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Chinese New Year (Nursery Rhyme)
Cowboy   MP3 Midi
Drop the Napkin (Circle Game) MP3
Eight Hundred Spearmen (Tongue Twister) MP3
Good Wishes, Good Wishes (Chinese New Year Song)  
Good Wishes, Good Wishes (Chinese New Year Song)  
Ha ha ha   MP3 Midi
Itsy Bitsy Spider (Finger Play)
Kitten Wets the Bed (Children's Tale)
Little Fat Boy (Nursery Rhyme)
Little Swallow   MP3 Midi  
New Year is Coming (Nursery Rhyme)
Our Baby (Nursery Rhyme)
Pan and Bottle (Nursery Rhyme)
Red Dragonflies (Nursery Rhyme)
Seek a Pal   MP3 Midi
Spring Dawn (Poem) MP3
Spring Has Come (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Sweeter Than Sugar (Nursery Rhyme)
Ten Fingers (Finger Play)
The Butterfly (Nursery Rhyme)
The Little Golden Sister (Nursery Rhyme)
The Small-footed Girl (Nursery Rhyme)
Two Tigers   MP3 Midi  
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  • Midi - this song has a Midi tune
  • MP3 - this song has an MP3 recording
  •   - this song has a Video recording
Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of China:
  • Here’s a video to hear animal sounds around the world... Bow Wow Meow – Animal Sounds in Different Languages from properniceinnit on Vimeo. The languages are: English, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Canadian-French, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Bengali, Brazilian-Portuguese, Colombian-Spanish, Swahili and Mongolian. Enjoy! Mama Lisa Read more »
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    Once a few years ago I had a conversation with a friend from China about cooking in the U.S.  She found it amusing that most Americans cook with recipes... recipes that tell you exactly how to cook with precise measurements of ingredients.  She said that in China recipes were handed down within the family and... Read more »
  • Emanuela works in a school with young kids from different countries.  She asked if anyone could help with some questions about how children are cared for and disciplined in various cultures.  Here’s her letter: I have a special request to you and I think you can help me because you know people of many cultures.  In... Read more »
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    Kita wrote from China a couple of days ago about how she hung up banners with Spring Couplets on them around her door for the Chinese New Year : "Tonight is Chuxi. (Chinese New Year’s Eve.) This afternoon, my grandpa and I pasted up spring couplets. My grandpa makes the paste with flour. We mix flour and... Read more »
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    Laba is a Chinese festival that has traditionally started off the Chinese New Year preparations. It’s on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. Agnes wrote about it from China: "We eat Laba Rice Porridge and Laba Garlic for the Laba Festival. Laba Porridge is made of mixed grains and corns, like peanuts, chestnuts, dates... Read more »
  • "I saw some very unique exercises while at a park in China. So I had to join in."  Check out the fun video of people exercising in China from Follow the Foot... Read more »
  • Here’s a short video about different sounds instruments make from around the world... Enjoy! Mama Lisa Read more »
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    Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili,... Read more »
  • Virginia emailed me looking for help with a song about a lonesome China boy or girl.  She wrote…. I have been trying to find a song my Aunt used to sing called Lonesome China Girl… Lonesome China boy on a street in old Shanghai Feeling kinda blue, what were they to do , Oh Gee, Oh Me... Read more »
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    Emperor Cuckoo is a new site about human interest stories in China.  Articles from mainland Chinese-language newspapers are posted on this blog in Chinese with English translations. You can read stories about ordinary Chinese people who speak about their traditions, values, interests and beliefs. The latest post The Storyteller is about a 92 year old lady... Read more »

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