Chinese version Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way with lyrics


Internet rock star Dawen, who got a ton of traction for covering Rebecca Black "Friday" in Chinese, is back with this really enjoyable Chinese rewrite of "I want it that way" by the Backstreet Boys.

I think this is great for learning Chinese - you know the song, the ideas & the English is presented alongside the Mandarin.
(scroll down for lyrics, from the youtube page and video via journeysolong on tumblr)

Here are some more links for Dawen:
website http://www.dawen.us
youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/dawen
facebook http://facebook.com/dawenmusic


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Backstreet Boys - I want it that way Pinyin lyrics:

[Pinyin] - Wǒ Yào Nǐ Nà Yīyàng

Nǐ shì wǒ huǒ
Nǐ shì wǒ yuànwàng
Xiāngxìn tīng wǒ shuō
Wǒ yào nǐ nà yīyàng

Kěshì
Wǒmen yǐ fēnkāi
Nǐ xīn bù míngbái
Tīng wǒ shuō
Wǒ yào nǐ nà yīyàng

**
Gàosu wǒ
Wèishéme ràng wǒ xīntòng
Gàosu wǒ
Wèishéme nǐ bùxíng dǒng
Gàosu wǒ
Wǒ yǒngyuǎn bùyào tīng nǐ shuō
Wǒ yào nǐ nà yīyàng

Wǒ shì nǐ huǒ ma?
Nǐ de yuànwàng ma?
Wǒ zhīdào méi bànfǎ
Wǒ yào nǐ nà yīyàng

(**)

Suīrán wǒ zhīdào
Wǒmen yǐ fēnshǒu
Suīrán zhīdào bù huì zài yīqǐ (yīqǐ)
Bùguǎn yuǎn bù yuǎn
Wǒ yào nǐ zhīdào
Zài wǒ de xīnzhōng lǐ

Nǐ shì wǒ huǒ
Nǐ shì wǒ yuànwàng
Nǐ shì, nǐ shì, nǐ shì, nǐ shì

Wǒ bùyào tīng nǐ shuō!

Wèishéme nǐ bùxíng dǒng
Gàosu wǒ
Wǒ yǒngyuǎn bùyào tīng nǐ shuō
Wǒ yào nǐ nà yīyàng

(**)

Yīnwèi wǒ yào nǐ nà yīyàng

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Comment by Gillian Law on June 15, 2011 at 3:40pm

That's great! It's going to be in my head all day.

One question, though, that you might be able to explain - why 'wo yao ni' when the English is 'I want it'? Does that just not work in Chinese?


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Comment by Brandon on June 16, 2011 at 9:51am

Here are the English lyrics for reference - hopefully others can help with your question.

 

"I Want It That Way"

Yeah

You are my fire
The one desire
Believe when I say
I want it that way

But we are two worlds apart
Can't reach to your heart
When you say
That I want it that way

[Chorus:]
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Am I your fire
Your one desire
Yes I know it's too late
But I want it that way

[Chorus]

Now I can see that we're falling apart
From the way that it used to be, yeah
No matter the distance
I want you to know
That deep down inside of me...

You are my fire
The one desire
You are
You are, you are, you are

Don't wanna hear you say
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
(Don't wanna hear you say)
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
(Don't wanna hear you say it)
I want it that way
I want it that way

 

(lyrics via azlyrics)

Comment by Gillian Law on June 17, 2011 at 5:00pm
I may have a sort of answer - I was talking to my tutor yesterday and she was correcting me for saying "They are not well written" - tamen xie de bu hao. It's 'english' to use ta like that, she says, you're better to say Zhe xie wen zhang xie de bu hao. So - maybe that is why the song's been translated in this way?
Comment by wood on October 27, 2011 at 10:13am
That is so cool!!!

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