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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)  
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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  •   - this song has a Video recording
Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of China:
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    Watch Darth Vader say, "I am your father" to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie in 20 different languages (as dubbed in the movies).  You can see a list of the languages with their voice actors below the video. Languages and Voice Actors: English (Original) – James Earl Jones Spanish (1980) – Isidro Olace […] Read more »
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    The Chinese poem ?? – Moonlit Night by Liu Fangping was collected in The 300 Tang Poems during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907).  Below you’ll find the Chinese text of the poem with the pronunciation, an English translation and a recording in Mandarin Chinese. MP3 Recording of Moonlit Night ?? ???????? ?--?---?--???--?---?-?? ???????-? ???-????--?? […] Read more »
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    Ray Lee, who grew up in Hong Kong, wrote, "We played all these when we were kids... The bottom right is Chinese Chess. Adults play that too. The other three are for kids. They don’t really have English names. Top left is ??? (Jungle). It’s like chess in that there are two opposing players/sides and […] Read more »
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    Can you imagine seeing a Giant Rubber Duck floating in a river by you?  A Giant Rubber Duck has been sited in some major cities around the world! The Rubber Duck sculpture was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.   It’s been part of a tour called "Spreading Joy around the World". The hope is to […] Read more »
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    Here’s a quick podcast about why chopsticks became more popular for eating than silverware in some countries... Read more »
  • 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.  […] 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 […] 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, […] Read more »

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