Here Are Some Childrens Songs In Maltese...
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White, White (Nursery Rhyme)
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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of the world.
- Slate recently pointed out how the animation studio, Pixar remade some scenes in the movie Inside Out for foreign viewers. One aspect they changed is the vegetable Riley hates as a little kid. For US audiences, it’s broccoli, a cliché vegetable that American kids hate. In Japan, kids love broccoli, so they changed the hated […] Read more »
- Can anyone help with the following question we received about an Italian song? "I have a question: I’d like to know if you can help me identify this song that one of the Italian grandparents would sing to my father-in-law. (They were from the area near Genoa/Luguria.) I know neither the name nor the lyrics, […] Read more »
- Most people associate summer with occasional lightening storms. We found this wonderful Italian poem called Temporale Estivo - "Summer Lightening Storm" . It was written by Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading along with the Italian text, and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Temporale Estivo […] Read more »
- Christina wrote asking for help with an Italian (Calabrese) rhyme. Here’s her email… Hi Lisa, This rhyme has been recited to small children in our family at least since the early 20th century. My paternal grandfather’s parents came to the U.S. in 1913 from Falerna, Catanzaro. They left two children there and subsequently had four […] Read more »
- It’s always fun to read fables. They make you think of an earlier, simpler time. We think of fables as being for young children. However, a French teacher I recently spoke with told me that in France today, Jean de La Fontaine’s fables are mostly read by high school students. That’s because the language is […] Read more »
- Kirundi is a Bantu language spoken in Burundi, Tanzania, Congo-Kinshasa and Uganda. We were recently asked about Kirundi nursery rhymes (in the following note)… Hello; my name is Anyesi and was wondering if you could please send me the Nursery rhymes in Kirundi. Thank you:) If anyone knows any Kirundi nursery rhymes, please share them […] Read more »
- Icelandic Pancakes are called Pönnukökur. They’re served for breakfast and also for special occasions. They’re more like French crepes than thick American pancakes. These pancakes are mainly served two ways, either sprinkled with sugar and rolled up or covered in blueberry (or other flavored) jam and whipped cream and folded in fours. No matter how […] Read more »
- We like to post seasonal poetry from around the world. Now that summer’s here we’d like to share this French poem about summer that will heat you up! Below you’ll find the original French text to the poem Chaleur (Heat) by Anna de Noailles with a recording and an English translation. MP3 Recording of the […] Read more »
- Wondering what to do with all that summer zucchini? Try Zucchini Fritters! Both my husband and daughter loved them! The beauty of this recipe is that all you need is zucchini, cheddar cheese and some basic ingredients you probably have already. It’s quick to make too. You can grate the zucchini in a food processor […] Read more »