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"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will [...]
In America, we celebrate dad on the 3rd Sunday of June by treating him to his favorite meal or spending quality time doing something he loves. But that’s not the case in every country. Every culture has their own ways to show appreciation to their fathers. For example, in South Africa [...]
Hi, People around the world have different ways of greeting using their bodies. Here are some with videos to see how they’re done… India – Touching Adults Feet Younger people touch the feet of their elders to ask for blessings. In the return, the elder touches the younger [...]
"Ging Gang Goolie" was written by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, for the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920. Kids from 34 countries attended the event. The song is gibberish on purpose so that kids all over the world who speak different languages can sing along [...]
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, [...]
Here’s a poem about a girl turning six, written by New Zealand’s poet Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923). The writing is slightly old-fashioned, but I find it feels more modern in the recording below. It was recited by Gabrielle C. MP3 Recording of On a Young Lady's Sixth [...]
Dragons Under My Bed is New Zealand singer and songwriter Kath Bee’s first cd. Kids will love her friendly style of singing. Kath’s New Zealand accent is charming. Her rhythms are upbeat and the lyrics clear and understandable (a must for kids). The lyrics and [...]
Here are two mother themed poems by Lola Ridge (1873 – 1941). I’m posting these now since we’re so close to Mothers Day… Mama Mama’s face is smooth and pale as tea-rose leaves. That ivory oval of aunt Gem you sucked the miniature off had black black hair like mama. : [...]
Sharon wrote: Hi Lisa, This is really a shot in the dark, but I’m wondering if you know of a song, which I believe is Maori. A friend of mine taught it to me, but she doesn’t know the translation or anything else about it. I’m wondering if you’ve heard of it, and if so, [...]
E Papä Waiari is a song and a stick game played in New Zealand. John Archer, of the site New Zealand Folk Song, wrote me, “Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world learn the Maori stick tossing song ‘E Papa Waiari’.” According to his site, this is a stick game [...]
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