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Visitez Mama Lisa's World en français.
Présente des chansons enfantines du monde entier avec leur traduction en français.
(Presenting children's songs from around the world with their French translations.)

Mama Lisa's Eugene Field Page
A selection of pieces by the beloved poet, including "Wynken, Blynken and Nod", "The Duel", and "Little Boy Blue".

GENERAL LINKS

Traditional Songs
A large collection of sheet music, lyrics and recordings of traditional songs.

Chillola
Where children love language and learn about each other.

Baby Gifts
Discover a wide range of silver baby gifts at PerfectlyEngraved.co.uk, including rattles, bracelets, bookmarks and keepsake boxes.

The Rainy Day Resource Page

Idea Box
Early Childhood Education and Activity Resource.

Kids Can Travel
Get tips and advice for traveling with kids, find great child-friendly destinations and discover fun family vacation ideas.

American Library Association's Great Sites Page
Hundreds of great links for kids and their parents.

The Internet Public Library Youth Division

BBC Education - Languages
Features fun listening comprehension activities for French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Ingeb.org
Folk songs from around the world

De Proverbio
First multilingual electronic publisher of proverbial studies.

Language Links
Resources for teachers and learners of languages

1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters in 43 languages.

INTER-COM Translations
Professional Translators

The Children's Music Network

The Best on the Web for Teachers

The Children's Music Web

Mark's ESL World
Need a Job? Teach English. Here you'll find hundreds of jobs teaching English all over the world!

Free Children's Music - Download free MP3 kids songs from top indie artists.

Kids Music Artist Directory - The web's largest directory of artists and bands who create music for young children.

Free Kids Music - Free and legal music downloads on a site devoted exclusively to music for kids.

Children's Music Resource Guide - A quick-reference guide to the web's top sites for children's music.

Pregnancy Diary - A guide to pregnancy and related information including pregnancy basics, pregnancy tests, diseases and pregnancy and more.

Language Exchange Project - Language Exchange Project is a simple and intuitive web site to find a language exchange partner, pen pal or friend. Study a foreign language while understanding a new culture and making new friends!

Super Substitute Teachers - Tips and resources specifically for substitute and occasional teachers.

Sweet Rhymes - Nursery rhymes - many with videos.

Nicholas Wynne - Pianist and Composer - Nick Wynne, pianist and composer of fine music for piano, saxophone, strings and much more..

Baby Jetsetter - A formum for parents and babies who travel...

Top Music Sites.

Bab.la - Offers dictionaries in nearly twenty languages. The definitions are presented in context, to help users find the appropriate translation.

USEFUL REFERENCE MATERIALS

Flags of All Countries

Foreign Languages for Travelers

Sounds of the World's Animals

A Web of Online Dictionaries
Linked to more than 800 dictionaries in 160 different languages.

Travlang's Translating Dictionaries
Offers many on-line translating dictionaries.

Ethnologue
A catalogue of more than 6,700 languages spoken in 228 countries.

World Factbook
Features maps, flags, history and facts about every country.


NURSERY RHYME AND KIDS SONGS SITES

BusSongs
Created to help kids, parents, and teachers recall the words and lyrics to beloved children's songs.

MUSICIANS' SITES

Christa Pfeiffer (Soprano)
To learn more about Christa or to purchase her CD, Lullabies From Around The World, please visit her web site.

BOCA BETH
The BOCA BETH Program teaches Spanish and English to very young children and continues through the grade school years. It engages every age child with puppet fun, music, movement and creativity.

Daria – World Music for Children
(In English)

Daria sings World Music for Children, including Quechua Songs.Check out her site and cd's!

Sonqo
(In English)

Sonqo means heart in Quechua, which is a language of the Incas and ancient civilizations in South America. Sonqo plays authentic Andean music with a variety of traditional instruments originated during the Pre-Columbian times in combination with the stringed instruments influenced by the Spanish conquistadors. The group is characterized for the continue research and preservation of the culture and music from several Andean regions with roots several thousands of years in the past.

LINKS BY COUNTRY

ANDORRA

Tourist Information


CHILE

Mythological Chiloe Island
(In Spanish)

DENMARK

Consulate General of Denmark in New York

Danish Music Information Center
For information on folk tales, mythology and traditional songs of Denmark.
(In Danish and English)

FRANCE

Premiers Pas Sur Internet
It has the words to an extensive list of French nursery rhymes, songs and fables, plus much more of interest to children.
(In French)

GABRIELINOS

Indigenous Peoples' Literature

GERMANY

Germanic Myths, Legends, and Sagas

HUNGARY

Agnes Online
Scroll down the page for Hungarian children's songs, animated tales, games and puzzles.

IRAN

Ketab Farsi
Persian Books and Tapes for Kids.

ITALY

Music for kids - Musiche per bambini
Illustrated Children's Songs with Music.

Research on Counting-Out Rhymes
A very exciting collection for children,
by school children, can be found at this site.

JAPAN

Kids Web Japan

Ayako's Ikebana Page
Read a little history about Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, and see some arrangements done by Ayako Egawa.

Gateway to Japan Information

Japan National Tourist Organization

Prime Minister's Office
(In Japanese)

RUSSIA

Megasite about almost everything (with a section for children)
(In Russian)

Site of a magazine for parents called 'Nanya'
(In Russian)

Internet-Library by Moshkov
(section with help books for parents, and books for children)

(In Russian)

SOUTH KOREA

Korean Cultural Service

SWEDEN

Project Runeberg

Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco

SWITZERLAND

The Embassy of Switzerland in the U.S.

U.K. & USA

Mama Lisa's House of Nursery Rhymes





Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America



OTHER SITES






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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of the world.
  • The word "lagniappe" is really fantastic.  It’s a small gift given from a merchant to a customer who’s buying something. "Lagniappe" comes from the Quechua word "yapa". We have some restaurants near us that give dessert as a lagniappe.  It produces a kind of "oooh" effect when you receive it, precisely because you weren’t expecting it... Read more »

  • "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" is a cute little song that’s sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".  It’s perfect for October and Halloween. You can watch the video below and read along with the lyrics. Pumpkin, Pumpkin 1. Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground 2. How’d you get so big and round? 3. Once... Read more »

  • Can you believe that the American song "Yankee Doodle" is the music that played at the start of the revolution that lead to an Imperial Japan? ‘Yankee Doodle" is a song from prerevolutionary America. The British used it to mock the American Colonists. Then the Americans turned around and proudly claimed the song as their... Read more »

  • Did you ever wonder whether specific proverbs and idiomatic expressions are still used in the English language?  Here I discuss some phrases that begin with the letter "A" and how well-known they are.  These proverbs are specifically about animals.  They can be found on the site The Phrase Finder.  The discussion here is specially from... Read more »

  • Joann wrote asking for help with a song she’s researching for a 90 year old friend.  Here’s her letter: Do you know of a song sung years ago in the USA, but possibly of Welsh in origin with the phrase, "Terunden, teroden"? The lady is in her mid-nineties, she gave more words but didn’t have any idea... Read more »

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