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唱卡拉OK时如何选歌、可以唱哪些简单的中文歌? The guide to doing karaoke in China

That's Mandarin 2024-07-01 16:13


Karaoke in China isn't just about singing; it's a social event where friends bond, special moments are celebrated, and even business meetings happen.


Whether you're a karaoke pro or a first-timer, this guide will help you navigate the world of Chinese KTV.


Karaoke is a beloved pastime activity where people sing along to music videos in private rooms.


In China, everyone refers to karaoke as KTV (pronounced "kay-teeh-weeh"). You'll often hear friends ask:


Qù KTV ma?
Let's go to karaoke?



KTV is so popular in China that it has been taken to the next level with tiny, self-service booths that let you rock out anytime, anywhere.

A man passes by two karaoke booths at Beijing Yintai Center in Beijing. [Photo by Feng Yongbin/China Daily]


1. Booking a Room


You can book a KTV room directly at the venue or use the app 大众点评 (Dà zhòng Diǎn píng) for online reservations. Just type "KTV" in the search bar, and choose a location that suits you.


Dà zhòng Diǎn píng
Dazhong Dianping


A popular app for making reservations and checking reviews.


01. Room Size


Most KTVs offer rooms for various room sizes - from small rooms for 1-5 people to large party rooms for over 20 guests.


Here are the typical options:
小包 (xiǎo bāo) - small room (1-5 guests)
中包 (zhōng bāo) - medium room (5-10 guests)
大包 (dà bāo) - large room (10-20 guests)
豪华包 (háo huá bāo) - deluxe room (20+ guests)


02. Duration of Stay


When booking, you'll need to decide on the duration of your stay. KTVs offer hourly rates, and you can often get discounts for booking longer sessions.


Primetime tends to be more expensive, especially in the evenings and on weekends. For better deals, consider going during off-peak hours.


huān chàng shí jiān
duration of stay



When your time is up, you can ask to extend your session (续时 xù shí) for an additional cost.


03. Special Packages


You can often take advantage of 套餐 (tào cān), or package deals. They include a set number of hours for the room, along with food and drink options.

tào cān
package deals



It's worth checking out the package deals options by asking:


Zhè ge shí jiān duàn bāo hán tào cān ma?
Does this timing include a package deal?


2. Doing KTV Like a Pro


01. Choosing Songs


Choosing a song (点歌 diǎn gē) at KTV is a no-brainer. Karaoke machines offer a wide selection of songs in different languages and genres.


Here are a few ways of searching for songs:

搜索 (sōu suǒ) · use the search function;

分类 (fēn lèi) · browse through the categories;

歌手 (gē shǒu) · browse through the singers;

排行榜 (pái háng bǎng) · browse the top charts

语言 (yǔ yán) · browse by the language


If you enjoy singing, you probably have your own list of favorite songs. Sharing playlists is also a good way to make friends and bond over music:


gē dān


02. Singing Modes


When it comes to KTV, Chinese people take it very seriously and often sing with impressive skill. If you're not confident in your singing abilities, use the 原唱 (yuán chàng) function to let the original singer lead while you sing along.


yuán chàng
to sing with the original singer's voice in the background


And once you've gained some experience and started feeling like a karaoke pro, challenge yourself by singing without the original voice in the background.


bàn chàng
to sing without the original singer's voice in the background


03. KTV Rules


It's essential to respect each other's song choices and take turns selecting songs. Everyone has different musical tastes, so letting everyone have their moment to shine is key. Avoid being a mic hog (麦霸 mài bà) and don't monopolize the microphone at the KTV party. It's also not polite to cut off (切歌 qiē gē) someone else's song to sing their own.


qiē gē
to cut off someone else's song

mài bà
mic lord, mic hog


3. KTV Phrases


Once inside your private KTV room, the real fun kicks off! Here are some useful phrases you can use:


Nǐ chàng de zhēn hǎo!
You sing really well!

Nǐ xiān chàng ba.
You sing first.

Wǒ men yī qǐ chàng!
Let's sing together!

Nǐ xiǎng chàng shén me?
What do you want to sing?



Take it Further


KTV is a fantastic way to improve your Mandarin! Here are some easy Chinese songs you can sing at karaoke:



This song is a classic love song. The memorable lyrics are easy to sing along to, even for beginners.

"Yuè liang Dài biǎo Wǒ de Xīn"

"The Moon Represents My Heart"
Search for: 邓丽君 (Dèng Lì jūn)



It's a catchy and fun song from 2014 with easy lyrics, perfect for everyone to sing along and enjoy.

"Xiǎo Píng guǒ"
"Little Apple"
Search for: 筷子兄弟 (Kuài zi Xiōng dì)



A karaoke session isn't complete without a Jay Chou song. The song's romantic lyrics, coupled with its catchy melody, make it a popular choice.

"Gào bái qì qiú"
"Love Confession"
Search for: 周杰伦 (Zhōu Jié lún)



In KTV sessions this song is a go-to choice for KTV and a favorite choice for both solo performances and group sing-alongs.

"Píng fán zhī Lù"
"The Ordinary Road"
Search for: 朴树 (Pǔ Shù)


《对不起, 我的中文不好》

This catchy song captures the common struggles of language learners and is a favorite in KTV sessions among foreigners.

《对不起, 我的中文不好》
"Duì bù qǐ, Wǒ de Zhōng wén Bù Hǎo"
"Sorry, My Chinese is Not Good"
Search for: Transition


来源:That's Mandarin

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