(A Flock of White Birds)
(A Little Baby Stork)
(I Love You Granny)
(Little Fellow Bom)
( Ming Mang Mung )
(Oh, my beloved! Stay with me!)
(Oh Stork and Night Heron)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Our new book, Kid Songs Around the World, features 100 beloved songs and rhymes from all parts of the globe. Each includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation. Most also include SHEET MUSIC and LINKS TO RECORDINGS AND VIDEOS.Order Here!
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Vietnam and more.
The Chinese New Year begins on February 8th this year. It will be the Year of the Monkey. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and the Monkey is the 9th animal. Every 12 years it’s the year of the monkey. There are also 5 elemental signs given to each year. They are Gold [...]
What are the "Four Gentlemen"? From old China, "The Four Gentlemen" is a term used to refer to four specific subjects (orchid, bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthemum) which are traditionally some of the first subjects the student of Chinese ink brush painting learns. Each subject [...]
Here’s a quick podcast about why chopsticks became more popular for eating than silverware in some countries... [...]
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, [...]
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is home to about 1600 people who live in floating houses. Most of them make their living through fishing. Here’s a photo of Fruit vendors in the floating village on Ha long Bay. Thanks to Purabi Khisa Tandra for sharing these photos! Mama Lisa [...]
In many parts of the world, the foods eaten on New Years Eve and New Years Day have important symbolic meanings. These symbols seem to fall into several major categories. The first class symbolizes financial prosperity. This type of food is round like coins. Often, the dish will be round beans, [...]
Larraine wrote to me looking for Scouting Campfire Songs from around the world. Here’s what she wrote, followed by my response with some suggested songs and sites to go to for help: Dear Mama Lisa, It has been suggested that I contact you with my request. I am the sketch producer of [...]
The Chinese New Year is on January 29th, 2006. It’s the Year of the Dog. The Chinese New Year is called Sun Lean in Cantonese. To wish each other a Happy New Year, the Chinese characters are -. The New Year’s greeting in Cantonese is Kung Hey Fat Choy, which means Congratulations and Be [...]
David wrote to us asking for help with a song from the island of Fyn in Denmark… I need help with this song. It is found in an oral history from my ancestor on the island of Funen (Fyn in Danish) in Denmark; Odense is the capital. Here’s the phonetic version of the song: Socksey [...]
Kit wrote to us looking for help with a song her mom remembers… Mom is 88. She knows part of an old song. No matter how hard we look, we can’t find it. “A silly goose, on apple juice, refreshed herself one day, And then among her friends so young, she wandered on her [...]
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With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!