(1, 2, 3, The Witch Sees!)
(A Crayfish Comes)
(Ah-Ah-Ah, Two Little Kittens)
(A Kitten Sits on a Fence)
(A Little Balloon)
(A Little Ladybird)
(A Man from Cracow)
(A Young Girl)
(Clap, Clap, Little Hands)
Hand Clapping Song
(Ene, due, rabe)
(From the Ashtray of Wojtuś)
(God is Born)
(Go, Go Horsey!)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees, Heels)
(Here Magpie Cooked Her Porridge)
(I Have an Embroidered Handkerchief)
Drop the Handkerchief Game
(Luck, Luck, Pretty Teddy Bear)
(Lullaby, Little Baby Jesus)
(One Man from Cracow)
(On St. Nicholas Day)
St. Nicholas Day Rhyme
(Shepherds Hurried to Bethlehem)
(The Old Bear)
(The Train is Coming From Far Away)
(Twinkle, Twinkle Star)
(Two Small Teddy Bears)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Poland and more.
Liz wrote to me asking for help with a Polish nursery song. Here’s her email: Hi Mama Lisa! My name is Liz, and a good portion of my family comes from Poland, but I didn’t grow up speaking Polish at all, and a lot of the family’s history never got written down… My [...]
Easter’s coming soon! Did you know that in many countries the day after Easter, called Easter Monday, is a public holiday? The map above shows in yellow all of the countries that celebrate it. There are picnics, egg rolling contests and dousing of people with water that was blessed on Easter [...]
When kids in the US are playing a game and they want to temporarily pause it, they’ll yell, “Time-out!” Sometimes, they’ll also make a “T” with their hands or arms (see pic). The term “time-out” comes from sports. They use it to pause games too. More [...]
Playing real video games for fun is a great way to improve your foreign language skills. I’m talking about games you’d want to play in your own language, not specifically language learning games. There are many fun games that are available in many different languages. I’m an early [...]
Season’s greetings! At Mama Lisa’s World there’s no time of year we love better than the holidays! We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently added the following Christmas Carols to Mama Lisa’s World with mp3 recordings and YouTube videos: Italian Dormi, dormi, [...]
John Ziak wrote asking for help with two childhood songs: Lisa, I have been searching for sometime to find a song/nursery rhyme that my grandfather sang to me when I was young. He passed away 16 years ago and no one in my family can remember any more words than I. The song originates [...]
On All Saints’ Day, Agnieszka Magnucka, who’s from Poland, wrote: "Light a candle for those who you love but who’ve passed away." ***** That started a correspondence between us about All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in Poland... Lisa: Do you celebrate All [...]
My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: "Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees... My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet." According to [...]
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, [...]
A book of illustrated Polish Fairy Tales translated into English was recently posted online. Here are three of the illustrations by Cecile Walton… Check out the book at Project Gutenberg. Enjoy! Mama Lisa [...]
(In English & Polish)
Describes some Polish games and gives the Polish lyrics and translations.
Children's Rhymes in Polish.
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