wá wá
A mud doll
也有那鼻子,也有那嘴巴
yě yǒu nà bí zi, yě yǒu nà zuǐ bā
She also has a nose, she also has a mouth
嘴巴不说话
zuǐ bā bù shuō huà
But doesn’t speak

她是个假娃娃
tà shì gè jiǎ wá wá
She is a fake baby
不是个真娃娃
bú shì gè zhēn wá wá
Not a real baby
她没有亲爱的妈妈
tā méi yǒu qīn ài de mā ma
She has no dear mother
也没有爸爸
yě méi yǒu bà ba
Nor has a father

泥娃娃, 泥娃娃
ní wá wá, ní wá wá
Mud doll, mud doll
一个泥娃娃
yí gè ní wá wá
A mud doll
我做她妈妈
wǒ zuò tā mā ma
I’ll be her mother
我做她爸爸
wǒ zuò tā bà ba
I’ll be her father
永远爱着她
yǒng yuǎn ài zhe tā
I’ll love her forever

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