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International Music & Culture
Kid Songs and Rhymes of
The Netherlands




All the Ducklings   MP3 Midi
Berend Botje   Midi  
The Ladies' Horses (Nursery Rhyme)  
Hungry Chubby Gus (Nursery Rhyme)
In the Moonlight   Midi  
In The Hague There Lives a Count (Nursery Rhyme Song) MP3
Cat's Head   Midi
To Bed, To Bed, said Duimelot (Finger Naming Rhyme) MP3
Oh, Come and See (St. Nicholas Day Song) MP3
Pussycat   MP3 Midi  
Sinterklaas, Good Holy Man (St. Nicholas Song) MP3
It's Sinterklaas's Birthday (St. Nicholas Song) MP3
St. Nicolas Little Rascal (St. Nicolas Day Song)  MP3 Midi  
Sleep Baby, Sleep (Lullaby) Midi  
Father Jacob   MP3 Midi
Look, There is the Steamboat (St. Nicolas Song) MP3
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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 the Netherlands:
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    Knock-knock jokes can be found all over the world.  They have a simple formula.  In English, they start with, "Knock, knock!" As if someone’s knocking on the door.  The answer is almost always, "Who’s there?" Then the joke proceeds with a play on words.  Here’s a good example: Knock, knock. Who's there? Orange. Orange who? […] 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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    Happy St. Nicolas’ Day! Here’s a link to info about the legend of St. Nick. Here’s a link to a Dutch St. Nick song with a recording: Read more »
  • Jenny Van Ryswyk wrote to me asking for help with a Dutch poem from the Netherlands about a mouse and beans.  Here's her letter: Thank you for the site. It brings many of the children's poems to life with a clearer understanding. My parents are from Friesland and my husband's parents from Groningen and Rotterdam […] 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 »
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    Here’s the Dutch poem Winterstilte (Winter Silence) by Guido Gezelle who lived from 1830 to 1899.  You can listen to the poem in the mp3 recording below and follow along with the Dutch text and then read a loose English translation… MP3 Recording of Winterstilte Winterstilte (Dutch) Een witte spree ligt overal gespreid op 's […] Read more »
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    Today is St Nicholas Day!  Many children in Europe receive gifts and treats in the shoes they left out last night for St. Nick. Read all about the traditions of St. Nick here. Read more »
  • Rida, Rida Ranka is a rhyme and song known to many in Scandinavia and to the families of Scandinavian immigrants in the US. Lance N. Peterson wrote to me of its significance to his family. (I added links below to the versions of Rida, rida ranka he talks about.) Dear Lisa: Words are what we […] Read more »
  • Mrs. Brein from Argentina is looking for two Dutch songs that her father sang to her when she was a child. Here is what they sounded like -the spelling is phonetical 1. Traláreche: Traláreche, traláreche, oh my muther so fader chessen, eisi bebirj, eisi bebirj, oh my muther so fader cheseen. (It was sung while […] Read more »
  • Peter pointed out an online collection of traditional Dutch songs published in 1895. The site is only in Dutch. Some of the songs may have archaic language. But it may be interesting for those of you who speak the language. Thanks for letting us know about this site Peter! -Mama Lisa Read more »

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