We Are Ready: Beijing Olympics Song

Since this is a strictly apolitical, language-learning blog, I’d like to go on record as saying I’m posting the lyrics to this song because:

1. The Beijing Olympics are just around the corner and you’re likely to hear this song on TV or the radio or at a shop at some point (if you haven’t already). The best way to improve listening and vocabulary is to actually understand what you’re hearing.

2. I translated it a long time ago because I had to learn it for a campus talent show the students asked me to participate in last semester. So why not post it?

If anyone knows who any of those singers are, I’d love to know. Please leave a comment informing all of us (with the time in the song so we know who you’re talking about). And, as always, suggestions for better translations are welcome as well.

But wait there’s more! Brand new for me, I thought I’d take a page out of Joel‘s book and actually embed the video right into the post (scroll to the bottom).

Lyrics (English, pinyin, 汉字)

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9 Replies to “We Are Ready: Beijing Olympics Song”

  1. There are total of 133 singers participated in the recording of this song. Are you sure you want to know all of them? 🙂

  2. Umm, I just mean the soloists who step up to the mic and sing a line or two. Are there really that many? It seems like there are only a few dozen of them in the video. I’d just like a list of who they are in the order they sing so I can start to match names with faces. I’m sure I’ve heard of a lot of them before.

  3. Yep,133 participated in the recording, In fact ,not so many sang in the video.
    Here the list of NAMES, in the order of close shots.

    Tán Yǒnglín谭咏麟
    Zhōu Bǐchàng周笔畅
    Róng Zǔér容祖儿
    Lǐ Kèqín李克勤

    Zhōu Xiǎoōu周晓鸥
    Sūn Yuè孙悦
    Hú Yànbīn胡彦斌
    Zhāng Liàngyǐng张靓颖

    Jì Mǐnjiā纪敏佳
    A soprano ?a

    Liáng Yǒngqí 梁咏琪
    Huáng Xiǎomíng黄晓明
    Lǐ Yǔchūn李宇春
    Pǔ Shù朴树

    Jíxiáng sān bǎo吉祥三宝(group
    Páng Lóng庞龙,a girl with long hair ?b
    Shuǐ mù niánhuá 水木年华(group)(Miào Jié缪杰,Lú Gēngxū卢庚戌)
    A girl with curly hair ?c a man wearing glasses ?d
    A man want a cuddle ?e
    Another guy with galsses ?f
    Luó Zhōngxù罗中旭

    Yóu Hóngmíng游鸿明
    Hú Yànbīn胡彦斌
    Sūn Yuè孙悦
    Zhāng Liàngyǐng张靓颖
    Zhōu Bǐchàng周笔畅


    Oh, a good thing to review PinYin.
    Sorry that I didn’t recognize every one. Coz I’m also wearing glasses.

  4. Thanks Albert for taking the time to translate it and post it on the internet. I am printing out copies as I write.

    Next got to find some easy olympic questions for a trivia game with prizes.
    Enjoy the opening ceremony

  5. hey i just got back from china for the olympics and while i was at the great wall they repeatedly played a certain song from the speakers along the wall. can anyone tell me what it was called and the artist?

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