世上只有妈妈好 Mom is the Best in the World Chinese Song Lyrics & Worksheet

When my daughter was 2 years old, I decided to relearn Mandarin Chinese and teach her our heritage language.  My auntie suggested that I learn 世上只有妈妈好 / 世上只有媽媽好 (In This World, Only Mama Is Good), which my late mother used to sing during my childhood. Now, I feel like grateful that my own kids sing this Chinese song on Mother’s day and other sweet moments.

世上只有妈妈好 - Chinese Song for Mother's Day (Printable Lyrics and writing worksheet)

Music has been an important resource for getting us both excited about learning unfamiliar Chinese words.

I’m happy to share printable lyrics in simplified and traditional Chinese, Hanyu Pinyin, and English in this post!

When is Mother’s Day (母亲节 / 母親節)?

In both the United States and China, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Learning to sing 世上只有妈妈好 / 世上只有媽媽好 with my children

Initially, I had trouble learning 世上只有妈妈好 because it made me very nostalgic for my late mother.

I longed to hear her sing this Chinese song, and listening to it made me fight back tears.

After my daughter heard 世上只有妈妈好, she fell in love with it.

The past sadness has been replaced with joy with my daughter, and now my son who can sing the sweet melody along with us.

Since we also love my husband and think he’s the best dad, we often sing the song twice, the second time substituting 妈妈 for 爸爸 (bàbà / daddy)! 🙂

My children also like to add in 姐姐 (jiějiě / big sister), 弟弟 (dìdì / little brother), and 耶稣 (Yēsū / Jesus) to the lyrics!

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世上只有妈妈好 / 世上只有媽媽好 on iTunes

There are many versions of 世上只有妈妈好; our 2 favorites on iTunes for young learners are as follows:

  1. Shishang Zhiyou Mama Hao by Yuan Xueer
  2. Shi Shang Zhi You Mama Hao by Li Song

The first version is sung very slowly and clearly by a woman accompanied by guzheng.

The second version is sung by a man at a relatively moderate speed, but it’s easy to understand.

The only difference is the man says “像个宝” instead of “像块宝” (different choice of measure word in first stanza, second line).

Girls singing 世上只有妈妈好 / 世上只有媽媽好 YouTube video

Here is a video of a 6-year-old girl, 唐子宜 (Tángzi yí), singing《世上只有妈妈好》.

Guzheng 世上只有妈妈好 / 世上只有媽媽好 YouTube video

We also enjoyed watching this lovely 古筝独奏  /古箏獨奏 (Gǔzhēng dúzòu / Guzheng solo).

Guzheng is traditional Chinese string instrument that is played by plucking.

For reference, here are the lyrics in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and pinyin!

I have also included an English translation below.

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世上只有妈妈好 Simplified Chinese Lyrics

世上只有妈妈好
有妈的孩子像块宝
投进了妈妈的怀抱
幸福享不了

世上只有妈妈好
没妈的孩子像根草
离开妈妈的怀抱
幸福哪里找

世上只有媽媽好 Traditional Chinese Lyrics

世上只有媽媽好
有媽的孩子像塊寶
投進了媽媽的懷抱
幸福享不了

世上只有媽媽好
沒媽的孩子像根草
離開媽媽的懷抱
幸福哪裡找

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世上只有妈妈好 Hanyu Pinyin

Shìshàng zhǐyǒu māmā hǎo
Yǒu mā de háizi xiàng kuài bǎo
Tóu jìnle māmā de huáibào
Xìngfú xiǎng bùliǎo

Shìshàng zhǐyǒu māmā hǎo
Méi mā de háizi xiàng gēn cǎo
Líkāi māmā de huáibào
Xìngfú nǎlǐ zhǎo

English translation

In this world, only mama is good
A child with a mom is like a piece of treasure
Run into your mom’s embrace
You will enjoy endless happiness!

In this world, only mama is good
Without mom, you are like a blade of grass
Away from mom’s embrace
Where will you find happiness?

世上只有妈妈好 CHINESE WRITING WORKSHEETS

Printable Lyrics for 世上只有妈妈好 /世上只有媽媽好

This year, my daughter and I learned how to write the Chinese characters for this song.

I printed out the Chinese writing worksheet below, and then we cut and paste the characters onto construction paper.

My daughter wanted us to write with sparkly gel pens, and we decorated the paper with heart and gem stickers!

This would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day!

Click on the hyperlinks below to preview, download, and print the desired version of the lyrics.

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2 Comments

  1. Dear Betty,
    Thanks for sharing all your hard work! I suggest inserting the word “having” into your English sentence “A child with a mom is like (having) a piece of treasure.” if that makes sense to you.
    All the best,
    Corinne

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